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Friday
Mar062015

Closet Bed | Living Small on Land

It took me and Eric about two seconds to figure out that we'd be sharing the master bedroom in our two bedroom apartment with the girls and using the second bedroom as a guest room/office combo.

We could see right away that our bed would go to the left of the girls in the photo above, under the eaves of the attic, and the girls would sleep here, to the right of the window:

Oh yes. So.much.space.

At least, compared to their last closet bed, right?

You betcha!

To get started, we needed to be able to use a baby gate to keep Lyra wrangled at night or at moments when we needed to neutralize her for her own safety (ie. I need to take a shower without worrying about what my 22 month old is doing.)

My little painting partner 

Eric installed four 2x4s, two on either side of the wall. Lyra and I painted them white, and then we installed the Ikea baby gate we had in the previous apartment. The gate was doubly nice because it gives the room it's own sense of space for the girls. We also installed curtains to draw across the gate in case the girls wanted to read quietly in their room, or we wanted to draw the curtains closed at night once they were asleep for our own privacy.

Then there were these issues to deal with. Yeah, Lyra, that's a NO.

Lyra helped me take off the old face plate and install the new, impenetrable ones.

Thumbs up all around!

I purchased 4" thick, high-density foam from Keystons and cut it down to give it a bit of space at the front for entering and exiting. 

Next up? Time to make a mattress cover. 

I found this mattress ticking fabric at Joann's. I love the old school look it gives the finished product.

I also learned the hard way with the last mattress cover I made for mine and Eric's bed: 4" thick, high-density foam is heavy. If you are going to make a mattress cover, do yourself a favor and sew handles to make the mattress easy to move.

I've got eight pairs of these running all around the mattress. It is now a breeze to move when I need to pick it up for any reason.

Not too shabby, eh?

I also saved myself unnecessary future foam-wrestling by installing the zipper around three full sides of the mattress and going around 2" of the top and bottom of the fourth side. If I need to take the cover off to wash it, it will be a breeze to get the cover back on the foam.

Queen Elsa and her sister, Anna, heartily approved of the new mattress cover.

Of course this was only the first step of many.

Remember the shelves on the wall from the first three photos in this post? They were there when we got the place and they had to go. Because of earthquakes, I didn't want to store anything on them that could fall down on the girls, plus they cut right across where the privacy curtain hung.

Nope. Sayonara weird little shelves. 

I removed the shelves and used them in another project downstairs. I asked my landlord for the exact type and color of paint he used in the bedroom and did a little spackling and painting.

Even with the photo blurry (pic by Lyra), you can see that no trace of the old shelves remain. Picture perfect!

The LED light is from Ikea. I installed it so it follows the same angle of the down-slope of the room a foot above it. The switch is installed so Cora can reach it, but not yet Lyra. Soon though, soon.

Puppy-pile!! The girls love sleeping together.

With the mattress cover done, I needed to make a custom waterproof mattress cover like I did for their last few beds. (You can read about the last ones I made for them here.)

Lyra is just so sweet, isn't she? She was thrilled by the new sewn-to-size waterproof mattress cover.

Once that was done, it was time for the last step, custom sheets!

The girls' bed is so comfy that Eric and I are both often lulled to sleep ourselves when we get them ready for bed at night.

Until a few days ago, I had just been tucking fabric in around the mattress, but no more. I purchased this queen-sized duvet cover from Ikea and finally got around to turning it into two fitted sheets.

REMEMBER: If you are going to take the time to make custom fit sheets for a bed, do yourself a gigantic favor and make two sets when you do. Especially if you have kids. You can thank me later.

Most tutorials will tell you to cut the four squares out and sew the seams together. 

You could do this, yes.

Or, you could hem the full-size of the sheet you have measured out.

And keep the fabric whole. Sew along the blue line, folding the triangle inwards on either side for a nice clean look (and no exposed seams).

Pay attention and make sure you fold the triangles in to mirror each other on each end. To take it to the next level of fancy, top stitch the triangle too.

See what I mean? Fancy-schmancy.

My butt, or, Cora's view of the world while I'm sewing.

She also snapped this adorable photo of Lyra just up from her nap. LOVE.

With Lyra awake from her nap, I was able to bring the finished product back upstairs (using those awesome handles I had sewn on the mattress at the first stage).

Ta-da!!!!!!!!!

Kid-tested, parent-approved.

And because the girls insisted I include this photo too, which has nothing to do with anything, other than that my kids are the cutest.

More to come on the artwork I'm going to do for one of the walls in their bed, but for now, officially crossing the "bedding" part of their room off of my list, and that feels awesome.