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Toddler Upholstered Bed

April 11, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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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.

Toddler Upholstered Bed

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Toddler Upholstered Bed
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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Toddler Upholstered Bed
Dimensions: 
Fits Standard Crib/Toddler Mattress

Materials and Tools

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″)

wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
staple gun

Cut List

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)

Step 1

Toddler Upholstered Bed

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

Toddler Upholstered Bed

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

Step 3

Toddler Upholstered Bed

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

Toddler Upholstered Bed

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

Toddler Upholstered Bed

Headboard Frame. Build the headboard frame using 2 1/2″ screws. Leave a 5 1/2″ gap under the bottom 2×6 board, shown in yellow above.

Step 6

Toddler Upholstered Bed

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

Step 7

Toddler Upholstered Bed

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

Toddler Upholstered Bed

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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So cute! Do you have this

So cute! Do you have this plan for adult sized beds as well?

posted by Lacey from Weekends at Home (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-04-11 22:47

wow..this is so cool! and i

wow..this is so cool! and i love ANYTHING PINK! hee hee..

after showing my husband your blog, he even said he would love to make a media rack for the TV, taken from your plans..and he even said something about making a sofa?!

seeing this, I'm starting to get an idea of how we might just be able to pull that off!

great work on the upholstering too :D

posted by Zack Abd (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-04-11 22:55

Great timing! I don't have a

Great timing! I don't have a toddler, but I'm going to use this as inspiration for the twin-sized daybeds for my guest room. :) Perfect! Grace's room is adorable! And I'm stealing your pancake recipe. Too bad I failed to pick enough blueberries last year, and I'm already out. :(

posted by Karla (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-04-11 23:15

AWW! that is sooo cute!!!! Id

AWW! that is sooo cute!!!! Id love to make one of these! maybe a twin for the guest as someone else said. would be oh so cute!! what a neat idea to use the curtains!

posted by aklatina (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-04-11 23:48

That is too cute! And I

That is too cute! And I happen to have a toddler in need of a bed.... thanks so much for all you share so freely :)

posted by Kay (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-04-12 03:23

I love that, unlike most

I love that, unlike most toddler beds, this one can still be used as a little sofa when your daughter needs to move to a bigger bed.

posted by Joy (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-04-12 03:25

What an adorable room! I

What an adorable room! I love the fabric/curtians you decided to use!

posted by Amber (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-04-12 03:56

I Can't even begin to tell

I Can't even begin to tell you how much I am in love with this toddler bed! It is super sweet. I have a 2 year old that will eventually need a bed... (Try to keep her in the crib as long as I can it makes nap time easier)

But this is the bed that we will make her when she is ready for that next step.... I love that you re used The curtains. And also the crib mattress... It always seems a shame to me that they just sit unused .... Love it. Great Job.

posted by Hi I'm Amy, (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-04-12 04:42

I love this so much! Just

I love this so much! Just beautiful.

posted by Catherine Hansen Peart (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-04-12 05:19

So cute!!!I wonder if people

So cute!!!
I wonder if people have any idea the amount of time and work it takes to produce a post like this.
You rock :)

posted by J. (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-04-12 05:30

Love it!!! Thank you Ana for

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

posted by Paula Porter (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-04-12 06:08

dear One thing leads to

dear One thing leads to another,
Lovely!
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.
love,
another admirer of all you do
AND esp. of the fabrics/colors/style used in Graces room.

posted by gkey (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-04-12 06:34

" This is why I have not done

" 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!

posted by Erinyay (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-04-12 07:08

LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I was

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!

posted by Odile (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-04-12 08:59

this is gorgeous! I planned

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.

posted by lanisanford (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-04-12 09:07

Ana! this is great! I love

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!

posted by Nicole (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-04-12 09:48

So cute, what little girl

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

posted by mrs. c (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-04-12 10:39

I was just trying to figure

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...

posted by GreenerLinen (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-04-12 10:47

Like your simple and useful

Like your simple and useful sofa idea.The pink color is so soft and yet so full of warmth and love that bed linen in it looks soothing.

custom bedroom furniture

posted by handcrafted furniture (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-04-12 11:21

This bed is beautiful! It

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.

posted by rachel (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-04-12 11:46

Wow!! Too bad we are past

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...

posted by famr_4evr (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-04-12 12:33

Amazing post! I'm going to

Amazing post! I'm going to adapt these plans to make one of these: http://tinyurl.com/tatebed

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!

posted by Michaela (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-04-12 14:44

um er, i can't seem to link

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.

posted by craftpriestess (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-04-12 18:58

Love your daughter's bed.

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!

posted by dcvs (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-04-13 07:15

I love this bed! And that

I love this bed! And that Waverly fabric from fabric.com... 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!

posted by Elin (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-04-13 08:56

AGGHHHH we just cut the wood

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

posted by Reldon and Jessica (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-04-13 18:48

Any chance of getting the

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

posted by Deenie (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-04-13 19:09

LOVE IT! I'm with the above

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!

posted by Crazy Bailey's (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-04-13 20:57

That bed is absolutely

That bed is absolutely adorable! Love it!!

Lindsay
www.adesignstory.com

posted by lindsay (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-04-14 06:29

Ana,My mother is coming to

Ana,

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?

posted by Life in Rehab (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-04-14 09:38

please please post full sized

please please post full sized plans. =)

posted by jasi (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-04-14 17:52

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE post

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

posted by MOgirl (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-04-21 18:50

I LOVE this! I think it will

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.

posted by Wendy (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-05-04 14:33

I LOVE this! I think it will

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.

posted by Wendy (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-05-04 14:33

Wow! This is perfect! I'm

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!

posted by carolyn jardine quinn (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-06-01 08:40

This is Cristina's husband.

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.

posted by cristina (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-06-05 09:07

Awesome plans! I just built

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!

posted by Christina (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-06-25 05:44

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posted by home loan remortgage (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-07-10 23:14

i'm gonna make this. thank

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

posted by kelli (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-08-13 14:28

My husband and I finished

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.

posted by teewonk (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-09-06 16:27

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