There was a time when my son used to get mad at me for working on my computer and not physically playing with him. He’d say “Why are you always ‘scribbling’ on your computer?”
Now… the roles have reversed. He’d be on Minecraft 24/7 if we let him and I’m the one wanting to go do stuff.
I’ve tried to play it with him but it’s just not that interesting to me. So, for as long as we let him, he does his cyber thing and the rest of the family actually interacts with one another.
One day, he was giving me a tour of his world that he built and he showed me his house which included a model of his Bed Fort! I was impressed and I asked him if he would be interested in helping me build another one. He said ABSOLUTELY! So, for what felt like the first time in a while, he was actually excited to do something in the real world!
We both had fun building the Bed Fort and I was able to spend some quality time teaching him about working with wood and different tools. He takes plenty of pride in the Bed Fort he helped build and loves to show it off to his friends (real, live, friends.).
If this sounds like something you’d like to try, run it by your child and see what they say. I bet they’ll have a similar, enthusiastic response.
Can you do it?
Yes! The plans make the Bed Forts pretty easy to build. There are no complicated cuts or specialty tools needed. The tolerances were also designed to be forgiving for the woodworking novice. All of the materials can be found at Lowe’s or Home Depot. The bed also comes apart in panels that one person can carry making it relatively easy to move (unlike built in designs). The two different sizes are below. Both can easily hold adults making this bed ideal for growing with your child (even up to a loft bed for college).
If you have any questions before getting started or while building just contact me and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
|Twin Cabin Bed Plans||Queen Cabin Bed Plans|
|Approximate Material Cost||Approximate Material Cost|
|Overall Dimensions||Overall Dimensions|
|87-1/2″W x 48-1/2″D x 78-3/4″H||87-1/2″W x 67-1/2″D x 78-3/4″H|
|Supported Mattress Sizes||Supported Mattress Sizes|
|Twin, Twin-XL||Twin, Twin-XL, Full, Queen|