Toddler Bed Rail

So our 3-year-old boy, Brayden, finally made the switch to a big boy bed full-time! Of course we needed bed rails to keep our rambunctious little one from rolling out of bed at night so of course, like usual, we made them ourselves. Custom fitted to his bed, these bed rails are not only sturdy as heck but they are a nice wooden alternative to the cheap plastic looking rails that are all over the place. The best part about is that we made these for about $15 a piece!

DIY Toddler Bed Rail | Free Plans | Rogue Engineer

DIY Toddler Bed Rail | Free Plans | Rogue Engineer

DIY Toddler Bed Rail | Free Plans | Rogue Engineer

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Tools Required

Materials (Makes 1 Rail)

  • Qty 1     2 x 4 x 96″ (Premium Studs; Pine)
  • Qty 2     1 x 4 x 72″ (Common Boards; Pine)
  • 1-1/4″ Pocket Screws

Cut List

DIY Toddler Bed Rail Plans | Cut List


DIY Toddler Bed Rail | Dimensions

Toddler Bed Rail Plans   Download Printable PDF

DIY Toddler Bed Rail | Step 1

DIY Toddler Bed Rail | Step 1 | screwing

I used a scrap 1×3 as a spacer

DIY Toddler Bed Rail | Step 1 | Completed

Step 1 completed

DIY Toddler Bed Rail | Step 2

DIY Toddler Bed Rail | Step 2

Step 2 completed. Ignore the extraneous pocket holes and plywood board, I used scraps since these are unseen.

DIY Toddler Bed Rail | Step 3

DIY Toddler Bed Rail | Step 3 | Screwing

DIY Toddler Bed Rail | Step 3 | Completed

DIY Toddler Bed Rail | Step 3 | Fit Check

Questions? Comments?

As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below and especially don’t forget to post pictures of your finished products in the comments! ENJOY!

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  • I followed these plans for a rail at Grandma’s house as well as for our own home!! So easy and fabulous!!! Thank you so much!

    • That looks awesome Lyndsay! Thanks for sharing. I’m glad these worked out well for you!

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  • Erin

    Love this!!! Also love the bed frame/headboard itself, where is it from?

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  • Jalissa

    Where’d you get the wood from to make the rails?

    • I got the wood from Home Depot. You will need 1 2X4 and 2 1X4’s, you can see this in materials list, to make 1 bed rail.

  • Jessica

    Thank you so much for creating this! My husband and I bought the exact same cribs for our twin boys and the store never mentioned how they discontinued making the conversion sets!! Thought we were up the creek until now! Thank you! We are going to make your toddler rail!

    • Awesome! Glad to be of help. Toddler twin boys… that’s a scary thought! We have a 4 year old boy, and he’s a handful himself, and we also have a 1 year old girl. Be sure to share pictures when you are done!

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  • Aaron

    The miter saw link you have in this posting is dead. Just fyi, in case you wanted to get that updated!

    • Thanks for the heads up. I fix it now.

      • Aaron

        Also, thanks for sharing. I really like these plans, so much so that I am building it now over my own – bolt to bed frame idea -.
        I really like some of the other designs you have posted as well!

        • Awesome man. Thanks. This made me realize a lot of my links in older posts for the miter saw are also dead, looks like its going to take me some time to start fixing them all!

      • Rayna Scott

        Still isn’t ?

    • Rayna Scott

      It still isn’t working (9/27/16)

  • alittlebirdie

    I really liked the idea of your rails, but I had to modify it just a bit since the bed i built has drawers under it that we needed to get access too. So using brackets, the rails are able to lift off.