Ya’ll I am drooling over the house frame my brother made for the girls’ Montessori floor bed. And it’s actually a lot cheaper and easier to make than you’d think. Hubby and I told him he could make ready to assemble kits and sell them, to which he replied, “That’s not what I want to do with my life.” He’s studying to be an engineer, so this stuff is too basic for him. But he did share his design and materials list with me so that I could share it with ya’ll for free to make one for yourselves!
One thing to note about this house frame is that it is designed for a queen-sized mattress. We also flipped the design because we are using the bed sideways instead of longways. On a longways bed, the peaks would be on the short sides. Because of the way we have our bed turned, the peaks are on the long sides. So to modify this drawing and cut list, you would need to shorten the 80″ side to the width of a twin bed and lengthen the 60″ side to the length of a twin bed. And the length of the peak boards would need to be adjusted accordingly as well.
Tools / Materials
- Miter Saw
- Measuring Tape
- Box of 3″Construction Screws
- Mini Kreg Jig Pocket Hole Kit (optional)
- Twenty (20) 2×3 Wood Boards
Step One: The first step to making the floor bed is to cut all of the 2×3 boards into the properly sized pieces. Pieces will create a rectangle base, four vertical posts, a rectangle at the top, four angled boards to form the peaks (hence the need for a miter saw to cut the angles), a rooftop bracer board and the sides of the chimney. Below is printout of the size and quantity of boards needed for our queen-sized floor bed.
Once you have all of the pieces cut, you can stain or paint them if you choose. I chose to stain the boards an espresso to match the girls’ existing dresser.Next you assemble all of the boards to form the sections I mentioned above and ultimately the entire bed. My brother used the Kreg Jig to make the holes for the screws. If you have ever assembled store bought furniture, it already has the holes that you screw into. That is my simple way of describing what the Kreg Jig creates. You can just use a drill/screwdriver, but using the Kreg Jig makes it easier to assemble/disassemble. Notice the Kreg Jig holes in the bottom right corner of the bed. The fact that we had done the Kreg Jig holes came in handy when we moved houses.
And there you have it! My brother would probably cringe at my oversimplified instructions. But I wanted to share with you all so that you can see it’s not as hard as you may think. Plus 2×3 boards are about $2.50 each so you are looking at $50 in materials.
You can get a foam mattress that is only 5″ tall to pair with the house bed so that you don’t have to worry about your baby/toddler rolling off and hurting themselves. I highly recommend the LINENSPA 5 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress from Amazon, which is under $100 and comes in all bed sizes.
To complete the look we used homemade fitted sheets, some pillows and a mini chandelier.
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