Build Two Toddler Beds for $75

July 29, 2009

Friends! I’m so excited to tell you about this project. When we moved in, we decided to put two toddler-size beds in Oscar’s and Betty’s small bedroom, but every bed option that I loved was really expensive. Especially when you multiplied by two. So I decided to build my own.

Two super-simple, upholstered platform-ish beds. They are adorable. Especially side-by-side. They are low to the floor, so if Betty rolls off in her sleep, she won’t get hurt (this is Betty’s first bed since leaving her crib). They use crib-size mattresses, so they don’t have a big footprint. And they were a total bargain to build — $75 total for both. So I suppose that means you could build just one for about $37.

Here are the directions, in case you want to make your own. The instructions are for two beds, but if you only need one, just half everything. Or find a buddy who also wants to build a bed and work together.

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Part one: Build the base.

Materials to Build Two Beds (about $25):
-4 pieces plywood, 3/8″ thick. 10″ x 51″
-4 pieces plywood, 3/8″ thick. 10″ x 25″
(I had these pieces cut from one 4′x8′ piece of 3/8″ plywood that cost $8.)
-4 pieces of 2″ x 2″ wood. 48″ long
(I bought one 2 x 2 board that was 8′ long and had it cut in half. They are about $3 each.)
-2 pieces plywood, 1/4″ thick. 24″ x 48″
(These are typically available in this exact size for about $3 at Home Depot.)
-Screws #6, 1 1/4 inch.
(A box of 100 sells for about $5.)
-drill.

Directions:
-Make a rectangular box with the 10″ pieces of wood. Two short pieces and two long pieces. Attach with 3 screws on each side. This is easier if you pre-drill.
-On the long sides, make a mark at 2.5 inches along the outside and at 2 inches along the inside.
-Align one piece of the 2 x 2 inch wood so that the top hits just under the inside marks. Use clamps to brace or have a helper hold in place.
-From the outside of the box drill in along the 2.5 mark at 5 places along the rail. Repeat on other side of box.

-Lay 24 x 48 plywood on rails. Attach with 2 screws on each side.
And that’s it. The mattress will rest inside the two inch lip. Don’t worry if the box is a bit rough — if the screws aren’t perfectly aligned, etc. The box will be completely covered by fabric.

Before you start cutting wood, please read these Notes on Mattress Size:
I didn’t include the price of the mattress in the project because most people in need of a toddler bed will already have a crib size mattress from their crib. If you do plan to use a standard crib mattress, you’ll need to make adjustments to the size of the base. Standard crib mattresses are 52″ x 26″, which will be a bit too big for this base. But be sure to measure the mattress you own. They vary.

My crib mattress has been used by 5 kids and is failing. So we ordered two custom ones to fit the bases I’d designed. We ordered them from: The Foam Factory. 6 x 24.5 x 49.5 inches. $48 each. Free shipping if your order is over $75. So place your order with a buddy. : )

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Part two: The Upholstery.

Materials to Upholster (about $50):
-One full-size or queen-size package of hi-loft cotton batting
(This was $25 at JoAnns. Watch for sales or coupons and I’m sure you could get it cheaper.)
-About 4.5 yards of fabric. You could use much less if you don’t mind seaming it together. For each bed, you’ll need a strip of fabric 16 inches wide by 4.5 yards long.
(Fabric prices vary so much, that it’s hard to put this in a budget. In the $75 I mentioned in the title of this post, I’m allotting $25 for fabric. You could certainly spend more. And if you’re a bargain hunter, you could for sure spend less.)
-staple gun and staples

Directions:
-Roll out your cotton batting and fold over so you have a double thickness.
-Cut into 3 double-thick strips about 15 inches wide each. For each bed, you’ll use about 1 1/2 lengths of this double thick, 15 inch wide batting.
-Place the folded edge of the batting over the top edge of the bed frame. Attach it to the bed frame with a staple gun.

-Trim the corners, so that you can attach them more securely.
-Keep wrapping the cotton around until your length runs out. Then add the next length.
-Turn the bed over and pull the batting tightly around the bottom edge. Staple away.

