We are at the age where we would rather buy the kids practical gifts than spend a ton of money on clothes or toys that they will outgrow within 3 months.
Rather than splurging on the things they want, we bought them . . .
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It’s been a long-time coming since our house is so itty bitty and the kids already share a room AND Adrianna was still in a crib.
At first our plan was to build them since Greg has the tools and the know-how and I have . . .um . . . well, I can hand him stuff and push the cart around Home Depot while dancing through the aisles and hiding in industrial-size refrigerators waiting to scare him. I also can whine about how tired I am of building stuff and we probably should have just bought the damn thing.
I’m shocked that he wouldn’t want to build a piece of furniture with me.
Also? The cheapest plans that we could find were going to be more expensive (including the materials) than one that we could get from a furniture store.
We started looking in some local furniture shops around town months ago but 1) everything we liked was well over $1000 which was about $800 more than I was willing to pay and b) everything we like was well over $1000!!! For a kids bed. That they are going to (eventually) destroy.
I left Greg to his deal-finding devices (seriously: he is a mad man. If you tell him that you need to find a pot of gold for less than $50 and if they could deliver that would be super, he will find it for you. And probably talk them down to $35.)
He finally found one that we both liked. Honestly? I’m not all that difficult to please. I only had
2 3 requests:
- The price tag must not make me have a stroke
- The ladder going to the top bunk had to come down at an angle rather than straight up
- There had to be a side rail on the bottom bunk
He ended up finding one at Nebraska Furniture Mart for under $300 (wa-hoo!!) and they even threw in a twin mattress for $60. Which was perfect since we already had Brock in a twin-sized bed. The bed also had a ladder at an angle. The only thing I didn’t get was a rail for the bottom.
Two outta three ain’t too bad.
My only “complaint” about Nebraska Furniture Mart was that they rang my doorbell at 7:30 AM on a Saturday morning.
Now. If I had regular human children that were not of the alien variety that like to wake up before 6am, it would have been an issue. However, since my children hate me and wake up before the sun even on a Saturday, we had been up for hours! Win-win!
And, instead of helping Greg put it together, I took pictures.
I do these things for you, readers.
Here “we” are, breaking apart Brock’s old bed. Obviously the children were doing most of the work.
The great thing about the bunk bed slats is that they can be used as a jungle gym (↑) or a chair (↓)
Even though it took us the better part of a day to disassemble Brock’s old bed and the crib and put the bunk beds together, I think it was worth it
Happy birthday, kiddos!!