Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The "Fort" Bed...


"Why have a regular bed when you can have a fort bed?"

That's what Owen had to say when given the choice of what kind of bed he would like to have.

After doing a little bit of research online, Will and I came up with a design that would be just right for our little fort builder.

(Owen builds forts as often as he can, dragging pillows, blankets and cushions around the house finding that days perfect spot for a fort. In an effort to contain the inevitable mess, we decided that giving Owen a permanent fort would work best for everyone)

Will headed out to the garage and with 2x4's, a table saw and a whole lot of sanding made quick work of the carpentry. Thanks to Dad, Owen came home to a big surprise after school last week...


And yes, we know it's really just a loft bed.

And clearly, you can see that it is nothing more than a loft bed.

But if you talk to Owen, he will tell you in no uncertain terms that it is a "fort bed", followed by a look that screams "what were you thinking?"

So...a "fort bed" it is!


As expected, Will quickly got a request to build one more. This one for William.

A couple days later, William came home from school to find his big surprise...


We now have two very happy boys.

This is quite a change from the set-up that we've had for the past two years in this house.

Actually, the past five years...

The boys have shared a room nearly their entire lives. Owen was 15 months old when we put them together in a room (that's when he discovered that he could climb out of his crib) and William was just 3 years old.

To say that this split was easy for Owen, couldn't be further from the truth.

He was opposed to having his own room (which would mean sleeping all alone at night) from the moment William started suggesting it.

So why the separation?

We had reached that point where it was becoming more of a hassle than it was worth to keep them together. As with all children, our boys are two very different individuals.
William is the kid who is like a little adult. Very organized, knows what he wants and likes his things a certain way.

Owen is...more...unstructured.

(I can't even type that keeping a straight face. Those that know Owen won't be able to either!)

The problems came each and every day when it was time to clean up their room.

William would clean up his things, Owen would not...

In an effort to just be done and be able to move on from the dreaded chore of cleaning their room, William would end up cleaning up all of Owen's things too, which always led to fighting, crying, etc.

The obvious solution was to give each of them their own room.

Keep in mind this wasn't even possible before since there are five of us living in this three bedroom house, but since we renovated the dining room, closing off one open arch and adding french doors to the other, it made it possible to call it a bedroom and give them each their own space.

This was their room before...



And now it belongs to just Owen and his "fort bed"...


At the ladder end of Owen's bed there are peek-holes to see who's coming...


I am going to paint it to say "What is the password?"

On the other side is a chalkboard for him to draw on. Perfect for Owen - our little artist...



Inside are his books and bean bag to get cozy while he reads...


William's room started out as our dining room. A room that we used only once a year for Thanksgiving dinner. The rest of the year we walked right on by.

A complete waste of space as far as we were concerned...



This past summer we decided to do some construction and close it off to become the kids' playroom.

Finally, truly usable space...



It took some convincing, but William finally won us over and we saw the benefits in letting him have his own room. So where there was once a dining table, there is now a bed.

A "fort bed" to be exact...



They love being able to close themselves off and "hide"...



The beds are big and rugged and perfect for the wear and tear that our kids are capable of...


Will did a great job making the design a reality. I like them even better than I thought I would!


Now that the boys have their own rooms they can, for the first time in their lives, express their individuality on their own four walls.

So for Christmas, my parents have bought them new bedding to get their rooms off on the right foot. We sat down with the Land Of Nod catalog and the boys made their picks...

William's choice:

All Solar System's Go Bedding


Both choices perfectly represent each boy and I am so excited for them.


I cannot wait to get started on the new looks!

But, just like the boys, I will have to wait until Christmas. That's when the boys will get their new bedding. Until then, I will be planning the design for each room.

They each have lots of input to give me on exactly what they want!

This should be fun!




P.S. I am linking this post to Metamorphosis Monday over at Between Naps On The Porch
and DIY Day over at A Soft Place To Land
and Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage
and Furniture Feature Friday at Mustard Seed Creations
and Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home

49 comments:

Photographing Mom said...

Looks awesome, Karla!!

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Will did a great job designing and constructing the fort beds. They look very solid and safe, and a bunch of fun too. I have two boys and we have had similar challenges, one an organinzer and 'pleaser', the other more free spirited.

