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IKEA items used: 2 KURA Beds, 2 TROFAST Frames

For these beds, I was inspired by similar projects I saw on Ikea Hackers and on Pinterest. We have 2 boys, and each got his own treehouse bed. They’re sleeping on the bottom for now, but when they’re old enough, we’re going to move them to the top. For now, they’re using TROFAST frames at the ends as steps to get into the “play area” upstairs on the treehouses.

I chose to finish it with Amber Bulls-Eye Shellac, since shellac is non-toxic, and there are no fumes while the finish cures. The room is ready for the kids to sleep in it right away.

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The main project took me four afternoons – two to cut the wood, one for assembly, and one for finishing.

Parts (for each bed):

  • 1 Kura Bed
  • 7x Pine 2″x2″x8′ boards
  • 3x packages of Western Cedar planking from Home Depot (14 sq ft per pack)
  • Box of 2.5″ #10 wood screws
  • 12x 4″ L-shaped corner brackets
  • 1qt Shellac

Process:

  • Assemble KURA bed. I left out the end panels (which don’t add any structural support) in order to give it the look of a house on stilts.

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  • Cut 2″x2″ to frame the treehouse above the bed
  • Assemble frame on bed. Pre-drill holes for all wood screws to avoid splitting the boards.

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  • Vertical posts are secured
  • Cut cedar paneling for front, side, and roof
  • Nail cedar paneling to frame
  • Shellac cedar paneling.
  • Add trim around windows and roof line
Bed 1 Count Length Total” Angle cuts
Crossbars 2 76.625 153.25
Roof angles 2 79.25 158.5 81.3 degree angle on low side
Corner posts 8 19.625 157
High corner posts 2 33 66 33″ on high side, 8.7 degree angle top
Side connectors 2 38.375 76.75
Window top frame 2 21 42
Corner braces 4 12 48 45 degree angle each side
701.5
Bed 2 Count Length Total Angle cuts
Crossbars 2 78.375 156.75
Roof angles 4 41 164 17 deg on center, 73 deg on ends
Corner posts 10 19.625 196.25
Side connectors 2 38.375 76.75
Window top frame 2 21 42
Roof braces 4 45 deg on bottom, 118 degree on top
Corner braces 4 12 48 45 degree angle each side
683.75

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~ Edward