How to Build a Round Baby Crib

One way to keep an eye on the baby in a crib is to build a round one.
Round baby cribs allow a 360-degree view of the baby.Round baby cribs allow a 360-degree view of the baby.
This makes it possible to see the baby from any angle of the room. Round cribs must meet safety standards. This means the space between the spindles cannot exceed 2 3/8 inches and the spindles must be 26 inches above the mattress. The good thing about building a round crib for your child is the railing comes ready-made. All you have to do is drill the holes for the spindles.

Step 1

Set the 48-by-48-by-3/4-inch medium density fiberboard on a work table along with the piece of 1/4-inch lattice. Put the 72-inch straightedge on corners that are catty-corner from each other on the fiberboard. Draw a line from corner to corner. Repeat this with other two corners to mark the center of the material.

Step 2

Drill a hole through the lattice 1 inch from one end with the 1/16-inch drill bit. Measure from that hole, mark the lattice at 24 inches, and drill another hole in the lattice. Place the first hole on the center point of the fiberboard. Insert a box nail into the hole and hammer it in just enough to hold it firmly.

Step 3

Insert a pencil in the other hole and draw a circle around fiberboard. Cut the circle out with a band saw or jigsaw. Sand the cut edges with a piece of 100-grit sandpaper. Install the casters around the circumference of the circular bottom of the crib according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 4

Place the piece(s) of the circular rail on the cutout. Mark the center of the railing between the outside and inside edges. Make a mark every 3 inches to indicate where the spindles will go. Drill holes on every mark 3/8-inch deep with a drill bit that matches the dowel at the end of the spindle.

Step 5

Put a drop of glue on the end of one of the spindles and insert into a hole. Drive a finish nail through the railing into the spindle to hold it in place. Repeat this process with the remaining spindles.

Step 6

Position the spindle assembly on the medium density fiberboard bottom and trace its pattern onto the bottom. Drill pilot holes through the railing with a 3/16-inch drill bit every 18 inches. Remove the spindle assembly, apply glue to the circumference of the bottom and secure the assembly to the bottom with the wood screws. Clean up the excess glue with a damp cloth.

Things You Will Need

  • 48-by-48-by-3/4-inch medium density fiberboard
  • 72-inch straightedge
  • 1/4-inch lattice, 30-inches long
  • Drill
  • 1/16-inch drill bit
  • Band saw (optional)
  • Jigsaw
  • 100-grit sandpaper
  • Eight swivel casters w/screws
  • Circular rail, 48 inches diameter
  • Drill bit for spindles
  • Wood glue
  • 70 spindles
  • 2-penny finish nails
  • Hammer
  • Damp cloth

About the Author

Michael Straessle has written professionally about the construction industry since 1988. He authored “What a Strange Little Man,” among other books, and his work has appeared in various online publications. Straessle earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in professional/technical writing.