How to build a Kid’s Racing Car Bed

racing car bed

Introduction

Section 1: 

Section 1.1. Introduction

This is a compact race car bed and is a good size for kids up to the age of 8 or so. It does not take up nearly as much room as a standard single bed, so it is ideal for a room where space is a premium.
I made this for one of my grand-kids and it proved an immediate hit. I don’t think I have ever seen a kid more proud of a bed.
Sometimes there’s a need for a parent to climb in next to their little one for a bit of a snuggle or two. This design allows for just that. Although this bed is compact, an adult can still lie next to their child as there are no feet barriers – hence, longer legs and the feet of a bigger person can hang past the front, unimpeded.

It is made out of 3/4″ (18mm) custom MDF board for the car frame, and 3/4″ x 3 1/2′ (90 mm x 19 mm) wood for the bed base.

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Section 1.2. The size of it

The bed base is 63″ (1575 mm) long and 28 1/2″ (712 mm) wide.
The overall size of the unit is 69¼” (1731mm) long, 31½” (787mm) wide, and 2ft (600mm) high.

Section 1.3. Wood size – Measurements given

About the measurements given:
The measurements throughout this project are given in both Standard (inches) and Metric (mm).
The standard measurements are given first followed by the metric measurements in brackets (). For example: 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ (90 mm x 19 mm).

For rounding-off and practical purposes, and in order to be able to apply the same grid plan to both the imperial and metric systems, the imperial (standard, inch) sizes in this project are not an exact match to the equivalent metric sizes. In this content 1″ equates to 25mm – not an exact match so use one system or the other but do not mix and match and you will be just fine.

The Plans

Section 2:

Section 2.1. Bed base plan

Racing Car Kids Bed Plan

Car side-panel plan

Section 2.2. Car side-panel plan

Kid's Racing Car Bed Plan Body 1

Section 2.3. Car back-panel plan

Kid's Racing Car Bed Plan Body 2

Section 2.4. Car front (nose) plan

Kid's Racing Car Bed Plan Body 3

Section 2.5. Longitudinal section view

Kid's Racing Car Bed Plan Body 4

The bed base

Section 3:

Section 3.1. Bed base wood requirements

ITEMFORSTOCK SIZELENGTHQTY
[a]side rail¾” x 3½” (90 mm x 19 mm)63″ (1575 mm)2
[b]bed slat support¾” x 1½” (38 mm x 19 mm)63″ (1575 mm)2
[c]bed slat¾” x 3½” (90 mm x 19 mm)27″ (675 mm)12

Section 3.2. Make the bed base

Kid's Racing Car Bed Bunk Bed 1
  • Cut all the pieces according to the measurements given in the cutting list Above.
  • Glue and screw the two slat supports (b) to the two side rails (a).
  • Screw about every 8″ (200 mm) apart and pre-drill the screw holes through the slat supports (b).
Kid's Racing Car Bed Plan Base
  • Place the side rails apart on a couple of sawhorses and spread the bed slats (c) along the top of the slat supports, allowing approximately 2″ (50 mm) gap between each slat.
  • Glue and screw the slats to the slat supports. Use two screws at each end of every slat.
  • Pre-drill the screw holes through the slats (c).

Making the body panels

Section 4:

Section 4.1. Mark the side panels

Kid's Racing Car Bed Plan
  • On a piece of 3/4″ (18mm) custom MDF board, 8ft (2400 mm) long x 2ft (600 mm) wide, draw a grid with the grid lines spaced 2″ (50 mm).
  • The grid plan shows the plan drawings scaled in a grid where the line spacings represent 2″ (50 mm).
  • Copy (draw) the shape of the car (from the scaled grid plan below) onto the MDF board using the grid lines as reference points.
Kid's Racing Car Bed Plan Body 1

Note: For ease of marking and cutting, I ripped a standard 8ft (2400 mm) long MDF board in half, making two pieces 8ft (2400 mm) long by 2ft (600 mm) wide. I was able to get one side panel and two wheels out of each piece.

The shape of the car will take up less than 3/4 of the 8ft (2400 mm) long MDF board. On the free part of the board draw two circles (wheels), each with a diameter of 14″ (350 mm). Refer to the next section for ‘How to draw a circle’.

The diameter is the distance across a circle through its center point (the width).
The radius is the distance from the center point to one side which is half of the diameter.
In this case the radius is 7″ (175 mm).

Section 4.2. How to draw the circle

How to make a circle with a 7″ (175 mm) radius.

  • Get a thin strip of wood (arm) about 8″ (200 mm) long, which is a bit longer than the radius. Hammer a small nail through the arm 7″ (175 mm) from one end. Hammer the nail into the MDF board, where you think the center of the circle (wheel) will be.
  • Rotate the arm in a circle using the nail as the pivot point.
  • Hold a pencil at the end of the rotating arm to mark the circumference (perimeter or outside edge of the circle).

