How to build a custom child's bed

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How to build a custom child's bed
Customise your child's bed. (KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock/Getty Images)

Custom beds allow children to reflect their personalities in the place where they sleep. A custom bed can be a part of an overall room theme, or a single, unique piece on its own. You may also choose to add matching sheets for a little extra flair. However you do it, a child is sure to love it.

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Things you need

  • 1.8 m by 1.8 m (6 foot by 6 foot) piece of plywood
  • Belt sander
  • 1.2 m by 1.2 m (4 foot by 4 foot) piece of plywood
  • Black marker
  • 1.8 m by 1.8 m (6 foot by 6 foot) piece of cardboard
  • 1.2 m by 1.2 m (4 foot by 4 foot) piece of cardboard
  • Craft knife
  • Drafting pencil
  • Circular saw
  • Hammer
  • 24 5 cm (2 inch) nails
  • 4 15 cm (6 inch) wide, 60 cm (2 feet) tall rectangular blocks of smooth wood
  • 7 1.8 m by 60 cm (6 foot by 2 foot) smooth plywood boards
  • 2 30 cm by 1.2 m (1 foot by 4 foot) smooth plywood boards
  • Non-toxic paint

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Sand the 1.8 m by 1.8 m (6 foot by 6 foot) piece of plywood using a belt sander until it is completely smooth, with no splinters.

  2. 2

    Sand the 1.2 m by 1.2 m (4 foot by 4 foot) piece of plywood.

  3. 3

    Use the black ink Sharpie marker to draw a pattern on the 1.8 m by 1.8 m (6 foot by 6 foot) piece of cardboard that represents a cartoon character, hobby, animal or some other thing your child really enjoys.

  4. 4

    Cut out the pattern on the cardboard using the craft knife.

  5. 5

    Draw a pattern of something your child likes on the 1.2 m by 1.2 m (4 foot by 4 foot) piece of cardboard using the black marker, and cut it out using the craft knife. Make sure the pattern on the smaller piece of cardboard is related to the one on the larger piece, such as making one end the head of a mermaid and the other end the tail.

  6. 6

    Place the 1.8 m by 1.8 m (6 foot by 6 foot) piece of cardboard against the 6-foot by 6-foot piece of plywood and trace the cutout pattern on the cardboard onto the plywood using the drafting pencil. Do the same thing with the 1.2 m by 1.2 m (4 foot by 4 foot) pieces of cardboard and plywood.

  7. 7

    Use the circular saw to cut out the patterns on the two pieces of plywood, cutting along the drafting pencil line. The 1.8 m by 1.8 m (6 foot by 6 foot) piece of plywood will be the headboard, and the 1.2 m by 1.2 m (4 foot by 4 foot) piece of plywood will be the footboard.

  8. 8

    Hammer one of the 60 cm (2 foot) tall, rectangular blocks of wood to the bottom of each side of the headboard and footboard, using the 5 cm (2 inch) nails. These will be the legs of the bed.

  9. 9

    Nail the end of one of the 1.8 m by 60 cm (6 foot by 2 foot) smooth plywood boards to one side of the headboard and the other end to the footboard. Do the same thing with another of the 1.8 m by 60 cm (6 foot by 2 foot) smooth plywood boards on the other side of the headboard and footboard.

  10. 10

    Nail five of the 1.8 m by 60 cm (6 foot by 2 foot) smooth plywood boards across the bottom of the side boards of the bed, placing each board about 15 cm (6 inches) apart. This will form the base for the mattress.

  11. 11

    Nail one of the 30 cm by 1.2 m (1 foot by 4 foot) smooth plywood boards to the back of one of the bed's legs, behind the headboard. Nail the other end to the opposite leg on the headboard. Do the same thing with the other 30 cm by 1.2 m (1 foot by 4 foot) smooth plywood board on the legs of the footboard.

  12. 12

    Paint the headboard and foot board with non-toxic paint, choosing colours to represent the character or object the bed is supposed to look like. Allow the paint to dry. You now have a frame for a child's custom bed.

Tips and warnings

  • If your child is old enough, let her choose the theme for the bed. That way, you will not make something she feels she is too old for, and she will be happy with the new bed.
  • If your child is a toddler, you probably have a good idea of what he likes, so make the bed and surprise him with it.

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