Wondering How To Make A Baby Crib? Read This!

Have you ever thought of making a crib for your baby? Awaiting the arrival of a baby can involve a variety of activities. Among those are deciding whether it is better to purchase a ready-made commercial cradle or learn how to make a baby cradle yourself for your bundle of joy.

In this case, if you love doing a little woodworking on the side and basic DIY fix it up around. There is nothing more special than something built with your hands.

If you need to discover more about how to make a baby crib, we advise you be keen on following the steps described in the tutorial.

Building a baby crib should be an amazing feeling. Beholding a thing of beauty you’ve just made with your two hands for the new tyke is a joyous experience. It cannot be conveyed in mere words alone.

You should be determined to put in the time and effort to learn how to make a baby cradle. After all, that is what your child will use for the many months after they are born. While you’re learning to make a baby bed, always keep in mind that the safety of your child would be the highest priority.

What you’ll need for this tutorial

A baby crib plan

Building a baby crib is a walking in the park with a very workable baby crib plan. A plan has all the steps you need to follow when building the crib. It must have step-by-step instruction on how you can go about building a baby crib.

A good plan includes diagrams of the finished piece as well as specific necessary steps.

Additional exploded views of the steps will help you to visualize better and understand each step.

In this article, we will guide you how to build a simple baby crib from scratch.

Wood for the baby crib

When it comes to choosing wood for the crib, nothing beats hardwood. It is important since it determines the durability and sturdiness of the baby crib. The following are the measurements for the limber we are going to use in this tutorial.

  • Four pieces of 1 by 3 lumber 30 inches, two-piece 30 inches, two pieces of 1 by 4 lumber 30 inches, ten pieces of 1 by 2 wood 30-inch SIDES
  • Two pieces of 1 by 3 lumber 30 inches, one piece 53 ½ inches, one piece of 1 by 4 lumber 53 ½ inches, ten pieces of 1 by 2 lumber – 30 inches BACK
  • Two pieces of 1 by 3 lumber 24 inches, one piece 53 ½ inches, one piece of 1 by 4 lumber 53 ½ inches, ten pieces of 1 by 2 lumber 24 inches FACE
  • Six pieces of 2 by 3 lumber 5 inches long LEGS
  • Two pieces of 1 by 3 lumber 27 inches long, two pieces 53 ½ inches long BED FRAME
  • Two pieces of 1 by 1 lumber 52 inches long, 11 pieces of 1 by 3 lumber 27 inches long CLEATS

Safety measure to consider

When building a baby crib, these safety measures ought to be in place. Putting them in place will ensure your child is safe when occupying the crib.

  • Corner posts ought to be not more than 1 inch greater than the top panels
  • Slats must be not more than 2 inches apart
  • A baby crib should no longer be used if the peak of the rails is lower than three-fourths of your child’s height.
  • All edges and curves should be smoothed out, or you need to use padding for additional safety measures.
  • Top rails of the crib must be at least 26 inches higher.

Tools to be used

To build a baby crib from scratch, you’ll need:

Safety Gloves

These help to protect your fingers from injury as you work away on building your baby’s crib. There are a variety of safety gloves you can select from on the market.

Chalk Line

There’s no better way you can make a perfectly straight line when woodworking than with a chalk line. With it, you will be able to make all your lumber cuttings are in a straight-line.

Carpenter Pencil

The pencil is for marking wood and noting measurements for the lumber pieces.


You need to protect your eyes as well. You need to purchase a nice pair of glasses to protect your eye.

Tape Measure

You need to be accurate with your measurements as possible. So, a tape measure comes in handy. You wouldn’t like to end up with cuttings which don’t fit when you begin assembling your pieces.

Spirit Level

You need this to ensure that your work is horizontal or vertical just the way you need it. It gives you accuracy in your crib making project.

Hand Drill

You will have to do some drilling while working on the wood for your crib project. The drill bits will be useful when back wood shavings up and out of the hole.


If you are going into woodworking a baby crib, then you need to use the saw. A hand saw is enough, but it’s better if you have a miter saw – a tool that cuts accurately. It is known for framing corners.

There are also two different kinds of miter saw that you could use as the manual miter saw and power miter saw. Their difference is that in the manual comes with rollers on a metal and with a miter box where you could make crosscuts on your woodwork.

On the other hand, the power miter satisfies and is helpful in letting you create work quicker and easier. It gives more accuracy during the creation of crosscuts for your job.

Jig saw

When taking on the crib, it requires curved cuts, so a jig saw is an excellent portable power tool to use.

Jig saw blades are used to cut on the up stroke, and consequently, the top side of the workpiece can splinter. If the wood to cut has a better side that needs to be protected, then it is best to cut with this side being on the bottom.

