How to Make Montessori Floor Bed With Rails

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Montessori floor beds give toddlers the freedom to move around safely at night. Floor beds also have some great benefits for parents; there’s no need for a crib, which can take up lots of space in your child’s room, and moving to a floor bed is a safe transition if you’re worried about making sure your toddler sleeps soundly and independently. 

So what is a Montessori floor bed? A Montessori floor bed is a sleeping space for babies and toddlers that provides them opportunities to learn and develop. The Montessori floor bed can be placed in any room, but it’s often placed near the parents’ bedroom so that parents can keep an eye on their child through the night.

Here are straightforward procedures of how to make a Montessori floor bed.


  • Wood
  • miter saw
  • Screwdriver
  • grit sandpaper
  • circular saw
  • paint
  • drilling machine

Creating Top Piece of Floor Bed

Cut the wood to size. With the rails cut to 1 3/4″ x 1″, and the sides of the bed at 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, we’ll need to cut four pieces of 1/2″ plywood that are 14 3/8″ long. 

We’re using a miter saw because it can make more accurate cuts, but you could use a table or circular saw if you have one available. 

Once you’ve got your four pieces of wood ready, check each one with a square to make sure they’re all straight, and smooth out any imperfections by sanding them down with 120-grit sandpaper.

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    You can apply a few coats of stain or paint as desired before attaching them to the underside of your bed rails with screws.

    Making Side Rails

    Use a router to cut a curved groove along the length of your side rails, about 2/3 of the way from each edge. 

    This groove allows your mattress’s edges to sit in and prevents them from being exposed.

    Cut two pieces of 1×2 lumber (about 3 feet long) for these rails, then separate them into four pieces at 2-inch intervals with your table saw or circular saw. 

    You will use these shorter sections as end caps on either end of the bed frame rail system that you’ll build later.

    Cut one more piece at 2 inches wide with your table or circular saw (this will be used between two side rails to add stability).

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    Mark where you want to drill holes along the entire length of each rail section so they can be screwed together later. Place one mark every 12 inches apart, so there are 5 total holes per rail section when finished drilling them all out. 

    Drill pilot holes through both pieces using a drilling machine before connecting them by screwing their ends into each other using wood screws.

    Building Middle Rail

    The middle rail should be the same width as the side rails, with a height proportional to their length. 

    If you want to build a longer bed for your child, it’s better to start with longer rails so they can be shortened later when necessary.

    You will also want to ensure that your middle rail is identical in thickness compared to all other pieces of wood used in this project (for them all fit together nicely).

    Adding Bottom Rails and Assembly

    Add the bottom rails to both sides of the bed frame by hammering nails through each of the four holes on each side rail and into the bottom bar, ensuring that you don’t put a nail through any other holes in either piece.

    Next, attach one side rail to each of the middle rails. Nail these pieces together with five nails on each side, making them secure but movable if necessary. 

    Put them about 6″ apart for now; we’ll adjust their spacing later when we add our mattress and pillows.

    Attach one end railing to each side rail with two nails per hole on both ends; then do this again at 12″. 

    This should give you enough room for the baby’s feet while they learn how to sit up or crawl around without being able to climb out of bed!

    How to Ensure the Montessori Floor Bed Is Safe for the Child

    To ensure the Montessori floor bed is safe for your child, it’s essential to make sure that the bed is easy for them to get in and out of. 

    You want them to do this without help or assistance from you or other adults. 

    In addition, you should ensure that they can use the bed safely and that it will not hurt them if they fall off of it or if they bump into something when getting in and out of bed.

    You also want your child’s sleeping area to be solid and sturdy enough so that nothing happens if a child accidentally falls off their bed onto the floor below. 

    This means ensuring all parts of the structure can withstand heavy weight without breaking apart over time under pressure. 

    The material used should also be resistant to damage caused by moisture such as rainwater; otherwise, mold may start growing inside your walls. 

    At What Age Can a Baby Start Sleeping on a Montessori Floor Bed?

    You can start using the Montessori floor bed when your baby is between 6 months and 2 years old.

    This is because a child needs to be able to roll over from back to front to use a floor bed safely. They also need to be able to sit up by themselves without toppling over or moving too much while lying down on the bed.

    If this isn’t possible yet, you can still use it as an “in-between” space where your child can play and learn about his environment without being in full control. 

    This way, they will become accustomed to sleeping in a semi-upright position, making it easier for them later on when they transition into a big bed or toddler bed frame with rails attached at both ends of its length.


    If you’re looking for a cozy, safe place for your little one to sleep, a DIY Montessori floor bed with rails is the perfect solution. It’ll help your baby or toddler feel safe and secure while asleep or even when they wake up in the middle of the night. The best thing about these beds is that they can be easily moved around, so you don’t have to worry if your child wants to move it somewhere else once they are a bit older.


    Does a Montessori floor bed Need a frame? Having a frame on a floor bed isn’t necessary. However, a frame around a Montessori bed makes the bed look more finished and makes the room look nice.

    Does a toddler floor bed need rails? Toddler floor beds should have rails because they act as a safe caution since toddlers are wild sleepers and might roll outside the bed and injure themselves.