Section 4.3. Cut out the side panels and wheels

  • With a jig-saw cut out the marked side panel and the two wheels (as marked in the previous section).
  • Use that car side as a template to mark the other car side onto another piece of MDF and also mark another two wheels.
  • Cut that side panel and the wheels out.
Kid's Racing Car Bed Plan

Cut out the back panel

Section 4.4. Cut out the back panel

  • Cut the back panel 29″ (725 mm) wide x 16 1/2″ (413 mm) high and shape the top using the grid plan for reference.
Kid's Racing Car Bed Plan : Back Panel

Section 4.5. Make the nose (front section)

  • Make the nose. Refer to the plan drawing below and the following photos for a bit of visual guidance.
Kid's Racing Car Bed Plan : Front Section
Kid's Racing Car Bed : Back and Front

Assembling the pieces

Section 5:

Section 5.1. Fix the wheels to the side panels

Kid's Racing Car Bed :  Fix the Wheels to the Side Panels
  • Fix the wheels to the side panels.
  • Glue, drill, and screw through the side panels into the wheels.
  • Align the wheels over the wheel shape in the side panels.
  • Use five 1-1/4″ (32mm) wood screws for each wheel.

Section 5.2. Fix the nose section and back panel to the bed base

Kid's Racing Car Bed Plan : Fix the Nose
  • Fix the back panel to the back end of the bed base.
  • The bottom of the back panel will be 2″ (50 mm) below the bottom of the bed base.
  • Drill and screw (on an angle) through the back panel into the ends of the bed base side-rails
  • Fix the nose so it is positioned 2 1/4″ (56 mm) above the side rail of the bed base.
  • Drill and screw (on an angle) through the nose into the ends of the bed base side-rails.
Kid's Racing Car Bed Plan : Fix Nose and Back Panels to the Bed Base

Section 5.3. Add the side panels

Kid's Racing Car Bed Plan :  Add the Side Panels
  • Draw a line along the inside of the car sides up 9 1/2″ (237mm) from the very bottom (bottom of the wheels).
  • That marks where the bottom of the side rail of the bed base will be positioned.
  • Place one of the side panels on a flat surface with the wheels underneath.
  • Apply some glue and place the bed base (on edge) so the bottom of the bed base side-rail aligns with the line which is up 9 1/2″ (237mm) from the very bottom (bottom of the wheels).
  • Also ensure that the outside of the back panel is flush with the back end of the side panel.
  • Drill and screw through the side-rail into the side panel.
  • Nail through each end of the side panel into the edges of the back panel and the front grill.
  • Flip the unit over and do the same on the other side.

Section 5.4. Add the legs

Kid's Racing Car Bed Plan : Add the Legs
  • Make four legs. They can be out of 3/4″ x 3-1/2″ (18 mm x 90 mm) stock or 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ (40 mm x 90 mm) stock or similar.
  • Make them 9 3/4″ (243mm) long, which is a little longer than the distance from the bottom of the side-rails to the bottom of the wheels.
  • The purpose is to take the weight and wear and tear away from the MDF wheels.
  • Glue and screw the legs to the insides of the wheels.
Kid's Racing Car Bed Plan : Add the Legs 1

A bit of paint and personality

Section 6:

Section 6.1. Make your mark

Kid's Racing Car Bed Plan : Paint

This is where you put your mark on it.

Let your imagination run wild. There are probably many things lying around the house you can use for a grille, headlights, eyes, or whatever.

With a few strokes of the brush and a few knick-knacks, you can make the car bed look happy, sad, coy, angry, or you can give it just about any personality you want. I think this particular car bed has a happy-sad-warm-caring sort of look about it.

Section 6.2. About the mattress

Use a 4″ (100 mm) thick foam rubber mattress.
Sometimes it is cheaper to buy a standard size single mattress and cut it to size.
There always seems to be special or sale somewhere for such items. It is not too hard to cut a standard size single foam rubber mattress. Just take off the cover, cut the foam rubber to size with a long bladed craft knife and re-sew the cover to suit.

The mattress area is 63″ (1575 mm) by 27″ (675 mm).

Kid's Racing Car Bed Plan : Mattress

Wood you will need

Section 7:

Section 7.1. Wood for the bed base

ITEMFORSTOCK SIZELENGTHQTY
[a]side rail¾” x 3½” (90 mm x 19 mm)63″ (1575 mm)2
[b]bed slat support¾” x 1½” (38 mm x 19 mm)63″ (1575 mm)2
[c]bed slat¾” x 3½” (90 mm x 19 mm)27″ (675 mm)12
In all you will need:

6 lengths of ¾” x 3½” (90 mm x 19 mm) @ 8ft (2400mm) long.

Note: The above amount allows for wastage, and includes item [b] which can be ripped out of ¾” x 3½” (90 mm x 19 mm) stock.

Section 7.2. Wood for the body panels

All the body (sides, front, and back) can be cut from 1 ¼ standard 8ft (2400mm) x 4ft (1200mm) sheets of 3/4″ (18mm) custom MDF board.
You will also need an assortment of screws, nails, glue, along with paint and any other knick-knacks you might want to add.

Kid's Racing Car Bed Plan : Finish

Buildeazy.com started as a hobby for Les Kenny over eight years ago when he decided he would share his successful DIY projects with the wider world, putting them up online for anyone to access.

1 Comment
  1. This racing car bed was made by Roger from a buildeazy plan.

    The plans can be seen here https://www.buildeazy.com/kids-racing-car-bed/

    Roger says

    Hi

    Attached photo of my bed to your design. Made slightly wider so I could use Ikea slats for base.

    Many thanks – great fun.

    Hope Grandson likes it!

    Regards

    Roger D Stonham

    Eastleigh, UK

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