Toddler Upholstered Bed

Submitted by Ana White on Sun, 04/11/2010 - 20:21
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A cute simple project that uses a standard crib mattress to create both a seating and sleeping surface in your child's room. This daybed is easy to build and inexpensive.

Fits Standard Crib/Toddler Mattress


Shopping List

3 Yards of Batting, 60″ wide (double up on the headrest)
2 Yards of fabric, 60″ wide and sewing notions
1 – Sheet of 1/2 Plywood (can be OSB, cheap stuff works just fine!)
5 – 2×2 Boards
1 – 1×3
1 – 10′ 1×6 Board
1 – 2×6 Board (Stud Length or 8′ Length)
2 1/2″ Screws
2″ Screws
Staples (1/2″)

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

Cut List for Bed Frame and Side Rails

2 – 2×2 @ 52″ (Frame Sides)
7 – 2×2 @ 25″ (Frame Slats)
2 – 2×2 @ 9″ (Front Legs)
2 – 1×6 @ 28″ (Siderails)
1 – 1×6 @ 54″ (Measure to fit, front rail)

Cut List for Headboard

2 – 2×2 @ 29″ (Headboard Legs)
1 – 2×2 @ 49″ (Headboard Top Frame)
1 – 2×6 @ 49″ (Headboard Bottom Frame)
2- 1/2″ Plywood @ 23 1/2″ x 52″ (Panel)
2 – 1×3 @ 23 1/2″ (Side Trim)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Staple Gun


Step 1

Bed Frame. Like all of our projects, this one is no different in that we start with a “box” and trim it out. Use 2 1/2″ screws to build the frame above. The space doesn’t have to be exact, and you could actually add more slats if you wanted to (for example you are concerned about your kids jumping on the bed).

Step 2

Legs. Use 2 1/2″ screws to screw the legs to the frame on the front two corners, as shown above.

Step 3

Siderails. First cover your siderails with batting, stapling in place. Then cover with fabric, stapling in place from the inside of the siderail to hide your staples. Fasten to the end slats, keeping ends flush but leaving 1/2″ gap on the top to keep your mattress from sliding off. Make sure your screws grip the wood of the siderails.

Step 4

Front Rails. Upholster the front rail as you did in the previous step and attach with 2″ screws to the front of the bed frame. Don’t forget to fasten to the legs, too.

Step 5

Step 6

Panel. Use 2″ screws or nails to the frame, as shown here. Square up your headboard first. Keep outside edges flush.

Step 7

Sides of Headboard. Finish the sides of the headboard by adding the 1x3s to the sides, as shown above. This also give you a clean spot to fold your fabric under and staple.

Step 8

Upholstering. Cover the headboard in batting, as shown above. Staple in place and trim if necessary. Then neatly cover with fabric, carefully hiding your staples on the bottom edge. You may wish to instead sew a slipcover.

Step 9

Assembly. Using a level, line the bed frame up with the headboard. Then use the 2 1/2″ screws to fasten through the back frame board directly into the headboard. Remember, we used a 2×6 for this very purpose.

Finishing Instructions
Finish Used
You may wish to finish any exposed wood on the legs.
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Paula Porter (not verified)

Mon, 04/12/2010 - 04:08

Love it!!! Thank you Ana for the fantablous inspiration!!!
BTW.....We have the same PB quilt for my youngest! :)

gkey (not verified)

Mon, 04/12/2010 - 04:34

dear One thing leads to another,
My 12 yr old daughter has been talking about a day bed instead of the extra twin size bed in her room. It appears we could do some adapting and have just what she wants without having to go shop for one. Also, in our 'library-guest-room' would be a perfect way to have it only a 'bedroom' when we need it.
another admirer of all you do
AND esp. of the fabrics/colors/style used in Graces room.

Erinyay (not verified)

Mon, 04/12/2010 - 05:08

" This is why I have not done a mirrored finish on furniture, because I'm not sponsored by Windex."

You are too funny!

I was Googling "build couch" yesterday- this is a very opportune plan! Thank you!

Odile (not verified)

Mon, 04/12/2010 - 06:59

LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I was going to buy some "pull out chairs to a bed" for my sons room so when he have sleepovers, there will be enough room for everyone, but this is way better! Thanks so much for the "how to" and plans!! You rock!

lanisanford (not verified)

Mon, 04/12/2010 - 07:07

this is gorgeous! I planned to make the farmhouse bed but I am gonna make this one now. Too bad I can't just run out and buy the fabric. Have to order here in SE. I'm thinking the headboard would look great tufted.

Nicole (not verified)

Mon, 04/12/2010 - 07:48

Ana! this is great! I love it and want to make it for my daughter. But twin sized and with a trundle. Oh the ideas your site gives me. Thanks for your time!

mrs. c (not verified)

Mon, 04/12/2010 - 08:39

So cute, what little girl would not love this "grown-up" bed!

GreenerLinen (not verified)

Mon, 04/12/2010 - 08:47

I was just trying to figure out if I could do something similar to this with your 'trundle bed' plans! I've built the trundle I which I'm going to upholster, then I was going to build and attach an upholstered headboard for the back, and then I thinking I could build two of your 'spa benches' and upholster them to add as 'couch arms'. I'm still a little bit concerned what the weight limit would be for an adult version if I used this as a couch and ended up with 4 grown ups sitting on it... The legs on this don't seem like they would support many grown-ups...

rachel (not verified)

Mon, 04/12/2010 - 09:46

This bed is beautiful! It may be the first project I tackle once we move to a bigger space. Thank you so much for taking the time to write these plans and share them with us. I've already bookmarked a bunch of projects that I want to try.