Christine said...

The beds look great. and I love the bedding choices!

Sarah said...

As always, the rooms are fabulous. I'm super impressed with the fort beds... and I agree, they are definitely fort beds!
God's blessings on your sweet family, Sarah :D

Jill said...

So so cool! Lucky boys!

Tyra said...

Those beds are AWESOME! Did he design them himself?

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

How awesome is it that you have a husband who can whip up two loft (um, I mean fort!) beds??! They look amazing, and I love the cozy nooks you created underneath. :)

Nancy said...

Those are very cool beds! Good job to you and hubby on building them and decorating their roooms. Now the boys will be old pros at sleeping in a fort bed when they go to college!

Nancy

Heather said...

Very cool - I want a Fort Bed!!! Your children sound like mine - very different - they too share a room - but I don't think it's going to last either.

Oonafey said...

Can Will come over and build me a fort bed, too? These are so great, what lucky kids you have!

Jacquelyn said...

My boys would LOVE those beds! They're still too little for fort beds but it's definitely on the list for future projects! Would love to see a tutorial sometime on how you made them!

Lori E said...

I love this project. Wow. What lucky boys. I would like a space like that for myself. Just pull the curtains and everyone can go away. Lol

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Jaime said...

As you were telling the reasons for the separate rooms...I was just nodding my head. Those are the exact same reasons we had to split up our older two boys. Chance would clean, Coby wold not, Chance cleaned the entire room. So funny! I love the new beds! Your husband is AMAZING!!

Tyra said...

I agree with Jacquelyn, we need a tutorial! OR something to explain exactly what it is he did and the measurements! Hubby and I were trying to dissect the pictures so we could make our own. Would be a great Christmas gift for soon two be three year old!

Sherri S said...

How SWEET. Great story. And the beds are AWESOME! I know the boys are thrilled to each have their own room too.

Annabelle said...

Your husband is a great carpenter. I would have loved a bed like that when I was a kid! :)

Funky Junk Interiors said...

You and your hubby make an amazing design team. I soooo wish I had a guy to delegate the sugar plumbs I dream up in my head design wise.

Can't wait to see what you come up with for the rooms! The bedding is unbelievable!

Donna

Mikael@starter home to dream home said...

SO cute!!! You are such a good mom for giving your boys what they truly want (instead of your idea of pretty). Good for yoU!
I have loved your blog so much. Me and my husband kinda took your mantle idea and ran with it! We are just about finished. I will certainly mention you on my blog because you inspired us and let us know that we didn't have to spend $2000 for a mantle, we made ours for around $300 or LESS!!!
Stop by and take a look (the final reveal will be most likely after this weekend).
YOu are a sweetie:)
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Mama Thompson said...

Can I move into your house...I need a fort bed to hide in sometimes!:)

Joanna @ The Casa said...

Those beds are perfect! I like that you will turn the diningroom/playroom into a bedroom. You've already gotten more use out of it I'm sure!

Heather said...

The beds look great! We are going to do the same with our son once he gets a little older.

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

How wonderful that you created those great "fort" beds for your boys. And what a great idea for repurposing your dining room...seriously!

Cottage Dreamers said...

Love the beds and the "peek holes!" Too cute. Your boys personalities sound like my two oldest girls (who btw, have to share a loft bed. FUN!) It must have something to do with birthorder! ;)

Cassie said...

So cute! I especially love the holes to see who's coming. "What's the password" is a great idea as well!

Anonymous said...

If you want to make one for your child, you can find a good variety by doing a google search for "loft bed". I found a nice kit that worked out great for my children.

JV

Sharon said...

No one could possibly confuse these "fort" beds with 'loft' beds ... I'm glad Will and Owen are happy with their rooms.

pk said...

Of course it's a FORT bed! Anyone can see that. :-) And it's an adorable fort bed at that...

pk @ Room Remix

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

My boys would have loved those beds! They also shared a room up to 5 years ago...now one is in college-leaving his room behind! It's nice your boys have that now!
~Nancy

Nina Diane said...

looks great! When my son was young, he had a loft bed and loved it!

TRICIA @ The Zoo said...

