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baby bed with adjustable base height (and it\'s a day seat)

by:Aoqi     2019-11-19
This is the crib I built for her before my daughter was born with adjustable base height.
It doubles as a day seat when you remove the front railing and gate (see image 3)
The bed becomes too small when your child is finally unable to fall asleep.
I would like to share it with you because I think it is a nice but fairly simple design that is much cheaper than buying a similar retail version of the design.
For materials, accessories, glue, screws, pins, paint and varnish, a total of about 130 euros (about 150 USD).
Of course, I already have power tools (
Drill, band saw, Sanders, etc. )
There is still some work to be done by hand.
It took me about 48 hours of solid work to finish in two weeks (
Mainly in some evenings and weekends, this does not include the drying time of glue, paint and paint).
I chose the standard crib size of 120 cm x 60 cm (48\" x 24\")
So we can buy and install standard size mattresses and bedding from the store.
The height can be adjusted from the lower default position to the higher position, and when the baby is still small, it needs to be picked up and put down many times during the day and at night.
With all the lifting, this higher position saves a lot of stress on the back of the parents.
I hope you like it and I wish you a great time building it! :-)
The first is a word about wood. I used a pine (spruce)
I can buy wood of all sizes and two thicknesses. 8 cm and 1.
8 cm, from our local DIY home improvement store (OBI).
I decided to use it because it is a reasonably priced, soft wood that is easy to use.
Some of the raw materials I bought, such as the base and sides, have been cut to the size I need, or need very simple size adjustments.
Other parts like legs and tracks need to be cut into size, shape and preparation according to larger parts.
Electric tools, hand tools and other equipment: electric bench saw that has installed blades for woodworking electric hand sander (Small)Sand Paper -
Level 120 and 180 (
Electric hand sander for you)
Electric Band saw (
Wood saw tape installed)
Cordless screwdriver (fully charged)
As well as a set of bitselect or cordless rechargeable drill bits and a set of drill bits for wooden flat head screwdriver and cross head or position
Driver screwdriver wood glue (
Local DIY home improvement shops offer various types of products)
At least 86-8mm Dia. by 40mm Long (see image)
Stainless steel screws, at least 16-4mm Dia. x 30mm Long (see image)-
Stainless steel does not rust, so it is a safer material for baby/child beds.
Also, for the sake of safety, I have reduced the number of screws to a minimum of only 16 in total.
Brass bolt assembly]2]-
For fixed Gates (see images)
Wood drill bit-
8mm and 3mm countersunk bit/child safety paint and/or paint-
Use only officially approved baby/child safety paint and varnish!
Brush used to wipe paint drops and paint cloth, and clean wet cloth used to wipe the surface after polishing.
The main parts and dimensions the dimensions of each part are as follows in cm;
Number of parts []
: H = vertical height, oriented up from the floor (e. g.
120 cm high legs
L = horizontal length, oriented from left to right (e. g.
Length of base 120 cm)
W = horizontal width from front to back (e. g.
Side width 60 cm
D = depth or thickness of wood (e. g.
Support depth before and after the base 1. 5 cm)Base:Base [1]-
120 L x 60 W x 1.
8 DBase support 【2]
Front and rear-
120 liters x 2 hours x 1.
5 DBase support [2]
Left and right-60 L x 2 H x 1. 5 DFrame:Legs [4]-120 H x 12.
5 w × 2 at the widest point. 8 DSides [2]
70 H x 60 W x 1 left and right.
8 D raise the base bracket [2](
Interior for the side]-60 L x 7 H x 1. 8 DFrame rail 【3]
1x lower front and 2x back-
120 liters x 5 hours x 2. 8 DFrame rail 【2]
2 times before35 L x 4. 5 H x 2.
8 DFrame door post 【2]
Left and right-60 H x 4. 5 W x 2.
8 d vertical track: vertical track of frame [21](Front [6]and Rear [15])
Not including the gate-60 H x 3. 5 W x 2.
