BUILD THIS !!!
First and foremost thank you all for the love and support! We have had an overwhelming response to our DIY toddler bed video on YouTube, youtu.be/PeS9rNStDHU. We apologize for the delay in getting the plans up but as I'm sure many of you know, having a toddler doesn't easily allow for much free time let alone sitting down and writing down plans. But lo and behold we are here, and we're going to make these plans step by step for you! Dont forget if you end up building this bed please tag us on Instagram @thetimbderdistrict so we can see! Alright let's start things off with what tools we’re going to need:
T O O L S: (these obviously are not included in the total cost of making the bed frame)
-Miter Box and Hand Saw: https://amzn.to/2BhiOEx
- Tape Measure
- Straight-edge Square
-Kreg jig: https://amzn.to/2UHCj0n
- Hammer or Brad Nailer
M A T E R I A L S: (this is where the $30 comes is in)
- (x4) 8 foot 2x3 pine
- (x5) 8 foot 2x2 pine
- (x2) 8 foot 1x2 pine
- wood glue ( we love Titebond!)
- 2“ Pocket Hole Screws
- Finishing Nails or Brad Nails (1.5“)
C U T S: (remember: MEASURE twice, CUT once!!)
- (x2) 2x3 at 52 1/2“
- (x3) 2x2 at 52 1/2“
- (x2) 2x3 at 28 1/2“
- (x4) 2x2 at 28 1/2“
- (x4) 2x3 at 37“
- (x4) 2x2 at 21 3/4“ cut at 45 degrees on ONE end
- (x2) 2x2 at 20“
- (x2) 2x2 at 8 1/2“
- (x14) 1x2 at 8 1/2“
- (x1) 2x2 at 10 5/8“ 45 degrees on ONE end
- (x1) 2x2 at 6 13/16“ 45 degrees on ONE end
- (x1) 2x2 at 5 1/4“
We‘ve created and attached a color coated reference showing what each cut is and where it belongs. Hopefully you find this helpful! Once you have gathered all tools and materials (wood) it’s time to cut! We can’t stress enough when you begin to cut, make sure to measure twice and cut once! You don’t want to cut unless you are sure of the exact measurement. So now go through our cut list until you have all pieces, 37 pieces in total! 40 pieces if you are including the chimney ;)
Once you have accomplished this, take a break! Ha ha. The hand saw is cost effective but definitely calls for hard work. After your break, it’s time to drill the pocket holes. The pocket holes (2) are going to be on each end of the following color coated cuts: green, blue, yellow, and black. The next pocket holes (2) will only be on one end of the following color coated cuts: white (flat end) and pink.
Just like our tutorial, once everything is cut and you have completed drilling all pocket holes we suggest laying everything out so you can visualize where each piece is going to be used. You can also take this time to sand your cuts just in case there are any rough edges or chances for splinters. Now if you choose to stain or paint your little ones‘ bed frame, do this now (we just kept Piper‘s natural because she was so excited to use her new big girl bed!). It will be much easier to do so while it isn’t assembled. It’s also best to do so outside since the fumes can be rather strong and linger for some time. When you feel the frame pieces are dry let’s assemble!
Hopefully you don’t find this too difficult and if you get frustrated refer back to our tutorial. You’ll notice that we put together the base first (yellow + red) then the base of the ”roof” (orange + top green). Next, attach the four 2x3 at 37” posts (blue) to the bottom base. Attach the ”roof” (orange + top green) base to the four posts (blue). Move onto the fence pieces (bottom green, pink + black). Save the 14 (turquoise) 1x2 fence posts for last. Your bed frame should be starting to take shape and not much longer until your finished product!! Just a few remaining pieces left and those should include the four (white) 2x2 at which ONE end is cut at 45 degrees and the last (orange) 2x2 51 1/2“. Nail these 5 pieces together first before you attach to the frame. If you choose to add the little chimney now you can, just pick a side! And finally, last but not least, all 14 fence posts. There’s no secret for installation, we were actually able to just push these in. We thought it was kind of fun because this way Piper has the opportunity to take them out and move them around as she pleases.
Decorate however you want! We got the flower basket at IKEA and have it there for books and little trinkets. We also plan on hanging a fun Pom Pom or tassel Banner in the middle. We really hope you enjoyed our first blog post and found this to be helpful! And if you build it, don’t forget to tag us so we can see too!
Have fun and don’t worry if you make mistakes, it’s all a learning process! We can’t wait to make you guys more tutorials. Thank you again for the continued support. If you haven’t already, subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Instagram!
Take care, Kelsey + Brandon
The Timber District