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Apr
28
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Project Details

So in all of my genius glory it appears that I posted the armless unit for this fab reef sectional sofa, and then forgot to draft plans for the corner unit. Yahoo. Well today we rectify that crazy and we give you... wait for it... the corner unit! I bet you weren't going to guess that, eh? What say you? Do you prefer your sectional sofas with all working parts and plans? Thought you might...

To view the other plan for this pair and to build an actual sectional sofa, you will want to visit the plan for the Reef Armless Unit and the cushion options here that will work best are the Threshold Outdoor Deep Seating Cushion which retails for $29 and two or three 18" toss pillows for the back. Alternatively you might also use a cushion like this for the seat which retails for $19 and would help cut cost in a large quantity but it is decidedly less boxy than the other for sure, so this is a style and budgetary choice that can be made and it is yours to make my friends!

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 many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). 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! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram or @thedesconf on twitter so I am sure to see it!

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$50-$100
Dimensions
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Tools
Lumber
  • 2 – 1x4 at 8’
  • 4 – 2x4 at 8’  
Materials
Cut List
  • 5 – 2x4 at 27-1/4” – Back Legs and Corner Back Leg
  • 2 – 2x4 at 28-1/4” – Sides            
  • 1 – 2x4 at 12-1/2” – Front Leg     
  • 2 – 2x4 at 33-1/4” – Tops             
  • 1 – 2x4 at 26-1/4” – Front Apron
  • 1 – 2x4 at 20-1/2” – Seat Support
  • 1 – 2x4 at 6-1/4” – Seat Support Extension
  • 1 – 2x4 at 20-1/2” (ripped down to 2-3/4” wide) – Center Seat Support    
  • 3 – 1x4 at 20-1/2” – Seat Slats
  • 6 – 1x4 at 16-3/4” – Back 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

Cut the pieces for two of the Back Legs, the Front Leg, and Sides. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the Sides and in the tops of the Back Legs. For one side of the chair, assemble the Back Leg, Front Leg, and Side as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.  For the other side of the chair, assemble the Back Leg and Side as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.  

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the two Tops, the Corner Back Leg, the remaining two Back Legs, and the Front Apron. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Front Apron and in the top end of the Corner Back Leg. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws. 

With the Kreg jig still set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in the top ends of the two remaining Back Legs. Assemble the other Top to the two remaining Back Legs as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws. 

Assemble the pieces as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.  Attach the second Top to the Corner Back Leg with 2-1/2” wood screws, if needed (depending on where you drilled the pocket holes on the Corner Back Leg, you may need additional reinforcement).  

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Center Seat Support, the Seat Support, and the Seat Support Extension. The Center Support will be a 2x4 ripped down to 2-3/4” wide and will be located 3/4” down from the top of the Sides to allow for the Seat Slats. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Center Seat Support, Seat Support, and Seat Support Extension. Assemble as shown with glue and 2 1/2” pocket hole screws. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the Seat Slats. Set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the Seat Slats. Attach the Seat Slats to the Seat Support and Front Apron with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Secure the Seat Slats to the Center Seat Support with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Back Slats. The angles may be a little tricky but they should be cut at approximately 25 degrees. (see drawing). Once the angles are cut, set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in both ends of each Back Slat. Attach to the Seat Support and Top with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Finishing Instructions

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

Outdoor 
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

Apr
27
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Brashmode's Rolling Bed Board Table

This gorgeous beauty comes to us from @brashmode via Instagram and our newly created hashtag #builtTDCtuff. It's a great way for you to share all of your gorgeous builds on social channels you already use and of course to be showcased and shared with the world... or at least those people who follow along with us socially, you know... This build is quite the stunner and what a fabulous luxury item to add to your home. Who needs to leave anyhow? Not me...

Here is what she says:

The McParents Helped Us Build This Rolling Occasional Table & Now I Cant Imagine Life Without It. Was So Easy! Here's A Link To The Plans From @thedesignconfidential If You Wanna Give It A Shot

Yahoo, I hope you do give it a shot!

To Read More About This Build, Visit This Blog Post 
Apr
20
2015

I saw the plans on here and thought it was awesome but I don't like paying for wood where possible so I decided to make it out of old pallets and a few scrap pieces of wood from various other projects.

Estimated Cost 

About £3

Length of Time 

1 Day

Modifications 

Because of the materials used the arm rests seemed a little flimsy so I added a couple of wedges to the front and rear legs just to give a little extra support.

I also added a brace on the front and rear legs just to strenghen up them up.

Lumber Used 

I used 2 pallets, this gave me most of the timber I needed. It seems pallets are almost all 4x1.

Fot the back rest of the chair i used some left over shiplap from a repair I made to a shed door.

For the top of the Ottoman I used some 6x1 which was originally a gravel board for a fence that got blown down and was too broken to reuse.

Finishing Technique 

Because of the nature of the wood, I didn't spend too much time sanding and I didn't fill any of the holes at all as I felt it compliments the timber.

I did think it needed some paint so decided to go with a mixed colour scheme.

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Outdoor Modern Adirondack Chair + Ottoman
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Outdoor Modern Adirondack Chair + Ottoman
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Outdoor Modern Adirondack Chair + Ottoman
Apr
16
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Project Details

The iconic bench, if ever there was one. Actually I can think of a few iconic benches, but this is certainly one of them! And believe me when I say this will be an easy build. No tricky cuts or fancy things, just cut and drill, then put together like a stacking tree for kiddos. 

To check out our hundreds of other free plans, visit our plan indexAs 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 many of our plans (some are perfect for beginners, others... not so much). 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!

