I didn't start building my bed until I moved into my new rental home just to make sure it would fit in my room. I measured my room and my mattress and settled on making the bed four feet wide by seven feet long. I sketched out my bed and urgently got to work. My brother-in-law Aric let me use his tools at his shop to work on my bed and give me direction when I got stumped. He also stripped the pieces of wood if I needed them cut long ways by a table saw.
I used 3 1/2 inch caster wheels on the bottom and an inch wide piece of wood in between the bottom piece and the wheels for extra height. After sanding down my bed with a sander, I stained it with English Chestnut brown and sealed it with two coats of polyurethane and finished it off with a quick sand by hand.