Free plans to build a beautiful toddler bed from Ana-White.com
6 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x6 @ 5 feet long
1 - 1/4” plywood or beadboard for panels at least @ 25 1/4” x 27 1/2”
2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x8 @ 8 feet long
4 - 6” turned sofa feet
2 - 1x3 @ 28”
2 - 1x6 @ 28”
2 - 1/4” plywood @ 12 1/2” x 27 1/2”
4 - 2x2 @ 16 1/2”
2 - 1x8 @ 51”
4 - 1x8 @ 16”
2 - 2x2 @ 52 1/4”
15 - 1x3 @ 27 1/2”
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Since most saw blades are only 1/8” thick, you’ll need to make two cuts side by side to notch out for the panel in this headboard. Set your saw fence 1/4” from the outside of the blade and run the board through once. Flip and run through again, this time right next to the first cut. Make sure your plywood fits in the groove.
Do the same for the top header board. Then use a jigsaw to cut arch shape out of top and sand smooth.
If you are not doing the turned legs, cut your legs 6" longer.
Notch the legs as well, but for a stained finish, you’ll want to leave the top portion of the legs. For a painted finish, you can notch all the way through.
Assemble the headboards with glue and screws.
Now add the two siderails. Since these will be covered by a mattress, go ahead and attach with pocket holes. Also drill two pocket holes facing upward to attach the decorative upper side rails (next step). You can actually attach the lower to upper siderails in this step as well. Glue the joint.
These are to support the mattress slats. I have them resting on the 1x3s in the headboards, but you can place at any height.
I recommend mattress slats pretty close together (shown 1” spacing) because crib mattresses are so flimsy. This one’s your call here - standard spacing is between 2 and 3”. You could also use 3/4” plywood as a base.
Attach legs to the 2x2s.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.