How to Build a Hogwarts House Style Bed
I built a Hogwarts bed for my boy’s Harry Potter themed room and I want to share a step-by-step tutorial on how I did that. I love Harry Potter and so do my kids, so I decided to copy the bed in the house rooms as best as I could.
Box of 3″ construction screws
Box of 2 3/8″ construction screws
Two packages of 20 wood 1/2″ dowels
2″ brad nails
5/8″ brad nails
Two 2X12X10 boards
Four 4X4X8 douglas fur lumber
Two 2X2X8 boards
Eight 1X4X8 boards
Three 1X8X8 whitewood common board
4X8 1/2″ sanded plywood
5 linear feet of trim at the top of the 4X4
26 linear feet of crown molding (cut into two at 8 feet and one at 10 feet)
26 linear feet of cap molding to cover plywood (cut into two at 8 feet and one at 10 feet)
Measure your twin mattress. Your cuts may vary if your mattress is bigger or smaller. We used this mattress. We added just a little bit on each side of the mattress to allow the bed sheets to tuck in.
You will need two 2X12X10 foot boards. You will cut two pieces at 77″ and two pieces at 36″.
You will need four 4X4 posts. You will cut them all at 77 inches. This is a great height for 8 foot ceilings. If you have lower ceilings you will need to cut these smaller.
Time to start assembling the Hogwarts bed. Make sure to construct the bed on a flat even surface. Use a level at all stages and it will come together nicely.
Drill four evenly spaced 1/2 inch holes for the long 2X12 to go into the 4X4 posts. We drilled about halfway through the 4X4 and used 3 inch screws. We then drilled 3 holes on the other side of the 4X4 to fit between the four screws holding the long side. See pictures for help. We then wood glued out dowels leaving them slightly out to cover the holes. Once dried we sanded them down flush.
Watch the following video on how to cut a miter edge.
Measure and cut your 1X8X8 common board with a miter edge around the top of the 4X4 posts. You should measure and cut this one yourself. It will be tighter if you do it versus using a pre-determined cut. See picture for end result. Use 2 3/8″ screws to fasten the boards to the 4X4 posts.
Cut the plywood using one cut to 89″X48″. Use 2 3/8″ screws and fasten the plywood to the top of the 4X4 posts with even spacing on each side.
Watch the following video on how to cut crown molding. I didn’t make the jig he described but the video was super helpful.
Cut your trim for the top of the 4X4s and miter edge at the end. Use a brad-nailer to fasten the crown molding to the posts.
Cut your crown molding with a miter edge at the end. Measure and cut this yourself so it is tight. Use a brad-nailer to fasten the crown molding to the board.
Cut your cap molding to cover the edge of the plywood with a miter edge. You should measure this yourself so it is tight. Use a brad-nailer to fasten the cap molding to the plywood.
Cut your 2X2X8 board to the 76 1/2 inch. Then measure where you wan your mattress to be. We made our mattress flush with the top. A little above might be good as well. Fasten 2X2 boards to the sides of the 2X12′ boards using 2 3/8″ screws.
Cut your 1X4X8 boards to hold the mattress up. You will need 15 of the at 37 inches. Space evenly and use 2 3/8″ screws to fasten them to the 2X2.