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How to build a child’s cot: adventure bed

child adventure bed cot

Kids love adventure beds! However, it does not always have to be expensive buying solutions: With imagination and a little manual effort, every simple bunk becomes a little dream for kids. These two guides show you how to build a child’s cot.
 
From a bed, with which one can travel over oceans and into foreign worlds or the brow of the table round can offer the forehead – dream of small adventurers. “Yeah,” you might say, “would be nice for my child, but how is that supposed to work?” Quite simply: with a good idea, MDF wood, some conventional wall paint, double-sided tape, and possibly a few screws, about yourself fasten finished treads. Because that’s all it takes to build a very special cot from a simple bed. One request still for fixing the decorative elements: Lightweight components can be attached with double-sided tape, heavy ones (the palm!) must be fastened with screws.

Build a child’s cot: jungle bed with palm

To work out the palm tree, the bush and the driftwood planks from a 12 mm thick MDF board, there are two possibilities: 1. Draw a grid (here 10 x 10 cm) on a board and transfer the contours, after which saw out can be. 2. You design yourself! Take an MDF board and secure it to the bed with a clamp. Now you can draw everything free hand!

Step 1/6: Draw parts

build a child’s cot: adventure bed

As described above, draw the individual parts (here the palm) on 12 mm thick MDF. When purchasing this MDF plate, it is best to include all other components (wooden planks and bush) that can then be recorded around the palm tree. In this way, the MDF can be used almost completely and thus saves material and money.

Step 2/6: Drill hole

The use of a curve saw blade in the jigsaw is mandatory here, but it does not hurt if you drill a hole in particularly tight corners. This borehole makes it much easier to change direction of the jigsaw blade.

Step 3/6: Paint parts

build a child’s cot: adventure bed

The pieces are painted with simple wall paint.

Step 4/6: Paint contours

Paint all contours with a different, lighter hue.

Step 5/6: Apply base color

Also in the case of the bush, the base color is first painted. Then set accents with beige color and contour with green color.

Step 6/6: Set accents

build a child’s cot: adventure bed

Also in the case of the bush, the base color is first painted. Then set accents with beiger color and contour with green color.

Castle bed

It is often the little things that make us happy. This includes this decoration idea, which is well made in one afternoon: the construction consists of a 30 cm wide MDF strip, from which the medieval city silhouette is worked out. In addition, two simple wooden strips: The small, medium wooden strip must be just as strong as the bed border or the lattice frame. The construction is simply pushed over the grid frame. Little work for you – and a lot of enthusiasm among your offspring!

Not too sharp-edged: So that the children do not get injured, all edges should be rounded.

A medieval city silhouette

The silhouette is under a 5×5 cm grid. If this is first applied to the MDF, the silhouette can be reconstructed very easily. As a base, you can, for example, take a simple cot from Ikea. 

Step 1/8: Roughen bars

In order to match the white cot in color to the blue city silhouette, the bars should also be painted with the blue used. For this purpose, the lattice rods are roughened all around with steel wool and then the paint is applied.

Step 2/8: Apply paint

build a child’s cot: adventure bed

In order to match the white cot in color to the blue city silhouette, the bars should also be painted with the blue used. For this purpose, the lattice rods are roughened all around with steel wool and then applied the paint.

Step 3/8: Transfer Silhouette

Use the grid drawing (5×5 cm grid) to transfer the silhouette to a strip mDF. For the bed we used, we needed a silhouette of 160 cm for the long side. The silhouette is also suitable for longer beds – it is then simply extended by the short piece.

Step 4/8: Saw curves

build a child’s cot: adventure bed

In tight cutouts and curves, it is helpful to drill a hole. This makes it easier to change direction with the jigsaw blade!

Step 5/8: Sanding

With a piece of wood and sanding paper, the pieces can be sanded well.

Step 6/8: Apply the wooden angle

build a child’s cot: adventure bed

The wooden angle of two bars (2 x 2 cm and 4 x 2 cm) keeps the silhouette on the bed.

Step 7/8: Base paint

First the city is painted blue…

Step 8/8: Edges whitened

build a child’s cot: adventure bed

… and then the edges are slightly whitened.

gerhardt-richter
Gerhardt Richter is a writer and a trainer at trade technical colleges, specializing in carpentry, plumbing and construction.

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