Over Bed Fort to fit a queen size mattress

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:35

This is my first time building anything, and it was so fun, minus the million trips to home depot! I had to modify the original plans to fit over a queen size bed, and I actually built the roof that is part of the plans, but we decided to use fabric for the roof to let light in. For now, it's a convertible fort, ha! 

 

I also added shelves along the back wall, similar to the onces done by Jamie Costiglio. I thought it was a good way to incorporate storage for some action figures. Plus, I left a space in the front open so that my son could jump from the fort to his bed. Underneath I strung up some lights with small command hooks and they're connected to a smart switch so we can ensure they aren't left on all the time.

 

This took me significantly longer than it might take a skilled builder because it was my first time. It was a solid 3 days of work - a full weekend and then one day the next weekend. 

 

Overall this was such a fun build - now to add a rock wall on the side! :)

Estimated Cost
$300-$350 - but I had to buy a kreg jig and I used significantly more wood to make it fit a queen size bed. I had to buy wood - I didn't have much on hand.
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
2x4s and finished plywood - 1/4" and 3/4"
Finish Used
I didn't add any paint or stain. I wanted it to feel like a tree house, so I thought the natural wood would work best.
Recommended Skill Level
Intermediate