My little girls have just started sharing a room after having their own all their life. I knew the room wasn't that big, but it looked so crowded with the bed and a mattress on the floor. SO I decided to just build one. I spent hours looking at beds on pinterest for a design I liked. Most were designer beds and I don't have the time or the desire to build that. I found one bed I kind of liked, but it needed more. So I designed it myself.
I made the top loft bed 6 inches wider than the standard bed size that we used on the bottom. This way there was an area on the bunk for all the stuffed animals. Why no one else has come up with this idea is beyond me. It also was made this way so that I could easily fit the free standing lower bunk under neath. Since I was a little girl I have enjoyed moving my furniture around and wanted the freedom to move the beds what ever way I fancied. Then I made the beds both 6 inches longer than the mattress (ok, I made them 12 inches longer, but that was an accident and I like it now). My husband build them each a bookshelf to act as a headboard and storage. Once completely build I saw that each bed was 6 inches longer than the mattress once the bookshelf was added. But then I saw that this was perfect for the kids stuffed animals on the bottom bunk. On the top, it works as a step to climb down.
Loving the way my bench holds the wood I'm cutting on my miter saw. This just makes me happy!
Chris and I spent 12 hours one day cutting all the pieces, sanding them
and adding pocket holds to the frames.
I am such a visual person so I laid both beds out as we cut and sanded them.
This is the kids room before we put the bunk beds in. Not a lot of space to walk and not very much storage. Plus they left the room a mess.
We started to assemble the top bunk first. It's not easy getting it all lined up right and square. We did have to redo a bit once we got the level out. We got the wood cut and sanded the first day and built the top bunk bed.
The next day we put together the bottom bunk. I made sure the bed was high enough for a bunch of cute boxes to go underneath. There was not much storage in the room and this is their "toy box". See all the animals lined up at the foot of the bed?
I wanted to create a very special place for my girls to hang out together and read or play. I got two beanbag chairs on line plus a soft carpet from Target. The lights I hung under the bed are one of my favorite features. It brightens up the space and makes it really special.
I loved the book shelves that we built in. Since the mattress is right next to the bottom shelf, the girls use that as a "secret" shelf.
The ladder to the bed is at the end of the bed. You have to stand on the bottom bunk to get to the ladder. We ended up creating another little tiny step to make it easier to get to the main ones.
I found these really cute Elephant lights on Amazon from Thailand. They have become the girls nightlight.