Captain's beds

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Project by mls posted 04-02-2010 08:40 PM 2415 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made two of these captains beds for our twin daughters. That was years ago and the girls are in college now. The problem is neither girl will allow us to get rid of the beds so we are stuck storing them until “someday” when they want to use them with their own kids. Each bed has 14 drawers – 7 per side. Unfortunately, they were never located where the drawers on both sides of the bed could be used at the same time. But they always had plenty of storage growing up even using the drawers on only one side. With twins in the same room there just wasn’t room. But I guess I’m glad that they think enough of “the bed that dad built” to want to hold on to them. But it will be nice to one day see them moved out of my house into the girls own homes. There is also storage in the top of the headboard with three flip-up compartments. And there is a storage area behind the pillow where books or magazines are stored. But for now, they are standing on their ends in a back bedroom still waiting for “someday.” :)

-- Mike, Missouri ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---

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#1 posted 04-02-2010 09:06 PM

Nice bed.

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#2 posted 04-02-2010 09:29 PM

Stunning work! My kids would love all of those places to put toys and things.

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#3 posted 04-02-2010 09:45 PM

Looks good when the girls have children of there own they will need them.
You may need to use them for grandchildren.

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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#4 posted 04-02-2010 10:40 PM

Very nice, I can understand why they wouldn’t let you get rid of them. So practical. I have been needing and planning to build something like this for a year or so now since my sons have run out of storage in their room. Dose this use a normal or thin box springs or does the mattress lay on plywood.
Thanks for posting!

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#5 posted 04-02-2010 10:43 PM

Mike, the mattrice lays right on the plywood. The girls used them until they began to outgrow them in their early teens.

-- Mike, Missouri ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---

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#6 posted 04-03-2010 01:10 PM

Nicely done Mike! Thank you.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#7 posted 05-01-2010 08:23 PM

Great beds, I need to show these to Jenn as we are planning a rennovation of my son’s room to get him more storage…your idea may be just the ticket!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#8 posted 05-02-2010 01:54 AM

Thats a great looking bed. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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