You know how much I love custom and cheap. And you know how Miles can launch himself out of his crib and so he needed to have a bog boy bed. Voila! A very low to the ground and very chic alternative to a toddler bed. And you can make it in any size!
I saw this idea for a DIY upholstered bed on Design Sponge (one of my all time favorite blogs) courtesy of Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom (another of my all time favorite blogs). She gives a great tutorial on Design Sponge so check it out. My tutorial has a few extra detail as as usual for those of us (like me) who like things literally spelled out step by step so there is less chance of complete failure. I meant to post the tutorial tonight but I am going to the hospital to have my little girl in 6 hours and I only finished the bed yesterday and putting the covers on the bed during bath time tonight! I still need to sew the pillow that matches the bottom but that will have to wait.
So…tutorial coming but here are some pics so you KNOW that you can do this. Miles’ bed is a twin but I will be posting my suggestions for how to make this bed in a full, queen or king as well because you WILL need extra support to go larger. I think it would make a great bed for any age and you can TOTALLY customize your look. I also made this bed so that it has storage underneath that is accessible. I have put all the kids travel stuff as well as our aero bed and guest sheets under there. Woohoo!
Step One: Have Home Depot or Lowe’s Cut Plywood or MDF to correct size.
Step Two: Attach all the side pieces. I used an ottoman as my helper but a human would be better. Especially if you are 9 months pregnant.
Step Three: Attach Side Rails with Screws. Again – helper helpful. I had to go from both sides because to do it by yourself you have to turn the unit on its side and drill from the inside and then reinforce from the outside.
Step Four: Attach batting using staple gun while your children watch Dora before nap time in “The Boat”.
Step 5: Upholster Bed with Your Choice of Awesome Fabric. This is what will determine your budget. I fell in love with this chocolate houndstooth like fabric and spent $70. I will have enough for 2 large pillows and a 2 window box valances. You could go much cheaper but I was under sort of a deadline, you know. I did not do a perfect job with my enemy the staple gun and will be covering the staples with a thick fabric and some glue just to be super safe. This project takes a LOT of staples.
Step 6: Insert Plywood Panels also cut by Home Depot or Lowe’s. You will not need a box spring for this bed, which rocks. Notice I left a little bit of space between the panels so they can easily be pulled out to access storage underneath.
Step 7: Make the Bed and Enjoy! As I said I still need to sew matching pillows but otherwise I love the mix of browns and the body pillow I found at Target for $10 up against the wall. The light tan down blanket and chocolate covered twin plush blanket on the bottom of the bed are from Target too! The shams are from Bed, Bath & Beyond.
The puppy dog blanket was a baby gift. SO CUTE!
I think it was a hit. Post bathtime the kids were ecstatic!
I hope you like this one as much as I do! I think it is such a great alternative to spending a ton at Pottery Barn or Land of Nod and it is the right height for toddlers at a little over 14″. I am going to let Miles pick out some animal pillows too since of course, what he really wanted was a Diego comforter. I will post the tutorial in the next few weeks.
For now I am off to have this baby!
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