Cot / crib Leon, built by our customers with this manual
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Cot furniture plan: make it yourself!
Make this bed for your (grand) child yourself! It’s easy with our clear and detailed blueprint. And then you have a beautiful, original, light-footed and safe crib. When you use our drawings and manual, it is easy to make adjustments, in order to make the bed exactly to your own liking. The bed design has an adjustable bed base and can be disassembled for storage or transport.
We have naturally tried to make the design as beautiful as possible. We wanted this cot to be stable, safe and elegant. With the special form and construction of the legs we think we have achieved this. For this modern crib we have taken particular account of a few things.
This DIY cot is part of our nursery design series ‘Leon’, consisting of a dresser, wardrobe and bed and desk. The characteristic style is mainly found in the construction and shape of the tapered legs. (There is also an oval side table “Leon” with similarly styled legs). We made sure that the crib can be disassembled for storage or transport, and that the bed base is adjustable (two positions).
We have tried as far as possible to hide all screws. We also detail how, in some places, you can use dowels to join pieces together, such that you don’t need any screws. If you want to paint the unit, you can neatly hide any remaining evidence of screws with help from some filler. In our tips for furniture makers we describe how you can do this.
Of course security is very important. The crib is super stable and meets safety requirements regarding the distance between the bars and the height of the side walls relative to the bed base. We should point out that we have adopted the latter only recently (October 2014). That’s why you might still see photos and pictures of Leon cot with lower side walls. Better design wise and ergonomically, we think, but ultimately of course we should adhere to the latest safety rules.
We always try to make our furniture as efficiently as possible from standard size sheet or board material. Cot Leon can be made completely (except of course for the bottom base) from MDF sheet material.
The design takes account of the capabilities and limitations of a typical DIY’er and their tools. If you have a hand saw (and in some cases a jigsaw) and a drill and know how to handle them, then you should be able to make all of our furniture. If you have access to professional tools, then of course it will be even easier.
As you might have already seen in the photos of clients who built this cot, it’s really easy to make changes to the dimensions and/or design, and many have done so. The clear cutting list and design drawings help to give you the confidence to make any changes you like.
The manual / design plan and drawings
The downloadable manual is in the form of an A4 booklet for you to print out yourself. At the start you’ll find a list of necessities, such as the wood (board or sheet material), screws (size and quantity), glue and any other parts. Also listed are the tools that you will need and a cutting list with dimensions of all the parts that make up the piece of furniture.
Each furniture plan contains a number of relevant tips about choice of material, sawing, screws, glue, sanding, painting, varnishing, etc. When dowels are given as an alternative, there is also a detailed explanation so that you can get started with full confidence.
Finally, there is a detailed step-by-step plan for the construction of this cot with clear diagrams and simple explanations.
Below you can see three example pages from the furniture plan of cot / crib Leon.