How to build a playhouse bunk bed

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Bunk beds are popular for numerous reasons including saving on space, having an extra bed, or just because kids think bunk beds are cool. If you'd like to make your child's bunk bed into a playhouse, you have a few options. One is to buy a prefabricated combination, a product which is gaining in popularity. Castles, boats and trains, just to name a few, are popular designs. Another option is to start with a regular or loft bunk bed and create your own playhouse. This may be the better choice since your child will still enjoy the bed as he grows, even when he doesn't want the playhouse anymore.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Bunk bed
  • Sheets or a tent
  • Blankets
  • Tons of pillows
  • Toys and books
  • Flashlight
  • Snacks (optional)

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    How to Build a Playhouse Bunk Bed

  1. 1

    Pile pillows and blankets all over the bottom bunk or on the floor (depending on if you have a traditional bunk bed or loft style).

  2. 2

    Add any special or favourite toys that your child enjoys playing with. For instance, if your child likes to play pirates, add his "sword."

  3. 3

    Gather any books your child might like to read and stash a flashlight with them.

  4. 4

    To really make your child happy, consider a snack bag containing non-messy, no-crumb snacks such as fruit roll-ups or string cheese. If you absolutely do not allow food in your child's room, even for this special occasion, skip this step.

  5. 5

    Tuck large sheets underneath the top-bunk mattress, letting them hang down on the sides. Use as many sheets as necessary to create a completely hidden fortress under the top bed. Another option is using a small tent. If you choose this route, set the tent up before step one.

  6. 6

    Draw the curtains or shades, turn off the lights and let the fun begin.

  7. 7

    Once playtime is over, clean up by simply folding and putting away the pillows, blankets and sheets.

Tips and warnings

  • This is a great idea for sleepovers, whether with just one friend or for a party.
  • This makes rainy days exciting, even when children have to be cooped up inside all day.
  • Make sure there are no choking hazards.
  • Confirm that the kids cannot climb up the sheets or hang on them, causing the child to fall.

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