A Bed That Grows with Your Kid

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Adaptable design combines fun, safety, and storage

My chief complaint with many kid-aimed projects is that they are outgrown too quickly. Not wanting to spot another carefully crafted piece sitting in a basement or attic, I designed this project with serious staying power. Unlike the cheap, flimsy furniture that is lucky to make it to the next growth spurt, this bed is built to last. By pairing the solid frame with the appropriate shop-built accessories, this bed is able to grow with your kid from kindergarten through college.

Like previous Basic Build projects, the bed can be constructed from materials found at a home center. To ensure that it can withstand hard play and heavy sleepers, the ends are assembled using super-sturdy loose tenons. Similarly, the mattress frame is joined together with heavy-duty no-mortise bolting hardware.

The elevated platform offers a range of unique options. Initially, the height allows for a climbing ramp and slide to make bedtime fun. The blackboard doubles as a safety rail to prevent late-night tumbles. Years from now, your child will discover that the space below offers storage, a valuable commodity in tiny dorm rooms and first apartments.

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