How to Make a Kid's Bed With a Truck Design

Making a truck bed for your little one who loves trucks will help him roll into dreamland night after night.
The bed could be a dump truck, pickup, semi or any other kind of truck the child likes. The easiest way to make a truck bed is to use a regular twin or full size bed with a truck-shaped headboard. If you want the entire bed to resemble a truck, that will take additional time, creativity and woodworking skills. Either way, your child is likely to end up with a one-of-a-kind bed.

Step 1

Purchase a piece of plywood that is at least 40 inches wide to make a twin headboard or 55 inches wide for a full size headboard. The plywood should be larger than the headboard you intend to create.

Step 2

Draw the shape of the truck onto the wood freehand or by tracing an enlarged image onto the wood. Pin transfer paper between the image and the plywood, then trace the image with a permanent marker to get your outline. This could be the front grill of the truck, a profile view or any other part.

Step 3

Lay the plywood on top of the two sawhorses in a secure fashion. Put on your goggles, dust mask and insert your earplugs.

Step 4

Cut out your truck shape using the jigsaw. Use a blade that is optimal for cutting plywood.

Step 5

Sand the edges until they're smooth to avoid splinters. Wipe away the dust with a clean, dry cloth.

Step 6

Primer, then paint the truck to your specifications. Use the child's favorite color or colors on the truck. Allow the paint to dry.

Step 7

Use sturdy screws and a drill to secure the headboard to the wall. Place the bed in front of the headboard.

Things You Will Need

  • Plywood (1/2-inch or 3/4-inch thick)
  • Marker
  • Blown-up image (optional)
  • Transfer paper (optional)
  • Thumbtacks (optional)
  • 2 sawhorses
  • Goggles
  • Dust mask
  • Ear plugs
  • Jigsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Clean cloth
  • Paintbrushes
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Drill
  • Screws


  • Make the headboard more interesting by attaching lamps where the headlights would be or make a license plate with the child's name on it.
  • If you want to create a whole "truck," connect four pieces of decorated plywood around the bed creating a rectangular frame. Make the headboard floor-length and cut out "tires" on the sides. The bed should sit at least five inches above the top of the truck "frame" to avoid injuries. If you position the bed in the center of the room or in the center of a wall, a matching toy box or shelf can serve as the "hood" of the truck.


  • Never leave power tools unattended or allow children to operate them.
  • Store paint properly.

About the Author

Janece Bass is a freelance writer specializing in weddings, family, health, parenting, relationships, dating, decorating, travel, music and sports. She has been writing for more than 15 years and has numerous published pieces on various websites and blogs. Bass has also ghostwritten various fiction-based novels.