I would add the panel from Step 24 to create a platform. However the side panel does not span the entire length of the bed, leaving a small gap for the ladder access. You can decide to leave that open or use some spare wood to cover it up.
Add the bed wood slats and end panel as well.
And place the mattress on top of the bed slats.
Kids bed headboard ideas
Now, for the headboard which used to the long side panel against the desk. Depending on the style you want, you can cut it down to make a shorter headboard. Finish the exposed edge with iron on edge banding.
Personally, I would rather keep it tall, and hang up pictures, perhaps a corkboard and small wall shelves to make a nice decorative headboard for your daughter. In this mode, do fasten the tall headboard to the wall for added security and to prevent warping.
My head is swimming with lots of ideas on headboards. Here’s a really sweet idea of a tall headboard with wallpaper.
That’s how I would hack it. Hope it gave you some ideas to start with. We’ll love to see what you do with it finally.
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