Sunday, March 31, 2013

DIY: Toddler Bed Measurements

We’ve gotten a few questions about Ben’s toddler bed and the measurements. 


Here is a little sheet with the measurements that we used. Please note, this bed fits a standard sized crib mattress, with a little room on all sides for sheets and the mattress protector. 


Please note: There are actually eight (8) legs that are required, not six (6). Sorry. 

Supplies:
Plywood
4x4 post (16” total needed)
screws
caulk (optional)
low voc paint
clear finish top coat (optional) (like this)(1.)

Tools:
Saw (circular saw for the straight plywood cuts and a jigsaw for the rounded edges. A chop saw is also nice for cutting the legs but that could be done with the circular saw)(2.)
Drill
Painting supplies

Notes:
1. I’ve noticed that regular wall paint tends to feel a bit tacky when used on furniture. This is not a proven fact, just my observation. Thus, I like to seal stuff with a final furniture-specific layer. Another solution (I’ve heard) would be to use an old-based paint but those are very fumey - especially for a toddler to sleep in. Either way, plan on keeping it in the garage for a few extra days to de-fume, even if you’re using a low voc paint.

2. Chris also used a finish nailer to tap a few brads into the upper sides where they attached to the header/footer but a glue/narrow screw combo would also probably work just fine. 


A bottom view of the crib (note placement of legs). Also, can you tell that Ben just woke up? Not excited about being evicted from his cozy nest for picture-taking purposes. 




Crib feet are only two inches high. Screw sides onto the crib by sinking screws into feet (horizontally):


See more pictures here

xo, 
Sonja

1 comment:

  1. Hi Amanda,

    Feel free to ask questions here; this post gets a lot of traffic so perhaps they’ll be questions that are helpful for the group. If you’d prefer not to, then I can be reached at SweetSeattleLife@gmail.com.

    Thanks! Sonja

    PS: I’m also going to delete your comment so your email address isn’t publicly posted. :)

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