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Build a DIY bed frame with these simple steps!
A few months ago we were making plans for transitioning our toddler from a crib to a toddler bed, so we started to look for a bed frame. My husband then had an idea to create a DIY bed frame as he had recently started building a few small things. The Pinterest loving side of me instantly jumped on board! I love adding to our home through projects we make ourselves.
We went with a very simple and basic bed frame. The end result is great! Eventually, my husband wants to paint it and add legs and a possible headboard.
How to Build a DIY Bed Frame
Want to make your own bed frame? Follow these simple steps:
- 4 (2x10s) for the outer frame
- 4 (2x4s) for supports
- 12 (2x8s) for slats
- 4 Brackets
Cut 2x10s for the outer frame to the desired length and width.
Cut 2x4s and screw them to the side panels of the bed frame to serve as supports.
Use corner brackets to connect the 2×10 sections of the frame together. The size and type of brackets will vary depending on your preference. Once all brackets are screwed to the frame, use a level to check from side to side.
Next cut slats to connect from side to side and support the mattress within the frame. Screw the slats by starting with small pilot holes to try to protect the slats from splitting. The number of slats will vary depending on the amount of support and the type of mattress used. You do need to make sure that the slats are LESS THAN 3 inches apart to prevent mattress sagging. We recently went in and added a couple of extras!
Add legs, a headboard, and paint the bed frame. We started with the frame on the floor since our daughter is young and will add legs as she gets used to the transition. In the next couple of months, we plan to paint the bed frame white.
You are Finished!
This project took my husband an afternoon to finish. The boys had so much fun helping him work on it. While it may take a little more time to build your own bed frame, there is something so special about turning it into a family project.
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Once it is all put together, we were able to put the mattress on it. We were given a twin-sized Pure Echo mattress from My Green Mattress. The story of how My Green Mattress was formed connected right away with me. My Green Mattress was founded by Tim Masters as his daughter, Emily, inspired him to include natural mattresses. After Emily was born, her parents realized she suffered from eczema and allergies. As her parents took her to pediatric dermatologists and did their own research, they found that all-natural products could help alleviate her symptoms. They quickly added all-natural mattresses to their shop and their daughter’s bed.
This story about Tim and his daughter connected with me, because my daughter suffers from eczema and allergies as well. We have been on a journey to figure out the best products for her. It gives me so much peace and joy to know she is sleeping on an all-natural, hypoallergenic mattress.
It arrived via Fed-X all wrapped up. My kids loved seeing how it arrived and could not believe it was a mattress! Once we unwrapped the mattress, it just popped out to form.
As soon as we set it on the bed, my daughter eagerly jumped up onto the bed before I had the sheets even on the bed. She put some of her animals and pillow on the bed and laid there in pure excitement.
We could not be happier with the bed frame and mattress. Claire is loving her “big girl bed” and it has been such a good transition. My husband and I joke that she sleeps on the best mattress in the house! If you are looking for a mattress, check out My Green Mattress, you will not be disappointed!
Have you ever thought about building a bed frame?
Let me know if you try this tutorial and how it works! Sometimes simple is the best way to go!
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