For a long time Itai and Ari shared a room, mostly because Itai didn’t want to sleep alone. He had a twin size bed, and Ari insisted on sleeping on the floor, like literally on the carpet, but then he let us give him a mattress. Finally I talked him into a bed and started building the boys matching beds- based on this bed from Pottery Barn
I of course looked at it and said “I could make that” thanks to Ana-White who inspired women everywhere to know they can build too! I kind of used a plan from Ana but also winged it- my first venture outside of actual step by step plans. It turned out awesome- even if I still haven’t found a metal piece to put at the top for magnets.
I also gave him a footboard.
This bed was incredibly easy to build- Not near as detailed as the girls beds.
I started with the 4×4 posts cut to length- I wanted it tall so I used the dimensions from PB. I used 2×12′s for the boards- but I looked for ones that had natural lines in them, almost like a split- but they weren’t split, that was just how it was milled. I cut them to length with my 12″ sliding miter saw and then got to staining. I used some custom stain I had tried to match to my original kitchen cabinets but was too dark. I then drilled pocket holes in the middle boards into the 4x4s (and I used glue for strength) I did this for both the headboard and footboard. Next I added the side boards, I used pocket holes, glue, and corner braces from the deck building section at home depot. I also plan on adding bolts for decorative purposes. Next came the slats and we were done. This pic shows both the bed and the plywood floor. Which I am happy to say is pinned and repinned everyday- does that mean I did well?
Shortly after I built Itai’s bed- and started on Ari’s bed, then Ari said he didn’t want a bed. And slept on a mattress on the floor until a while back when Itai decided he wanted his own room and moved into the Spare Bedroom. And then Ari decided he wanted Itai’s bed. So we came full circle- I only built one of these beds in the end. I still would like to find a metal piece to put at the top but it can wait.
I would like to build the kids desks soon, but can add this to the list of things I want to build It is never ending.