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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famr_4evr (not verified)

Mon, 04/12/2010 - 10:33

Wow!! Too bad we are past the toddler bed stage. But I'm thinking that I could do something like this for DD age 17. Now to get thinking...

Michaela (not verified)

Mon, 04/12/2010 - 12:44

Amazing post! I'm going to adapt these plans to make one of these:

Your blog is a true inspiration. I feel as though there is so much possibility and creative potential in me that I didn't know was there before!

Thank you for all your hard work and effort!

craftpriestess (not verified)

Mon, 04/12/2010 - 16:58

um er, i can't seem to link to the plans for grace's bed. i would love to take this on, and use it as a low, deep sofa for entertaining.

dcvs (not verified)

Tue, 04/13/2010 - 05:15

Love your daughter's bed. I'm still hoping for plans for the upholstered bed your sister built. Would really like to built one like hers!

Elin (not verified)

Tue, 04/13/2010 - 06:56

I love this bed! And that Waverly fabric from I bought all that was left on Friday when it went on sale. We are wallpapering my daughter's nursery in it (above the wainscoating)!!! Once she outgrows her cake this upholstered bed with the remnants!

Reldon and Jessica (not verified)

Tue, 04/13/2010 - 16:48

AGGHHHH we just cut the wood for the farmhouse toddler bed and now I want this adorable beauty hmmm maybe for the next one.

Deenie (not verified)

Tue, 04/13/2010 - 17:09

Any chance of getting the measurements for a twin daybed for this?

Crazy Bailey's (not verified)

Tue, 04/13/2010 - 18:57

LOVE IT! I'm with the above poster...would you ever have the time to do twin plans? We appreciate you! This would be my first project but I have to make it twin and I am not sure I could figure it out right...Thanks!

Life in Rehab (not verified)

Wed, 04/14/2010 - 07:38


My mother is coming to live with me (in the middle of all of our reconstruction), and until I get her quarters finished, she'll be sleeping in the Florida room. I needed a couch that would double as a bed, and I really wasn't ready to splurge for something new. This is perfect! You just saved my life! I'll be adjusting your measurements this afternoon...unless you have full sized plans coming?