How to Make a Car Bed for Kids

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As toddlers turn into preschoolers, they begin to form strong opinions and preferences. These signs of growing up extend to how they would like their bedrooms decorated. If you have a boy who really gets going over cars, it is inexpensive and easy to turn his bed into a race car.

Things You'll Need

  • Medium-density fiberboard
  • Jigsaw
  • Overhead projector
  • Transparency with race car profile
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Find a picture of a race car profile that you and your child like. Print the image onto a clear transparency using your home computer, or take the image to a print shop to have it transferred to a transparency.

  • Measure the bed to determine how long the profile of the race car needs to be and purchase sheets of medium density fiberboard (MDF) to fit your needs. Remember to double the number of sheets to cover both sides of the bed.

  • Prop the sheets of MDF against a wall and use the overhead projector to display the transparency image onto the boards. Trace the image onto the MDF with a pencil. You might need to use two sheets of MDF to get the correct length to fit the entire side of the bed.

  • Cut out the outline of the car for each side of the bed using a jigsaw. Sand the edges of the MDF. Paint both sides of the car in colors to match your child's room, adding as many details as you would like.

  • Attach the car images to either side of your child's bed using wood screws and a drill. Screw the MDF into the headboard and rails in the most inconspicuous location. Check all components of the "car" to ensure that it is safe for your child.

Tips & Warnings

  • Let your child personalize the car with stickers or a custom paint job. Use MDF to create a panel that spans the width of the bed, paint it to look like the front of a car and connect it to the side panels using screws. Add a license plate to the panel to give it a special touch. Use this same technique to make a fire truck, police car or truck bed.

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