I made something! And I think it was pretty economical, so I want to share the plans with you in case you want to make it too. It cost $35 for the wood. And you’ll need some screws too. You’ll also need a circular saw, a drill, and…this is the technical part…a Kreg Jr. Pocket Hole Jig System. It’s a pretty handy tool that I just bought and used for the first time. It’s only $40 on Amazon, but if you don’t want to get that, you can use regular screws. The difference is that your screws will be visible from the outside.
I should say that I got the idea from this DIY blog post. If you check it out, you’ll see that they didn’t have the fancy tool, so you can see the screws. No big deal. I wouldn’t buy the tool just for this project, but I wanted the tool anyway. Also, this person made their bed slightly differently, and that way may work better for you. I will say that this morning when Coraline woke up too early, I lay in her bed with her for an hour trying to get her to sleep longer. And it worked. That is to say that the bed held my weight. She did not sleep longer.
So you see the finished product at the top there. Here are a few different pictures that show how it’s put together…
Two things you should know:
- I used cabinet grade plywood. 3/4 inch thick, which meant that I could sand the edges smooth and it looked real nice without needing anything else done to it.
- Coraline loves it! A couple days ago Mazlo had peed on our bed, so I took everything off the bed to change the sheets. Soon afterwards, Coraline started taking everything off her bed so she could change her sheet too. She’s a big girl now.