-Once the batting is secure, it’s time to add the fabric.
-Measure and cut the fabric so that you have a 16 inch wide piece that is approximately 4.5 yards long. You could also piece 16 inch lengths together to make one long strip.
-Starting on the bottom of the bed, staple the fabric over the cotton batting.
-At the corners, just fold and staple tightly.
-Once you’ve gone around the bottom, turn the bed over. Fold the fabric underneath itself so the edges don’t fray, and staple the fabric over the cotton on the top edge as well.
-Where the fabric joins, fold the edge underneath itself and staple tightly. I put my seam at the head of the bed — that way it’s hidden against the wall.

Notes on fabric:
For my beds, I used Crypton Fabric. It might be the most family-friendly fabric out there. Super easy to clean. And since the fabric is attached to the bed frame, (and Betty is still having “accidents”), I was very interested in fabric I could clean easily and well. Crypton is perfect. I loved working with it. In fact, I’m thinking of using Crypton on a settee I’m having recovered as well.

And that’s it. And that’s it. You’re finished! It’s an easy project to do in an afternoon. And you can’t beat that price for two darling toddler beds. Good luck! And let me know if you end up making toddler beds of your own. I’d love to see pics.

Update: Well this is exciting. Design*Sponge is featuring this how-to post today as part of DIY Wednesday. Woot!

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1 Melanie July 29, 2009 at 12:09 pm

This is the most incredible thing I have seen. I love it! It might be time to retire the toddler bed we have now (one of the planks keeps falling out…) and make this beauty!
Thanks!

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2 Christy July 29, 2009 at 12:31 pm

I simply love this project – and I just read the whole post over at design sponge. It seems doable! Thank you!

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3 laura July 29, 2009 at 12:49 pm

LOVE the idea of making the beds. You have great ideas!

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4 Brooke July 29, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Can you tell us where that amazing rainbow polka dot pillow is from? I love it!

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5 Laura Ferry-Jimenez July 29, 2009 at 1:13 pm

ok, so I totally did something a little similar. I'm moving both my girls into the same room so I was trying to have to save money on headboards/frame. I covered the actual box spring and placed the mattress on top! the mattress doesn't fit inside the upholstered frame like yours. :( oh, well, my goal was to keep the beds low to the ground, too, and clutter from piling up underneath!

I've only done one so far. now thinking maybe I'll fence in the box spring with wood and upholster that. hmmmm. or not. we'll see.

thanks for the great ideas! :)

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6 Peanut Blossom July 29, 2009 at 1:23 pm

You have saved me!! This is EXACTLY what we will be doing when my little one has to transfer to her "big girl" room. I've been so worried about the transfer to a big bed, this will give us an extension on her time in the just-right sized mattress. Thanks so much.

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7 Elena July 29, 2009 at 1:28 pm

I love this idea! I don't have kids, but I'll definitely pass this along. Can you tell us what that orange geometric fabric is?

So pretty!

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8 Lizzy July 29, 2009 at 1:50 pm

these are fantastic gabby!!!

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9 simplymodernmom July 29, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Simply lovely. When my 2nd get a bit bigger, I think we'll have to try this.

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10 mrs boo radley July 29, 2009 at 2:50 pm

I indeed saw your post over at d*s today! Great idea!

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11 Jennifer July 29, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Oh man, I can not show this to my hubby. And when do you have time to do this? I ma impressed!!

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12 Hazel's Mommie (aka liz) July 29, 2009 at 2:51 pm

that's so great! we are expecting baby # 2, and our 2 yo will have to share her room with baby, so a super cool toddler bed is in order (since who can fit a twin and a crib in 1 room?!) thanks for the GREAT idea, i'll let you know if we do it!

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13 Tuesday Girl July 29, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Very cute!

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14 nicole July 29, 2009 at 3:01 pm

great diy project…too bad my toddlers are kid size nowadays!

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15 Sarita Emilia July 29, 2009 at 3:11 pm

This is so great! I wonder if I could make a bed for me… (queen size)

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16 Mixing Bowl Mama July 29, 2009 at 3:18 pm

I love this! Brilliant and crafty idea…and the fabric is great.

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17 Maryann July 29, 2009 at 4:03 pm

What fabric did you buy? I don't see online on their site. THanks.

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18 Lesley July 29, 2009 at 4:11 pm

This is perfect timing! Every modern toddler bed I found was over $500…which I hate to spend on a transitional piece of furniture anyway. Thanks!!

Lesley @ sillynothings.com and midmodredo.com

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19 Anna July 29, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Hm, just wanted to let you know that BLoglines doesn't seem to be picking up your posts after 13 July.

