You guys!! Today I am sharing How to Build Your Own Pottery Barn Kids Emmett Twin Bed that I totally knocked-off thanks to Ana White! But the very best part of this whole project is that I built it all by myself. Usually Spencer is around to help me out when we build things but he was out of town and I wanted it done… you know… that minute… so I busted this bad boy out myself!
I am in love with this bed but the best part is that it gave me a lot of confidence that I was lacking to start building things! I mostly followed the plans that Ana White made, but had to change a few things up a bit because I don’t have a kreg jig.
I had to attach the sides together by countersinking screws and pilot drilling and using wood filler… but it was worth it! I also attached the plywood to the back by drilling screws through the back. I figured you wouldn’t be able to see them anyway.
After the bed was built, I used Minwax Classic Gray to stain it. I brushed the stain on…
… and then wiped it off.
After the stain was dry I used my quarter sander to sand it down a bit to make it look a bit more weathered.
Then I gave it a nice clear coat of this minwax express clear protective wiping finish.
When it came time to assemble the bed, Spencer was home so we worked together and got it done. We changed this part up a little bit too. I used the 2×4’s in the plans, and added a couple braces across.
If you do yours this way, figure out where you want to drill your rails in and then cut your middle braces to fit. I wanted mine in the middle of the headboard and footboard 2×4’s. We drilled pilot holes and then used 1/4” x 4” bolts to attach the 2×4 rails to the footboard and headboard.
These bolts are the large version of the ones I used to hang up the planked truck art in their room.
We used a 7/16” socket bit and drilled them in and I really love them.
I knew that we would be drilling through the footboard and I did not want big holes, nor did I want to fill those holes and sand them down in case I wanted to take them apart – which I know will happen one day. I love this option because it looks nice and clean but still a bit rustic.
After the rails and braces were in place we cut a piece of 1/2” plywood and set it on top and screwed it into the rails to hold it in place.
We attached the rails at the height of 13” so I can store bins of toys under the bed. The bins are 12 1/2” tall so there is 1/2” of space left. From here you can add the 1×6’s to the sides and then add your mattress. I opted not to do this step so I could add a bed skirt between the plywood and mattress.
With the rails being 13” high and the 4 1/2” for the 2×4 and plywood and then add the 8” mattress — and the bed seems a bit high for my 4-year old but he loves it and sadly… he will grow up!
The best part of building things yourself is that you can make them what you want them to be!
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