Emboldened by Ana at Knock-Off Wood...
I built this:
I modified Ana's plans. I changed the width to better fit my mattress. I used plywood instead of planks and I put a 1x6 on top instead of a 2x6 to better duplicate the bed I wanted to emulate. Since I'm prone to stubbing toes and running into things, I skipped the footboard. I just attached the headboard to the metal frame that came with my mattress using 4" bolts.
Here's my material list, with prices:
2-4"x4"x8' 2@$8.77 $17.54
2-1"x4"x8' 7.28/2.47 $9.75
3-2"x4"x8' 3@$2.58 $7.74
Minwax wood conditioner $4.99 (pint)
Minwax Jacobian wood stain $6.49 (quart)
Gorilla Wood Glue $4.99
3" wood screws ~$7.49
4-4" metal bolts ~$3.16 (should have used 4-1/2")
3/8" countersink bit $3.69
6% tax on $100.92 $6.06
Materials on-hand: screws, finishing nails, acrylic paint, Minwax polyshades, foam brushes, nuts, washers, drill bits, tools
Total cost: $106.98
I'm pleased with that price. Pottery Barn sells the king bed (headboard, footboard, and siderails) in the top photo for $1399 and lets you choose between two finishes. Their version is mahogany and a mahogany veneer. I used a combination of whitewood and pine. Their delivery charge is $150. Mine was less than the delivery charge. How awesome is that?!
I'll post step-by-step photos within a couple weeks. I work slow (and alone), but I was able to finish the cutting and building in two days. Staining and finishing took a bit longer. I began Tuesday morning, and the headboard was moved into my bedroom on Sunday afternoon. :)
Here it is in place: