You don't need professional-level skills to build a race car bed frame for your child's room. All it takes is some basic carpentry skills, basic computer skills and a weekend to get the job done. Despite requiring several steps, some fairly complex, this project is well within the reach of novice to intermediate do-it-yourself practitioners. Though these plans are for a twin-size bed, you can build to fit other mattress sizes by adjusting the lumber dimensions.
Sand all faces of your lumber with coarse-grit paper. Sand one face on each of the plywood sheets with fine-grit paper.
Apply a coat of white paint to all faces of your lumber.
Surf the internet while waiting for the paint to dry. Find a profile image of a race car that your child likes. Download it onto your computer.
Set a plywood sheet on its 80-inch edge, leaning against a wall or other support. Set up the projector and laptop, projecting the downloaded race car image onto the plywood. Adjust the distance between plywood and projector until the image is about 80 inches long.
Use the projected image as a guide to paint the plywood to look like a race car. This will work like a colour-by-numbers project, and you will be surprised by the results.
Remove the painted sheet to dry. Replace with the other car sheet and paint it the same way. Turn off computer and projector. Wait for both plywood sheets to dry.
Cut the plywood sheets along the outline of the car painting.
Set one 72-inch beam along the unpainted face of one panel, running parallel to the 80-inch side and 1 foot from the bottom. Screw it in place with 10 1-inch wood screws, spaced evenly and driven through the plywood and into the beam. Do the same to connect the remaining 72-inch beam to the other car panel.
Connect both panels to each other by setting a 39-inch beam against the end of both 72-inch beams. Attach with two 2 1/2-inch wood screws per point of connection. Attach the other 39-inch beam to the opposite ends of the beams, again using two 2 1/2 inch wood screws per point of connection.
Dab touch-up paint over the heads of the screws driven through your car panels.
Set the mattress and box spring in place.
Things you need
- 2 plywood sheets, 1/2 inch by 36 inches by 80 inches
- 2 beams, 2 inches by 2 inches by 39 inches
- 2 beams, 2 inches by 2 inches by 72 inches
- Sandpaper, coarse and fine grit
- White paint or primer
- Laptop computer
- Computer projector with cables
- Coloured paints
- Power saw
- Wood screws, 1 inch long
- Wood screws, 2 1/2 inches long
- Twin mattress
- Twin-size box spring