Reading spot by day, comfortable padded bed by night. Repurpose a standard crib mattress and bedding to create your own upholstered toddler daybed with simple tools and no sewing.Ana White, www.ana-white.com
Mark placement of bed-frame studs, taking into account that 2x2s are 1-1/2 inches wide. Predrill holes in frame sides, then attach studs to frame sides with 3-inch screws and glue.
Pre-drill pilot holes in the tops of the bed frame and glue and screw the legs to the frame with 3-inch screws.
Glue upholstery batting to side and front rails with spray adhesive. Cover side rails with fabric and staple in place. Screw through inside of frame into back side of upholstered rails to attach the side rails and front to bed frame.
Complete the front rail in the same manner as the side rails.
Mark headboard legs and pre-drill pilot holes. Screw 2x2 and 2x6 boards to headboard legs with 3-inch screws and glue.
Cover the front and back of the headboard with 1/4-inch plywood. Attach with 1-1/4 inch screws and glue.
Pre-drill pilot holes and attach sides to headboard as shown in the diagram. Use 2-inch screws and glue.
Cover headboard in batting, using spray adhesive and staples to secure in place.
Cover headboard in fabric, stapling in place on the bottom edge.
Attach bed frame to headboard with 3-inch screws. Tip: Add strength to the mattress by using scrap plywood to cover frame joists.
Bed is designed so a standard crib-sized mattress will fit. Use crib sheeting and toddler blankets to complete.