You could buy a fancy, souped-up theme bed for nearly $4,000… or you could just hack one yourself.
Savvy dad Eric Strong didn’t want to spend thousands on a new bed for his young son, who had outgrown a regular crib. Promising his son “the coolest bed ever,” Strong came up with an epic Ikea hack that resulted in the ultimate kids’ bed: a lofted mattress, a ball-and-pulley play system, a secret chamber with a lookout window, and one seriously sneaky trap door escape.
How does it work? The project started with three pieces of Ikea furniture: The Kura bed, the Trofast storage system and the Besta shelving unit.
Strong bought two of the Kura beds, taking one apart to use its pieces for siding, panels and other elements that would make up the ultimate bed.
Without drawing up plans, he assembled the bed’s separate elements — slide, bed frame, secret hideout and all — spending 1-2 hours per night on the project over the course of two months. Then, he snapped the elements together in just four hours.