Toddler Farmhouse Bed

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 02/11/2010 - 07:07
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You will be amazed at just how easy it is to build these cute little farmhouse beds. And how inexpensive! Designed to fit a toddler sized mattress, please read comments as your mattress size may differ and you will need to make slight adjustments for the best fit.



Shopping List

10 – 1×2 Boards, 8′ Long (about $1 Each)
1 – 1×3 Board, 8′ Long (about $1.50 Each)
2 – 1×4 Boards, 8′ Long (about $3 Each)
2 – 1×6 Boards, 8′ Long (About $5 Each)
2″ Screws
1 1/4″ Screws
1 1/4″ Nails
Wood Glue
Wood Putty

Cut List

Cut List for the Headboard
A) 6 – 1×4 @ 18 1/2″ (Center Panel)
B) 2 – 1×3 @ 18 1/2″ (Side Pieces for Center Panel)
C) 1 – 1×2 @ 26″ (Cut to measurement, headboard trim – cut 2 if you do not want a arch)
D) 1 – 1×6 @ 26″ (Cut to measurement, headboard header, use 1×2 if you do not want arch)
E) 2 – 1×2 @ 18 1/2″ (Inside Leg Pieces)
F) 2 – 1×2 @ 30″ (Full Legs)
G) 1 – 1×2 @ 29″ (Top of Panel and Legs)
H) 1- 1×3 @ 30″ (Top of Headboard)
I) 2 – 1×2 @ 6″ (Cut to measure, Inside bottom Leg Pieces)
Cut List for Footboard
J) 6 – 1×4 @ 9″ (Center Panel)
K) 2 – 1×3 @ 9″ (Side Pieces of Center Panel)
L) 2 – 1×2 @ 26″ (Trim for the center panel, cut to measure)
M) 4 – 1×2 @ 15″ (Legs)
N) 1 – 1×2 @ 29″ (Top of the Panel and Legs)
O) 1 – 1×3 @ 30″ (Top of the Footboard)
Bed Frame
P) 2 – 1×6 @ 54 1/2″ ( Side Rails)
Q) 1- 1×6 @ 26″ (Endplate)
R) 2 – 1×2 @ 53 1/2″ (Cleats)
S) 18 – 1×2 @ 26″ (Slats)

Cutting Instructions

Please read comments and be aware that I designed this bed off of crib sized measurements from my daughter's mattress. Your mattress may be of a different size, and you will need to modify the plans to fit your mattress. Many people have done this successfully - please take a second to read comments.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Work on a clean level surface. Check for square after each step. Predrill and countersink your screw holes. Measure and cut all your boards. Use straight lumber. Wear eye and ear protection. Always use glue.


Step 1

Headboard Panel. Fasten the center panel boards, shown in green and blue above, to the bottom trim piece, as shown above. I recommend using the 1 1/4″ nails and glue, and fastening from the back into the back side of the bottom trim piece. Measure and cut the bottom trim piece to fit. Then if you are choosing to have an arch, cut out the arch and fasten the header to the center panel. If you do not want an arch, you can use a 1×2 board for the header.

Step 2

Inside Legs. Fasten the inside leg pieces to the sides of the center panel, as shown above. Use the 2″ screws and fasten to the header and the bottom trim, and the side panel piece.

Step 3

Outside Legs. Use the 1 1/4″ nails to fasten the full leg piece to the inside leg piece from step 2. Then use the 2″ nails to fasten the outside leg piece to the header and bottom trim.

Step 4

Top of the Panel and Legs. Use the 2″ nails to fasten the top piece, G, to the headboard. Measure and cut to fit.

Step 5

Step 6

Bottom Leg Pieces. Measure your 1×6 board to make sure it is exactly 5 1/2″ wide. Then use the above diagram to create a notch for the side rails. Use the 1 1/4″ nails and glue.

Step 7

Footboard Panel. Build the footboard panel, shown above, as you built the headboard panel in step 1.

Step 8

Inside Legs. Attach the inside legs using screws to the footboard panel as you did with the headboard panel in step 2.

Step 9

Outer Legs. Fasten the outside legs in place, as you did with the headboard panel. Use 1 1/4″ nails, and 2″ nails where there is more than 2″ of backing.

Step 10

Top of Footboard Panel and Legs. Measure and cut the top of the panel and legs, and fasten in place using the 2″ nails and glue.

Step 11

Top of Footboard. As you did with the headboard, fasten the top piece to the footboard as shown above.

Step 12

Side Rails and End Plate. Begin by fastening the side rails to the end plate using 2″ screws. Then use the 1 1/4″ screws to fasten the end plate to the footboard. Then use the 2″ screws to fasten the siderails to the headboard. The siderails will fit into the opening on the headboard.

Step 13

Cleats. Fasten the cleats to the inside of the siderails, as shown above. Use glue and the 1 1/4″ nails.

Step 14

Slats. As directed above, lay the slats on top of the cleats. Fasten in place with screws.

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Leslie (not verified)

Sat, 02/27/2010 - 10:12

OK, I confess that I look at these plans just about every day. My puglets are gonna have the best bed in the world! I think that, instead of a crib mattress, I'm going to make a really big mushy cushion with a cover that I can take off and wash. Ginger, my smallest pug, loves to dig around in her bedding, so this will be just the ticket. I'm counting the days until my move and then WATCH OUT!!! the saw dust'll be flyin' for sure!

Leslie (not verified)

Sat, 02/27/2010 - 17:24

This bed is so cute! I would love to do it in a twin size. How difficult would it be to convert the dimensions and supplies into a twin bed?

Ryan, Cazra, A… (not verified)

Sun, 02/28/2010 - 17:54

curious Ana, could you make 2 head boards and use it as a bottom toddler size bunk with the 2 footboards as teh top toddler bunk? We have 2 under 3 and need a smaller bunkbed! BTW, I am IN LOVE with your blog. I love, love, love what you do here! And now I have a to-do list about 15 miles long (make head board, make storage and media center, etc)!

Kari (not verified)

Sun, 02/28/2010 - 18:54

First of all-thank you so much for this site. You are so talented, inspiring and giving! Secondly-my DH built this today and noticed that it for for a 26x52 mattress. Our crib mattress is 28x52, so a few modifications needed to be made. I believe 28x52 is the standard crib mattress size, so I don't know if you want to modify your plans or just give a heads up to others. The bed turned out great. It took just a few hours to build and my daughter is sleeping in it tonight. Thank you!!!

Laurel (not verified)

Tue, 03/09/2010 - 20:56


Do the plans need to be adjusted as Kari said? If so, how do you suggest adjusting them?

Thank you so much for all you provide. I can't look at furniture the same anymore. Everything has become an "I could build that!" instead of a "We could never afford that".

Hoogard (not verified)

Thu, 04/08/2010 - 05:38

This is the good blog with good images and good details. Please keep on posting the more stuff. I will like to hear more from you.

Bro. Cameron (not verified)

Sat, 04/10/2010 - 11:49

My friend and I just made two of these (one for his son and one for mine). We did find that the 18 slats for the mattress was a little over-kill (we just used 8 and it is very sturdy). I plan on utilizing some of your other plans. Thanks and keep it coming for us!

Bro. Cameron (not verified)

Sat, 04/10/2010 - 12:11

The others are correct...this bed will NOT FIT a STANDARD Crib Mattress!! I think I can redo what I've done to make it fit, but it would be nice to have done it right the first time.