A Loft Fort Bed

Right before Christmas, Matt decided we should rip out Gray’s floor and build him a bed.  One week out until the big day.

What the what?

But I got out of the way, and let him love his boy, and well, he built the bed and changed the flooring in enough time to slap a big red bow of Gray’s bedroom door.  I kept waiting to finish the room to photograph it (and completely finish the bed), but you guys swear you don’t mind in between pictures, so here we go…

Loft Fort Bed | perfectly imperfect

How do you like that for realistic bedding?  7 year olds and made beds don’t always mix.

We can write an exact tutorial I suppose, but Matt basically changed the dimensions and used these plans.  We already had a queen mattress so there was zero reason to chunk it, plus building a queen fort bed will probably last Gray much longer than a twin would.  (P.S. Our bed is just shy of 8 feet tall at the center point and wide enough to hold a queen mattress.)

Loft Fort Bed | perfectly imperfect

After Matt built the pieces, I stained the piece lightly with Rustoleum’s Weathered Grey.  The steps aren’t finished yet, but I plan on using milk paint for those…probably adding some numbers or something to create some interest.  Without all the decor in place, the room can feel kind of bland.  I’m loving those antlers, though, donated by my brother.

The finishing touches on this room, though, just keep getting put on the back burner, so I just walked in the other day and snapped pictures of my little guy while he was reading.

Loft Fort Bed | perfectly imperfect

A boy’s bed.  Wadded blankets, super heroes, and some form of cheese puff.

We are loving the bed, and more importantly, so is Gray.  Bonus?  It cost about $250 to build, so once he’s older we won’t feel crazy to take it apart and sell it.  Or hang on to it for some grandkids.

Loft Fort Bed | perfectly imperfect

That kid and his snaggle teeth.

As for the rest of the room?

Loft Fort Bed | perfectly imperfect

We’ve got a little ways to go.

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12 Responses to A Loft Fort Bed

  1. Shelley Harman March 4, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    Lucky boy! That is super cool!

  2. Donna C. March 4, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Great Loft Bed! I showed it to my son who now wants one just like it! I’m sure his Dad will be thrilled about this:0 Out of curiosity, how high are your ceilings? I’m not sure we have enough clearance in his room.

    Thanks for another inspiring idea.

    Donna

    • perfectlyimperfect October 6, 2014 at 10:13 pm #

      Hey Donna,

      Sorry for the delay in the reply, but our ceilings are 9′ in Gray’s room. But we tweaked the plan to be extra tall… the one on AnaWhite.com is made for 8′ high rooms.

      Thanks,
      Matt

  3. Charlotte March 4, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    Super cool bed….bet he loves it…

  4. kathleen March 4, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    Very cool! Seems like it would be a pain in the butt to change the sheets though.

  5. Jill Flory March 4, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    That bed is so overly cool who cares what the rest of the room looks like! LOL! Can’t wait to see all the great touches I know you will add though :)

  6. Miss Mustard Seed March 4, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

    The boys loved looking at Gray’s bed! Also, I was setting up my new guest bed and found Gray’s jammie pants. Those will be coming in the mail!

  7. Talitha March 5, 2014 at 7:24 am #

    Fantastic! What a great bed! It’s awesome.

  8. Leen March 5, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    I have been waiting for this post since you posted the tease pic :)

    We are planning on building Eli one as well and want to put a desk under it so I was thinking the bed platform would have to be higher up than the plans call for. But I see you have a desk/table under Gray’s… is the bed high enough that he can work at the desk without bonking his head?

    • perfectlyimperfect March 6, 2014 at 8:15 am #

      Hey Leen! Yep, it’s about 5 feet off the ground, so he can walk underneath for now. He’ll have to duck in the future, but he could still sit at his lego table for quite some time! :-)
      shaunna

  9. Gotch from Plush Rugs March 6, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    The room is looking cool, the antlers are looking awesome.

  10. Cindy Williams March 7, 2014 at 8:08 am #

    Wow, that’s awesome! I love the paint color! Looks amazing!!

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