Who builds baby furniture?
The baby furniture you find in Walmart and other discount stores is generally made by large manufacturers in China. Have you seen all the recall notices lately? These companies are out to make a buck and don’t always care what happens to the little ones. The home woodworker, on the other hand, is likely to build more personal, higher quality baby furniture—and have more fun in the process!
Woodworkers making baby furniture could be
- Mothers or fathers building a special treasure for their first child
- Grandparents constructing a family heirloom to pass from generation to generation
- Friends and neighbors chipping in for a unique baby shower gift
- Entrepreneurs establishing a lucrative baby furniture business
What types of baby furniture can you build?
Today we can choose between a wide variety of types and styles of baby furniture. Some common baby furniture includes:
- baby cradles
- baby changing tables
- convertible baby cribs (can transform into a bed as the child grows)
- 4-in-1 convertible baby cribs (start as a crib and transform to a daybed to toddler bed and then to a full-size/queen-size bed)
- 3-in-1 convertible baby cribs (start as a crib and transform to a daybed and then to toddler bed)
- round cribs
- corner cribs
- cribs for twins/triplets/more
- modern baby cribs (contemporary styling)
- portable baby cribs (can be moved from room to room and even from house to house)
You can find great ideas here:
Sometimes it’s easier just to choose the style of baby furniture that you want to build and then pay to download the plan online. You don’t have to spend hours sorting through a bunch of free plans and you get what you want instantly.
Should you build from free plans or paid plans?
Whether to build baby furniture from free woodworking plans or from paid woodworking plans is a matter of individual taste.
Some experienced woodworkers like free plans because they (1) are free, (2) may not be bogged down with details that the experienced woodworker doesn’t need, and (3) can give ideas for design-it-yourself projects.
Paid plans may be a better option for newbie woodworkers because the paid plans generally (1) provide some form of support through the retailer, (2) offer step-by-step instructions to guide you throughout the project, and (3) offer tips to avoid costly miscuts and mistakes, to prevent overpaying for wood that doesn’t fit the project, and to stop you from pulling your hair out!
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Why build instead of buy?
Building baby furniture is not for everyone. If you do not have an interest in woodworking or the discipline to finish a project, I suggest buying your baby furniture. It’s quicker and will save you some stress in the long run.
If you decide, however, that you don’t want run-of-the-mill baby furniture that everyone else has, you want something special that fits your exact needs, then go with a baby furniture plan.
Baby furniture plans can save you money and add a distinctive look if you use them correctly. Don’t like the look of those posts? Change them. Don’t like the finish color suggested? Pick something else. Baby furniture plans are completely customizable, unlike the ready-to-assemble furniture sold at stores.
The best reason to build baby furniture
The biggest reward from building from baby furniture plans is that you create something you can call your own. You can be proud of what you make. YOU made that.
Since not everyone has the interest, time, or skill to build baby furniture, you are doing something cool and unique. When the children grow up, they will be able to tell people that you made that furniture just for them.
When you build baby furniture, I always suggest burning in your name and date or adding a plaque with a special message, so that you’ll have your own little family time capsule!