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Sammuel and Dixie's New Room - Part 1. The House Bed

 

So after weeks of hard work, perseverance, some laughs and some tears(!) we've finally finished Sammuel and Dixie's new bedroom. We're really pleased with how it's turned out and the kids love it. Here's how we developed the initial concept and how the room took shape over the weeks. 

 

 

We started with an inspiration board on Pinterest. There are some really fabulous ideas out there and we love browsing Instagram, Pinterest and design blogs for interesting ideas. After much deliberation we settled on the house bed concept, in white, with some brightly coloured furniture and decoration. Two of our main inspirations for the room were this house bed from French blog­ger Jus­tine of Pepito mi Cora­zon and this up cycled wardrobe from Cissy Wears Instagram feed, you can see the wardrobe we chose in part 2 of the blog

 

We made some rough measurements for the size of the house bed based on mattress sizes and the area it had to occupy in the bedroom. We marked this out on the floor with masking tape which helped us get a feel about the space it would take up and therefore how the rest of the room and furniture would work. The frame was made from wooden 2x2" batons with Ikea bed slats
It really was a case of making up as we went along - measuring and figuring out what fitted and worked so unfortunately we don't have an instruction manual or 'How2' for you...but with a bit of DIY knowledge and common sense it's not too difficult. If we can do it you can too! We checked EVERYTHING religiously with a spirit level!
The building bit took quite a long time...see picture 3, Sammuel's "what time will the house bed be ready?" face!
The actual house shape is cut from MDF sheets and fixed to the frame. We measured and drew the house shape, windows and doors on the sheets before cutting out with a jigsaw.
We spent days researching an alternative to MDF as we know it's full of nasties, however after much searching and phoning around the alternatives simply weren't readily available. We were really happy to find this MDF passivating paint, which has no chemicals and neutralises the chemicals found in MDF. We used this and their Feng Shui paint in Yawl White to paint and seal the bed completely, making it perfectly safe for our littles to sleep in. 
 

 

The other main structure to build were the stairs up to the top bed. We wanted these to be functional as well as fitting in seamlessly with the super stylish bed. We used ikea kitchen cupboards which we cut to size to fit together, and fixed them to the wall and the bed. The cupboards open up to reveal storage boxes for the kids clothes. The boxes pull right out so the kids can see everything in the box allowing them to put together the best possible outfit for the day! ;)
We used our trend and colour wall hook knobs on the doors and they look great adding a real pop of colour. We added a safety rail (more for us than the kids!) This is just a plain wooden banister rail painted white with an LED light strip stuck underneath which illuminates the stairs at night incase (when) the little people wake up :) 
If you're interested in building your own house bed we'd say go for it! It's really rewarding to have made it ourselves from an idea.
 


   

The other great thing about the house bed is that it offers a little hideaway for both Sammuel and Dixie and each has their own toys, books and lamp etc in their own little space. Sammuel chose the pink Farg Form bedding so we contrasted that with the black Farg Form clouds bedding for Dixie which also works well with her slightly softer baby bunny/cat/dolly toys. We used mainly monochrome cushions in Sammuel's bed to balance the pink bedding and added the Normann Copenhagen wall pockets for his books and water bottle. In Dixie's bed we lifted the dark bedding with bright cushions. We gave her a shelf for her bunny night lamp, books, slippers and cuddly toys.

So here it is...the finished house bed, definitely worth all the hard work! To recreate this look with all the trimmings see our inspiration board here.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Dixie is wearing Hello Apparel Leggings from our lovely friends Southwood Stores, and a cloud t-shirt from the wonderful Whistle & Flute

Sammuel is wearing a super soft Hello Apparel T-Shirt from Southwood Stores, and Farg Form leggings from our site.

 

In part 2 we'll take you round the rest of the bedroom...bye for now! x 

 

 

 

15 Comments

WilliamGes
WilliamGes

June 21, 2016

Thank you for your article post.Thanks Again. Rahaim

Prettypinkpaperdoll
Prettypinkpaperdoll

May 28, 2016

Guys this is just inspired just brilliant! Wish I had the skills with wood to do this for my daughter who constantly goes on about having a bunk bed. Just too cool for school love it to pieces. More so the complete ingenious approach that you have come up with! Lucky kids you have!???

Bella
Bella

May 18, 2016

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Francie
Francie

January 24, 2016

How do you change the linens????

Security Doors Melbourne
Security Doors Melbourne

December 17, 2015

Happy family in beautiful houses.

Thu-Van
Thu-Van

July 01, 2015

The bed looks fantastic! You guys did a great job. The windows for the top bunk look quite large. Do you use some sort of guard when Samuel sleeps?

Adam
Adam

January 04, 2015

FWIW, I just finished the raw build of this bed, but we used twin sized mattresses. Because my children are a little older and I’d like to be able to get on the top bunk on occassion, I used 2×4s.

Also, for getting the mattress up to the top bunk, and allowing easier access to the top bunk, instead of doing a window on the side of the bunk bed, I cut out the top of the window so there’s an entire scoop.

We’re pretty excited for this when it’s all finished, thanks for your awesome inspiration!

This Modern Life
This Modern Life

December 05, 2014

AM: We just used foam mattresses, they are quite flexible. The bottom one is really easy to get in and out, the top one is a little more effort but really not too hard. They are both on Ikea bed slats so they are breathable and comfy!
Aurelie: Each bed has a single mattress so the actual house is approx 2m long, and 1m wide, it’s probably about 240cm tall. The stairs are about 100cm wide. xx

AM
AM

December 03, 2014

Question, how did you get the mattresses in? Can you ever get them out? What about the bases for the mattresses?

Aurelie
Aurelie

November 26, 2014

I LOVE the idea and the style ! It looks quite simple to built and I’d like to make it for my boys. Would it be possible to have an idea of the size : height, width, … ? Thank you so much !

Gaily
Gaily

September 17, 2014

how to make the bed?
nice colours.

Sally M
Sally M

August 22, 2014

WOW – I saw your photos on Insta and love your feed. This is just amazing, your kids must absolutely LOVE it! Wish we had the time and skill to build something similar!

vicki
vicki

August 19, 2014

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!!!!! I’ve been gazing at bedrooms like this on pintrest and love the scandanavian style and THEN discovered your website! Huray! Thank you so very much. I just need a new house now to put your kids bedroom into for my boys.

abi
abi

August 17, 2014

Love this – I’ve been following your style since I saw a post in the living etc forum, would love a nosy at the rest of your house as I love your innovative stage /clean look /recycled style!

Nicky King
Nicky King

August 15, 2014

Amazing! And LOVE that Sammuel chose the pink bedding – how fab x

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