Below is an edited version of an original post on my former blog.
When I saw Waldorf play stands I was initially disappointed at how expensive they were. I found very little help online in the form of instructions (without having to buy plans) so I set out to make my own and document it along the way so others could benefit as well!
Below is my tutorial on how I drafted and assembled the play stands.
* It ended up costing us about $100, which was much better than the $300 I had seen them for online.
* I will say that I gleamed inspiration from woman wife mama on what the playstands would look like but found her post lacking on the details of how to make them.
*Feel free to use these plans to make play stands, please do not use them for profit.
*Email me if you have any questions or if anything is unclear.
*If this is helpful please share it on social media so others can benefit as well!
Waldorf Style Playstands with Canopy Tutorial
Lumber (I used pine)
3 11” X 8 foot
1 10” X 8 foot
1 8” X 8 foot
1 3” X 8 foot
4 3/4” diameter 42” long wooden dowels (scrap pieces of dowels)
scraps for shelf support
Wood stain/sealer (I used a light pine)
Table saw or Jigsaw
One Side: 40″h x 11″w x 42″l
Overall (2 sides w/arch): 50″h x 54″w x 42″l
Inside Space: 30″ between play stands, 50″h at center apex of canopy arms
Breakdown by piece:
2 shelves: 10” X 42”
2 shelves 8” X 42”
4 supports for shelves: about 2” X 6” and 2” by 8”
4 42” wooden dowels (and 4 2” segments to lock top cross bar) (we ended up only using 3 and having the middle dowel go through both canopy arch pieces to join the two which gave it a little more stability) * you may want to wait to cut these until the end when you have everything assembled
2 Top cross bars 3” X 46”
4 Sides of Play stand
4 Canopy front/back pieces (for these it is helpful to draw out the pattern on a larger sheet of paper and trace it on the wood because they will be alternating in order to fit)
1Gather materials and draw out pieces on lumber
2 Cut out pieces with jigsaw
3 Sand down edges and stain all pieces (looking back I kind of wish we hadn’t stained them or had finished them with a beeswax polish BUT the point of this all was to save money and so it was cheaper to just finish them with typical wood sealer)
4 Assemble the sides of playstands by screwing in the support bars first and then screwing from the outside in the shelves)
5 Put in the crossbar on top
6 Assemble the wooden dowels into canopy front and back pieces (use wood glue, but if you use only 3 to join the pieces as I did then don’t glue the middle piece in place)
7 Put canopy on playstands
8 Finishing touches
I put 2 of these little dragonfly hooks I found on the inside of 2 sides so we can hang little things from them
And… Ta DA!!
This took us a few weeks to complete as I did most of it myself during kid naps :) But it could be quicker if 2 people were working together more or didn’t have a curious toddler getting in the way) my husband helped with staining and assembling.
I hope this is helpful!