Some useful tips

  • Apply a lot of coats of wood stain to the wood
  • Fill all holes with wood filler to smoothen the surface

Duration required for the project

The estimated period for this crib making project is one day. If you follow the steps well, building a baby crib will be a walk in the park.

Baby crib Step by step building instructions

How to make the frame for the wall

The initial phase of the crib making project is building the front face of the crib. As you’re able to realize in the plan, we advise you to build the frame for the front wall with 1 by 4 lumber when making the bottom slat and using 1 by 3 lumber for the other parts of the structure.

Drill some pocket holes at the two ending of the vertical supports. Then make them secure at the bottom and top components with 1 ¼ inches screws.You have to ensure that you have square corners with the edges flush.

Let’s now build a wall for the crib front

To build the rails is a simple procedure, so you have to make sure that you drill some pocket holes at the two endings of the vertical components. You have to do this before securing them to the frame with 1 ¼ inches screws. That way, you’ll be come up with a front wall for the crib.

Building the crib side walls

Making the walls at the side is quite a simple procedure.However, there’s need for you to make adjustments in the design of the components before locking them tightly into place. You have to cross check whether all corners are square before you insert the galvanized screws.

Pro tip: To get a professional appearance, you must align the edges with close attention before you add the screws. You can then put the balusters with equal spacing.

Making a wall for the crib backside

Constructing the crib back wall is our next step for the woodworking DIY project. You need to work with close attention and be sure to see to it that this wall is sturdy.

You can make alignments in the components to see whether the edges are flush before you insert the screws. With the DIY techniques given above, you’ll surely get this done.

Making the frame for the crib

We have to continue with our baby crib making project by locking all four walls of the crib. With a drill, make some pocket holes in the front and back side panels. You can then insert 1 ¼ inches screws into its adjacent walls.

You have to make sure your edges are squared before fixing the screws which are galvanized. There’s need for you to see whether the edges are flush before driving in the screws.

How to attach legs to the crib

You have to cut a lot of pieces of 2 by 3 lumber. Then you must have them secured to the bottom parts of the frame. Using a drill, make some pilot holes through the legs. You can then have them secured into place with 2 inch screws. Put waterproof glue to the joints for you to create a rigid structure.

Making the bed frame

We move ahead with the crib DIY project by building the bed frame. Use 1 by 3 slats to make the frame for the bed. You need to make sure all its corners are squared.

Then, add the 1 by 1 cleats to the bed’s interior faces to support the slats. Make pocket holes through the cleats. Then have them secured to the frame using 1 ¼ inch screws.

Time to fit the cleats

The next step is to fit 1 by 3 slats to the cleats, as illustrated in the diagram. Do this with close attention and have the slats placed with equal spacing. Do this before locking them to the cleats with 1 ¼ inch screws which are galvanized.

There’s need for you to make a decision concerning height at which you want the bed frame secured to the side walls. With your spirit level, check whether the bed frame is put horizontally. It’s done before you put the screws via the crib frame into the walls.

Making finishing on the crib

It is important that you apply enough finishing to your newly built crib. This finishing would smoothen out the surfaces. It would also be helpful in sealing the wood plus binding the fibers well. This way, safety for your baby is ensured and prevents splintering.

You must fill all holes using wood filler and leave it to dry for a few hours. Afterward, smoothen the wood surface using fine-grit sandpaper then you vacuum the residues.

All finishing should be non-toxic once and cured. But as a parent, you might need the added assurance since babies would chew on anything especially when they are teething.

That’s why when it comes to finishing its good to go for shellac. It is sometimes used by confectioners to coat on candy. It is as non-toxic as you’ll like it to be.

Pro tip: Apply a lot of stain or paint coat to the wooden components. It protects them from decay and enhances the look of the baby crib as well.


Thank you for reading our guide article on how to make a DIY baby crib, did you enjoy it? Hope it has been helpful to you. Expecting a new member in the family marks a period of great excitement. Making a bed for the newborn baby is part of the fun.

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Joscelyn Booker

  • Rosie says:

    What a gorgeous crib and big task!! LOVE IT 🙂 I may have to make one if I have another baby. XO!

  • Niceno says:

    Love this idea will share it with my friend that is going to be a new mom!

  • umaima says:

    Such a lovely thing to do for the baby…wish I had the patience to make it 🙂 It’s beautiful

  • Vidya Tiru says:

    wow.. not sure if i am up to something so diy.. but used prebuilt, just fit them together easily ones for my kids

  • Tosha says:

    That’s is amazing I’ve never made my own crib! But I’m sure there is nothing like seeing th finish of your creation for ur baby.

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