It is finally finished. Seven months in the making, all three of our boys have new beds. And not just any beds, super-awesome, daddy-built, parent-finished, sturdy and stylish STORAGE beds!
We moved into our new home almost a year ago, and we knew all three of our guys would have to share this one long, yet fairly narrow room. They’ve nearly always shared a room but their former loft/bunk bed + single twin set-up wouldn’t work in the new place. There’s nothing that would have made me spend entirely too much money on beds when we’ve already built so much of our own furniture, so I went on the hunt for the perfect solution.
Because wall space was an issue we knew right from the start storage beds would be the ticket. As is usually the case, right when I’d decided on one option, Ana White posted plans for a storage bed she called Brookstone…..and rocked my whole bed-building world!
It wasn’t perfect as written, we needed drawers, but I loved the overall rustic look and decided it’d be easy enough to modify to include the drawers.
It took lots and lots of lumber…..
Entirely too much time…..
And more than a little frustration…..
But the end product is just thrilling!
Each boy has two HUGE drawers to keep all their clothes.
Plus, when you have two brothers that happen to be your classmates and everyone (including your parents) tend to lump the three of you together as a whole, it’s nice to have a space to put the stuff that belongs only to you. They each have two more BIG drawers to keep those things.
Do I even have to mention how happy it makes me not to have to entertain any excuses for toys/legos/papers/stuffed animals/book lights/pocket knives/favorite rocks/found shell casings/etc. being left all over the floor?!?!
I think not.
The cubby holes at the end of the beds were originally intended to have fabric cube boxes and may still in the future. Unfortunately, the boxes I bought ended up being too big for the cubbies….oops!
I hope to add a few “polished” touches to their room here in the future. They’re all big Star Wars fans so I have a few ideas ruminating in my design-challenged brain and each of the beds will also eventually have the coordinating Brookstone headboards. As headboards and wall decorations don’t have function and their bedroom has been in various stages of disaster since we moved I’m giddy things are finally shaping up and I just couldn’t wait to share the progress so far!
I did spend a couple of days last week making their new curtains using another Ana White plan.
Have you ever tried to pick one fabric to coordinate with three separate sets of bedding? I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but this print, Waverly’s A Maze Shale, was perfect!
Thankfully we were able to reuse the gallery ledges and clip-art rail I built for my guys two years ago. I think they even look better here than they did in the old place.
It would have been easier to buy the beds, yes….but there really is something to be said for knowing your boys are heading to sleep every night on a strong, well-constructed bed built by their own dad. I know it makes me smile just to walk by their room now.
Of course, their happy faces don’t hurt things one bit.
Like everything else around here, it wouldn’t have happened without Nate! You rock babe, thank you!!!