While putting my 3 year old daughter to bed, she asked me to tell her a story about Christmas from my memory. I told her about a playhouse my dad built in our basement. She said she wanted a playhouse. We live in Florida and do not have a basement, so I got creative.
She already had the Hemnes daybed. We have 10′ ceilings- so I built up. We bought a Stora full sized loft bed and cut 7″ off the legs. We raised the support bars to clear the bed. We used 2 stair step and 1 flat Trofast storage (pine) to form stairs. We reinforced with plywood and 2X4 posts at the ends. I used wainscoting I got for $10 a sheet at Habitat for Humanity Thrift store, to box the interior and exterior.
We bought fence posts from Home Depot and a hand rail from Habitat for Humanity thrift store to make the railing. The threshold for the door was made from the unused pieces from the ladder and railing from the loft. I found shadow box picture frames for .50 each at a flea market and used them for the upstairs windows. The shutters are picture frames with stenciled foam core. The window boxes are ice bins from Walmart that I stenciled. The panels with the windows on the bottom are easily removed because they are on a track made with L shaped molding. Those windows are made of dollar store picture frames. The lower bed part is nice because she has a great shelf (and I have secret storage in the dead space between the wall and the edge of the bed. The curtain is a skirt I got for $1 at a thrift store. For the upstairs floor we used MDF and carpet we had left over from our house. The “roof” opens to the ceiling but the top of the walls are capped with vinyl guttering turned upside down ($5 for 10′ @ Home Depot) I carpeted the stairs with Home Depot runner carpet.
She loves it and it is big enough for a table and chairs, bean bag, book shelf and baby doll high chair. As she gets older, she will be able to turn it into a hang out area. I went with black and white and then accented it with the round black and white rug from Ikea.
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.