How to Make a DIY House Bed Frame Inspired by Montessori

Hey there, DIY enthusiasts! Today, I'm thrilled to share with you how I built this awesome DIY house bed, inspired by Montessori.

For those unfamiliar, a Montessori bed encompasses a mattress that is close to the floor, which a child can get in and out of without help. Many Montessori-style beds are shaped like a house because it's a fun and inviting shape.

So, let's get started with this step-by-step tutorial on how to create your own budget-friendly Montessori house bed:

Tools and materials

  • 2x4 boards
  • Measuring tape
  • Saw
  • Kreg jig
  • Screws or nails
  • Carpenter's square
Measuring and cutting the base

1. Measure and cut the base

Begin by measuring the dimensions of your mattress. Cut the two-by-four boards to create the base, ensuring that the inside measurements match your mattress size. Accuracy is essential here, so take your time with measurements and cuts.

Using a Kreg jig to make pocket holes

2. Use a Kreg jig to make pocket holes

To assemble the base, use a Kreg jig to create pocket holes in the two-by-four boards. These pocket holes will allow you to securely attach the boards together later on. Make sure to place the pocket holes at appropriate intervals to provide enough support.

Screws at an angle

3. Check your angles

Next comes the challenging part—figuring out the angles for the bed frame. I enlisted the help of my husband initially, but then I bravely continued on my own. You can do it too! Take your time and be patient with the process.

Securing the frame

4. Secure the frame and check the fit

Once you've figured out the angles, assemble the bed frame by attaching the boards together using screws or nails through the pocket holes. Double-check that everything fits perfectly before proceeding.

Sanding the bed

5. Sand and stain the bed frame

With the bed frame fully assembled, it's time to give it a smooth finish. Sand down any rough edges or surfaces to ensure a comfortable and polished result. Now, it's time for the staining part! I personally chose Minwax Special Walnut to achieve a beautiful, not-too-dark finish. You can pick a stain that suits your taste and room decor.

DIY house bed

DIY house bed

After the staining is complete, take a moment to admire your fantastic work! You've built a budget-friendly bed that's unique and tailored to your space.

There you have it—a step-by-step guide to building a DIY house bed, inspired by Montessori. I'm delighted with how my bed turned out, and I'm sure you'll love yours too. Let me know your thoughts and feedback in the comments below.

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  • Lydia Lydia on Aug 03, 2023
    It's very cute! And the mural wall is lovely! But, are there any sheets on the bed? Seems like this would be a problem.
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