July 15, 2008
Most of us would like to sleep in a castle. Now, those lucky few of us who have a bunk bed can. Simply follow these directions, and soon your child will be spending the night in his or her very own enchanted castle. Dragons need not apply.
Difficulty: This is for someone who has considerable experience/imagination
Things You'll Need
- Jigsaw (or friend with Jigsaw ?)
- ½ -inch Plywood
- Graph paper (for sketching out design)
- Paint brushes and other application devises
Use a bunk bed that has extra sturdy construction, preferably wooden. Check to ensure that all the fasteners and supports are all in place, and that there are no sharp points or edges.
Sketch plans on graph paper. Depending on your artistic ability, this may take some time. Draw exactly what the castle will look like, everything from towers to drawbridge, and any other extras you want your castle to have. Measure the area and draw to scale
To make the front of the castle, use ½-inch plywood to cut out your design. Make a drawbridge with an arched window on each side. This will be attached to the long side of the bund bed on the room-facing side.
What’s a castle without watch towers? Make square tubes large enough for a child to comfortably stand inside, and allow for an opening in each to allow access into the towers. If these are too complicated to make, just make the façade of the watch tower, with a little peep window for your castle prince or princess to peek out of.
There is no limit to your castle, just your imagination (and your skill with a jig saw). Think spiral staircase, moat, fountain, or real ropes to use to pull your drawbridge up over the bottom bunk.
You’re almost there! Painting is the best part. Get your child involved in the fun…use whatever colors you’d like, and throw in some glitter, if you’d like.