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June 7th, 2015

Yesterday, we went to Ikea to get a second mattress and slatted base for the bunk bed we've been working on.
Last night, my dad helped bring the large pieces from his workshop to our house.
Today, we put the bed together.

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The kids were ecstatic!

Eddie is thrilled that she doesn't have to sleep in a crib anymore, and Bruno is overjoyed that he finally has a bunk bed. He kept giggling and saying "I'm so happy!", "I love my bed" and then my favourite: "I can't wait to tell all of my friends! This is the greatest bed ever!"

We had a lot of trouble finding beds that would fit in their small room. Bunk beds all start at Twin size and we just can't fit a twin sized bed anywhere in the room in any arragement, let alone two OR a twin sized bunk bed. Gah. So I took to the interweb. Found a few sets of plans some free, some not. But nothing I loved as much as this one from the Smallish Blog.

I just kept going back to it and it was really my favourite. So, I emailed Evelyn and asked how I could get a copy of her plans and she sent them to me right away! Wh00t! How wonderful is that?!

Their plans used a crib-sized mattress, so we adjusted it to fit a junior mattress from Ikea, which we think will last the kids a bit longer.

Mattress Sizes
Crib Ikea Twin
51 5/8" 63" 74 3/8"
27 1/4" 27 1/2" 38 1/4"

And there you have it.

I think the cost worked to about the same as theirs. We already had one mattress so just had to get the second which was $79. $200 (I think?) for the wood and $25 for paint. We already had the tools and screws and primer. Not bad.

I should also mention that we used some heavy duty nylon strapping and washers to secure the bed to the studs to ensure it never tips over. I don't have pictures of this but the strapping is secured to the wall/studs with a washer and screw (washer prevents screw from tearing through) and then to the bed frame with another washer and screw. We have it secured in two places. I'm not worried about my monkeys tipping it over, but if we have friends with young kids over and anyone decides to climb/hang, we want to be prepared for the worst. Kind of like this:


So there you have it!

We can get a few more years out of the kids sharing a room, and now they have a ton of space for playing. It was getting a bit cramped in there.

Super special thank you to Evelyn and Caveman of Smallish blog (http://www.smallishblog.com/). Please go give them some loving :)

Also... worth noting: For the first time -- EVER -- in the history of my children, the phrase "Is it bed time yet?" was uttered with hope and not dread.