A Rustic Loft Bed!!
Tobin's room isn't real large. But what makes it difficult to arrange is the fact that his little room has five doors and two windows. That's right, FIVE DOORS! Two small closets, a door into his brother's room, a door to the hallway, and a door to his bathroom. This room called loud and clear for a loft bed.
In the summer, we got some new metal for our garage roof and the metal came on a very large pallet. I knew right away it would make the perfect base for the loft bed. Then one day I looked out the upstairs window and I see my beloved pallet perched on top of the dumpster. I ran out in panic to stop my Dad from discarding my precious oversized pallet. Oh no, he assured me, he was using it for his "ladder perch". It was not getting tossed! Our family is known for it's safe working practices.
Also during the summer, as I was cleaning some of the mess out of the shed, I snapped a photo of some old fence posts and tried to sell them our Facebook for sale group. No bites. What? Where are all the creative people out there? Well, maybe after they see this post I'll have some takers....
So back to the loft bed.
I begged and pleaded with Hubby, but the need for a loft bed seemed to fall on deaf ears. I finally told Tobin that if he wanted a loft bed, it'd have to be him that would have to convince Daddy, not me! What do you know. Daddy listened to Tobin! :)
We pretty much had an identical conversation to one that took place only a few weeks previous about building the fireplace mantel. It went like this:
Huibby: Well, I'm going to have to make a trip to Lowe's to get some wood.
Me: No way. We've got enough scraps and stuff, surely you can find enough wood to come up with something. No need to spend money!
Hubby: You are ridiculous.
Me: Go look in the barns. I'm sure you'll come up with something.
And he literally "came up with something" as you can see..... :)
Me: Ummmmm, did you clean those before you brought them up??
The sconce light is not in a very good location. That was the only "problem" we had with the placement of the bed. It either had to go above the light (which seemed way to close to the ceiling) or below (which seemed like it would leave a cramped space for a desk). We decided under the light would be best and it ended up being the perfect height.
Click HERE to see the desk in it's "before" state that I picked up broken on the curb.
In case you're wondering how he climbs up into bed at night, he uses that tall wood folding chair. I found that for a couple dollars at a garage sale once and now I know why I bought it. :)
Once again Honey, you're creative and you didn't even know it!! :)
This folks, is truly "design on a dime".
Just to fill you in on a few details of what you see:
~The frame was a dollar at a yard sale that I painted and the map inside my mom tore out of a National Geographic magazine.
~The wood crate over his pillow I found in a junk pile
~the desk, as I already mentioned, was free on the curb
~the light fixture was just $3.97 from Home Depot
~The folding chair was a couple dollars from a yard sale
~I think I paid a dollar for the lamp several years ago at a yard sale
~ Pallet and fence posts were free
~The bedding and little swivel stool I've had for years :)
Thanks for stopping by!