It's always a bad sign when you see something you really love online or in a catalog, but there's no price listed. That's usually a big red flag that you, and your budget, should back away slowly. But still, the image of that coveted item sometimes lingers in your mind, and usually, you have no choice but to mourn never having it.
Or, if you're handy, you can work your way around a ridiculous price tag and do what Sarah from Hello Bowsers did, and make it yourself. It's not always the easiest option, but it's usually cheaper and allows for some customization. Sarah and her fiancé, Andrew, built a replica of a beautiful, teepee-shaped kids' bed she saw online. And the results are stunning.
They assembled the lumber, measured it, and cut it to size.
Then they took to the trundle bed build.
The wheeled base was built first -- slats were added to the top to support the mattress.
A frame was then attached.
Everything was sanded to be super smooth.
The trundle was painted white, with green grass accents.
That triangle shape will be mirrored in the teepee frame of the bed, too!
Now for the top bed. It has to be high enough for the trundle to fit underneath.
The ends of the teepee canopy were then cut out...
...and so were the side panels.
The trundle was attached underneath the main bed, and hardware would connect the teepee top to the bed.
The finished bed really does look like something straight out of a catalog! Only this one is even more special.
Here's the trundle with its cute grass details.
And inside, it's a cozy little space, like a tent! The stars painted inside are a nice touch, too.
It seems to be met with approval! And there's plenty of room to grow.
To see more of what this couple and their kids get up to, check out their blog. And take this story as some inspiration the next time you see something adorable that you can in no way justify buying -- see if there's a DIY alternative!