This is my first build and I had so much fun! I am now officially addicted to DIY and woodworking!
I started off with a couple of problems right out of the gate but, I really wanted to make this for my Grandaughter for Christmas. The first problem was the ceiling in her room is 7 feet 6 inches high. So, if I lowered the height then the loft platform became too low to install over a twin bed. It didn’t allow for enough headroom over the mattress. Plus, I didn’t want her to sleep on a mattress that was on the floor. So, I raised the platform to 48 inches and modified the roof so that I would be able to fit the Alaska Cabin Twin storage bed underneath.
I also modified the size by increasing the platform dimensions to 40”x48”. Doing that allowed me to comfortably fit the bed underneath.
I was lucky to find laminate flooring on clearance at Lowe’s. I paid five dollars for an open box. I used it to cover the plywood floor. I also used it for the roof by just nailing it to the 2x4s.
I wanted my granddaughter to be able to paint, use her markers, and be as messy as she wanted without restrictions. One wall is made from dry erase board with 1x4s as shelving to frame it out. (I used Ana’s flip down desk plans as a guide for the shelving.) The back wall is slat wall from Menards. I just spray painted it hot pink. The third wall is a 12 inch shelf framed out by 2x4s. The last wall is leftover 1x3 and 1x4 boards that I stained and painted.
My daughter didn’t like the first ladder so I moved it to one side. I stained the ladder with Minwax classic gray. I also used the classic gray stain for the cabin bed frame. The pink on the cabin bed is Sherwin Williams “hibiscus.”
My granddaughter and I finished the bed this evening. She loves helping me “work “in the garage. We ended our build by adding a monster free zone. Monsters will be zapped if they try to enter the clubhouse or the bed! Thank you Ana!
Sherwin Williams “Hibiscus”
Kilz white primer