Here's what his bed looks like now:
But WAIT!! It gets better:
Yes, that's a slide.
In case you're wondering, I'll walk you through what's included here. The bed is the Ikea Kura bed with optional tent attachment up top. I had painted all the blue panels of the original bed with chalkboard paint and the natural wood frame with semi-gloss white paint when we first bought the bed. The bed now sits on a plywood platform (2 cut pieces actually since one wasn't quite big enough) that rests on three Ikea Trofast frames. The plywood is also supported in the back and under the slide by 2x6 wood screwed into the wall studs. I also added the vertical support and horizontal bed guards for the lower bunk to keep kiddos from rolling out in the event the Snickerdoodle has a sleep over.
We built the slide ourselves using 2 sanded 2x4s, an 18 inch wide scrap of plywood left over from the bed platform and an 18 inch wide piece of what I believe is intended to be dry erase board (Update, I found it on Home Depot's website here). We bought it at the Home Depot in an 8 feet by 4 feet piece for $13.97. The slide is 7.5 feet long and starts pretty high up so it is steep but apparently quite fun. At the top of the slide is a platform for him to climb onto before sliding down the slide.
Underneath it all is wide open space for a secret hideout (shhhh, don't tell him I told you). It is accessible by crawling under the slide which Mr BSR and I can both do (we just barely fit).
So, there you have it. I'll leave you with a few more pictures.
Secret passage to the fort
Please don't hesitate to contact me directly or through a comment if you have any questions about how to build something like this for yourself. I can provide all sorts of dimensions and materials lists and such.
UPDATE: The specs for how to build a slide are here and how to build out the build out the whole bed unit can be found here.
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