Apr
06
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib

I hope you all had such a Happy Easter! We are officially back from our vacation and I can't wait to share some of the details with you all. I hoped it would be relaxing and allow me to recover a bit more from this nagging infection, and I would say it absolutely did help a bit. But let's be real, relaxing is the opposite of what a vacation with kiddos is all about. My two littles took misbehaving to a whole new level, so naturally I am thinking about an easier time when they were still babies and sleeping like angels in cribs, and not yet talking.... Our first crib plan has been such a hit that we thought we would expand the line and add some other fabulous options to it.

As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt a crib for your new little angel. With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves!

Estimated Cost
$125-$175
Dimensions
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib
Tools
Lumber
  • 4 – 1x3 at 8’
  • 1 – 1x4 at 8’
  • 6 – 2x2 at 8’
  • 1 – 2x4 at 8’
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 4’x8’ 
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 2x4 at 28-1/4” – Head and Foot Tops
  • 4 – 2x2 at 70” – Posts
  • 2 – 1x4 at 28-1/4” – Head and Foot Bottoms
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 28-1/4”x37-1/2” – Head Panel
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 28-1/4”x33-1/2” – Foot Panel
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 38-1/4”x53-1/2” – Side Panels
  • 2 – 2x2 at 53-1/2” – Side Tops
  • 2 – 1x3 at 53-1/2” – Mattress Frame Sides
  • 2 – 1x3 at 26-3/4” – Mattress Frame Ends
  • 2 – 2x2 at 52” – Slat Supports
  • 8 – 1x3 at 26-3/4” – Slats
Instructions

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib

Cut the pieces for the Posts, Head Top, Head Panel, and Head Bottom. Apply edge banding to exposed plywood edges if desired. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in the ends of the Head Top.  Set the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in the sides and bottom of the Head Panel, then in the ends of the Head Bottom. Make sure that the pocket holes drilled into the Head Bottom piece are within the 1-1/2” that will make contact with the Post when assembled. Assemble the Head Bottom and Head Panel as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.  Assemble the Head Top as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. The top sketch is the inside view of the Crib Head and the bottom sketch is the outside view of the Crib Head. 

Step 2
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib

Cut the pieces for the Posts, Foot Top, Foot Panel, and Foot Bottom. Apply edge banding to exposed plywood edges if desired. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in the ends of the Foot Top.  Set the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in the sides and bottom of the Foot Panel, then in the ends of the Foot Bottom. Make sure that the pocket holes drilled into the Foot Bottom piece are within the 1-1/2” that will make contact with the Post when assembled. Assemble the Foot Bottom and Foot Panel as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.  Assemble the Foot Top as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. The top sketch is the inside view of the Crib Foot and the bottom sketch is the outside view of the Crib Foot. 

Step 3
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib

Cut the piece for the Side Panels. Apply edge banding to exposed plywood edges if desired. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the ends of the Side Panels. When drilling the pocket holes, make sure to stagger them so that they do not line up with the pocket holes in the Head Panel (we don’t want any pocket screws to interfere with one another). Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Step 4
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib

Cut the pieces for the Side Tops. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Side Tops. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. 
 

Step 5
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib

Cut the pieces for the Mattress Frame Ends and Mattress Frame Sides. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Mattress Frame Ends. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. 

Step 6
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib

Cut the pieces for the Slat Supports. Attach to the inside of the frame with glue and countersunk 2” wood screws.

Step 7
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib

Cut the pieces for the Slats. Attach to the slat supports with countersunk 1-1/4” wood screws.

Step 8
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib

Now it’s time to install the Corner Braces! For this crib, we have 3 positions for the mattress. The first position will be 14-1/4” from the bottom of the Head Panel and Foot Panel, the second position will be 8-1/4” from the bottom of the Head Panel and Foot Panel, and the third position will be set on the Bottom piece.   

For illustrative purposes only, the sketch shows Braces at the top two positions. You will only need Braces at one position on each side. The third position, or lowest position, will not need Braces.

Step 9
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib

Here is a sketch of the Braces in action (view from the bottom)! Simply secure your Braces at the desired position, set the Mattress Frame on top of the Braces, and attach the Mattress Frame to the Braces. 

Step 10
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib

Dress this beautiful Crib up with a canopy and call it done!

Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

Disclaimer

// Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this website as outlined under Terms of Use. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by The Design Confidential.com and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, personal injury or death, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of information or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it. The Design Confidential.com is inspired by but does not replicate exact designs, any similarities between these plans and items sold at specialty retailers is coincidential and not endorsed by or related to any said retailers. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

drupal counter