Theme Beds for Kids

I have always been quite the dreamer when it comes to building things. Most often it comes down to having the time for it. I even think I would be a decent interior designer but that is quite a different topic altogether. I originally wanted to be an architect and design churches (long before I started going to them). I wanted to make a cool loft type bed for Luke and one for Alex too. Something that can carry over from one bedroom to the other, takes no floor space, has a way for to be transformed to teenage beds later, and a way to make it their new play room. Tall order for 2 rooms that are about 12×14 each. I am thinking of something like a cable bridge or castle. So the next step…seeing what has been done already. Google time! Here is some sites I found that are interesting/inspiring. BTW I am going to create this list while surfing so it may seem odd

Castlebed for Niece

Castlebed for Niece

AustinThemeBeds.com it appears their claim to fame is making some beds for Extreme Makeover but these are ugly and amazingly expensive…if this is standard price of these types of beds I am going into the theme bed business. I made a caste bed for my niece (see picture on left) and it cost less then $100 even at today’s cost. This place wants $3,545.70 for theirs. I think I could spend another $500 to $1000 on someone doing a cool mural and still come out ahead. This bed($1428) is probably MDF with a sticker. I should move on…this is more of a rant.

BluewellThemeBeds.com these beds are much nicer and are pretty reasonable when it comes to price.

SweetDreamBed.com if you have to ask they are probably to much. These beds really look good though. I don’t think I would even call considering they don’t list any prices.

KidsUniqueBeds.com this is where I got the idea for my nieces bed.

DreamThemeBeds.com I believe this tree house bed can be altered to make a cool bed.

PlayHouseDesigns.com one of the best sites that I have seen…they even will sel the plans so you can do it. Great place for getting ideas from.

Totally off topic but somewhat related: Playhouses

CustomPlayhouses.com very awesome(expensive) playhouses and pretty nice beds although I can’t seem to find them anymore. I have been to this site more than once.

BarbaraButler.com these are really nice playhouses

DanielsWoodland.com these playhouses really take some true craftsmanship…it is real hard to make crooked things join up. I am sure these are expensive but if I had the money to blow I would get one of these.

After all this I still haven’t seen anything I am thrilled with but I have seen some great ideas for building a playhouse outside and at the cost of the theme beds I will be building this myself and maybe going into business building them as well.

Update (6/22/2009):

After all this over-thinking, I asked Luke what he wanted. Out of all the castles, bulldozers,  ships  and other cool beds. He wants one that looks like Thomas the Train. I could buy one but what’s the fun in that. Now to get to the drawing board.

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Comments (3)

  1. Sarah (Real Life)

    I totally love the castle bed. My girls would flip for that! My husband does that same thing. He will always look at something and say, “I could make that!” The question is: How long will it take him!

    He has made a playset in the yard, a basic playhouse, and cornhole games!

  2. Kathy

    So I was wondering what you came up with for a thomas bed?

  3. Bugert (Post author)

    Kathy, well Sarah is right about how long it will take a husband. It doesn’t help that my boy has changed his mine 2 times since. I actually was halfway though with a “Barn” bed (he is into horses now) when we decided to check out bunk beds one day. Well its easier to pay for something then to make it. We ended up buying a bunk bed and dresser. I took some pictures so maybe I will be able to post that this week.

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