Build a Riva Queen Bed

DIY Plans to Build the Trendy Riva Bed Fit for a Queen!

In my quest to add more bed plans to the site, I stumbled upon the Riva Queen Bed. I like the look of this bed with the simple cutouts in the headboard and think it would be fabulous finished with a dark stain! The plans can also be scaled down for a full size or scaled up for a king size by altering the dimensions of the slats, footboard, and vertical headboard pieces.

riva queen bed plans_Copy


  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ screws
  • 2-1/2″ screws
  • Bed rail hardware (like these from Rockler!)
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)


  •  2 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 16 – 1×3 at 6′
  • 1 – 1×3 at 8′
  • 3 – 1×4 at 6′
  • 3 – 1×8 at 8′
  • 2 scraps of 2×2 measuring 8-3/4″ each
  • 2 – 2×4 at 6′
  • 1 sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – 2×4 at 15-1/2″ – Footboard Legs
  • 1 – 1×8 at 55″ – Footboard Panel
  • 3 – 1×4 at 55″ – Headboard
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 14″ x 55″ – Headboard Panel
  • 3 – 1×8 at 5″ – Headboard
  • 2 – 2×4 at 45″ – Headboard Legs
  • 2 – 1×8 at 80-1/2″ – Side Rails
  • 2 – 1×2 at 80-1/2″ – Slat Supports
  • 16 – 1×3 at 60-1/2″ – Slats
  • 1 – 1×3 at 77-1/2″ – Center Slat Support
  • 2 – 2×2 at 8-3/4″ – Center Support Legs

riva queen bed plans

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the footboard. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the footboard panel. Attach to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The outside face of the panel will be flush with the outside face of the legs.

 riva queen bed plans_Footboard

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the headboard. Drill pocket holes in the pieces as shown, then assemble using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Attach the headboard to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The front face of the headboard will be flush with the front face of the legs.

 riva queen bed plans_Headboard 1

riva queen bed plans_Headboard 2

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the side rails and the side rail supports. Attach the supports to the rails using glue and countersunk 1-1/4″ screws.

 riva queen bed plans_Side Rails

Step Four

Install the bed hardware according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions. I recommend this hardware because I’ve used it before – it is easy to install and sturdy! Attach the rails to the headboard and footboard.

riva queen bed plans_Rail Hardware

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the slats. Attach the slats to the slat supports using 1-1/4″ screws spacing them approximately 2-1/2″ apart. Do not use glue – the bed may have to be disassembled someday!

 riva queen bed plans_Slats

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the center slat support and the legs. Attach the legs to the support, then secure using glue and 2-1/2″ screws through the support into the legs. Attach the center supports to the slats using 1-1/4″ screws through the slats into the support.

 riva queen bed plans_Center Slat Support

Finish as desired!

One of the first projects I ever built was a bed. It was so simple and I still love it! I hope you will use these Riva queen bed plans to construct a bed for yourself – and love it!

  • joel

    I like this. I was wondering if you could tell me how much sanding should happen? Do I just sand the areas that have been cut, or the entire thing?

    • CherTexter

      Hi, Joel!
      For the best possible finish, I normally sand every inch of each piece with 80 grit, followed by 150 grit, and finishing with 220 grit sandpaper. This makes the lumber super-smooth! Good luck with the project! If you have any more questions, let me know!

  • Colin

    What type of wood do you think would work best for this bed?

    • CherTexter

      Hi, Colin! Any wood species would be perfect for this bed. It will depend mostly on your budget! Oak is the most expensive, poplar is about the mid-range, and pine is the cheapest. I hope this helps and if you have any further questions, please let me know!

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