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20 Amy July 29, 2009 at 8:45 pm

I LOVE THIS!!! And it seems like something I could actually DO (I'm not that handy!)!

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21 Alysa Claverie July 29, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Where did you get the cute dot and orange pillow?

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22 Jessica July 29, 2009 at 10:01 pm

We are making a bed for Paige for Christmas and I love these. I'm so excited! Thanks Gabby!

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23 Anonymous July 29, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Darling!! Love the idea of low beds for toddlers.

(Mattress idea: I bought a foam mattress at a furniture store, removed the fabric cover, and cut the foam for my project. For me, it was cheaper than buying the foam directly.)

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24 Shannon Brennan July 30, 2009 at 9:17 am

I love it! Since I saw it, I've been thinking of trying this for my daughter's room!

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25 bec July 30, 2009 at 9:49 am

Thank you for posting this! We've actually been looking for something exactly like this for our little toddler. Also, thanks for the mattress idea. You're pretty much wonderful. :)

Oh, and PS- the beds (and glimpses of the room) look fab!

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26 bec July 30, 2009 at 10:09 am

I altered my question a bit (hence the delete). Question for you: do you use foam mattresses for your other kiddos (ie, TWIN mattresses) or innerspring? I know opinions vary, but I want yours. :) Let me know when you get a spare minute. Thanks so much.

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27 Random Things and Our Family Life July 30, 2009 at 10:13 am

Wow! I love the pillows and colors you chose. I was curious to where you bought the bedding? Cute Cute!!

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28 personalityispreferred July 30, 2009 at 10:43 am

Okay, this is exactly the bed my college student wants. She hates dust ruffles. I think I need to build in a queen size. Then when she changes apartments, it will be easier to move than what she has now. Love the diy!!!

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29 Stacey July 30, 2009 at 10:43 am

LOVE THIS. But where did you get those great pillows so I can shamelessly copy exactly!

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30 meplus3 July 30, 2009 at 12:41 pm

What a great idea. I've bookmarked it so I'll know where it is when the time comes to do this for my twin boys. It looks like something I could do myself with minimal help from hubby

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31 Laura B. July 30, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Gabby, you rock. this is DARLING and so do-able!
xoxo

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32 Sarah July 30, 2009 at 12:58 pm

I love this too and want to try to make it in twin size for my 8 and 4 year old girls. I got to thinking that maybe the board that the bed actually sits on could have hinges on one size and a rope handle or something and it would be a great storage for off season clothes.

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33 CWDkids July 30, 2009 at 1:43 pm

I love this idea!

Thank you.

Ashley, with CWDkids

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34 erin July 30, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Would you please share the source for the fantastic orange fabric on the pillow?

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35 kamille July 30, 2009 at 3:37 pm

thank you, thank you, thank you for this!! i have been agonizing over what to do when my baby boy is old enough to move to a big boy bed (baby #2 is on the way) but nothing, even the cheap beds, have been in my price range! i am so excited about this DIY because it is stylish, comfortable, AND works with my budget!

quick question: since the mattress is not the same size as a crib mattress, what are you doing for a sheet? is it similar enough to use a standard crib sheet? or did you make your own?

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36 ♥ kimberly July 30, 2009 at 5:36 pm

I'm in love with it! Now if only I can convince my husband we need one for our son before we bring another one into the world…

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37 Anonymous July 30, 2009 at 11:22 pm

Can you please reveal where that rainbow polka dot fabric is from and who makes it? Thanks!

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38 Amy July 31, 2009 at 10:44 am

I'm planning on making this for my 18 month old this weekend. I've adjusted the dimensions to fit my standard crib mattress (and hope I got it right!). I'm wondering if you can tell me about the sturdiness of this bed. We're going to use it as a reading nook until she's ready to be in a big girl bed – so we'll likely be sitting one or even two adults with her on there at times…do you think it'll hold us?

Thanks!

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39 Heather July 31, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Excellent! This inspires me to finally cover my son's box spring and let it sit on the floor — not quite the same effect but it will be a nice change!

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40 emily July 31, 2009 at 4:33 pm

where did those fabulous and bright square pillows come from?!

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41 teampischke August 1, 2009 at 9:43 pm

another one who would like to know about the polk a dot pillow. Having my husband make 3 of these this weekend.
Dena

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42 Catherine August 3, 2009 at 2:22 pm

This is fantastic! I might have to try it :0)

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43 meplus3 August 5, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Do you think that this technique would work for a twin size mattress–a bigger child and all her associated bed jumping?

