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.
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.I am no Norm Abram so I do not have a dado bit or a wood lathe. The style I was going for was an unfinished wood look. This gave me the ability to use straight lumber with minimal detail. It could be called Modern Homested Style (I kinda just made that up)
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
The above cut list sounds like a lot of cutting for a handsaw, but trust me, I did it in no time with a cheap $20 saw.
Once you have the parts cut, it is half way done. Ikea furniture is basically the same thing (just $200 more).
Start by laying out the two 53 ½” and two 28” boards in the form of a rectangle. This is the frame for the mattress. Notice the longer board ends are on the outside of the shorter boards. Once you are sure that your mattress will fit inside, then you want to glue, drill, and screw it together. Two screws each should hold it. It is a bit flimsy at this point but it will be braced next.
PLEASE NOTE: As you may have noticed there are a few differences between the instructions and pictures. One being the fact that the foot board is the same height as the head board in some of the pictures. I cut the foot board after I took the pictures because I thought it looked better. The instructions reflect the change. Another difference is the obvious use of a nail gun, this was just to "tack" the boards together and is not needed.
The best part is that you can use all the same bedding as the crib. I had a bed skirt that fit perfect and already matched the room.