|Project by BeardMafia||posted 04-30-2016 02:17 PM||774 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
When my wife and I found out we were expecting our first child, I found out what a bassinet was. And I found it pointless to spend so much money on something we’d use for 3 months or so. I decided to build my own. My wife found a pattern that she liked (http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Sidecar-Cosleeper-in-2-hours-with-standard-/) so I set out to make it happen.
If I recall the basic ingredients cost about $40-$50 depending on how fancy of boards you want to use. I used boards purchased from Menards. I used the base pattern more as a guide while making some small modifications to suit our needs. This design allows you to quasi-cosleep with your little one, while safely keeping you from rolling over on them. One concern we had was the sidecar sleeper (which we call a spaceship) pushing away from the bed and allowing a crevasse to form for the little one to fall into. So it was made with 2 detachable planks to sit between the box spring and the matress. It turns out that the weight of the spaceship keeps it in place well and we haven’t needed to use the planks yet.
The paint job was my favorite part, inspired by the Spaceship from the TV show Futurama. Thankfully, I have a great wife and she ok’d the scheme with some adjustments to color schemes more apropriate for babies. The paint job was done by hand using painters tape and a base stencil for the logo. The black portions of the logo were painted on by using a stencil that I cut out by hand. I then painted in the black areas. The yellow and red areas were then filled in by hand, easily taking half of the total project time to get it right.
In the end, it cost more than the dreaded bassinet, but I had a lot of fun building something for my little one and it’s always satisfying building rather than buying. Total project cost: approximately $80-$90. Total project time: approximately 5-6 hours.