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Hack of the day

The daddy hack for today is a bunk bed made from a pottery barn 3-in-1. It is designed to be a crib, toddler bed and a day bed, until I added the toddler bunk bed hack.


Inspired by Ikea Kura that I saw at a friend’s house.

I had actually secured a Kura on Craigslist and was scheduled to pick it up the next day when my wife called me to say that one of our friends was going to give us their bunk bed. So I canceled the Craigslist appointment and wondered when the next opportunity would be to pick up the bunk.

That evening, I was putting Zoey to bed in her pottery barn 3-in-1, when she abandoned me to lay down next to Trystan and Shelly. As I lay there in her bed, I stared at the side (head and foot) walls of the bed and thought to myself. “There is enough headroom here for a bottom bunk!” Besides Shelly often turns the bed into a tent by draping blankets over the top, and the kids love it! Well, it was too late to start the project now. Surprisingly I was able to fall asleep without much problem, considering my mind was full of ideas for a new project.

I woke up in the toddler bed the next morning before the rest of the family and started working. I removed the mattress tray and flipped it upside down. I placed anti-stick furniture feet to the top of the side walls so the paint doesn’t get ruined. Then I flipped the whole bed upside down and placed the mattress on the floor underneath. For the top bunk I used the mattress from Trystan’s toddler bed. Next I bought a 48″ x 12″ shelf from the local hardware store and got some fasteners to make the guard rail.

The final touch was a ladder made from the mattress beams from Trystan’s toddler bed.


I finished the project just before noon. Perfect timing for the kids’ nap. They went to bed enthusiastically and slept soundly for their first nap in their “new” bed.