Toddler Upholstered Bed

Submitted by Ana White on Sun, 04/11/2010 - 20:21
Difficulty
Intermediate
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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.

Dimensions
Fits Standard Crib/Toddler Mattress

Preparation

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
primer
wood conditioner
paint
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)

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

Instructions

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.

Comments

MOgirl (not verified)

Wed, 04/21/2010 - 16:50

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE post twin size plans! I need a bed for my new apartment, and this would be SO perfect! THANK YOU!st

Wendy (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 12:33

I LOVE this! I think it will be my first Knock Off Wood project! The only thing that would make it better is if you could life the mattress and find storage bins underneath. Any idea on how to do that? You could hide them from the outside by putting a dust ruffle type thingie along the bottom edge. Like what most couches have, you know what I mean. I sew, so I could figure that out.

Wendy (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 12:33

I LOVE this! I think it will be my first Knock Off Wood project! The only thing that would make it better is if you could life the mattress and find storage bins underneath. Any idea on how to do that? You could hide them from the outside by putting a dust ruffle type thingie along the bottom edge. Like what most couches have, you know what I mean. I sew, so I could figure that out.

carolyn jardin… (not verified)

Tue, 06/01/2010 - 06:40

Wow! This is perfect! I'm planning to re-use an existing (and not so pretty) Ikea full-sized headboard attached to this frame. Thanks for posting so many detailed plans. You ROCK!

cristina (not verified)

Sat, 06/05/2010 - 07:07

This is Cristina's husband. We just built these and they look great. I hope to post pics soon. Some notes that might help others:

1) we built these for our twins and if anyone else does the same you will only need ONE 2x6 to complete both beds. There was another piece of lumber that I only needed one of, but I can't remember which it was. It might have been the 1x3.

2) we have a daughter who bangs around a lot, so instead of two layers of batting on the headboard we did 1 layer of batting and one layer of 2" foam. However, we made a mistake the first time through by covering the whole front of the headboard with foam. It soon became clear that would not work as it would interfere with the attachment of the slats. Then we tried cutting the foam back to the joint with the slats. That also did not work as it pushed the mattress out too far, so we cut it even higher so that foam only covered the area of the headboard not covered by the mattress. I hope that makes sense.

3) Finally, some alterations with the screws: a) We found when we used 2" screws for attaching the side/front rails that the rails just tore right off. We then tried the 2 1/2" screws, but they went all the way through the upholstery. So we had to get 2 1/4" wood screws. They were expensive, but they worked great. b) When we considered the aggressive style of play that our twins enjoy, we felt like using the 2 1/2" screws to attach the slats to the headboard would not provide the stability we would need. We used 3 1/2" instead so that the screw would go through the 2x2 and the MDF to reach the 2x6. That helped a lot.

Hope this helps anyone who tackles the project! And thanks, Ana. This was a lot of fun. I've caught the bug and will tackle the apothecary table next. Fingers crossed.

Christina (not verified)

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 03:44

Awesome plans! I just built one yesterday for my son! I posted my pictures to the brag board! Take a look! I love your site and check it every morning as my morning routine! Thank you so much!

kelli (not verified)

Fri, 08/13/2010 - 12:28

i'm gonna make this. thank you so much for the plans and the confidence! i would have never tried (i doubt) without it. we will also soon need the bunkbed plans too for the boys. i will definately post pics as i will be so proud :)

kelli

teewonk (not verified)

Mon, 09/06/2010 - 14:27

My husband and I finished this lovely bed for our 20 month-old today. See pictures from the work in progress at http://stephenthrasher.blogspot.com/2010/09/new-bed.html. We are very pleased! Best lesson learned: if this is your first project, it will take you longer than it took Ana. Also, we were unable to find 2x2 boards at our local Home Depot, so we had to adjust some measurements to account for the 2x3s we were using.