Build a Jeep Bed For Your Kid: How-To Spotlight

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Custom Jeep Kids Bed Woodworking

There’s just one problem: once you’re done building it for your kid, you’ll want to build one for yourself.

One of the greatest joys of having children is the chance to buy them all the amazing toys and playthings that you are “too old” to have. What? This LEGO kit? It’s for little Timmy back home. One father has taken that idea to the next step, and he created a Jeep bed for his son, complete with headlights, tires, a small winch and LED accents.

Custom Jeep Kids Bed Woodworking

If you want to build a bed like this, it can be as easy as heading over to Etsy to buy a set of plans. But if you want to know how to build something like this properly without any mistakes and excellent fit and finish, you probably need some guidance. Thankfully a fella named Mark Stephens has posted up a quick “how to” that covers some of the steps you need to get the best results. Considering Mark is the Vice President of Operations at Woodworkers Source, and he has more than 15 years’ experience at the company, we think he knows what he is talking about.

Out of respect for the seller of the Jeep plans, Mark doesn’t dive too deep into the exact construction of the project, but he provides plenty of pictures and covers all the tools and techniques needed to get a professionally finished look.


ALSO SEE: What the Forum Has to Say About this Bed Build


The end product looks astonishing, and because the father who wanted to build the bed owns an off-road shop, getting all the final details just right was an easy task. The tires are lifted from a Yamaha Rhino side-by-side, and all the lights appear to pretty standard replacement units for older Jeeps. A few stock reflectors and some 6-inch sealed beam headlights finish the look. The under-bed lighting is probably simple LED tape lights you can find anywhere on the internet.

The only real complaint we have about this project is that it’s designed for a twin bed. Trying to scale things up to fit a queen or king size mattress gets pretty expensive and difficult. Don’t ask us how we know. Are there any engineers or mathematicians out there who can offer a size and spec conversion for adults?

Christian Moe contributes to many of Internet Brands' Auto blogs, including Corvette Forum, Club Lexus and Rennlist.

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