DIY Toddler BedThursday, January 23, 2014
Around the time our son was going to turn two this past fall, my husband and I (mostly me at first) started cooking up a plan for a toddler bed. We used a hand-me-down crib that did not convert and every other bed in our home is way too high for him to transition to right now. My dream bed/room for him when he's maybe four involves this bed, but the price tag on it will have to wait for now.
When I started browsing pinterest, I did find a few tutorials that were kiiiinnd of what I was looking for but needed some tweaking. I was thinking simple platform bed, fits his crib mattress, not too high from the floor, safe, and white paint. So here is my vision and a lot of hard work from my husband! I will still have to adjust the decor in his room a little more because the crib left a big blank wall, so I hope to show you a finished room later this month or maybe next. If you are handy AT ALL you can do this!
When building this bed we wanted to spend as little as possible but still have a solid sustainable bed that my husband and I could lay down on too when needed. We also needed it to be able to handle bouncing and general horse play! I have to say it does this well. My husband is 200+ lbs and lays down on it regularly and it doesn't make a creak. Of course, if you are not planning for it to hold an adult and general horseplay you probably wouldn't need all the supports we used below.
Most of our supplies came from Home Depot and are standard cuts of wood, however, you may be able to have some pieces cut if needed at your hardware store/lumber yard. Here's what you'll need!
- Two 1x8" Select Pine Lumber 8 ft long (upgrade to Poplar if you are willing to spend more.) Frame
- Two 2x4" by 8 ft long pieces of lumber Supports
- 1 7/16" 4ft by 8ft OSB Sheathing (this is kind of like plywood) Platform Base
- 1 Box 2 1/2 in screws
- 1 Tube white caulk
- 1 Small Tub DAP spackle
- 4 small L brackets with 2 holes on each side.
- 8 3/4" screws (for L bracket)
- Paint or Stain
PROCESSStart with the Frame:
- Cut Pine exterior boards using a Compound Miter Saw (we borrowed one and have on more than one occasion)
- Cut the two boards for the length of the bed 53 1/4" on the outside with a 45 degree miter joint.
- Cut the two boards for the width 30" on the outside with a 45 degree miter joint.
- Using the miter saw cut 2x4" boards to make 5 supports. Each support will be 28 1/4" long.
- Mark with a pencil 2 1/2 inches down from the top of the frame boards on the inside at each of the 4 corners. (This will leave the mattress 2" inset from the top of the frame after you put the OSB Sheathing on top of the frame.) This will be the top of the 2x4 brace. Put one 2x4 brace at each end of the bed. Screw 2 screws at each end of each side of the exterior frame. This will hold the frame together. Be sure to line up your miter joints before securing the brace.
- Measure and Divide the remaining space between the braces by 4 and use that to measure the distance between the next 3 braces. Screw those in 2 1/2" down (the top of the 2x4) from the top of the frame with two screws on each end from the exterior of the bed. See photo above for brace spacing.
- Be sure to set all screws in to the frame. You will spackle and paint over later. You don't want the screw flush or sticking out of the board.
- Cut OSB Sheathing into a 52" by 28 1/4" piece using a jig saw
- Place sheathing on top of frame and screw into braces
|Check for sturdiness of course!|
- Caulk gap between sheathing and frame. Caulk miter joints.
- Spackle over the the screw holes. Let caulk and spackle dry.
- After spackle dries, sand flush by hand or with random orbital sander. I used a 100 grit to start then finished with a 120 grit. If spackle does not look flush after sanding reapply spackle and repeat this step
- Wipe down all surfaces with damp rag (not wet). Let dry
- Prime. Let dry.
Two weeks ago we put it in Jonah's room and he thinks it's great. For a while he told me "no" he wanted to stay in his crib, but this bed was taking up room in my extra bedroom/sewing/studio and I couldn't take it anymore. He was ready and he thinks its pretty cool. More on his transition later.
When do you transition your kids our of their cribs?
and what his room looks like today: Toddler Boy Room