This pine colonial bed is simple to make and a beautiful addition to your home.  The materials used will be pine lumber in a variety of sizes.  The posts are 4x4 (not pressure treated), the post caps are 5/4" , the frames are 2x lumber and the slats in the headboard and footboard are  are 3/4" pine boards.

As with many of our projects, you have flexibility to change the design to suit your particular needs.  For instance, you can simply sand the edges smooth as shown or use a router and make fancy edges on the posts, top cap and frame.  Another possibility is to use tongue and groove wall paneling (1x4 - 1x6  wood for building paneled walls) as the headboard and footboard slats for a distinctive touch.  Use your imagination and this project will truly be yours.