For sweet dreams: DIY kids bed

A bed with a wooden frame stands in a kids room.
The DIY kids bed provides the perfect place for snuggling down as well as ample storage for toys etc.

  • Difficulty
    medium
  • Cost
    < 92 £
  • Duration
    4-5 h

Introduction

A DIY kids bed? It’s really not that difficult and will make for even sweeter dreams. As well as the perfect place for snuggling down, our DIY version also provides box window storage for toys and teddies. We’ll show you how to put the bed together in this step-by-step guide.

Have you heard about our 18-volt system yet? It offers a very wide variety of devices for many uses. The thing that makes the project below so special is that you can use the same rechargeable battery for every part of this project. Simply swap out the battery pack, insert it into a different device that is part of the 18-volt system and continue to the next step.

It should go without saying that your safety is paramount throughout every step of the project, so make sure you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself. You can find everything you need to know about the correct protective clothing you need when using each type of tool in our overview.

You need
Utilities
  • pencil
  • pocket rule
  • ruler
  • g-clamps
Materials
  • 4 plywood boards, 290 x 290 x 18 mm
  • 4 plywood boards, 290 x 210 x 18 mm
  • 4 plywood boards, 210 x 210 x 18 mm
  • 2 plywood boards, 2000 x 950 x 18 mm
  • 5 squared timbers, 2000 x 50 x 50 mm
  • 36 countersunk screws with under-head ribs, 4 x 40 mm
  • 26 countersunk screws with under-head ribs, 4.5 x 50 mm
  • Fairy lights
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's go - step by step

Step 1 9

Marking drill holes on the boards for box windows

A measurement is being marked on a wooden board using a ruler and a pencil.
First, mark out the drill holes.

You need: pencil, pocket rule, ruler, 4 plywood boards, 290 x 290 x 18 mm

To construct the box windows, first lay out four plywood boards (290 x 290 mm). On two of the boards on two opposite sides, mark three drill holes (1x centre, 2x 50 mm from side) 9 mm from the edge.

Step 2 9

Drilling holes in the boards for the box windows

A hole is being drilled in a wooden board.
Make sure that you are using the correct drill bit for each of the different-sized boards.

You need: Cordless combi drill, Brad point drill bit, g-clamps, 4 plywood boards, 290 x 290 x 18 mm, 4 plywood boards, 290 x 210 x 18 mm, 4 plywood boards, 210 x 210 x 18 mm

Secure the two wooden boards in turn on the work bench using a G-clamp and drill holes using a 3 mm Brad point drill bit at the marked points. Repeat this step with the 290 x 210 mm and 210 x 210 mm plywood boards.

Step 3 9

Screwing the box windows together

Wooden boards are being screwed together to make a box.
When screwing the boxes together, make sure you are using the correct sizes of board.

You need: Cordless combi drill, Suitable bit set, g-clamps, 4 plywood boards, 290 x 290 x 18 mm with holes from step 2, 4 plywood boards, 290 x 210 x 18 mm with holes from step 2, 4 plywood boards, 210 x 210 x 18 mm with holes from step 2, Countersunk screws with under-head ribs, 4 x 40 mm

Using the pre-drilled holes and 4 x 40 mm countersunk screws, screw the four boards of each size together to form a box window so that you have three box windows of different sizes.

Step 4 9

Cutting the roof diagonals

A squared timber is being used to help draw a straight line on a wooden board.
A wooden board is being cut to size using a jigsaw.

You need: NanoBlade saw, pencil, pocket rule, g-clamps, 2 plywood boards, 2000 x 950 x 18 mm, Squared timber, 2000 x 50 x 50 mm

To cut the roof diagonals, on each of the two large plywood boards (2000 x 950 mm) mark a point in the centre on one of the 950 mm sides. Then on each board, on the two 2000 mm sides mark a point 400 mm from the marked short side. Now, connect the points on the long side to the point on the short side using a pencil to form a diagonal (use a squared timber to help you) and cut along the diagonals.

Step 5 9

Positioning the box windows

A wooden box is being positioned on a wooden board.
A window is being sawn out of a wooden board.

You need: NanoBlade saw, g-clamps, pencil, Boxes from step 3, Plywood board, 2000 x 950 x 18 mm with cut from step 4

Place the boxes that have already been screwed together onto one of the large plywood boards wherever you want them to go and mark the outline of the boxes on the board using a pencil. Then cut out the outlines.

Step 6 9

Drilling holes and attaching the fairy lights

A string of fairy lights is being tacked to a wooden board.
When drilling the holes, make sure they are evenly distributed.

You need: Cordless combi drill, Brad point drill bit, cordless tacker, g-clamps, Plywood board, 2000 x 950 x 18 mm with cut from step 4, Fairy lights

On the second large plywood board (without the cut-outs for the windows), drill holes for attaching the fairy lights as you wish. Insert the bulbs through the holes and securely tack the cable to the rear wall.

Step 7 9

Pre-drilling holes in squared timbers

A measurement is being marked on a wooden board using a ruler and a pencil.

You need: Cordless combi drill, Brad point drill bit, g-clamps, pencil, ruler, Prepared plywood boards from steps 4–6, 5 squared timbers, 2000 x 50 x 50 mm

To attach the five squared timbers to the plywood boards, first mark the positions of the squared timbers for the roof and the floor (see title picture) on the plywood boards. Each squared timber is attached at two diagonally opposite points on the timbers (see figure 1). Mark these points on the plywood boards and pre-drill the squared timbers using a 3 mm Brad point drill bit (figure 2).

Step 8 9

Attaching the squared timbers and side walls

A wooden board is being screwed to a squared timber.
To ensure the large structure remains stable, it’s handy to have someone to help you with this step.

You need: Cordless drill/driver, Suitable bit set, Prepared plywood boards from steps 4–7, 5 squared timbers, 2000 x 50 x 50 mm with pre-drilled holes from step 7, Countersunk screws with under-head ribs, 4.5 x 50 mm

Next, screw the squared timbers and plywood boards together using the 4.5 x 50 mm countersunk screws. Use two screws per squared timber on each side.

Step 9 9

Attaching the box windows

A hole is being drilled in a wooden frame.
A wooden frame is being screwed to a wooden board.

You need: Cordless drill/driver, Suitable bit set, Brad point drill bit, pencil, Boxes from step 3, Countersunk screws with under-head ribs, 4.5 x 50 mm

To attach the box windows in the frame, first mark three evenly distributed drill holes centrally on the underside of each window and pre-drill with a 3 mm Brad point drill bit. Then insert the windows into the cut-outs and screw in place using 4.5 x 50 mm wood screws.

Simply add the mattress, pillows and teddies to complete the comfy kids bed.