8 DGate: vertical track of gate [4]-55 H x 3. 5 W x 2.
8 D door column 【2]-55 H x 4. 5 W x 2.
8 DGate horizontal rail 【2]-49. 5 L x 4. 5 H x 2.
8 DThe leg: Blank of the leg *[4]-
120 H x 14 W x 2. 8 D (
Cut from one piece 120 H x 60 W x 2. 8 D)
The design of the legs is inspired by the design of the bed that can be purchased online.
I took a blank * and drew the shape I wanted on it with a pencil.
When I am satisfied with the size of the shape, I cut the shape as accurately and carefully as possible with a band saw.
Be careful when using power tools like band saw and Sander, and make sure to use the appropriate ear guard, dust cover and safety glasses/goggles when using power tools!
Safety first!
I used the hand sander and 120 grade paper to separate the whole leg until I was happy with the shape and finish.
I then put the finished leg on the top of another blank, fixed it in place with a clip, and then tracked around the shape with a pencil.
I did the same with the other two blanks and then cut all three blanks into shapes with a band saw, again as accurate and careful as possible.
Then I put all four legs together so they all align with the straight leg (back)
Edge, fix them firmly together with two clips. [
Precautions about clamping-
Do not clip directly into your beautiful wooden leg area, otherwise you may leave a pressure mark or dent on the surface of your leg.
Instead, put a piece of wood between the clip and each leg you want to clip).
Now I polish the three legs with my hands until they are exactly the same shape as the first leg.
Now I have 4 legs of the same size and shape. . . :-)I un-
Clamp the clip from the leg, and then wrap the edge with a hand sander.
Since this is a crib, we don\'t want any sharp edges or corners at all (
As long as possible).
Next I polished the four legs with 180 grade sandpaper until they got smooth and even finished and then with 3 layers non-
Toxic, compatible paint for children (white).
You should only use paint on officially approved baby/child beds with paint clearly printed on the label.
Do not use any other paint except baby/child compatible paint.
As a builder, it is your responsibility to ensure that the paint and materials used are safely used for baby/child furniture.
Cutting and polishing frames and other parts: I cut all the parts into small size with a round table saw and then polish them with a manual sander 180 grade sandpaper.
Since all the wood has been polished with fairly smooth sandpaper outside the shop, I just need to polish it with one level sandpaper.
If you use real raw wood, you have to consider using 3-4 grades (80, 120, 180)
Sandpaper that requires more time and energy.
Be careful when using power tools like circular saw and Sander, and make sure to use the appropriate ear guard, dust cover and safety glasses/goggles when using power tools!
Safety first!
Paint and paint (Lacquer)
: I drew all the parts except the front of the bed and door (see images)
There are 3 coatsin-
A safe white paint for babies/children.
Both the front part and the gate are covered with two coats for the baby/Children\'s Safein-
A clear paint
I lightly polished the painted surface between the coatings with 180 grade sandpaper.
This helps the adhesion of the substance and even the coating.
I am not a professional, so the finish is not as perfect as the furniture made in retail or professionally.
I am happy with what I have achieved.
Assembly of parts: I don\'t have any further images or breakdown drawings of the parts
But I think some of you have some previous experience in using wood.
If you are a brand new person and have never done such furniture with wood before, I would suggest looking for someone with experience to help you.
Basically, the first thing is to lay out the parts on the floor so you can see which parts should be put together and then drill about 8mm at the end of the rail with a 25mm drill bit, then drill holes on other parts that the track will be fixed.
For the vertical track before and after, I used 50mm spacing between each vertical track, which is the standard safe spacing for the crib/children\'s bed here, you should check the standard safe spacing of the country/region/state of this crib
It is your responsibility as a builder to ensure minimum safety standards are met, please read or seek advice from professionals!
You should check other safety standards that may apply to the material and construction of this baby/children\'s bed, depending on where you live --
This is ultimately your responsibility as a builder, as the design should always follow the regional/national security requirements.
I have highlighted this, I know, but it is very important because I am not responsible for your building and for the safety standards of each country, region or state.
For each [3]
Rear frame guide rail with horizontal 120 cm length and [2]
The horizontal 35 cm short front frame track is used as part of the frame and I use 2 times the pin and glue per end.
The same applies [2]
60 cm high vertical front frame column.