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44 laurie August 12, 2009 at 1:32 pm

We built some twin beds using your idea here! Wanted to let you know. You can see more at my flickr site, too…
http://www.lsnjd.com/2009/08/12/new-beds/

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45 kim August 25, 2009 at 11:43 pm

Thanks for the great idea! I had been putting off buying Ollie a single sized bed, now I know why!

I'd love you to see it!

http://stellacake.blogspot.com/2009/08/ollies-new-bed.html

(so glad I came across your blog – it was via ohdeedoh to design*sponge, then to you!)

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46 Jen September 20, 2009 at 8:10 pm
47 raeleneb October 8, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Love this bed! Love this idea! We just finished our version for our little man today. I'm surprised he's sleeping for all the excitement. new bed! new bed! Thanks Gabby!

http://nestedinterests.blogspot.com/2009/10/new-bed.html

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48 Dariela April 7, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Hi! We made our bed with your instructions, thanks soooooo much! I posted it on my blog!! http://nuestravidaconadrian.blogspot.com/2010/04/diy-toddler-bed.html

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49 Gadiel April 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Hello,

Just wanted to say thank you for posting the instructions online. Your project was execute wonderfully. I was about to leave to buy the materials when I decided to look for a possible “better” idea, and I found it! Originally, I was only going to put fabric on the back board and stain the wood to a darker color, but I think putting fabric around the hole thing is the way to go. Plus i don’t have to sand the wood. Thanks again
“A dad on a mission”

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50 kim June 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Ollie loves his bed, thanks Design Mom! We just made a bed head for it too.

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51 Kacie June 15, 2010 at 1:50 pm

This is one of the best ideas I have ever seen! I couldn’t help but fall in love with that polka dot pillow. Where did you find it?

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52 Mama in the City June 21, 2010 at 11:30 am

You made it look so easy! I really love this idea for a toddler bed and am digging the fabric that you chose.

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53 Joe Putnam July 6, 2010 at 5:45 pm

I can’t wait to send/show off pictures of my “adapted” bed based on your idea. My wife thought I was crazy, but now she’s crazy about the creative building and customizing our son’s bed.

See construction photos here: http://www.facebook.com/whatisPC

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54 melissa J July 17, 2010 at 1:59 pm

I found your blog about a month ago when I was investigating prices on toddler beds and daybeds with trundles for our twin girls.
We decided to wait awhile since the girls have not attempted to climb out until one of our twins became entrapped against the side rail and the mattress. The very next day we threw out the cribs and built these!
Thank you sooo much!! They are just adorable and my husband was so proud to have built these!

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55 melissa J July 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Photos here

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56 melissa J July 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm
57 erinmalia July 21, 2010 at 6:24 am

We finally got around to doing this! Thanks for the awesome instructions. It couldn’t have been easier (unless someone else did it for us, but where’s the fun in that?!). We love it and our son loves it! See it here: http://ohthehubanity.blogspot.com/2010/07/beholdthe-bed.html.

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58 Rie August 13, 2010 at 7:08 pm

nice

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59 Dee August 31, 2010 at 7:08 am

Very nice

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60 valerie September 21, 2010 at 9:47 pm

I see that it has not been long since your original post, yet I am wondering what your experience with the foam mattresses have been so far. Have you used them before? How long do they last? Have your children found them comfortable? What do you see as the pro’s and con’s of using these?
Thanks,
Valerie

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61 Bill October 18, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Great little project but please note, something to consider when dealing with foam mattresses. Foam is very flammable. Some foams have a flame retardant added to them and others do not. It may be a good idea to buy or use only flame retardant foams for a mattress. These are usually refereed to as”B” grade foams and are good enough to also be used in aircraft as well. To get this foam, one would need to go to an upholstery shop and request such a foam. The foam will be more money, but it will last longer, be more comfortable and can mean everyone sleeps better knowing you go the right foam.

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62 felicia love November 3, 2010 at 11:58 am

Love love love this project….we are about to begin the process of the toddler bed transitions and this will be so great for our twins!!! I have been looking and looking and haven’t found anything that I like without having to take out a loan for them!!! :) But I am so glad that you decided to share this and this WILL be our next project so that I can get the twins into them by Jan, when they turn two!! Wish me luck and the room looks great!

