For these beds, I was inspired by similar projects I saw on Ikea Hackers and on Pinterest. We have 2 boys, and each got his own treehouse bed. They’re sleeping on the bottom for now, but when they’re old enough, we’re going to move them to the top. For now, they’re using TROFAST frames at the ends as steps to get into the “play area” upstairs on the treehouses.
I chose to finish it with Amber Bulls-Eye Shellac, since shellac is non-toxic, and there are no fumes while the finish cures. The room is ready for the kids to sleep in it right away.
The main project took me four afternoons – two to cut the wood, one for assembly, and one for finishing.
Parts (for each bed):
1 Kura Bed
7x Pine 2″x2″x8′ boards
3x packages of Western Cedar planking from Home Depot (14 sq ft per pack)
Box of 2.5″ #10 wood screws
12x 4″ L-shaped corner brackets
Assemble KURA bed. I left out the end panels (which don’t add any structural support) in order to give it the look of a house on stilts.
Cut 2″x2″ to frame the treehouse above the bed
Assemble frame on bed. Pre-drill holes for all wood screws to avoid splitting the boards.