Parents Build Daughter Incredible DIY Castle Bunk Bed From Scratch
Want to give your little princess her very own castle to sleep in?
Well, inventive parents Mary and Jim Garrett-Crabtree have done just that.
The pair, who both work as nursing assistants in Tennessee, wanted to give their daughter Izzy, two, a magical castle bed.
But, put off by the hefty price point of those on the market, they decided to create their own using their DIY skills.
Mary, 45, told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "My husband had seen some beds for sale online and started shopping around as he wanted to do something special for our daughter, Izzy, who will be three in July.
"The prices to purchase a castle bunk bed are outrageous - up to thousands of dollars for a nice one. He is pretty handy with woodworking as he used to do some amateur work with a construction crew when he was younger, but picked up a lot of knowledge.
"He finished the project before lockdown. It took him a couple of months working on it because he could only work on it on his days off.
"Jim built the lower platform first. This section slides out, so when she gets older or wants to change it up it can be taken out and a desk could be put there and she could sleep on the top bunk.
To build the bunk bed, Jim used some 2x4 timber and plywood, and all the decorative bits, such as the trim and such, were simply cut out of the plywood and sanded.
"The spindles are store-bought and just cut down. The materials for the bed probably cost between $350 (£282) and $500 (£403) if you count the paint and tools used," Mary explained.
"The ladder goes up to the top bunk and is secured to the wall for safety. My husband is a big guy and he wanted to make sure it was well made and very safe."
She added that they were both thrilled they could give their daughter the castle of her dreams without breaking the bank.
"Izzy loves her bed, especially the cubby play area with the windows! She was so happy to have her big girl bed," Mary said.
"It warms our heart to be able to give her the things we couldn't even have dreamed of when we were just poor kids growing up.
"And we have so much pride and feel so accomplished in turning this old house into our home. Optimising every bit of space and being creative is key!"
Mary says that due to the couple's jobs, the pandemic has been extra stressful, and that projects like these are ideal for keeping busy.
"We have both worked in nursing since we were teenagers, so this pandemic has been especially stressful, worrying about bringing sickness home to our Izzy. Staying busy is our coping mechanism," she explained.
"Making our house a warm inviting place for us and our daughter is the key to our happiness."
Izzy is a very lucky little girl indeed.
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