Well, my original plan was to update my blog day-by-day with my husband’s building adventures…but life happened…so here is the finished product.
So how did we get here? It all started with a need for more room. Logan loves playing with his LEGOs, but they seemed to end up in the most inconvenient places…like the hallway, in front of his bed, etc. Well, it was time for a change. My husband and I threw around ideas of a hidden bed with a stage…and then we added steps with drawers and a hidden toy box. My husband sketched up a design (mom approved) and he began to build.
Step 1: Clean up the LEGOs and get his old bed out.
Step 2: Build the frame. My husband had to measure from wall to wall and the length of the bed to determine how big to make the stage. He made it go all the way across the room, so this is about 10 feet long. Then the width is approximately 43″ (enough to hid a twin sized bed with a little wiggle room).
Step 3: Once the stage was in place, we noticed it was REALLY high and needed a step of some sort. We knew we were going to have drawers on the right side of the bed… which made it a simple solution… just pull the bottom drawer out as a step! BRILLIANT! My husband had to build the drawer/step and the hidden toy box frame at the same time so they would fit together.
Step 4: If you have a little boy or girl, then you know there is a pretty good chance your child might try to climb into this hidden toy box. With that in mind, my husband build a very sturdy wooden box that can (hopefully) withstand our kids.
Step 5: Onto the drawers… mind you my husband has never made a drawer in his life, he had to play with his design to make it work the way he envisioned it.
Step 6: Now it’s time to cover the stage! This was the exciting part for me because you could finally see how the project was turning out. My husband used 3/4″ plywood to cover the entire stage. Because of the length of the stage and the hidden toy box, he had to lay 3 separate pieces. The floor over the bed was put down first, then the piece over the drawers, last was the piece for the toy box (note that you can’t see the piece in the photo below because it was laying on the side of the room so the kids wouldn’t step on it and fall in…we were still searching for the perfect hinges and couldn’t attach that piece yet). To make the stage have a “finished look” my husband also put the plywood on the steps and entire face of the stage. He had to use a worm drive skill saw to corner the wood so they would fit like a puzzle (seamless).
My husband used liquid nail in combination with finishing nails to ensure the pieces would fit and look nice. He “thought” that by using the liquid nail the boards would squeak less…we shall see.
Step 7: Thank goodness my father-in-law knows how to weld! My husband and father-in-law took an old bed frame, added 4 wheels, and welded on three metal poles. These poles are intended to hold up the wooden facing of the hidden bed. My husband used Rustoleum yellow to cover the entire bed. As soon as the paint dried, we slid the bed under the stage… and it fit perfectly! Now my husband could attached the wooden facing.
Step 8: To finish off the plywood edges, my husband used screen moulding.
Step 9: My husband had to sand the entire frame and used Formby’s high gloss tongue oil. Then he added the cup handles. We went with the cup drawer pulls so if the kids slide off the stage they won’t catch on the handle (smart right!).
Step 10: Now it was time to put on the fantastic Softtiles! Softtiles.com has a wide selection of interlinking tiles. We ordered the 5/8″ thick mats. These are AMAZING!!!
Step 11: Adding the furniture. We have two TROFAST units from IKEA. These are the best units for LEGOs and other small toys. Extremely kid friendly. (STILL TO COME: the all white unit will be transformed into a LEGO table).
My husband still needs to put up shelves…but other than that we are pretty much finished with his room. So…what do you think? Logan LOVES his new LEGO inspired room! So does his sister. I bet you can guess what we are doing this summer?!?! YUP. Kira’s room is next!