Toddler bed DIY project is so simple and affordable! You’re going to love it.
Most of you all know by now I have toddler twins. I kept them in a crib as long as possible but the time has come to move them to toddler beds. They started climbing out of the crib and I was worried they get hurt in the middle of the night.
Our cribs don’t transition to the toddler bed so we needed to find something else. I searched for a while for an affordable toddler bed but all the ones I found were $100+ and didn’t have great reviews. The reviews always said something like breaks easy, won’t last, slates broke in a month. Well, my twins are wild. They climb jump hit and tear up everything so I knew those would not be good options.
I finally convinced my husband we could easily build one for half the cost and it would be so much sturdier than the store bought ones. He agreed!
We created these plans our self and are so happy with how they turned out. We only ended up spending about $60 on the whole thing! We built this in about 2 hours including cutting all the wood. Even someone with little knowledge about word working and beginner skills can do this project. It’s so simple.
Below I’m going to go through step by step how we made this toddler bed
*** we have been using this for a few months and its held up wonderfully.
What you will need
1 – 1×3 Board, 8′ Long
3 – 1×4 Boards, 8′ Long
2 – 1×6 Boards, 8′ Long
Cut List for the Headboard
8 – 1×4 @ 18 1/2″
2 – 1×2 @ 28″
2 – 1×2 @ 18 1/2″ (Inside Leg Pieces)
2 – 1×2 @ 30″ (Full Legs)
1 – 1×2 @ 31″ (Top of Panel and Legs)
1- 1×3 @ 32″ (Top of Headboard)
2 – 1×2 @ 6″ (Cut to measure, Inside bottom Leg Pieces)
Cut List for Footboard
8 – 1×4 @ 9″ (Center Panel)
2 – 1×2 @ 28″ (Trim for the center panel, cut to measure)
4 – 1×2 @ 15″ (Legs)
1 – 1×2 @ 31″ (Top of the Panel and Legs)
1 – 1×3 @ 32″ (Top of the Footboard)
2 – 1×6 @ 54 1/2″ Side Rails
1- 1×6 @ 29.5″ Endplate
2 – 1×2 @ 53 1/2″ Cleats
7– 1×2 @ 28″ Slats
Please be aware that we created this bed off of crib sized measurements from my kid’s mattress. Your mattress may be of a different size, and you will need to modify the plans to fit your mattress.
Our mattress size is 52″L x 27.5″W x 6″H.
Go ahead and pre-cut all your wood from the cut list. As you cut, sort them into piles.
I went ahead and laid all my pieces out where they should go.
** I created these images for each step of the build. They are color-coded to help show which piece of wood I’m talking about in each step. I hope this will help make this build as simple as possible.
Step 1: Lay out your headboard panels. Add a thin line of wood glue on the bottom side of your headboard trim to really secure the 2 pieces together. Nail your Headboard trim to your headboard panels with nail your nail gun or a nail and hammer.
Step 2: Line the inside of your inside leg pieces with wood glue. Now attach your inside leg pieces on each side of your headboard by nailing it into your headboard panel and your Headboard trim.
Step 3: Add your full legs to your headboard. Again first add a line of wood glue to the already attached inside legs and then secure the full legs to the inside legs with your nails or 2″ screws. We used 2″ inch screws and nails for added support.
Step 4: Attach the top of panel and legs by adding wood glue to the bottom side and then nailing into your headboard panels.
Step 5: Attach the top of your headboard by again using wood glue on the bottom side (put wood glue on the already nailed in top of panel and legs piece since the top of headboard is a tad longer) use 2″ screws to secure into the headboard.
Step 6: Attach the inside bottom legs to your full legs. Add wood glue to the 6″ 1×2 and then use nails to secure them to full legs.
Step 1: Lay out your footboard center panels. Add a thin line of wood glue on the bottom side of your footboard trim before you nail it in place to really secure the 2 pieces together. Now you’re going to nail your footboard trim to your footboard panels with either nail and a hammer or a nail gun.
Step 2: Line your first set of leg pieces with wood glue (you will do this 2 times). Now attach your leg pieces on each side of your footboard by nailing it into your footboard panel and your footboard trim. Now repeat again with 2nd leg pieces.
Step 4: Attach the top of panel and legs by adding wood glue to the bottom side and then nailing into your footboard panels.
Step 5: Attach the top of your footboard by again using wood glue on the bottom side (put wood glue on the already nailed in the top of panel and legs piece since the top of the footboard is a tad longer) use 2″ screws to secure into the footboard.
Step 1: Add cleats to your side rails. Apply wood glue to the inside first and then screw your cleats into your side rails using 1 1/4″ Screws.
Step 3: Attach your bed frame to your headboard and footboard. Your side rails should fit perfectly into the space between your inside leg pieces and bottom legs of the headboard. Screw your side rails into legs of footboard using 2″ screws on each side. Then add nails for extra support.
Step 4: Screw your endplate into your footboard using 2″ screws. Using wood glue if you’d like.
Step 5: Add your slates. Screw these into place using 1 1/4 screws and use wood glue if you’d like.
Now your bed should be fully put together and secure and it’s time to stain or paint it!
Before you start to stain you need to go in and add wood filler over your nail and screw hole. Once your wood filler is dry sand everything down well. And wipe off any dust from sanding.
You can now stain your piece or paint however you’d like.
I always like to use a pre-stain before applying stain to give it an even finish.
So there you have it! Our DIY farmhouse toddler bed turned out perfectly. Our twins love them and even after months of use they are solid and sturdy with no issues at all.
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