If you're tight for space and you want to squeeze more life out of your crib mattress, a toddler bed can be an invaluable transition to a full-sized bed. But it can be hard to rationalize the cost of an item that may not be used for very long. Faced with the need to put two toddlers in a small room, and balking at the price tag of many designer beds, Gabrielle (aka Design Mom, one of our favorite kids' design bloggers) rose gracefully to the challenge, fashioning a pair of adorable upholstered platform beds in just one afternoon. She documented the process in full over at Design*Sponge...
This project requires a trip to Home Depot, a trip to a fabric store, and a free afternoon. The materials are pretty basic: plywood, cotton batting, and the fabric of your choice. You do have to be handy with a drill and a staple gun, but you can have your lumber custom cut for you on site.
And if you still aren't keen on toddler beds, this project can always be adapted to build a twin bed, or even a queen-size for yourself!
See the detailed materials list and instructions at Design*Sponge.