DIY Kids House Bed

Shara Woodshop Diaries reading in DIY Kids House Bed Frame

This post about how to build your own DIY Kids House Bed is sponsored by Build Something and contains affiliate links. See policies.

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Now, this may not be the first house I built (I built a dog house, and my own house in years past). But IT IS the first house BED I’ve built.

A look at this DIY kids house bed made from construction lumber

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.

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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.

Front view of DIY kids house bed

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.

Kids house bed twin size overall dimensions

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.

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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.

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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.

DIY kids house bed pieces

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)

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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 🙂

Lucy in front of DIY kids house bed

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.

Shara Woodshop Diaries hanging out in a fun DIY kids house bed reading a book

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?

Looking for some more DIY beds OR bedroom furniture projects?

Here are some of my favorites:

So if you’re ready to head to the shop and start building this DIY kids house bed, be sure to check out the YouTube video tutorial here and grab the FREE PLANS over on Build Something here.

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If you like this project, I’d love if you’d pin it for later or share it on your favorite social channel 🙂

How to Build a DIY Kids House Bed Pinterest collage image

Until next time, friends, happy building! 🙂

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2 Comment

  1. Lydia Cox
    January 24, 2020 at 7:13 am

    Hmmmm, I love this for a kid but also for the kid in me! I adore your posts!

  2. Tyra
    January 24, 2020 at 10:21 am

    I think we are going to make one of these for my little girl! She has a queen size bed and I know she would LOVE it! I’ll let ya know how it goes!

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