Remember the bed I upholstered for the little man back last year?
You have no idea how much sturdier this base makes the whole bed. And it’s grey, so I can now rest assured knowing that the bits of the bed that no-one will ever see are coordinated. 🙂
I also found out after I put the headboard together first time around that cheap plywood contains formaldehyde and can off-gas something chronic. It’s not something you want your baby to spend 50% of his life inhaling, and it’s another reason why we never moved S into his old big boy bedroom. So I took the entire headboard apart, pulled the old plywood off and replaced it with formaldehyde free birch plywood. It was more expensive – $45 versus $15 for the cheap, nasty stuff, but I think I can stretch to an extra $30 to avoid having my son sleep next to a known carcinogen. Eek. (You can read more about the health effects of formaldehyde exposure here.)
I was considering putting the bed up against the walls of windows in S’s new room and, if I had, I was going to cover the entire back with fabric to make it more polished. If you’re thinking of doing your own take on this project, it’s an idea you might want to consider.
It’s held up very well so far, and still looks great. And it’s perfect for
a hyperactive an energetic three-year-old – there has been more than one occasion when the padding has helped avoid injury. Here it is in it’s new room…
Incidentally, you might have seen this beauty from Land of Nod – so pretty but also four times the price…
Came out after I made my “knock-off.” Pretty sure they got the idea from me. Or the guy I got my idea from. Whatever.
I’ve had a couple of readers send me photos of their take on this project – I love that they were happy to share their awesome beds with me – and you lot too. 🙂
Joyce made this one for her daughter – I love the fabric they picked out.
And Sona made a twin bed for her little girl too – she used colorful corduroy fabric – perfect for a fun five-year-old (who’s probably six by now – it’s taken me a long time to post this!)…
I love the tufted detail she used.
I’d love to see the results if anyone else gives this project a go – it really was a super easy way to get a custom bed for a fraction of what you’d pay in a store normally.