How to make a Montessori floor home bed (full size)

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A few years ago, when I was pregnant with my second daughter, I bought some power tools and decided to make it into the bed for the house. This was my first production and it turned out amazing. This bed survived a move and lasted three years until we replaced it with a bunk bed (oh, I did that too haha).

The first Montessori bed that started my journey

I've done many projects since that bed, but that's how it all started. This year I decided to take on a few projects for others and placed an order for a twin deck house bed, a rail floor bed, and a full size Montessori house bed which you can see here.

montessori floor house bed

This time I made step by step plans on how to make this bed. download them from my store. I appreciate your little support for my work.

So let's get started!

As always, a video tutorial is available on YouTube.

Needed lumber for DIY Montessori bed

  • (10) – 2×3″ x 8'
  • (2) – 2×4″ x 8'
  • (2) – 2×4″x6'
  • (3) – 2×2″x 6'
  • (7) – 1×4 x 10′ – You can choose 1 sheet of ¾” MDF

Materials

Step by step on how to make a Montessori floor home bed

Step 1 – Join the edges of the bed

Cut one 2×4″ at 76 ½” and two 2×3″ at 48″.

They are 2×3″ posts and you need to make a bevel cut at a 45 degree angle with the long side inwards. The long side is 48″. You can use a table saw, but a miter saw is better suited for this.

Attach reamers to the sides using a Kreg jig, 2 ½” pocket hole screws, and my favorite right angle clamp. Don't forget to use wood glue for durability. However, if you plan to disassemble it while moving, do not use glue.

Make two.

Step 2 – assemble the base of the bed

Cut two 2×4″ pieces 54″ long. Cut four 2×3″ s at 73 ½”.

Drill pocket holes on both sides of the 2×3″s. Attach them together to the 2×4″s using a Kreg jig and 2 ½” screws.

This will be the basis for the slats.

Attach the carved edges to the base

Attach the sides to the base using 2 ½” screws. I also like to use a screw. countersink bit to make sure the screws are flush with the sides.

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montessori floor house bed

My name 3 – make a roof

To make the roof, cut four 2×3 inch boards. Two 41 ¾” and two 40 ¼”.

Note the quarter of an inch.

Make a 45-degree bevel cut on one side of each board.

Place the long board on top of the short one and attach it at a 90-degree angle. I used wood glue and self-tapping 2 ½” screws to attach it. Use a countersink bit to make sure the screws don't pop out. Also always check with a speed square to make sure it's at a perfect 90 degree angle.

Repeat this twice to make another side of the roof.

Step 4 – attach the roof to the crates

This is probably the trickiest part of this build if you do it yourself without help. It wasn't easy to assemble as the bed was quite wide and it was difficult to hold the two pieces together. I used clamps to help me hold one side during assembly, but they didn't do much good.

If you can find a helping hand, this would be the perfect time!

Place the roof over the crates. Use the countersink bit, drill a pilot hole, and drive the screws from top to bottom.

Do the same thing on the other side. Then attach the second part of the roof using the same method.

Attach the roof to the crates

Step 5 – Install top rails and side panels

Cut three 2×2″ pieces at 71 ½”. Drill pocket holes at both ends using a Kreg jig. Attach the first one to the highest point of the sides of the roof using wood glue and pocket hole screws.

Measure 10 inches from the highest point of the roof (or maybe less; this is optional). Attach two 2×2” pieces on each side of the top center to create the top rails.

If you place the bed next to a wall, be sure to install pocket holes on the side that you cannot see.

Install the side panels. Cut two 2×3″ pieces at 71 ½” and drill pocket holes on both sides. Attach to the underside of the roof. Make sure it is leveled. Use the level for this.

Step 6 – install brackets

We will add brackets to the bed to add support and make the bed less wobbly and more stable.

First measure your bed to ensure the brackets do not extend beyond the height of the bed.

Cut 2×3″ at 16″ and make 45 degree cuts on each side. I used 2 ½” screws and wood glue to attach them. Use a countersink bit to get a nice finish.

Adding brackets to the 4 corners will add stability to the bed and make it structurally stronger. (I only show two in the plan but I actually said four)

You can also add a 2×3″ board to the headboard, this will help with stability and can be used to hold bottles on it.

Step 7 – Add the slats

For the slats, I ripped a ¾” sheet of plywood to size and attached it using 1 ¼” screws.

As I mentioned, if you want the area to be completely enclosed, you can also use 1×4″ or MDF board.

Step 8 – finish as desired.

First, I used a coat of white primer to finish this bed. Once the primer was dry, I used wood filler to fill in some knots.

Then I applied two coats of Behr's “Whisper white” paint.

I love the way this Montessori floor house bed turned out! What are you thinking?

montessori floor house bed
montessori floor house bed
montessori floor house bed

You can find step-by-step plans with dimensions, cutting lists, and bill of materials. in my shop here.

If you want inspiration for decorating this bed, here are 10 Montessori floor house beds with free plans. I have some suggestions for cute decor for small businesses, including a super fun drapery you can put on top of this bed to take it to a whole new level.

check my Instagram @ifonlyapril I wish April is where I share the behind the scenes of what's going on in the world 🙂

If a full-size bed is too big for your kids, check out the double Montessori floor mattress bed. Or watch me do it YouTube channel is here

xoxo,

April

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