Magazine article Sunset

The Roof Is Also a Mattress; This Housebed Has Play Space underneath Sleeping Space

Magazine article Sunset

The Roof Is Also a Mattress; This Housebed Has Play Space underneath Sleeping Space

Article excerpt

UNDER HER BED IS where Lauren Sabol likes to play, and since her mattress is 4 feet off the ground, there's plenty of room for a kid-size play area beneath it.

Lauren's grandfather designed and built the freestanding "housebed," which comes apart for moving or flat storage.

A sheet of plywood was used for each end of the structure, as well as for the mattress platform; a full sheet of plywood plus a 15-inch-wide length from another was used for each side.

The most time-consuming part of the project islaying out, drawing, and cutting the windows. Use a saber was to cut out the panes, then round their edges with a router. To complete the bed, you'll also need a circular saw and an electric drill.

MATERIALS

6 sheets 3/4-inch plywood 4 6-foot-long 2-by-2s 24 T-nuts for 3/8-inch bolts 24 21/4-inch machine bolts 2 butt hinges for door 1 1/4-inch woodscrews 2-inch finishing nails Wood glue

Rip another sheet of plywood lengthwise into two pieces 15 inches wide and three pieces 4 inches wide. Cut end and side pieces to dimensions shown on plan. Make windows, and cut a 24-by 46-inch door in one side.

To make each side, join a full-width (48-inch) side piece with a 15-inch-wide piece: lay them down and butt them together along the 79-inch side. …

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