Hi Karla.
Again, I applaud you for using your home to make it work for you. The boys rooms look AWESOME!! We have been having a bit a of "is it time to separate the girls rooms" convo. lately too. Unfortunately we don't have the space right now, but this gives me loads of ideas. Lucky boys!!

XO*Tricia

ImagineCozy said...

I love that you turned your dining room into a bedroom! What a better use of space for your family! Fantastic idea.
-Angela

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

I cannot POSSIBLY show this post to my sons or they will be BEGGING me incessantly to build something just like it. But secretly I LOVE THEM TOO! What a wonderful idea and what a sweet dad.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

my boys would love these beds too! what a great idea to have one! lucky boys! thanks for sharing

Hootin' Anni said...

Oh boy oh boy...this idea is just simply perfect for a boy. Owen was right on....the fort bed is super!


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Miss Mustard Seed said...

That is the coolest loft - I mean fort bed! I have two sons, both toddlers, and I can see them loving something like this when they get older. There is something so fun for a kid to be able to have a fort, cubby, tent, or canopy to retreat behind. And it looks like it will last for years to come.

I also love the move to turn an unused dining room into a play room (which looked so cute) and then a bedroom. Thanks for linking up to FFF and I hope to see you again!

Melanie said...

I have been moving across the country the last few weeks and busy unpacking so I am behind in all my blog reading. I love these beds! I would have loved to have seen the boys faces when they saw the beds. How exciting for them.

Lora said...

Those are great beds! My husband built loft beds for our kiddos this past summer and they are a huge hit:) I know your boys will love them for a long time. And that new bedding is great, too!

Krisha said...

I love the beds! I showed my 2 youngest kids and they loved it!

The Fiskeaux Family said...

Our "fort bed" — well, actually, ours is "the cave" — consists of a standard twin bunk bed and a flat queen sheet tucked all the way under the top mattress. The rest of the sheet hangs down just far enough to brush past the top of the bottom mattress. When we want it tucked up, my 3 year-old can scrunch the "curtain" between the top mattress and the horizontal support bar. Some day (AKA when I get a sewing machine for Christmas) I may actually cut the sheet in half to make two more curtainy panels, but for now, we're enjoying our "flap". :)

down comforter said...

This is such a great idea!!! I don't know of any little boy who wouldn't just love this :)

Leen said...

What lucky little guys! Those rooms are the coolest! I think I need a "fort bed" of my very own :)

edeenut said...

You're husband is amazing. I will have to show my husband this and get him started. We have been trying to come up with idea when my son is done with his crib which will be very soon.

Suzanne said...

Those look so great, Karla! They look so sturdy. After seeing this, we're thinking that a loft bed will be perfect for Penny when we move into an apartment. She's totally into forts and we'll need somewhere to put a guest bed (aka, air mattress) for when company comes. A loft bed would totally work for that. Thanks for the idea! :)

Domestically Chic said...

These beds are awesome!! I am making my husband look at this for sure!

pk @ Room Remix said...

Hi Karla,
Hope all is well. I'm including Owen's bedroom makeover in my post today. Just let me know if it's not okay for any reason. Have a great day!

Kristen said...

I love this!!! I happened to stumble upon this today!! and i have been wanting to make this for my sons room!! do you mind sharing the dimensions and maybe how much wood you would need for this?? Thank you so much!!!

Karla said...

FYI: Ana from Knock Off Wood has made up plans for a Fort Bed! It's not exactly like the one that Will built for our boys, but it looks great AND she gives step by step instructions along with a supply list! Here's the link:

http://www.knock-offwood.com/2010/05/furniture-plans-fort-bed.html

I hope that helps for any of you that have been wanting to build Fort Beds for your kids, but wanted to have plans before jumping in blindly like we did! :)

Good luck with the project!

~Karla

Anonymous said...

Hi! We love the beds and so do our boys! They want them for their shared room and yours is the first one that they've both liked. Did you go to a lumber store for the wood, or Home Depot or Lowe's? Was it mainly 2 x 4's that he used? One more question, how tall did you make them? We saw the one on Knock Off Wood, but our kids weren't crazy about them. Thanks so much for the inspiration (and any help you can give us!!)

Brandi & Steve