Monday, April 11, 2011

Fire Truck bed is DONE!

UPDATE - 3/5/2012 - Ana posted the plans on her site and on Facebook today!!!  For those that found their way over here via one of those, welcome and thanks for stopping by!  Here is the link to the NEW Fire Truck Bed plans on Ana's site, good luck and please share if you do build one! 

Fire Truck Bed Plans

I finally finished the Fire Truck bed over the weekend. The only thing left to do is wire up the lights, which will be done in a couple weeks with the help of a friend who is good at that sort of thing.

I took the plans for Ana's Playhouse Loft Bed With Stairs and modified it to the fire truck design I built. The fire truck bed is based on this picture I found online. As you can tell, I made some changes to the plans; the biggest being that I moved the stairs to the other side. Check out the links below for posts on step-by-step build pictures and notes if interested.  Thanks for looking!

After we get the lights wired, there will be a toggle switch by the steering wheel (pic below) to turn on the lights. Also will be adding 2 red beacon lights.

The "lights" & "grill" are made of wood and just painted. I used chrome spray paint for the grill and the bumper. The "23" is Hut's birthday so went with that for the truck number. I also bought diamond plate tape on eBay to use as a pinstripe.

This picture did not turn out very well, but I ordered these online and was able to customize the one with Hut's name and got one with Arkansas on it.

Had to get a Razorback to put on there of course! You can see some more of the diamond plate tape I used.

The stairs were the most challenging for me. I went back and forth on what kind of hinges I wanted to use and finally just went with the basic ones and getting them straight and lined up took some time. We plan to use the storage for his clothes, since we lost his dresser due to space. For the diamond plate, I bought 3 feet of diamond plate vinyl on eBay and just stuck it on there. Turned out great and was the look I was going for.

The magnet board.

I purchased the steering wheel off of eBay. It is for a outdoor play set, but with a little piece of 4x4 to mount it to, it works great. The siren on the right is taken from one of Hut's toy fire trucks and I built the box to hold the buttons and speaker. This is the wall by the stairs, I put a divider in the back stair so that we could put a little cubby that is accessible from the inside to put games, books, etc...
I found these firemen hats online. They have a light and siren, perfect accessory for the bed! I put up a couple hooks so they can hang up on the inside.


After the animals took over!


Overall, I am very happy with how it turned out. It took a while to build due to the sheer size, modifications, and weather kept getting too cold to go out and work on it. I would say we spent about $500 to build the bed with all the accessories.

I cannot thank Ana White enough for posting all the plans that she does on her website. Without it, this bed would not have been possible. I have looked online everywhere and cannot find anything like this of course, and the fire truck beds that I did find are not what I had in my mind. If you haven't checked out her site, please do, she has 100's of plans on there and maybe you can find something you would like to build!?

Thanks for looking!

STEP BY STEP LINKS:

Part I - Framing

Part II - MDF

Part III - Dry Assembly

Part IV - Accessories

Part V - Painting




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42 comments:

  1. Hi there, I'm visiting from Ana's facebook. This is just fantastic. Your little one is very lucky. Good job!

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  2. Just amazing, I love it! Would you mind if I featured you and your amazing bed on my blog?
    My husband and i are volunteer firefighters. He is going to love this.
    Great job on all the little details.
    I vote that you leave all the posts on building it up on your blog. People love to see how its made!

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  3. This is awesome! I saw your bed and I'm also in LR (well, Benton). I could use some woodworking lessons as neither I, nor my husband, are inclined in this area!!! ;);)

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  4. That is SO cool! I would totally build this if I had a little boy!

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  5. Jeff!!! That turned out amazing!!! I love the extra touches you did. Makes me want to go back and add more to ours....great idea with the cubby inside for game/book storage.

    I know it is a HUGE hit! Even the animals are smiling :)

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  6. Thanks for all the comments! Megan, I am no master builder by any means, but we would love to help you anything or answer any questions.

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  7. You did an amazing job! What a lucky little boy Hutson is!

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  8. I found this on Ana's site. I have been searching for something like this for a while now! You may get bombarded by requests to put it back on the blog if you take it down! I have the small wood frame bunks from IKEA for my boys, and I was thinking of adapting one of their beds in order to make a fire truck bed. Your project gives me just what I was looking for! Amazing!!!

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  9. So, so cute! And it's awesome that a fellow AR resident built it!

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  10. Oh. My. GOODNESS!

    Like a zillion other people, I came over here from Ana's site. I must say that this bed is truly amazing! My little boys are obsessed with firetrucks. This may just finally convince my 3-year-old that it's ok to sleep somewhere besides his crib. Thank you for the inspiration. I'm going to have to show this to the chief and see if he's interested in a little building project. If not, I'll be pickin' up some woodworking skills!

