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Lofted "Cottage" Bed...for Our Little Girl's "DREAM" Room...

We have VERY small bedrooms in our home. We decided to loft our daughters bed to create more "play" space and some fun cottage charm...
We started by attaching a 4X4 post to the wall.
Then my husband built a box to fit her twin sized mattress using 4 1X8 boards and 2X4's running across to support the mattress. We covered the under side of the box with painted pine beadboard to create a "ceiling".
The box for the mattress was fastened to the studs in the wall.
The we attached another 4X4 post for support.
The ladder was made from 2X3 boards and attached to the bed box.
Fold down railing was made from spindles cut in half...before...
...after.We attached the railing to the side using hinges to make sheet changing easier.
Later, we drilled a hole through the box and the railing to add a XL bolt and wing nut to lock the railing in a safe position.
We added painted metal handles...the railing is not used for support when climbing up and down the ladder.
A little peek inside her "cottage". A fun mix of old and new play furniture.
We used a stacked drawer shelf, a mini dresser and a vintage suit case for toys and doll clothes storage.
These hanging planter baskets work great for her collection of stuffed "friends". They are close for "cuddling" but up off the bed for easier bed making.
This old painted toy chest hides away dress up clothes and doubles as a window seat.

To see more: http://chippingwithcharm.blogspot.com/2013/08/lofted-cottage-bedour-little-girls-room.html

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  • Organized Clutter
    Organized Clutter International Falls, MN
    on Aug 22, 2013

    This is a little girl's dream room!

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Aug 22, 2013

    oh, wow. This is wonderful!

  • Chipping with Charm, Laurel
    Chipping with Charm, Laurel Elk River, MN
    on Aug 23, 2013

    Thanks ladies!! She's having FUN with it :)

    • Chipping with Charm, Laurel
      Chipping with Charm, Laurel Elk River, MN
      on Dec 31, 2013

      @Ginni Cronin,my husband bought the pallet racks at an auction. He was planning to use them for garage storage...before I nabbed them :) As far as lightning...I asked my husband and he said no because our house is "grounded" with a lightning stake.

  • Brenda Nealy
    Brenda Nealy Ocala, FL
    on Dec 30, 2013

    this is the sweetest little girl's room...great job!!!!

  • Kathi Turner
    Kathi Turner Mundelein, IL
    on Dec 30, 2013

    We did that in our college dorm... never considered it at home but a great idea!

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