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How to Build a Pipe Bed Frame

Heather from NYC built this modern pipe bed frame made of Kee Klamp pipe fittings and pipe. You can see that this combination delivers a clean, modern looking bed frame. She liked the first one so much (pictured here) that she’s already built a second one in her weekend home. Below are the steps required to build your own pipe bed frame. It’s easy to do, and if you get your pipe cut ahead of time you can probably assemble this bed in a matter of hours!

Sketchup File of the Pipe Bed Frame

To make this project more interesting, I’ve included a sketchup file of the pipe bed frame here. You can use this file to see the pipe bed frame from any angle, or possibly even manipulate the file to create your own unique bed platform. This design will work well for a twin and full size mattress. If you want to build the frame for a larger mattress, no problem, just add an additional support down the middle of the frame.

Cost is always a question that comes up. To build this bed frame as pictured using all store bought materials would be around $300. The biggest factors are, what kind of pipe, what kind of wood. If you got recycled pipe and lumber you could do it for around $120! So the price is really dependant upon your selection of materials. The only fixed cost for this project is the fittings.

Determine the Size of Your Bed Frame

The size of your mattress will determine how long the pipes of your bed frame need to be. So before purchasing, be sure to consider the dimensions of your mattress. You probably want your pipes to be just a little larger (but not too much) than the edges of your mattress. The pipe fittings will give you an additional inch or two around the edge, so take that into consideration. The bed legs can be any height your heart desires. You can buy the pipe pre-cut from us, or you can usually find it at a local plumbing supply or homestore (it’s cost versus convenience).

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Gather the Required Fittings

You can get all the fittings required for this project right here on Simplified Building. See Click here for a short video on how the fittings are used.

You can see that Heather also added felt sliders to the bottom of the 61-6 flanges to make the bed frame eaiser to move and less likely to scratch the floor.

Assemble the Pipe Bed Frame

As you can see from this photo, the assembly of the pipe frame for the bed is pretty straight forward. Slip the fittings onto the pipe and tighten them down a the desired location on the pipe. A tape measure and a level will come in handy to make sure that everything is tightened down in the right location. If you make a mistake, no problem, simply loosen the set screw and re-tighten in the right location. Working with Kee Klamp pipe fittings is very forgiving and you’ll find no problem adjusting the bed frame even after it is mostly assembled.

The fittings have been labeled in the image above to help you know which Kee Klamp pipe fittings are placed where.

Construct a Wooden Base for the Mattress

This part of the project can be as simple or complex as you like. Heather used 1″ x 4″ lumber to support her mattress. You can build something like what is pictured above by screwing together 1″ x 4″ boards. Reinforcing the lumber will make the bed frame stiffer and may be required if you are building a bed frame for a Queen or King sized mattress.

Depending on your budget and look, this wood bed frame base could be made of special types of wood or be stained or painted.

Enjoy Your Modern Pipe Bed

Have a good night sleep on your new pipe bed! You worked hard on this project, so enjoy the fruit of your labor.

Need Help, Give our Projects Team a Call

If you’re interested in this design, or building anything with Kee Klamp and pipe, our design team can help. Get in touch with them here and they will be happy to help you on your next project.

Learn how to build an easy DIY pipe bed frame in a 2 days or less using pipe and Kee Klamp pipe fittings.

How To Build a Workbench With Butcher Block and Pipe

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This cool industrial-style workbench is made from galvanized pipe and a butcher block table top. April Hoff of House By Hoff put this together for our series DIY Challenge: Pipe here on The Home Depot Blog.

We asked April and several other awesome crafters and bloggers to come up with ingenious DIY projects that use pipe as an ingredient. It could be just about any kind of pipe: galvanized pipe, PVC pipe or, as in this case, copper pipe.

April’s industrial workbench looks terrific, and since it’s on casters, it’s easy to wheel to any spot you’d like. Best of all, it’s an DIY project. Just follow the step-by-step tutorial.

How to Build a Workbench

My husband and I have been working on converting our guest bedroom into a photography studio/work space for me. I’ve always been drawn to industrial-looking furniture, so building a workbench out of butcher block and piping seemed like the perfect idea for this space. Since I use my chalkboard wall as a backdrop for a lot of my photography, it was important to me that this heavy-duty desk be on casters, so that I could easily move it out of the way when I needed to.

Supplies for this Butcher Block and Pipe Workbench

  • Level
  • Cordless drill
  • File
  • Pipe wrench (optional)
  • 5-ft. Butcher block workbench top
  • ¾-in. Piping (see cut list below)
  • (4) ¾-in. Flanges
  • (6) ¾-in. Tees
  • Wood screws
  • (4) Casters
  • ¾-in. Wooden dowel rod

When I purchased my ¾-in. black piping at The Home Depot, the associates were kind enough to cut and thread all my pieces of piping for free!

Pipe Cut List

  • 4 @ 6 in. (one end threaded)
  • 4 @ 22½ in. (both ends threaded)
  • 4 @ 9 in. (both ends threaded)
  • 1 @ 48 in. (both ends threaded)

Step 1 – Assemble the Pipe Table Legs

The “thinking and planning” phase of this project was much more complex than actually putting the table together, which went really fast!

First we built the “I” section of the table by screwing two of the tees to the end of our 48-in. pipe.

Next, we attached the 9-in. pipes to either side of the tees.

Finally, we added a tee to the other end of each 9-in. pipe.

The 6 in. pipes, which were only threaded on one side, were added under the “I”, and the 22½ in. pipes were added to the top.

We screwed the four flanges to the top of each 22½ in. pipe.

Step 2 – Tighten and Straighten the Pipe Legs

We tightened and straightened the pipes until all were perfectly straight. (Well, as perfectly straight as we could get them!)

Step 3 – Attach the Legs to the Butcher Block Workbench Top

Next, we were ready to screw the butcher block top to the base of the table! We drilled pilot holes first, then drilled the wood screws in. We used wood screws and a cordless drill to do this!

Step 4 – Attach the Casters

Alright, now let’s talk about how we got casters on the bottom of each 6 in. pipe. This required some extra brain power and problem-solving by my dad.

We ended up cutting 1½ in. pieces off of a ¾” wooden dowel rod, then drilled a hole in each piece. I was then able to screw the casters into each piece of dowel rod, and top with a nut.

At first, the dowel rod didn’t want to fit into the pipe (this happened because of the way the pipe was cut), so we used a file to file down the inside of each pipe until each dowel rod caster could be pushed in. It worked out perfectly!

The Completed DIY Butcher Block and Pipe Workbench

And that’s how to build a workbench.

I am thrilled with the way this workbench looks and functions in this space! I have a feeling I’ll never get tired of working on crafts or my photography projects at this workbench!

April Hoff is a mom, wife, teacher, blogger, and photographer with a passion for decorating on a budget! She strives to keep life balanced and organized in a house that gets decorated (and redecorated) by the day! She shares her ideas for DIY projects, decorating, entertaining and photography on her blog House By Hoff.

Check out more of our DIY Challenge: Pipe series and our simple DIY projects here on The Home Depot Blog, and follow our Projects Using Pipe board on Pinterest for more fun projects using copper pipe.

Browse your nearest Home Depot store or our online Plumbing Department for supplies for your next DIY project using pipe.

Learn how to build a workbench using simple black pipe and a butcher block table top. Just follow the step-by-step tutorial.