A grandfather commissioned to make a house bed for his grandson after his daughter kept seeing photos of the trend on social media has impressed do-it-yourselfers.
Danielle Jade Ahmed, 29, from Wrexham, Wales, first fell in love with house beds after seeing photos from businesses in the US and wanted to buy one for her son, Zair, two.
She decided to ask her father Darren Evans, 53, to build one after realizing how expensive they were to buy.
The bed took about six to eight weeks to design, with the grandfather working one to two days a week on the impressive £ 200 project, complete with a doorbell, TV and LED lighting.
Danielle Jade Ahmed, 29, from Wrexham, Wales, asked her father Darren Evans, 53, to build a house bed for her son Zair, two. Pictured: The DIY house bed
Danielle was inspired to have a house bed built after seeing how expensive they are to order in the US Pictured: The inside of the house bed
Darren spent about six to eight weeks on the project, spending just £ 160 on the base frame including the windows and stairs. Pictured: the house bed under construction
The homemade house bed is made largely from recycled materials and wood from a local supplier in Marchiel, Wales, along with other materials from Wickes.
Just £ 160 was spent on the base frame for the windows, house, paneling and stairs.
For the roof tiles, Danielle recycled the wood left over from building a fence and the door cost just £ 6.
The family had recently had carpets laid and used the waste for the stairs and the glass in front of the door came from an old refrigerator.
Darren, who works as a truck driver, only had one or two days a week to build the house bed. In the photo: Zair with his grandfather Darren Evans
The family used recycled wood left over from building a fence and tile door – costing just £ 6. Pictured: The house bed under construction
Danielle and Darren used the remnants of recent carpets for the stairs and pulled glass from an old refrigerator outside the door. Pictured: the staircase that was added last as a separate piece
Danielle, who is a home care assistant, added an Amazon doorbell along with LED lights and a TV for the finishing touches.
“It was built for my son Zair, who will be three years old in October,” Danielle said.
‘I had seen some online but the prices were crazy and they were based in America, but I had fallen in love with them and knew my son would too.
“The process took about eight weeks because my dad who built it works away as a truck driver and only had one to two days a week to do the work.
Danielle used Dulux to decorate the bed and masonry paint for the white areas of the house bed. Picture: under construction
‘I decorated the bed with Dulux for the windows and frames and masonry paint for all the white.
‘First we made the frame, then the paneling on the ground floor and the recess for the windows and access to the bed itself, upstairs and doorway.
‘My father then made all the windows and doors and installed them.
Then he made sure the roof fit around the dormer windows and added the tiles separately to give it the effect it has.
‘It was then completely painted, the staircase was added last as a separate piece.’
Danielle explained that they started the project by making a frame, while Darren made all the windows and doors. In the photo: Zair with his grandfather Darren Evans
Danielle shares her advice with others who may want to take on the project, adding, “I would recommend knowing someone who works confidently with wood.
It took a lot of painting and cutting, but the end result is stunning and worth every second. ‘
Danielle took to Facebook to share the results of her DIY project in a post that garnered over 3,000 likes and hundreds of comments.
She captioned the post: ‘After seeing the amazing home beds others have made and searching online for their prices, I brought the idea to my dad and he made this!
Danielle said the project took a lot of repainting, but the end results were worth every second. Pictured: the house bed under construction
‘(He’s a truck driver) but quite handy with wood, had to be very impressed with his DIY on a budget.’
“Pretty handy with wood” is an understatement, it’s amazing, “one person wrote.
‘Spectacular. You have to think about quitting your day job. People pay a fortune for these sorted custom beds, ‘added another.
‘I want one for myself, let alone the kids,’ wrote a third DIY bed fan.
‘That’s really cool. I’ve been thinking about building a special bed for my son when he’s a little older, ”said another.
Danielle garnered over 3,000 likes and hundreds of comments on a Facebook post sharing the completed home bed. Picture: under construction
A flood of responses to the post gushed that Danielle had to quit her day job and make custom beds, the way many people would like one