For each vertical track to be used between frame tracks, I used 1x pins and glue per end.
Remember the 50mm spacing between each track and the next.
For each of the four legs, I used 4 times the pins and glue for each leg and attached the two legs to both sides of each leg (
This can also be called the head
Plates and feet-board).
The front and rear base bracket is fixed on the front and rear horizontal frame guide rail using 3x stainless steel 4mm x 30mm screws, and a 3mm drill bit is drilled on the surface of the base bracket for the diameter of this screw head, using a countersunk head drill (in my case 9mm).
The left and right base brackets are fixed on each side of both sides using 2x stainless steel 4mm x 30mm screws by drilling holes on the surface of the base bracket with a 3mm bit, and use the counter hole drill bit with the diameter of the screw head (in my case 9mm).
This should complete the main frame and base support of the bed.
Base completed 2 approved baby/children safein-
A clear paint
Don\'t forget to polish the surface with 180 grade sandpaper after the first coating, gently polish all the surfaces with the same sandpaper after the second coating, and then wipe with a damp and clean cloth.
The height adjustable base needs to be fitted with two height adjustable brackets 60x7x1.
8 Use 3x stainless steel 4mm x 30mm screws, drill through the surface of the height adjustable bracket with a 3mm drill bit, and use a drill bit with the diameter of the counter Head (in my case 9mm)
Then twist the height adjustable bracket to the side at the preferred height (
In my case, the top edge of each bracket is 35 cm below the top edge of the side).
You may want to adjust the height to your liking, but please make sure you can easily slide the base into and out of the lower base position without hindering the height adjustable bracket.
Please note that I added a hole with a diameter of 25mm in the middle of the front of the base (
The edge of the hole is 10mm from the front edge of the base)
Therefore, it is easier to remove the base with one finger or thumb.
In order to accurately assemble the parts together, please refer to the picture.
The Assembly of the front rails is described in step 2 above.
Once you have assembled and installed the front frame vertical guide rail with pins and glue, you should assemble the gate with gate horizontal guide rail, gate vertical column and gate vertical guide rail.
The assembled gate is then connected to the gate frame column on the left or right using two brass hinges.
The upper bolt assembly and the lower bolt assembly should then be screwed to the gate column and gate frame column, as shown in the figure (
Opposite the hinge).
This should be done so that the gates can easily be fully closed and opened, and the bolts can be easily opened and closed.
You can use different mechanisms to open and close the door, but it must be baby/child safe, baby/child safe.
The last thing if needed is to add the nameplate I prepared with the keycutting shop.
If you forget to stick something, go back and stick it now.
After all this is done, you should test the stability of the bed to make sure it doesn\'t crash with time and daily use.
Make sure the base is comfortably mounted on the base stand and there is no \"play\" or over-free
Space for base movement may be unsafe (
This is important! )
If you \'ve done all of this, you now have a full baby/children\'s bed with an adjustable height base!
Congrats! :-)
Proven design and build quality: the image here shows the bed after 2 points.
5 years of daily use (i. e.
My daughter is now two and a half years old. We moved and she still slept soundly in it).
It didn\'t collapse and although she often pulled and pushed the gate, she hasn\'t damaged it so far.
From day one, there was no damage to the bed structure and it was found to be a very accessible and closed system.
There was no sound when the door was open or closed, and it helped my daughter when we needed to transfer her daughter to a bed that was already asleep.
2nd bolt assembly: after about 1 year, the second bolt assembly is installed in a lower position of the gate as we notice that the top Bolt is not enough (
My daughter started playing with the door at the bottom and the door at the top was bolted so we fixed the bottom from the opening with the second bolt).
I have reflected this in the build steps of Instructable in order to install the two bolt assemblies as standard.
Gnashing: My daughter ended up being one of those kids with early teeth (
In fact, it was already 1 tooth in 2 months)
We found that she likes to use them, and more specifically, she likes to bite the wooden frame of the bed!
Because we used soft wood and baby/kids approved paint and paint, there was no problem at all, just some marks (
The bite marks left on the bed frame and some marks left when she chewed the paint :-)
You can\'t really know in advance if your child will become more biting. . .
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