Before you think that this is too tough for you to make please keep in mind that ANYONE can do it if I can do it. I own a circular saw but I rather use a hand saw for quick cuts and if it were not for the pilot holes you wouldn’t need a drill. If you never made something like this before, this is the perfect time to start!
I decided to solve this problem for every parent in my situation.
The goal was to:
A. Use the original crib mattress
B. Use minimal tools
C. Be safe and durable enough to support 200+ lbs.
D. Make it look attractive
E. Pay less than $50 in materials (my total was under $40)
I started by measuring the mattress. A standard crib mattress in the United States is 271⁄4 in × 515⁄8 in and that matched my mattress. For ease of measuring I called it 28”x52”, the original crib also had some wiggle room.
I made a rough drawing of what I wanted and made a materials list and went shopping. I would show you my masterpiece sketch but it looked nothing like what I ended up with. Most of my projects I just wing-it anyway. The bed police are not going fine you if you are off a ½ inch.
The wood used is just the cheap white softwood found anywhere. It is sometimes called “common board” or “white board” and is a lower grade due to the high amount of knots. It is pre-sanded, very smooth and ready to paint if you want. It is perfectly acceptable to build a kid bed out of this wood; in fact, I will be using it for all of my wood projects from now on.
1. 1x4x10’ (x1) ~$5.00 total
2. 1x4x8’ (x3) ~$12.00 total
3. 1x2x8’ (x5) ~$5.00 total
4. #6 x 1¼” wood screws 100 count ~$5.00
1. Hand saw
2. Drill with 1/16” drill bit and Philips bit
3. Measuring tape
4. Wood glue
6. Carpenters square (not required)
7. Power saw (not required)
8. Nail gun (not required)
9. 18-guage 1 3/16” brads (not required)
1. Cut (2) 53 ½ inch boards from the 10 foot 1x4.
2. Cut (3) 29 ½ inch, (2) 28 inch, (2) 26 inch, and (2) 18 ½ inch boards from the (3) 8 foot 1x4’s.
3. Cut (2) 52 inch, and (9) 28 inch boards from the 8 foot 1x2’s