Our Bunk Bed

Submitted by aloewen on Wed, 01/29/2014 - 09:27

My husband and I are expecting our second child this April. We knew we wanted to move our 2 year old out of her crib and into a “big” girl bed so that the new baby could use the crib. I saw the Play House Loft Bed on Pinterest and fell in love. I showed it to my husband and convinced him it would be a great winter project for us. He of course started his research and had nightmares of our daughter falling over the top bunk. So when I saw the Sweet Pea bed I knew it was perfect. I pitched the idea to my husband that the bottom bunk could be her bed and the top would be her play area. He was sold. We went to Lowes and bought our first round of lumber and immediately realized this project was going to be more expensive than expected but we were still up for the challenge. My husband worked on the project two full days, I worked on it a half day and then together we worked on it a few hours over nap time or after putting our daughter to bed.

We made some modification to the plans, we liked the look of a flat front rather than 2x4’s so we used a flat sheet of ply wood. We added carpet to our stairs to help prevent any major injuries if fallen down. We left the roof off for now but may add it on later. We also decided to leave the bottom open for any size storage we needed. We added a fabric ruffle to hide the space.

Looking back we wish we would have done this project in the spring/summer and not dead winter. We had to park our cars outside and use our garage to cut and paint all the wood which meant space was limited. This also prevented us from being able to use a spray gun to paint. Had we been able to spray the paint this project would have moved a lot quicker!

Once the project was complete we were so happy with the outcome. Our daughter absolutely LOVES her new bed and loves her play area upstairs!

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Pine and Ply Wood
Finish Used
Behr White, Gray and Pink Paint.
Recommended Skill Level



Wed, 01/29/2014 - 11:12

I love the color combo. This is a great bed to transition to from a crib, we did that with my youngest daughter too. I hope she enjoys it, both kids will be sharing a bunk in no time!

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