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63 Chris November 11, 2010 at 8:09 pm

ERINMALIA or anyone else who made the beds
what were the adaptations you made for a standard crib mattress?

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64 Ashley November 19, 2010 at 10:24 pm

I am so excited that i found this site!!! I have been searching all over the internet to find two toddler beds for my grandsons that have recently moved in but everything I found is so expensive. I love to build things and this is such a wonderful idea. I am defently doing this.
Thanks again one happy grandma

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65 Amanda Kennedy December 10, 2010 at 6:21 am

Hi there!

I just discovered you and wow…..I am so grateful!

I love this project and was wondering if perhaps you think I could convert the dimensions to make 2 twin beds? I have two daughters, 4 and 2 and would love to make these beds for them. What do you think?

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66 Andria January 14, 2011 at 10:59 pm

I was looking for a new toddler bed for our daughter and I came across your blog and fell in love with these beds. We made one and it was so easy. We had to adjust for a standard crib mattress, but we adjusted perfectly! I made a few alterations; 1.) I used a thicker piece of plywood and only had to use one sheet. I used the same thicker wood where the mattress lies instead of a thinner piece. 2.) I sanded the corners and sides so it was slightly rounded all around. I could just see my daughter some how managing to bust her head on a corner, even with the padding. I also used a whole bag of the batting on just our one bed.

I am so pleased! I adore this and so does my daughter! The total cost for us was $42 for the wood, batting, fabric, and screws. I have to say too, that this bed is far more sturdy than any toddler bed I’ve ever seen. I can sit, stand, lay on this bed and it’s no problem :)

Thanks again for the awesome tutorial! You can see my pics here
http://rowdyfamily.blogspot.com/2011/01/bedthat-we-made-for-42.html.

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67 Sarah August 23, 2013 at 7:28 am

So…I know it’s 2 years later. And I see that your blog post is not there. :( So on the off chance that you see this, Andria, could you give me your adjusted dimensions, pretty please? I need to make a couple of these STAT for my currently-sleeping-on-the-floor-because-they’re-too-little-for-bunks twins. (Their room is too small for two twin beds – I’m not just mean. lol) I just want to be sure the dimensions are correct since we already have crib mattresses. Thanks!

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68 candi February 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Thank you SO much for sharing this idea! I am going to make one for my grandson! He will soon be 2 so this is the perfect size for right now!

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69 Its Sew for You February 14, 2011 at 8:52 am

Loved this idea so much, I made it in a twin size version for my daughter! We did add a headboard, as in her room it needed something more! I linked back to you in my blog post about the bed.

http://itssewforyou.blogspot.com/p/linky-partys.html

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70 denise April 8, 2011 at 10:33 am

These beds are awesome! I am looking for room ideas for my little ones and this was just added to my options. Thank you! I am doing a mini feature tomorrow morning and sending my readers over!

Denise
Extreme Personal Measures

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71 Jill April 12, 2011 at 10:26 am

Wow, they turned out fabulous. Great tutorial. I’m featuring this at http://womenwhodoitall.blogspot.com

:) Jill

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72 Mara May 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm

This was so nice to see ;-) thanks for sharing and its beautiful ;-)
Great Job

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73 VNC May 24, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Damn…! this is good… BOOKMARK… put on my DIY list.

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74 Carey Ellis July 9, 2011 at 6:57 am

so cute ! this toddler bed thing is very adorable … thanks for the teaching us how to make one..

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75 Stacy August 3, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Where did you get your cute alligator plush?? Love it! Let me know!

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76 Joan August 9, 2011 at 8:51 pm

This is my favorite post! Mighty Nest just put a link to your blog on fb and I saw the “10 posts to get you started”…I am glad this was one of them!! I think I first saw this sometime in 2010 and at one time I remember searching for this post again, not remembering the blog name, and so relived when I found it! I love the fabric and colors!

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77 Meaghan August 26, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I loved this so much I went out and bought everything i need to build it right away!!
I am a mother of one… soon to be two and I hated the idea of taking my not even 2 daughter out of her crib to give it to the new baby so we look to find a toddler bed that we liked and found this site! Honestly one of the best beds I have found to build and very cheap too!! I only needed one 4′x8′ to build this bed($28). I made some tweeks to its design… added some extra support beams from side to side and also made the head board a little of double the height. I can’t wait till it is complete so I can put photos up!! Thank you so much for making this post!!

