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.