How to Make a Bed Frame for a Baby or a Kid

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It was getting complicated to put our 1 year old girl in her crib, she was crying a lot. So we read about montessori and various other alternatives and i decided to build her a simple low bed frame.

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I started with an existing mattress and slatted base. They are 120cm x 60cm. I build the bed around them.

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Get some wooden board, about 10' wide, depending on the thickness of your mattress, and some 1x1.

Get some wooden board, about 10' wide, depending on the thickness of your mattress, and some 1x1.

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Mark and cut  the 1x1 at the lenght of the sides.

Mark and cut the 1x1 at the lenght of the sides.

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Screw them from the outside, make sure the screws are flush.

Screw them from the outside, make sure the screws are flush.

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Draw the cut on the side to help the baby get out of the bed.

Draw the cut on the side to help the baby get out of the bed.

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Drill holes at the angles to make the transition smooth. I used a 40mm hole saw.

Drill holes at the angles to make the transition smooth. I used a 40mm hole saw.

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Finish cutting the side with a jigsaw.

Finish cutting the side with a jigsaw.

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Sand down the edge, make it smooth.

Sand down the edge, make it smooth.

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Then screw all 4 sides together.

Then screw all 4 sides together.

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Test fit the slatted base.

Test fit the slatted base.

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I added small pièces of 1x1 in the corners to help keep the bed rigid and square.

I added small pièces of 1x1 in the corners to help keep the bed rigid and square.

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Start padding the frame, fixing the padding with a stapler.

Start padding the frame, fixing the padding with a stapler.

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Finished padding.

Finished padding.

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Cover the padding with fabric. We used leftovers from the curtains.

Cover the padding with fabric. We used leftovers from the curtains.

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Fabric stapled tight on the padding.

Fabric stapled tight on the padding.

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Finished bed.

Finished bed.

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She loved it right away. She did fell from it a few times but we had cushions on the floor. Now, at night, we sit her on the bed. She lies down by herself and she stays in the bed. No more crying.

Supplies

4 Meters Wooden board, 10' wide
3 Meters 1x1 wood
50 Screws
4 Meters Fabric you like
4 Meters Padding
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