DIY Toddler Beds

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

That's right, friends.  I finally made Toddler Beds for the boys!

My inspiration was from Gabrielle at Design Mom who shared her
fabulous tutorial for upholstered toddler beds.

We {the hubs and I} made three significant changes to the tutorial:
1.  We changed the size and dimensions to fit out pre-existing crib mattresses
2.  We created corner braces for extra support
3.  We made the beds taller to suit our growing boys

For our complete tutorial please visit She Wears Flowers on April 20th.

I absolutely love how these turned out!  And seriously one of the easiest projects that Darcy and I have done together ~ two beds took us a weekend of evenings and nap times.  Much better than the great laminate floor debacle of 2004. 

Of course I had to create custom pillows for the boys' beds.

Isaiah seems to like them.

I knew that I could incorporate ruffles into our house full of boys somehow.  Snigger.
They look like seaweed underwater right?  {just say yes}
Tutorial coming soon!

My sister in law bought this bedding {from Homesense} for the boys before they were even out of the same crib.  She started it! 

Cameron doesn't pull any punches when asked "what's your favorite part?"

You.....want some more?
Check out my  Photo Tour from when I first painted the boys' room.
Or head over to the Video Tour.
Or stop by She Wears Flowers for a complete tutorial on April 20th.

Linking to these fab parties!


  1. Ca-ute! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  2. Seaweed...definitely seaweed! Where was this when my guys were tiny? You did an awesome job!

  3. cute. I love the pillows.


  4. Wow super cute! I need to do this for my son- he's about to outgrow his crib. Thanks so much for the great idea!

  5. Fantastic! I love the video of your son kissing the pillows too:)
    Too cute.
    Just popping over from Creative share wednesdays!

  6. Very cool blog!

    I just found your blog through one of the Wednesday blog hops. Have a great week!!

    Amanda @

  7. this is great!

    I am following you (suelee1998) from the blog hop, you have a great site. Would you like to follow me back?
    thank you :)

  8. wow! They are so cute and I can hardly believe you made them so quickly! Good work girl!


  9. I am now focusing on things like toddler beds that I will need sometime soon. this is really great. love the idea.


  10. These are really great! My boys are still in cribs because the thought of them on the loose at night is just scary! :) We will have to make the switch soon though and you have inspired me.

  11. What an adorable room, great job on the beds! Thanks for sharing at Beyond The Picket Fence.

  12. Looks great! Love the "seaweed" pillows!

  13. Cute! :)

    I'm just dropping in from Tip Junkie!

    I just started a brand new craft blog at

    Come over & check it out sometime. :)

  14. Great work! Now I have hope to see some ruffles in my house of men!

  15. HOW CUTE!! Wow, thank you so much for sharing this and for linking up to the handmade hog!

    xoxoo Hanna

  16. THanks for linking up to Take-A-Look Tuesday at Sugar Bee Crafts - I featured you today! - Mandy,

  17. These are *awesome*!!!!!! We're going to attempt to make some tripe bunk beds for our munchkins <---insert horrified look of disbelief on face. I really hope it goes well! I found your blog through "Get your craft on" and will definitely be following for tutes :)

  18. Hey! Just wanted to let you know that I featured this today on FTF! Thanks so much for linking up and grab a featured button if you would like! Thanks!


  19. Looks great!! Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI!!

  20. This bed is so cute!!! Great job!! We are your newest follower! Love your blog!! Just linked up to today's link party! :) Angie @ 221vision.

  21. adorable! what brand is the bedding?! - Stacie from