I really liked the design of the Rustic platform bed, and wanted to make a small version for my toddler. So I tweaked everything down to fit a toddler mattress, and then reduced the wood sizes for weight (2x6 became 1x6, 2x4 became 1x4). First built with the slats design but was way too heavy, so went with a sheet of plywood. Headboard is still 2x4 and 2x6. I also got rid of the platforms so the bed could go up against the wall. Finally, added the side rail guard so no rolling out onto the floor. That required a new tool (yay!) and I bought a biscuit joiner to make it. It took some effort to get it mounted to the bed rail, but it works. In the end, my toddler loves it, and was so excited when I brought it in. She loves having her own sized little bed that she can hop into (and out of) as she pleases. Best of all, it's strong enough if she needs us to snuggle her, we can lay next to her.
Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Sanded, then sealed with Kilz primer, and painted with semi-gloss white.
Recommended Skill Level