If your child is begging for an epic bed to shame all other beds, get inspired by these creative parents.
Mary and Jim Garrett-Crabtree, who both work as nursing assistants in Tennessee, were inspired to give their daughter Izzy, two, a castle bed – but instead of spending thousands to buy a ready-made one online, they decided to make their own with their DIY skills.
Mary, 45, told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk “My husband had seen a number of beds for sale online and started shopping around because he wanted to do something special for our daughter Izzy, who turns three on July.
“The prices to buy a bunk bed for a castle are outrageous – up to thousands of dollars for a nice bunk bed. He’s quite handy with woodworking, as he used to do amateur work with a construction crew, but gained a lot of knowledge.
He completed the project before it closed. It took him a few months to work on it because he could only work on it on his days off.
“Jim built the bottom platform first. This section slides out, so as she gets older or wants to change it, it can be taken out and a desk set up and she can sleep on the top bunk.
“The materials were 2×4 wood and plywood, and all the decorative pieces, like the trim and the like, he cut from plywood and sanded.
“The spindles were store-bought and simply shortened. The materials for the bed are likely to cost between $ 350 (£ 282) and $ 500 (£ 403) if you count the paint and the tools used.
The ladder goes up to the top bunk and is wall-mounted for safety. My husband is a big boy and he wanted to make sure he was well made and very safe.
“It warms our hearts to be able to give her the things that we couldn’t even have dreamed of when we grew up as poor children, and we are so proud and feel so competent to turn this old house into our home. Optimizing every bit of space and being creative is key! ”
Mary says the pandemic has been extra stressful because of the couple’s work, and projects like this are ideal for keeping yourself busy during the closing.
“We love our little one – we’re both older and she was a wonder we’ve been waiting for,” added Mary.
“I have a teenager from another marriage who lives with her father, but Izzy is my husband’s only child.
“We have both worked in nursing since we were teenagers, so this pandemic was particularly stressful because we were concerned about bringing disease home to our Izzy. Staying busy is our coping mechanism.
“We bought our house about three years ago when we found out we were going to have a baby. We didn’t have a lot of money, but found a cute little house near my work that was rented out, but the owners were selling.
“The house needed a lot of work, but Jim and I have been slowly doing a lot of time-saving, budget-friendly projects to improve it.
“We are older parents who work in a stress area, so it is a key to our happiness to make our home a warm, inviting place for us and our daughter.
“Izzy loves her bed, especially the play area with the windows! She was so happy with her big girl’s bed. ‘
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, notes, “Many kids and parents would love an epic fairytale bedroom like this, but buying one online can be super expensive.
Instead, make like Mary and Jim and inspire yourself with something you love online – make it yourself!
“The Internet is your friend, because there are tons of handy DIY tutorials on YouTube to help you every step of the way.”