I started this project several weeks ago, and I am very happy with the outcome. Please see my Blog since there is so much information. www.atouchofarkansas.com
I have to agree, this is way cool!!
The lights will work once we get them wired up, that is the last step and waiting on my friend to help me with it. I am adding 2 red beacon lights and will have them all wired to a toggle switch so he can turn them on. Thanks for looking and your comments!
Jeff McClure www.atouchofarkansas.com
hi i was jusy wondring howm you got the front box to stay secure on the bed as my boy would climb in if i put it on there so how is it done have you got the actual blueprints for it thanks
If the box is bolted to the rails of the bed with 1/4 inch carriage bolts, and if the bottom of the box is 3/4 plywood screwed or nailed to the bottom of tghe box, it's not going to fall off.
This is a very ambitious project.My kids would love to have this.Maybe I will buy them after we finish renovating our home.We even contacted a Fire Risk Assessment
company after the roof burned.
Amazing!!! I am in awe!
My kids would go nuts for this!! My girls just moved to bunkbeds and my son is about six months from transitioning out of his crib, I have been looking for something that would be as cool for him as what the girls have. This is inspiring! Love it!! Great job!
Wow! Beautiful job!
this is soooooooo cool.
There's always a reason for DIY home improvement
Wow! I'm super impressed!
That is absolutely amazing!!!
My son thinks this is fantastic. I better get my finger out and start creating.
If my boys were just a few years younger, I would offer the most sincere form of flattery and copy you! You did a great job! I am sure your little man is loving it.
My 4yo just asked for one. Too bad you just got his new bed, though it's not nearly as cool as this!!
My 4yo just asked for one!! Too bad he just got his new bed, though it's not nearly as cool as this one!!
You've just raised the bar pretty high for when we build new beds for our boys. My three year old just declared that, "super cool!" :) Truly amazing!
I think I am going to get married and have a child just so I can build this bed!! How amazing!
This bed is the BOMB!
This is the coolest bed ever! Makes me wish I had a little boy to build one for:-) I read your blog post and I just gotta tell you that the details are amazing!! Like how you choose the number 23 and the decal with your son's name.... He's a lucky little boy!
This bed is AWESOME! I dare not show my 5-year old! =) Can you post video when the lights are up and running? And will there be sound, too? LOL!
I will absolutely put up video once the lights are wired, see comments in below post about siren. Thanks for looking!
You may regret it ... is there a timer on the noisemakers, or will you wake up to blinking lights and sirens at 2AM?
The "siren" that is in the Fire Truck bed is from one of his toy fire trucks. I took apart the toy truck and took out the "control panel" that makes all the sounds and the speaker/battery compartment. I built a box around it, it is the white thing to the right of the steering wheel in the pictures. You just push the buttons and it makes fire truck noises. Not loud at all and does not stay on. It is the same thing that is on the toys at Wal*Mart or Target.
On the lights, the red ones that are on there now are just trailer lights from Wal*Mart and adding 2 red beacon lights that we already have, will have them all wired to 1 toggle switch next to steering wheel. Did not want to put one up on the bed for that exact reason, did not want to wake up to them going off and have a panic attack!!
I LOVE IT! It is an inspiration piece!
I was going to share this on facebook, then decided not to. Most of my friends live near me and have toddler boys...I don't want anyone I know personally to take the idea before hubs and I can have a boy!!
Gotta build up my skills for this......I WANT ONE FOR ME!!! :)
Oh man. I'm 29, and I want one of these in sparkly pink and purple with flashing lights and queen size. It would have a horn and I would honk it. This is the coolest thing. You are amazing and this project is amazing. You should feel good about that!
My three year old would kill for this, especially since daddy drives a ladder truck! I wish so much I had the skill and confidence to do this. My father could wire it all up. Oh, boy do I want to make one of these!
You are a man with a vision. I am sure your son loves that bed. Thank you for sharing that with everyone.
Very nice!! What are the dimensions for the bucket on top??Im going to build one for my son.
I'm with everyone else, this is absolutely AMAZING!!!!
This is absolutely incredible!!! I wish I had the talent to make something like this!!! What a great bed!
I wish I had the skills to do this....
This bed is great. I wish that we could do something like this for my son. He is into trains and tractors. Great job dad!
I was so worried when I found your playhouse loft bed years ago that my daughter would have the coolest bed ever and her little brother was just going to have a boring bed. No longer, we are so making this as soon as he's old enough. Thank you thank you Ana, I love following your projects.
My 2 girls would love this bed. Especially my 4 year old, she's a little tom boy sometimes. Thanks for being so generous with your pictures.
I may have totally missed it, but where do I find or get the plans to make this bed? Please let me know. Thank you.
There are not set plans for the Truck bed, but you can go to our Blog, www.atouchofarkansas.com and see the process and probably figure most of it out. The basis for the bed is the Playhouse Loft Bed with Stairs that Ana has here on her site. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at email@example.com
Thanks Jeff I will check it out..my husband is a firefighter and our son is just about to turn 2 and he jumps out of his crib so I figure its time to get him a big boy bed! Thanks again...
I so love this. I wonder how I could possible turn this into a dump truck or like a superman-ish area for my son. Do you have any ideas?
Laura, you could do anything you wanted really! Will take some creativity on your part and trial & error to figure out how you want it to look. I could see a dump truck for sure, look for one of the giant dump trucks online like this: http://www.sundriesshack.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/Giant-Dump-Truck...
See how the stairs are on the front, you could modify the bed to do this as well with the stairs, anyway, good luck and let me know what you come up with!
can you send me the plans on this? I just saw & love your site! Good stuff
There are no formal plans for this bed yet, I have not had time to get Sketch Up and figure it out and put it together. I used the loft bed with stairs as my starting point and just figured it out from there, not a whole lot of major changes actually. I hope to get some plans together for Ana’s site soon.
How much do you think the materials cost for this project? Just curious! This bed is INCREDIBLE!!!!
now i want to find a way to make my son a spaceship bed he loves buzz so it would be fitting!!!
That's a nice looking bed I also like DIY jobs so I also do renovations in my house. Last week, for example I changed all the heating installation. It was hard for me to choose between copper and aluminum pipes while I have read lots of copper versus aluminum articles.
That fire truck bed really looks awesome, I wanted to build one exactly the same. I'm sure you also needed some leather palm work gloves not to hurt your fingers while building it.
That's a very good looking fire truck bed I'm also thinking about making one exactly the same. I love interior design work very much and I'm very happy that I found this website.
Congratulations for that awesome fire truck bed, I also made a similar one for my son. I'm now thinking about making some staircase designing.
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