Friday, March 15, 2013

DIY Toddler Bed

Update: Measurements and (brief) instructions for constructing the bed can be found here. These instructions are for a standard size crib mattress. 

I’d like to say that Ben’s toddler bed was a joint effort between Chris and me but that would be omitting the fact that Chris constructed it entirely by himself. 

I sketched out a rough design and did the paint job. So let’s be fair: This was Chris’ labor of love. 

You’ll remember that the bed started out with only the upper part enclosed (click here and then scroll down to see the first prototype). Unfortunately, Ben kept rolling off the bed in the middle of the night. We’d come in to see how he was doing and find a little sleeping babe huddled on the floor. 

No good. 

So we hauled it down to the garage and Chris added the footbed surrounds.

And it was our kind of price: we already had the wood, nails, caulk, and paint. If you thought the exterior looked remarkably like the wall color of our master bedroom and the interior closely resembled our closet color, well, then you’d be right. 

And last but not least, this is what in-home photo shoots look like in our house. 

Pure chaos. 




  1. Anonymous6:25 PM

    Can you post length and height measurements of each of the rails please. And can you also take a picture of the bottom part? Please!!!!! (:

  2. Yes, happy to. As soon as it’s not occupied by a sleeping toddler. :)

  3. Anonymous2:55 PM

    Thank you(:

  4. Ok, here are the measurements:

  5. Anonymous9:13 AM

    Hi! Would you be willing to make the same bed and sell it? I love it!

  6. Hi! So glad you like it and thanks for the offer but we are not up for reproducing this guy again. Pretty sure my husband is only up for one piece of furniture per year. :) I bet you’d have no trouble finding a handyman to replicate it though. Best of luck!

  7. Anonymous8:58 AM

    Is there a way that you can post step by step instructions on how to make it? I really like it and I wanna make one for my baby.

  8. I don’t have any step by steps up although we do have a list of supplies and measurements here:

    Pretty sure he attached the legs to the flat base of plywood first and then attached the sides to both the base and the feet after that. After that it was caulk and paint. Hope that helps and good luck!

  9. Great project! I was wondering about how much all the lumber cost?

  10. We actually had all the lumber on hand so I can’t provide good estimates but I think one 4x8 piece of plywood and a 6’ 4x4 (which would be way too long but is the shortest you can buy) would be sufficient.