Besides my retro kitsch décor throughout my house, I'm also into minimalism which is why the idea of a captain's bed in the boys' rooms appealed to me. The rooms are already mall enough so why take up valuable play space with a baby dresser that they're going to out grow?
Unfortunately being made out of particle board and plywood (doesn't help that they like to have jumping contests on it either) the captain's beds that I bought my oldest has started falling apart. At least the bed gate on the youngest's captain's bed has kept them from Evel Knievel-ing off the bed so it'll last longer, right..? The original inspiration (and free plans!) came from Ana-White, but because Johnny's bed rests long side against the wall, we made some modifications to include storage where the headboard would go, but still kept the storage on both sides in case we ever rearrange his room. Basically all four sides are storage, because having more options is always good. With a few differences in measurements which I'll include below, the steps are basically the same as the ones on Ana-White.com. Because we didn't want a repeat of the "falling apart because these damn kids won't stop trying to jump to the moon" we went with actual lumber instead of plywood or MDF which brought the materials price up, but that's a personal choice. Also, we ended up not using the wood glue, and we used the metal slat holders from his old bed (and a couple of the slats cut down to the new size to fit), but I will still include those measurements in case you need them.
- Measuring tape
- Safety glasses
- Circular Saw
- Brad Nailer
Cut list for END BASES:
4 – 1×12 @ 39″ (Tops and Bottoms of the End Boxes)
2 – 1/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 15″ x 40 1/2″ (Back of End Boxes)
4 – 1×2 @ 40 1/2″ (Top and Bottom Trim)
4 – 1×2 @ 12″ (End Trim on End Boxes)
4 – 1×12 @ 15″ (Sides of the End Boxes)
2 – 1×12 @ 12 3/4″ (Center Divider of End Boxes)
Cut list for SIDE BASES:
4 – 1×12 @ 49 1/2″ (Tops and Bottoms of the Side Boxes)
2 – 1/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 15″ x 51″ (Back of Side Boxes)
4 – 1×2 @ 51″ (Top and Bottom Trim)
11 – 1×3 @ 15 1/2″ (Slats)
4 – 1×12 @ 15″ (Sides of the Side Boxes)
2 – 1×12 @ 12 3/4″ (Center Divider of Side Boxes)
Following the directions linked from Ana-White above, put together your side and end bases using the above measurements.
Oh yeah, and don't forget to paint it... We used a Minwax stain with polyurethane in it to help protect it from Tonka Trucks and Hot Wheels crashes.
Now when it came to the slats, we recycled the metal slat holder (just about the only usable part left) of my monster's old bed, if you do that then you'll have to double and triple check your slat measurements for what works best for you, otherwise follow the instructions from Ana-White.
You could always add hinges and doors to the boxes, but we decided to go with baskets we found at At Home (formerly known as Garden Ridge).
Literally 2 days later...
Post pictures of your creations in the comments below! Or let me know if I could've written directions better!