This humble little toddler bed was the product of desperation. As married students we had little money for our growing family. Our second son was outgrowing his bassinet and our #1 son was to the point of crawling out of the crib. This was the result of invention with little money and few tools.
Advantages: For a toddlers first bed it is nearly impossible to fall out of. The closer a child rolls to the edge, the steeper the climb to fall out.
Durable: This bed has been used as the first bed for most of our 9 children. It has gone to Grandma's and has gone camping with us.
Portable: Packs up and stores easily- no tools for assembly. Just two ends, two dowels and the cover.
Materials: 2 - 8' 2x4 ( one for each end)
2- 4' x 11/4 inch dowels
1 - 4' x 1/2 inch dowel
Fabric: 45 x 40 inches
Tools: Saw (hand or electric), drill, 1 " and 1/2 " drill bits, a square, belt sander or pocket knife, sand paper, paint (optional) sewing machine and supplies - pins, scissors etc.