A year ago when I was about 7 months pregnant we built Rory a new bed to free up the crib for the new baby.
I found this tutorial and passed it by Joey, he was immediately on board. I think we started that weekend. It took about a whole Saturday, buying lumber, cutting it, building, trip to fabric store, and upholstering it.
Step 1: Build the box. Rory was involved the whole process. This was important to ensure she was excited about moving to a big girl bed. This step is so much easier with the help of extra hands.
Step 2: Cover with batting. This will make it nice and soft.
Paying special attention to the corners to avoid bumps and bruises.
Step 3: Cover with fabric.
You can also see the modification we made to the original design. We added a support beam down the middle. I’m not really sure how it would hold up without this addition.
We have had full-grown adults lay on this bed and it still holds up.
Final Step: Make the bed and admire your work. We used a standard crib mattress instead of foam like in the tutorial. Also if you looked at the tutorial, you’ll notice the same Lucien the bunny from Latitude Enfant, maybe that’s why I was drawn to this bed.
Update: I’ve since made-over the toddler bed. View the new version here- Toddler Bed Makeover