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78 traci September 24, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Just what I was looking for.Converting my 10×10 study into shared grandkid’s room.Have crib 4 infant,but no space for a twin for toddler.Just happen to have a crib mattress&spring from non-code crib we replaced.This is so great! Thanks for the idea,pic&espec.instructions,including measurements.I’ve finally found a way to make this space WORK,inexpensive& adorable at the same time.Greatful that you shared your brainstorm w/us.PS-my college son has a platform&this never crossed my mind for use with the crib mattress(+it has slats-ug!)

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79 Sheau January 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Great post. These look great. We have very small space and baby #2 will arrive in April. I wonder how you like the plywood. Are they safe for children. Is it possible to get solid wood pieces? Thank you.

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80 megan January 29, 2012 at 11:22 am

Are the measurments for the fabric for one or two beds?

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81 Vanja @ Emma's Lunch February 2, 2012 at 3:05 am

Wow! These are gorgeous. Now that we have our second child I’ve been consciously thinking about how I will arrange the room when the baby becomes a toddler. This is such a great idea. So simple and elegant.

Thank you for sharing!

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82 Julie M March 14, 2012 at 6:32 am

Thanks for the inspiration! I’m hoping to try to make these (but twin sized) this summer. Wish us luck :)

I linked your post in my description of some of my ideas for my daughter’s more grown-up room: http://letterstomylittlelove.blogspot.com/2012/03/big-girl-room.html

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83 Julia April 3, 2012 at 10:18 am

I loved this idea so much that we decided to build a bed for our daughter, who will be transitioning out of her crib to make room for her soon-to-arrive baby sister. We adjusted the dimensions to fit a twin mattress and also made a headboard upholstered with the same batting/fabric technique. Thanks so much for inspiring us yet again to create something unique for our little one! You can check out the result here:

http://www.calmcradle.com/1/post/2012/04/around-the-house-diy-twin-bed-reveal.html

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84 Debbie May 7, 2012 at 2:02 pm

My husband and I made this to replace the crib for our granddaughter who has frequent sleepovers! She helped by handing grandpa tools (mostly ones he didn’t need) and coloring on the wood before we covered it. As soon as the top was nailed on she grabbed her bear and curled up on the wood and said “me sleeping.” So, even before we finished it – she got it!! It looks amazing and then I went to local fabric remnant store and bought enough material for a quilt and matching pillow! I LOVE THIS!!! Thank you for sharing!

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85 Nazach Snapp January 20, 2013 at 11:33 am

I am considering having my boys share a room and love the idea of making their beds! I am concerned that the room isn’t large enough for a two standard twin beds but now I have a solution! Thank you for much for sharing! LOVE IT!

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86 Momma February 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Great tutorial! Thank you for sharing! But I had a question on the foam mattress you selected. What type of foam was it? Grade? Poly? Was it 6 inch thick? I am curious to see how it has held up and how you have it covered. Do you just put a sheet on it? or someone other solution?

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87 Sarah February 19, 2014 at 8:42 am

I had the same question! I see you posted this question about a year ago; did you end up ordering foam mattresses? If so, what has your experience with them been like? I’m looking at ordering a couple for my girls – I made these beds, but measured a little off somehow, and their crib mattresses are slightly too wide (no matter since they’re a bit worn out anyway). I’m just leery of ordering a foam mattress if it isn’t going to hold up. Thanks!

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88 Sara March 23, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful tutorial! I am going to have my husband make this with me for our littlest guy! Darling!!

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89 Mama Wrench March 24, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Where did you get the materials for this? I just made a trip to Home Depot, and the 3/8″X4′X8′ alone was $23; the 1/4″X24″X48″ was $9 and the 2X2s were $4 each.

I’m still considering doing this project, but it’ll be over $37 for the wood alone, much less the upholstery and fabric…

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90 Amanda June 25, 2013 at 12:44 am

Love them! Just wondering how old your kids were when they grew out of toddler size beds? We have twin boys going in to share with big brother, all of whom are too young for bunks, so this would be a great option. I’m wondering how long they’ll use the beds for!

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91 Shellie July 6, 2013 at 10:25 am

If you drilled a 1″ hole one one of the long sides of the inside support panel and hinges on the other, you could use this a convenient storage.

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92 Ahmad Ali September 14, 2013 at 1:30 am

This idea is very much economical and facinating. It can be made as per our room space availablity. And beauty of designing it ourself.

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