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I’m not used to building a lot of kids furniture around here…seeing as we don’t have any. But, I must admit, channeling into my inner child on this build made me think about how much fun it would have been to have one of these when I was little.
I just had a bright (blindingly bright) brass railed headboard and a rickety metal twin bed frame in my childhood days. Not that I’m complaining…I’m just getting old and grumpy in my 30s haha. Kid’s these days with their cool, fancy wood bed frames–they have all the fun.
Now, before I get too far, let’s address the elephant in the room. I know what you’re thinking…THIS BED LOOKS HUGE. I agree. It is. It’s actually a queen. BUT DON’T LEAVE YET! I built this queen size for a friend, but I knew that most likely, since this bed is for kids, many of you would like to see it in a twin size.
So, I partnered with my friends at Build Something and Kreg Tool to share FREE PLANS for this exact same style bed in a TWIN size over on Build Something here. PS, you can make the whole thing from standard construction lumber!
I’ve seen a lot of beds similar in style, but I really love this design because it’s got solid side panels to help prevent a child from rolling off or getting stuck between the frame.
And I’ve got a really great video (although I may be slightly biased since I made it HA!) on how it came together for you right here:
Now, three things I want to tell you about building this bed.
Building a House Bed Can Seem Overwhelming
Building a house bed can seem a little overwhelming. Heck, building any bed can seem overwhelming. And I get that…when you try to eat a whole buffalo all at once, you’ll choke. But, if you take it one bite at a time, it’s a whole lot easier to swallow.
It’s the same with building a bed. Build it one piece at a time and it doesn’t seem like such a big undertaking. I built this bed in four sections, plus a few extra boards on the roof and slats on the bottom.
This way, it breaks down the build a little, but also allows you to bring it through a doorway once you’re ready to take it from shop to bedroom. (I learned the hard way not to build things bigger than your doorway if you plan to ever move them haha)
You can grab all the details on the pieces of this house bed and how to assemble them in the free plans on Build Something. Random note: I’m obsessed with my dog (did you see her dog bed photoshoot?), so of course she had to be in at least one photo 🙂
This Kids House Bed is Easy to Modify
The plans here show you the exact measurements for making this for a twin size. However, if for some reason you really did want a full, queen, king, or a toddler size, the plans are fairly easy to modify.
You just have to adjust the sides a little wider and the front and back a little longer to fit the mattress size you want. I like to leave an inch or two wiggle room on each side of the mattress once it’s set in place to leave room for putting on the bedding. Standard mattress sizes are as follows:
- Toddler: 27″ x 52″
- Twin: 39″ x 75″
- Twin XL: 39″ x 80″
- Full: 54″ x 75″
- Queen: 60″ x 80″
- King: 75″ x 80″
- California King: 72″ x 84″
You may have to adjust the roof angles a little if you make the sides wider, but keeping in mind the Pythagorean Theorem should help…remember A squared + B squared = C squared?
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Until next time, friends, happy building! 🙂