One of the neat challenges in designing furniture (and teaching) is the need to get outside yourself in the middle of a private act. I think putting oneself in another’s shoes, no matter the context, is one of the most civilizing things humans can do. Because before I was a father, before I was a husband, before teacher, and before I was a craftsperson, I was a selfish, selfish toddler. And if you ask my wife, the toddler in me isn’t that far below the surface.
When I designed my Simple Bench, I had one eye on my eventual audience. I can’t say that my design is unique as a quick look around Google or Etsy.com proves otherwise. My design, unlike a lot of others, can be built from one 6′ pine board and leaves a whole lot of details up to the builder. It’s flexible.
The Kid’s Bed Frame design has its own flexibility also. My son is a huge fan of trains, especially a certain blue train that talks. Please don’t say his name. The boy can hear you and I will have to make some silly noises and read a bunch of books. Seriously. Stop even thinking his name.
So when the boy asked for a new bed, I took the opportunity to get outside myself and my wants and built him a train bed. It’s what he wanted. I used the Simple Bed Frame as a base, then cut out the sides, front and roof/shelf from 1/2″ plywood. A quick couple of coats of paint and boom! Done.
Make it safe & keep the rubberside down this gorgeous Labor Day.