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Bedside crib construction manual for handymen

For do-it-yourself enthusiasts: How to build your own bedside crib

The Bedside Crib provides your baby with the vital closeness to its mother, also at nighttime. It saves you from getting up several times during the night, allowing you to get more sleep. Later, you can use it as a painting table, a play table, a bench, and much more …

The following is a simplified construction manual to assist you in building your own Bedside Crib. Have fun building!

Bedside crib construction manual for handymen

You need

Wooden parts

Get the base plate, rear panel, side panels, tray table and strips for the tray table cut in a rectangular shape from a pollutant-free 19 mm three-layer plate to the specified dimensions at a hardware store:

1) base plate 900 × 450 mm
2) rear panel 862 × 260 mm
3) 2× side panel 450 × 220 mm
4) tray table 450 × 120 mm
5) 2× strip to attach to the tray table 200 × 50 mm

In addition, you will need 4 legs made of square-cut wood (approx. 57 × 57 mm). The height of the legs is derived from the height of the parents’ bed: The upper edges of the mattress of the parents’ bed and the mattress of the Bedside Crib should be at about the same height. (Upper edge of the mattress of the Bedside Crib = height of legs + thickness of base plate [19 mm] + height of the baby mattress.)

Crosshead screws (SPAX)

a) 4×40 mm (11 screws)
b) 6×60 mm (4 screws)
c) 4×35 mm (8 screws)

You are welcome to use more elaborate techniques instead of crosshead screws when connecting the parts.


  • crosshead (Phillips) screwdriver

  • jigsaw

  • sand paper

  • recommended: router (to round the edges)

Crafting the parts

  • Cutting the curves:
    The illustration points out which curves should be cut into which parts.
    Lightly draw the curve on the rear panel. You will get a nice curve if you bend a thin flexible band of approximately 100 cm length until you get the desired arch and then have a helper trace this curve for you onto the rear panel.
    To mark the curve on the sides and the tray table, use pots of the appropriate size.
    Now cut the wood along the marked curve with a jigsaw.

  • Connecting bore:
    There are 4 mm clearance holes in the base plate and the side panels, see illustration. Counter-bore these holes so that the screw heads do not protrude later.
    The holes for the legs in the corners of the base plate should have a 6 mm diameter. Counter-bore these holes, too.

  • Slot at front edge:
    In order to later attach the Bedside Crib to the parents’ bed with a Velcro strap, make a slot in the base plate at the front edge (1 cm towards the inside, about 30 × 4 mm). Lightly mark the slot in pencil, make several holes with the 4 mm drill until the jigsaw blade fits, and then cut it out with the jigsaw.

  • Rounding the edges:
    Rounding works best if a router is available (6 mm radius). Finishing is done manually with sand paper.
    If you don’t have a router: sand, sand, sand!

Bedside crib construction manual for handymen


  1. Attach rear panel (2) first to the base plate (1).

  2. Attach the side panels (3) to the base plate (1). Connect the side panels (3) to the rear panel (2) with screws.

  3. Screw the legs (6) to the base plate (1).

  4. Screw the strips (5) onto the tray table (4) so that half of the strip is visible. Now place the tray table (4) with strips (5) attached either on the left or right side of the crib and screw them together. Done!

If necessary, tighten the screws after a while.
The Bedside Crib can no longer be used as a bed once your baby starts crawling, for safety reasons.

If you have questions you are welcome to contact us.

Bedside crib construction manual for handymen

These instructions may only be used for private and personal use. Any liability for damages resulting from building and subsequent use is expressly excluded.