beach hut bed

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Keywords: 
loft bed, cubby house bed, fort bed

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About This Project

pine, mdf

Please forgive me for this for being a bit long....but i am excited!
Our daughter picked this beach hut bed to be her new bed that she would be getting for her 3rd birthday. Her older sister has a loft bed and was always climbing up so we liked the idea of it being lower for her. I had saved some pics from other sites and then showed them to her, she didnt want the girly house one's :( no she wanted the one i had actually saved for her brother. lol...
Anyway then i went hunting and could not believe my luck when i came across this site with this bed and plans!
My husband...ye of little faith didnt think we could do it but was willing to follow my lead and have a go!
This was our 1st ever time for builing ANYTHING!
And what a undertaking, however it all came together very smoothly and we are both so very proud of what we have been able to achieve.
Things we did a little different...
We altered the ladder on an angle to make it easier for her to climb (alas also for her 20mth old brother as well), also made the ladder upright supports x3 instead of x2, so the ladder now supports both our weights.(see pic) We made little window sills on each of the windows, added a book shelf inside as she is an avid 'reader' screwed in a light from you will know where. :) On the other 'open doorway' side which is against the wall we screwed on 2 x cross beams using 1x2 pine just for our own sakes to know that she cant fall from that side. We also added some dowell fixed with some saddle clips to hang the material from across the open section.
She has been using this bed for 2 weeks now with no problem.
You have made our daughter a very happy little girl,and parents (she is having day sleeps again now:)) because without your site we would not have known where to start. Thankyou very much.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
To finish I sanded the whole thing, rounding of corners where needed, ie: ladder, window sills, cross bracings, etc. Then prime 1 coat and 2 coats of chosen colour, which is Dulux, Antique White USA. We used a semi as we didnt want a shiny finish. I would recommend to anybody going to build this bed is to undercoat/prime all side lining wood before nailing into place as painting in between ALL THOSE GAPS took ALONG time!
Estimated Cost: 
AU $300 - $400

Comments

Great job on your first build! We're in the process of picking a first bed for our daughter and this one is definitely in the running. It looks great!

Cindy from Indiana

Thankyou for your lovely comments. We are so very proud of how it turned out. Even better than we thought. Every time i look at it i think "wow, did we really do that" And yes it was our very 1st build. We now think that if we have done this as a 1st build then we can pretty much do anything....lol...and my to do list is filling up fast.

AMAZING!!!
I have been eyeing these plans for a very long time, unfortunately my kids are too small for this bed, I contemplated on making it for outside, as part of a tree house of some sort, but never got around to it. You did such an amazing job, I am truly jealous and hope one day I can have this at my house! Love it!!!!

Marisol

Thankyou for your kind comments, little Madison is still loving her bed, sitting up in there during the day playing with her dolls and reading her books, and yes still having a day sleep...loving it....we are in the middle of a teenager loft bed with a mini robe walk-in underneath for one of our other daughters. Not as cute as this but will post pics when done. :)

What a nice job, i am jealous. Looking at the job you have done and you say it's your first job is unreal. Looking at your children please send me your husband and i will look after him. lol you are one lucky gal

Yes i agree with reno queen. Send me your hubby i will pay more haha.Where do i find one like that ? They don't make them anymore haha .What a nice job. This is the best i have seen so far. Would you build and send to New Zealand? How much? i am willing to pay freight etc. Regards Janelle

Great job and yes i second that, send him to me ,if he is the one in the pic he is rugged .lol top job

Yes ladies that is my husband in the pic and yes our children are simply gorgous....As far as builing this bed for you Janelle, customs would not allow it because of the wood. We sometimes race jet boats in NZ and the boats can not have 1 speck of mud, dirt or any natural by product on it anywhere. Yes they can spray it with chemicals but would you really want your child sleeping in it then?? So sorry about that. It really wasnt to hard, my hubby just followed my lead (re:I told him what to do! lol) at the time we only had very basic tools, and we managed great. It was more the hours it took, but also having said that we could only work after kids were in bed or weekends.

Hi my husband and I are about ready to start building. Our daughter is turning 6 in a few months- and saw someone made this 3 year old. We have 8 ft ceilings - but we are adding a slide out the one side (for fun) and would like to make the height of the loft bed a bit higher - anyone do that ?
How will plan change much?

Hi my husband and I are about ready to start building. Our daughter is turning 6 in a few months- and saw someone made this 3 year old. We have 8 ft ceilings - but we are adding a slide out the one side (for fun) and would like to make the height of the loft bed a bit higher - anyone do that ?
How will plan change much?

Hello. I have printed out the plans for this beach hut and I plan on starting this weekend. This will be my first build. Something in the plans doesn't make sense to me. In Step 2, it shows the floor supports for each side of the hut being 20" long, but then in Step 3, it shows the length of the pieces for the windows as only 18" long. Wouldn't they need to be the same width?