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As a parent, I am constantly learning new things about my daughter’s likes and dislikes. I recently learned that her all-in-one bed is pointless if she will not sleep in it. It was supposed to transform with the growing needs of our child, but try telling her that. Our original toddler bed is just a crib with one of the sides removed, so when she saw that her cousin is sleeping in a big kid bed she wanted no part of the all-in-one crib "for babies". I searched for a cheap solution because before you know it she will be in a twin-sized bed. The options are not good. Cheap ones fail with weight greater than 40 lbs. so we can’t sit at the foot of the bed to read to her. The beefier ones cost the same as an adult bed.

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 2714 in × 5158 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.

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I started by measuring the mattress. A standard crib mattress in the United States is 2714 in × 5158 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 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.

Purchase list:

   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

Tool list:

             1.      Hand saw

             2.      Drill with 1/16” drill bit and Philips bit

             3.      Measuring tape 

             4.      Wood glue

             5.      Pencil

             6.      Carpenters square (not required)

             7.      Power saw (not required)

             8.      Nail gun (not required)

             9.      18-guage 1 3/16” brads (not required)

       Cut list: 

             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

 

This was my first build from scratch, thanks for sharing your plans :)
<p>Some lumber yards with cut the pieces for you for free or low fee. I will be making couple of these for my dogs. The toddler mattress is just perfect for two or three to lay together on. bought a commercial one at a garage sale and they love it</p>
<p>I built this bed over the weekend. It was pretty simple. I did run into a couple of issues but looking at the pictures closer after the fact I realized what I did. It still turned out great after I modified a couple of measurements to make up for my mistake and I actually think it gives it a little more support. Great bed though and super easy for a beginner like me.</p>
<p>made a few adjustments, but love your design. I've never built anything before! Feel so proud. I used 1x6 instead of 1x4, lowered it a bit, and used leftover 1x2 to top the headboard and footboard.</p><p>Thank you for posting this! Feels really good to make something for my kid instead of buying something, and he got to help sand and prime!</p>
That made my day! That bed is a tank and will last forever too. Nice job.
<p>that's why I posted! Thank you so much for posting this project!</p>
My little girl is going to love it. I had a lot of fun make it. Thanks for the simple design.
<p>not sure if my message went through, do you have measurements for your bed? I like the rails you put on! </p>
<p>Just finished making one today, with a couple modifications: under bed height is 12 1/2 inches for bigger storage containers, plywood scraps for mattress supports, and side rails to keep kiddo in the bed. Then a little polyurethane for an easy to clean finish.</p>
<p>Very nice.</p>
<p>Very easy build. finished in about 4 hours including the trip to the store and paint. I added a safety rail to give my daughter a feeling of security when transferring from the crib.</p>
Great job! <br> <br>My one suggestion: If I were going to be sitting on the bed, I would put some lengths on the insides of the legs from the floor to the frame, just so the fasteners and glue holding the legs to the ends of the frame aren't taking all my weight. Might also better survive bed-jumping.
I am over 200 lbs and it doesn't even creak when I sit on it. My wife and daughter can lay on it and together are 150 lbs (notice how I didn't specify how much my wife weighs). I would never discourage someone from adding more supports; however, I have looked at hundreds of kids beds and this design I think will last. I has also been &quot;monkey on the bed&quot; tested. BTW: I love your wood box Instructable.
Sometimes I have a tendency to overbuild. This would be one more case, eh?
Nice build! Have a splendorous day! <br>sunshiine
Great job!

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