I built my son's bed! Oh yeah!!!!!!

Hey there,

I finally did it.... I built something
with brand new lumber and a set of plans! My son and I BOTH built his bed.
I must say, I really enjoyed building this, the smell of new lumber is so awesome.
With all of the changes that have been taking place at the house, one of which was some bed swapping, I decided that my youngest needed a new bed.
 He had been sleeping in a twin size and was wanting a full size. 

I started scouring Craigslist looking for a bed for him.  I did see several that I liked but they were all more "my taste"..... you know... kinda french country.... antique looking.  Not cool for a soon to be 13-year-old.  I finally found one that was something that he liked and of course when I called the guy, it had just sold!!! Agh....

I was feeling defeated and frustrated.  I just forgot about it for the evening and called it good.  The next day out of nowhere it hit me!

I scoured the web for ideas and then remembered Ana freaking White!  Yeah, you know who she is don't you..... if you don't, you absolutely must go check out her blog.  It is so much awesomeness that I can't even describe.  The direct link to the bed I made is here.  She really does give you detailed instructions.  I printed the plans for the full size bed and the queen because she had more details in the queen. They are exactly the same except for the measurements.

I put the plans in sheet protectors for easy reference

 This was right after getting home with the lumber
 My little man

Here it is all put together before the paint
 We decided on a creamy white after testing out some different colors
 Here it is in his room!  This thing is huge and he LOVES it.

I really enjoyed building this with him.  It's cool that this is a bed that he will have for the rest of his life.  He will have the memories of he and I building this and be able to tell his children where it came from.  I can see him giving this to one of his children someday.  No I don't expect him to actually sleep in this for the rest of his life but he will still have it for a child or a guest room.  This thing is solid..... no MDF in this bed.
 We worked hard and laughed a lot, it was the best part about making this bed.

I hope you all have a fantastic 4th of July!

Blessings to you,

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  1. How awesome!!!! And what great memories the two of you will have of doing this together...I can't believe how grown up he has gotten

  2. I know Virginia, he is such a cutie and getting taller every day. We had a blast building this. :-)

  3. I am beyond impressed! and also cool you completed the project together~

  4. This is so great. You and your son did an amazing job!

  5. Hi Sherry, I'm visiting from the Wildly Original Party. Wow, you and your son did a fabulous job on this bed. I'm too embarassed to say how much I spent on a similar brand new mdf one. I never even thought to build one out of "real" wood. I love how your son has something that tells a story and will conjure up memories the rest of his life about the time he spent with his Mom.

  6. Marie, thank you for checking out the bed. In total, this cost less than $200.00. Ofcourse if I had not had all the tools then it would have been much more expensive. the lumber was a little over $140.00 and probably around $40.00 for the screws and wood filler. I already had the paint in my stash. Priceless is the memories that we both will have of our bed making adventure. :)

  7. What a great project to do together, I love the simple style of the bed, it is timeless and will last forever. Thank you for sharing this

  8. Oh my gosh - this is just fantastic - I'd love that bed for myself !!!
    Beautiful job ( both of you :)
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Suzan, thank you for checking it out. :)

  10. Your bed is amazing! I have had this project on my DIY list for quite some time and haven't had the guts to tackle it yet. I am pinning your tutorial to my DIY Pinterest board for future reference!

  11. Jennifer, you can do it! We built this over a weekend and for less then $200.00. Just jump on in. :)