There are some great examples of castle beds on the internet, but they were nearly all well too big for her room and the location of windows, heaters, etc. So we stayed with the basic layout of revision 1 (which by the way allows a toddler bed mattress under the roofed section, or a twin mattress going the longer dimension). We dropped the stairs, going back to a ladder, but a 'safe' ladder with nice big rungs.
The bed is made of four sheets of 3/4" oak plywood. The back two sides of the bed rest on 2x4s anchored into the studs of the walls, with the room's walls forming the back walls of the bed.
|Top platform resting on 2x4 anchors
|End of day 1
On the first night, I ended up dragging her little toddler bed inside the castle so she could sleep in it. She slept there for several weeks, as various details were added. Added the heart and shadow details to the top of the castle, window sills, a ladder (my proudest part of the build), and a rails.
|This is my ladder. There are many like it,
but this one is mine!
|Testing the ladder
|Every castle needs some DRAGONS!
|LED light string for down below
|Testing the railing
Alice's feet had started to stick out the castle windows, so she's has upgraded to a twin mattress. Both exciting and sad to see our little one grow up