This is a photo of a Mattress frame for a toddler bed frame that I designed and created.
It is not only a very easy project to build, but also a great way to create some fun decor that is more than just a simple piece of furniture.
I wanted to create something that would look great in the home of my son.
I chose a light-colored and colorful Mattress that was a bit on the whimsical side, and it also had a very cozy feeling to it.
I am a little obsessed with the way furniture looks and feels and this is definitely a good way to do that!
Materials needed for this project:Mattress frame – about 10″ wide and about 8″ tall Mattress pillow – around 10″ long and around 3″ wide Plastic sheeting (optional) – 4″ wide (depending on how tall you want the bed)1/2″ wood dowel (optional, but recommended for a smoother and more secure surface) Fence posts (optional for more stability) 1″ PVC pipe for securing the bed frame to the floor (optional and recommended) Tools:1/4″ wood screwdriver (optional), a hammer (optional; not recommended), and a pliers (optional for the frame) 3/4″, drill bits (optional or for mounting the frame to a piece of wood) Safety glasses – 1/8″ thick (or more) Paint thinner or a spray paint can (if you are using a spray-on coat) Wire cutter – a dremel (not recommended)3/8″, drill bit (optional for the frame for extra stability)Step 1: Measure the mattress frame height.
Measure the top edge of the mattress bed and mark where it will be placed.
This will be the height of the frame.
Measure and mark the bottom of the bed and the bottom side of the foam padding.
Measure around the top and bottom of this foam padding and then mark the other end of the top of the cushion and the other side of foam padding for the other portion of the base.
(For this, I marked my marks with a pencil.)
Measure the width of the bottom section of the mattress.
If it is too wide, you will have to trim the foam slightly to make it fit into the frame better.
Step 2: Take your ruler and measure the height of the bed.
I measured the height with a ruler, and then measured the distance from my mark to my mark.
I then took my ruler and marked the measurement at the bottom and bottom side.
(I found that this measurement helps me know the correct width of my mattress.)
Measure the width of your mattress base to the top of your mattress.
Measure this to the bottom of your back of Your Foam Padding from the top to the bottom.
Measure this to the bottom of a 1′ x 1′ x 3/4′ plastic sheet that is 3/8′ thick.
Take a pencil and measure from the top to the bottom.
Cut the plastic sheeting from the sheeting to the top of your foam padding so that the top piece is just the right width.
Pour paint thinner onto the bottom piece of foam, and gently spray paint the bottom with the spray paint.
Use a wire cutter to cut the plastic pieces.
For more stability, take a pair of safety glasses and place them over the foam pad.
Apply a safety glasses that will provide some support to your head and neck during the process of removing the foam.
You may also recommend using paint thinner for a smoother finish to the foam pads.
Place the mattress back into the foam and secure the frame with a plastic trim that extends to fit over the mattress.
Make sure that the foam covers the edges of the plastic trim to prevent any sharp edges from cutting into the padding.
Tip: If you are planning to use a spray painted finish on the foam, it may be necessary to remove the foam trim from the foam piece before painting.
This is a good time to spray paint a glossy finish over the base to help it adhere to the paint.
I found that a glossy paint would make it easier to adhere the foam to the frame during the paint job.
The top piece of foam is shown in red in the photo.
Now that you have your frame, you can add your mattress cushion.
Attach the mattress frame to