Toddler Bed #1: Simple & Quick

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Blog entry by AmandasHusband posted 02-19-2011 04:01 PM 4256 reads 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A couple weeks ago, out of the blue, I decided I was going to make a toddler bed for my soon to be 2 year old dauughter Emaline. I wanted it tbe fairly simple so she wouldn’t be 6 by the time I completed it. And I wanted it to be easy to take apart when she, and maybe the next one, grow out of it.

Oh, and it had to be painted. That was my wife’s choice. She’s one of those people that wants everything painted.

So poplar and pine it was.

Well, it’s poplar with pine “slats” going from rail to rail that will support the hardboard and mattress. The corner posts are 2×2’s. Rails 1×5’s. The support slats are 1×2’s. And the headboard is two 1×5’s glued together. The foot posts are 13” long and the head posts 26”. Rails 52” long and the support slats and foot and head rails 28”. So you guessed it. That piece of hardboard is 28”x52”. And the bottom of the rails are 6” from the floor.

I used my new Kreg master system to put this bed together. Plugged the pocketholes with the paintable plugs. I attached the headboard to the posts with decorative screws. Which, my wife has infomed me will be painted.

Here’s where I’m at now. Pretty much done. I just need to primer & paint it then screw down the hardboard.

I hope to get it finished either this weekend or next with a new blog entry explaining what I would have done different, cost, maybe a sketch/plan, and some finished pics.

-- In this world there's two kinds of people my friend. Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.

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#1 posted 02-20-2011 04:47 AM

You worked quick. I wanted to make a toddler bed for my daughter, but realistically, I’ve got too many projects going on. Instead we are trying to transition her straight to a twin bed (this weekend was the plan actually). The problem is that the bed rails we bought had a defect so we need to send them back. Guess we’ll try again in a couple weekends. For now she is just getting used to the idea of this new piece of furniture in her room.

Your project is looking really good. I’m looking forward to seeing the painted version. Are you planning to use bed rails for this bed? great work!

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#2 posted 02-20-2011 04:48 AM

Excellent work. I love the simplicity of the design. I remember when I designed and built beds for my kids that I forgot to make all the edges kid proof. Instead of using a round over bit in my router I used a concave bit. I thought it was a pretty cool design feature. It was soon after this that we discovered that one of children likes to sleep walk. I lived in fear that she might run into the corner of her bed and injur herself. Fortunately that hasn’t happened. We our pprojects to look good, function well, and be safe. Let’s remember those rounded corners for the sake of little feet.

-- Doug

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