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  11. Jeff and Kristin....love the bed!
    Here is the link to a little feature I did on it.
    Can't wait to see what you come up with next!!

    http://notanemptyroom.blogspot.com/2011/04/jeffs-diy-firetruck-bed.html

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  12. this is truly amazing...saw this featured on 'not an empty room' and had to come see...would love for you to link this to my fridays unfolded party tomorrow!

    blessings,

    alison
    stuff and nonsense

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  13. Wow. Thanks for sharing. I am eager to try to take this project on. Thanks again!

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  14. Amazing bed I love it. Would you be interested in doing a guest post on your bed at Living at the Whitehead's Zoo? Would love to share and promote your blog too.

    Thanks ,
    Amber

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  15. ARgh! Do you think either my 15-year old or 20-year old (living on his own) would want a firetruck bed? That is so darned cute and I have no one to make it for!

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  16. My boys would love this! I don't think I would ever get them to sleep...my two year old makes siren noises all day long :)

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  17. Would you be willing to share your modified plans? I'd love so much to try this and my son really needs a big boy bed!

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  18. I don't have it all written out, mainly sketched out and I made the modifications as I sent alon. I will work on this though and try to get it done in the next couple of weeks.

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  19. Looks great. What are the dimensions of the bucket?? Im going to build one for my son

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  20. Tyler, dimensions on bucket are: 23 1/2 in wide, 16" deep, 15 1/2 tall, let me know if u need anything else, good luck!

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  21. this is so fabulous i can't even stand it! just out of curiosity - how old is Hutson? i have three boys ages 5,4, and 2 and wondered how long they would like a bed like this - do you think i could get at least 5 years out of it? thanks so much for the inspiration!!

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  22. Samantha, thanks for taking the time to look. Hutson just turned 5 last week, so hoping to get a few years out of it. With your three boys and the ages they are, think you would be good to go for several years. Good luck and keep me posted on your progress!

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  23. Really awesome project. Very creative, but still functional. All the accessories really tie it together.

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  24. I love all of the ideas you came up with for this. My older boys are too old for a fire truck bed (9, 12 & 18) & it will be some time before the baby is ready for a loft bed, but in the meantime I'm brainstorming other other ways to turn the play bed into a boy bed that they may not grow out of. Monster Truck? VW Van? Military Truck? Hummer? Star Tours?

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  25. This is super cool. You should sell them on Etsy! I would buy one!!

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  26. Just saw this on Ana White's while searching loft beds. I saw a comment above where you mentioned writing up your modified plans. I would love to see them if you ever did that step. My son is 3 and I'd love to make this for him in the near future. I made one for my daughter that looks like a playhouse but it was much simpler. this one makes me nervous :)

    Thanks
    Denise (asprinkleofthis.blogspot.com)

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    1. Sorry for the delays in getting the plans for the Fire Truck bed out, but I am not a Sketch Up pro and have not had the time. However, Ana & I are working on getting them finalized and posted on her site (www.ana-white.com) very soon! Thanks, Jeff

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  27. Thanks for sharing. I will be making this for our little guy. It is only fitting since his room was decorated that way and his gpa and dadda are FF's. It looks fantastic.

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  28. I would love to see the plans for this bed!!!

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    1. Sorry for the delays in getting the plans for the Fire Truck bed out, but I am not a Sketch Up pro and have not had the time. However, Ana & I are working on getting them finalized and posted on her site (www.ana-white.com) very soon! Thanks, Jeff

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  29. This is fantastic! I was wondering how much weight the bed can hold. I like to lay in bed with my son at night to read him stories.

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    1. When I did mine, I used 5 2x4's for cross braces, then put a sheet of plywood on top of that, so mine is very sturdy and I get up there all the time and it doesn't budge. Ana's plan is a little different for the cross braces, but you could change it up how you like to make it a little more sturdy if you wanted.

      Thanks for looking!

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  30. wow! that is so awesome! I have some firefighters in my family that would go crazy over this one!
    gail

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  31. This is awesome. You did a fantastic job! My husband is a volunteer firefighter for our community and our almost 2 year old son idolizes him. We plan to follow exactly what you have done to create our son's first "Big Boy" bed. Thank you so much for sharing! :-) Seriously you did such nice work! Great job!!!

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    1. Thank you for checking out the bed and please show me pictures of the finshed product once you guys get done! I don't remember the exact dimensions, but here is link to check out the plans that will show it on there: http://ana-white.com/2012/03/plans/fire-truck-loft-bed

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  32. Hello,
    awesome job!
    may i ask where you got the rectangular red lights that are wired with a toggle switch ? what's the name for them ?
    thanks a lot

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  33. This is so awesome! We have featured it today on Copycat Crafts
    http://www.copycatcrafts.com/pb-inspired-fire-truck-bed/

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