This is What Became of My Son’s Bunk Bed After He Grew Out of it
It happened really quickly… I started noticing my son wasn’t sleeping well when he was 16, and realized he had grown out of his bunk bed much too fast. I hadn’t budgeted new bedroom furniture for him yet, and I didn’t want him to lose any more sleep so I had to act quickly. I looked at what I had to work with and it turned out I had enough scrap wood to make him a platform bed. I also had some old furniture pieces in my garage that I was about to haul off to the Goodwill, including a desk and a bedside stand.. He had grown out of his desk too, so it was a great time to change just about everything.
Before – Everything had been quickly moved into this room and we hadn’t done much with it yet, except for painting the blue sky and cloud wall, which he hated because it reminded him of a little kid’s room…
I didn’t want to entirely paint over the cloud wall, so I turned it into a vertical stripe. Fortunately the wall vinyl was in the right spot! Notice how the vertical lines of the painted stripe and the window treatments help to raise the ceiling in this modern mid-century home…
I sold the bunk bed frame and old desk on Craigslist, and used the double futon mattress on this platform bed. He actually thinks it’s comfortable and hasn’t wanted to switch it for a regular mattress. I basically constructed the platform by piecing together three 3/4″ thick plywood strips left over from another project. I added trim to the edges, and the feet shown below which were purchased at Lowes. I added about 3 in the center for extra support. (3 years later the bed is still standing strong.)
The short drapes the previous owners had installed in the house were very dated, even though they were fairly new, so I used the same fabric and made them into a fabric shade instead. I also had previously purchased pillow shams which are the flag fabric you see on the cornice boards over the draperies. He didn’t want them as shams, so I surprised him and made them into the cornice boards… He had a hard time saying no to that, ha, ha!
Once both the lamp and the night stand had been coated with primer, I was able to spray paint both of them. I used a spray primer on the lamp base, which is made of a ceramic glass…
The Mission style desk was strong and sturdy, but not the right style, so I took out one of the vertical wood pieces on each side to take away the “Mission” look, and painted the desk and the chair a metallic silver with a black painted top on the desk. I also sprayed a clear protective finish on both the top of the bedside stand and the desk… A very important step not to be missed! It’s worth taking the extra time to spray on two or more coats for furniture tops.
Now my son is 19 years old and in college. It happened so fast! Kids can be a little challenging when they turn into teenagers, but give them lots of love and patience, and try to make every moment with them count because they’ll be grown up before you know it!
As for the single mattress from the bunk bed– I used that for a day bed in the den as shown below. You can read more about that room makeover by clicking here.
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