So today’s plans are for a toddler canopy bed! How adorable is this:
Now screw in two of your 27.5″ 1×3’s (using the 1.25″ screws).
We made the cleats slightly shorter than our sides to allow for these two end pieces.
Now space out the rest of your 27.5″ 1×3’s along the base. When you have them spaced how you want them, use your 1.25″ screws to screw them to your cleats. I just put one screw in each side.
Let’s stick the crib mattress on there to make sure it fits…PHEW! Fits like a glove.
For the headboard and footboard, I just used a pencil directly on the board. I start in the middle and mark it, then go down the sides to see how far down I want it to be, and I kind of connect the two points on just one side. Then I cut out the one side with my jig saw, and then flipped that over to the other side and traced it to get the exact same pattern. 🙂 It really is easy. I have no art skills. Erasers are wonderful things.
If you’re using the decorative headboard piece, now is when you’ll want to put that on, too. Just glue and clamp. 🙂 I found mine at Lowes for just over $4. Here is a similar wood onlay found on Amazon for less than $3.50.
Now glue and screw your 2×2’s into your headboard and footboard. I wanted to give the illusion that my headboard was taller than the footboard (without having to purchase a larger piece of wood), so I placed the headboard up 6″ from the bottom, and the footboard is only 3″ up.
Since we’re attaching a 1″ thick piece of headboard to a 2″ thick side post, it’s hard to get it centered just right. I ended up setting up quite the work station to do this. I used some scrap 1/2″ plywood I had in order to center the headboard on the 2×2.
You’ll need to do the same with the 27″ 1×2 pieces that will be flush with the top of your posts. Glue and screw. Sink all of these since you’ll just be mudding and painting right over the top of them.
So here are two headboards that I finished:
After I had these three separate pieces built, I mudded all my holes with wood putty, let that dry, and then primed and painted them all before attaching them. I did NOT do the poly at this point, though. I left the slats and inside of the bed unpainted. After painting so many rooms in our Hawaii home, I’m pretty good at cutting a straight line, so I just used my angled 2″ Purdy brush and made a straight line right along the top of those sides.
And I didn’t catch a pic of the debacle that was the stack of boards I had to use to get the base at the right height, so I could screw in the headboard and footboard! That was quite a feat! I ended up placing it up 4″.
Here, you can see how high it is on my toddler. Just right. 🙂
This is the best pic I could find of the headboard detail. I think it adds a nice touch.
I had planned to sink the screws and use the wooden screw covers over them, but they were a HUGE pain o paint. Tiny little pieces of garbage!! Blah. But after getting it all put together, I decided the gold screws that I had chosen actually looked fine, so I kept them as is. 🙂
What do you think?!