I'm planning to build a very basic bed frame, but I'm not sure what size lumber to use.
I was thinking of building the entire thing from 2x4s (legs would be 4x4), but I'm not sure if this will be adequate.
Some other ideas:
- 2x6 Perimeter with 2x4 cross members.
- All 2x6.
I'm also not sure how I want to attach the legs. I was thinking of using carriage bolts, but I'm not sure if this is overkill or not in this situation. Maybe notch the 4x4s to receive the frame, then use carriage bolts to secure them.
I'd like to be able to do some calculations with different combinations of materials and fasteners, to figure out the optimal combination. Do I have to go back to school to become a structural engineer, or are there tools/formulas for figuring this stuff out?