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$25-$75
Dimensions
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Tools
Lumber
  • 8 – 2x2 at 8'
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 2x2 at 55” – Front and Back
  • 5 – 2x2 at 38” – Centers               
  • 8 – 2x2 at 10” – Ends                    
  • 18 – 2x2 at 19” – Stands    
Instructions

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

Cut all the pieces for the Bench. At the end of each piece, drill a 1/2” hole that is centered 3/4” from each end. “Round out” each end by cutting the corners at a 3/4” radius. Drill additional 1/2” holes on noted pieces, centered. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 2

Lay down the Back piece. Insert the longer Threaded Rod into each hole and thread a Nut onto the back side of each Rod. Install the pieces as shown. The 1/2” drilled hole at the bottom of each Stand will take the shorter Threaded Rod.  

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 3

Continue to install pieces as shown. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 4

Keep installing!

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 5

Install the Front piece. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 6

Finally, thread a Nut on the front of each Threaded Rod to secure everything into place.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
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

Apr
13
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
Project Details

Nothing says spring like a rocking chair on the porch. I kind of have a thing with chairs that rock... or bounce. I guess I never grew out of that stage from my years as a baby? Who knows, but there is definitely something so soothing about sitting in a rocking chair, listening to the evening sounds. It is even better in the morning, but somehow school routines and young children seem to keep this from happening during the week. A gal can dream though...

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 many of our plans (some are perfect for beginners, others... not so much). 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!

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$50-$100
Dimensions
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
Tools
Lumber
  • 2 – 1x2 at 8’
  • 3 – 1x3 at 8’
  • 2 – 1x4 at 8’
  • 1 – 1x6 at 8’ (or use 3/4” plywood, ripped down to 5-1/2” wide) 
Materials
Cut List
  • 1 – 1x2 at 16” – Backrest Top Frame                  
  • 2 – 1x2 at 18-1/2” – Backrest Side Frames
  • 2 – 1x3 at 2-1/2” – Armrest Supports                  
  • 2 – 1x3 at 21” – Backrest Sides               
  • 5 – 1x4 at 19” – Backrest Slats                            
  • 2 – 1x3 at 23” – Seat Sides                                   
  • 2 – 1x2 at 17-1/2” – Seat Front and Seat Back 
  • 5 – 1x4 at 19” – Seat Slats                                    
  • 2 – 1x3 at 22” – Armrests                                     
  • 2 – 1x3 at 12-1/4” – Side Frame Tops                 
  • 4 – 1x3 at 24-1/2” – Side Frame Sides                
  • 2 – 1x2 at 19-1/2” – Side Frame Bottoms           
  • 2 – 1x6 at 35” – Rockers   
Instructions

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.

/ Click on Images to Enlarge

Step 1

Cut the pieces for the Backrest Top Frame and Backrest Side Frames. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Backrest Top Frame. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Armrest Supports, Backrest Sides, and Backrest Slats.

Cut the Armrest Supports as shown. 

Chamfer the top back corner of the Backrest Sides at a 45-degree angle, if desired. You can also “round out” the bottoms of the Backrest Sides as shown. Attach the Backrest Sides to the Backrest Side Frame pieces as shown with glue and 1-1/4” wood screws. Attach the Armrest Supports to the Backrest Sides as shown with glue and 1-1/4” wood screws.

Attach the Backrest Slats to the Backrest Top Frame and Backrest Sides as shown with glue and 1-1/4” wood screws. 

 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Seat Sides, Seat Front, and Seat Back. Chamfer the bottom front corner of the Seat Sides at a 45-degree angle, if desired. 

With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Seat Front and Seat Back. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Cut the pieces for the Seat Slats. Attach the Seat Slats to the Seat Front, Seat Sides, and Seat Back as shown with glue and 1-1/4” wood screws.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the Armrests, Side Frame Tops, Side Frame Sides, and Side Frame Bottoms. You can “round out” the outer corners of the Side Frame Sides as noted to allow for better chair movement. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Side Frame Tops and Side Frame Bottoms. Next, drill pocket holes in the top end of the Side Frame Sides. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Repeat this step for the other side.   

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Rockers. Draw out the shape as shown and cut out with your jigsaw. Make sure you draw a gentle curve. For this project, we used a radius of 62-1/2” for the Rocker curves. If desired, “round out” the end corners of the Rockers with your jigsaw or sander. 

Clamp the Rockers to the Side Frame Sides as shown. Using a 1/4” spade bit, drill holes through both of the clamped pieces. Attach the Rockers to the Side Frames Sides as shown with glue and 1/4” bolts and nuts. Once assembled, you can see what part of the Side Frame Sides extend past the Rockers.  Use your jigsaw or sander to remove this excess wood. Repeat this process with the other side. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
Step 6

Lay one of the Side Frame assemblies on the ground or table, with the pocket holes facing up. Lay the Seat assembly on the Side Frame assembly as shown and secure with clamps. Using a 1/4” spade bit, drill holes through both of the clamped pieces. Attach the Side Frame Sides to the Seat Side as shown with glue and 1/4” bolts and nuts. Repeat this process with the second Side Frame assembly. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
Step 7

Set the Rocking Chair upright. Using clamps, position the Backrest assembly to the Side Frame assemblies as shown. The bottom corner of the Armrest should be flush with the back edge of the Backrest Side and should be set directly on the Armrest Support. Use your 1/4” spade bit to drill through both the clamped pieces where noted. Attach the Side Frame Sides to the Backrest Side as shown with glue and 1/4” bolts and nuts. Repeat this process with the other side.

Just sit back, relax, and rock your worries away! 

Just sit back, relax, and rock your worries away!
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

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

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!

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

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

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. 

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
Step 2

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. 

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
Step 3

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.

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
Step 4

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. 
 

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

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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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. 

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

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

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib
Finishing Instructions

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

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