How to Build a Baby Bed

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Do you want to build a bed for a baby in your family? This article walks you through step-by-step instructions on building a simple wooden baby bed that fits an infant-sized mattress (3 feet long and 2 feet wide).

Things You'll Need

  • 3/4-inch high-quality smooth-finish 8 feet long by 4 feet wide plywood 2 by 4 boards 4 by 4 boards Measuring Tape Circular Saw Sander Wood Stain or Paint 1 1/2-inch Wood Screws 2 1/2-inch Wood Screws Screwdriver

Cutting The Pieces for Your Baby Bed

  • Take the sheet of plywood and measure out two pieces that are 3 feet 1 1/2 inches long and 2 feet 1 1/2 inches wide for the top of your baby bed. Cut these out with the circular saw.

  • Measure and cut out two pieces of plywood that are each 3 feet 1 1/2 inches long and 1 foot 10 inches wide for the sides of your baby bed.

  • Cut out two pieces from the plywood that are each 2 feet long and 1 foot 10 inches wide for the ends of the bed.

  • Take the 2 by 4 boards and measure out two pieces that are each 3 feet 1 1/2 inches long. Cut these out for part of the frame under the bed.

  • Measure and cut out two pieces of 2 by 4 that are each 1 foot 10 1/2 inch long for ends of the frame.

  • Cut out one piece of 2 by 4 that is 2 feet 10 1/2 inches long for the center piece of the frame.

  • Take the 4 by 4 boards and measure out four similar sections that are 3 feet long each for the legs of your baby bed.

  • Sand all rough edges off the cut pieces. Apply wood stain or paint of your choice and allow to dry.

Assembling Your Baby Bed

  • Gather all five pieces of 2 by 4 boards for the frame. Position the 3 foot 1 1/2 inch long sections with the short edges on the floor parallel to each other 2 feet apart. Place the two shorter 1 foot 10 1/2 inch long sections in between them to form a rectangle.

  • Screw the frame together by driving two 2 1/2 inch screws through both ends of the longer sections into the shorter ones. You now have a rectangle 3 feet 1 1/2 inches long and 2 feet 1 1/2 inches wide.

  • Place the remaining 2 by 4 in the center of the frame parallel to the long sides. Screw it in place by driving two 2 1/2 inch screws through the end pieces of the frame into this piece.

  • Lay one of the pieces of plywood over the frame with the 3 foot 1 1/2 side matching the 3 foot 1 1/2 side of the frame. Attach the plywood to the frame by driving a 1 1/2 inch screw every 6 inches through it all the way around into the frame and the center beam.

  • Turn the completed section of the frame over on the plywood top. Attach the four pieces of 3 foot long 4 by 4's into each inside corner of the frame for the legs. Sit one 4 by 4 piece on end against each inside corner and drive two screws through the frame into them. Screw from both sides of the frame that touches each leg.

  • Turn this portion of your bed over and stand it on the legs. Drive a 1 1/2 long screw through the top into each leg.

  • Gather the remaining 5 pieces of plywood. Lay the 3 feet 1 1/2 inch long sections on the long sides with the short edges on the floor parallel to each other 2 feet apart. Place the two shorter 2 feet long sections in between them to form a rectangle. Screw the frame together by driving two 1 1/2 inch screws through both ends of the longer sections into the shorter ones. You now have a rectangular box 3 feet 1 1/2 inches long and 2 feet 1 1/2 inches wide and 1 foot 10 inches deep.

  • Place the last 3 foot 1 1/2 inch long and 2 foot 1 1/2 inch wide piece on top of the box and screw it to the box. Drive a 1 1/2 inch screw through this piece every 4 inches all the way around into the sides.

  • Turn this section of your baby bed over and place it on top of the frame. Screw the top of the frame to the bottom of the bed section by driving 1 1/2 inch screws through the bottom of the bed.

  • Place the mattress inside of the bed frame.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be cautious when using power tools. It is important that the mattress fits snug against the sides of the bed to prevent the baby from getting her limbs wedged in the gap. The sides of the bed extend 1 foot 4 inches to 1 foot 8 inches above the mattress, depending on the mattress thickness. Taking this into account, the bed is only meant for babies who are not sitting or standing yet.

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