I’m finally sharing our son’s, homemade DIY cabin bed with tin roof and chimney. This fishing themed cabin bed was one of our favorite projects by far.
The time had finally come for our little guy to transition into a big boy bed. We already had his nursery as a fishing theme and wanted to continue that but a more toddler friendly environment. My husband is an avid fisher man and obsessed with the decor so we didn’t want to stray to far from that. So we were trying to come up with an original bed idea.
Then I came across some different inspirations of cabin beds on Pintrest showed my husband, he was hooked. It goes without saying I’m pretty sure every child wants a cabin bed because what is more cooler than having a campout every single night.
If you have followed me on Instagram you would have seen sneak peeks and behind the scenes footage as were building this DIY cabin bed. I saved the Instagram stories in my highlights so feel free to check it out.
Materials Used for this Homemade DIY cabin Bed With Tin Roof And Chimney :
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- Multiple 2 x 4
- Wood Screws 2 1/2″
- Cedar Shake in package
- Corrugated Metal
- Small Metal Dryer Pipe with elbow
- Mattress (38” x 74.5”)
- Gorilla Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive
- Stain of Choice: Saman in (Brazilian Cherry and a clear) coat
- This plan fits a twin size mattress and the total cost was $250 and the price of the mattress. Back then the wood was not so expensive. Wood has gone up quite a lot since then.
- We needed to do some research on how other cabin beds were built so it took a little bit of digging to find the right one for this space. I have seen so many tutorials on-line of how these beds were built. So choose the right option for you.
- First thing was to figure out if the bed would fit in this small room, my husband had to configure his own plans due to the size of the room.
How We Made This Homemade DIY Cabin Bed With Tin Roof And Chimney
Unfortunately, we did not jot measurements down on paper for this particular project. Lesson learned! Always write things down. So, my husband had a plan in his head and ran with it.
We started taking measurements of the mattress then he made a wooden platform box spring for it to sit on. We then placed a 4 x 4 post rough lumbered 5 feet long in each corner to make the bed outline and made sure it was secure.
Soon after, we put mattress on the frame to ensure it fits.
Roof and Trusses
Now it was time to add the roof trusses. Connect all four posts together with 2 x 4. Measure the length and width of top of frame of bed to achieve the proper peak and spacing for trusses.
Adding Walls to Frame Of Cabin Bed
After the trusses were placed, walls were assembled. Left side has two small windows, right side has half wall and the rest open. At the head of the bed, is a half wall with an opening and the front of the bed we left an opening for a door. We opted not to make an actual door as our son is just a toddler.
Applying Wood Stain
Applying stain to pressure-treated wood offers an additional level of protection that you don’t want to be without. Stain offers another layer of much-needed protection from insects and decay, as well as mold and mildew. Additionally, leaving unstained wood can crack and splinter; stain helps prevent that.
I choose Sanman Stain in Brazillian Cherry. Applying a light coat of stain on outside of cabin. On the inside I put a clear coat of Sanman Stain.
Next measure each side of roof and cut tin to size.
First you’ll need to create a rust solution by combining 16 ounce hydrogen peroxide, 2 ounce white vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. If possible, mix the solution in spray bottle with some of the left over white vinegar. Shake it up so the solution mixes well and then start spraying your corrugated tin. Let dry overnight.
This method is how we achieved the rusted metal look.
The next day, we added the roof to the top of the trusses.
Choose where to place your chimney. Put small dryer pipe where you want the chimney and trace around it to get proper dimensions for the hole. Be aware the size of hole because pipe will go right through. Cut the hole for chimney and attach the small dryer pipe. Then seal it with clear silicone.
For the imaginary smoke effect I added cotton batting.
Staying on theme I had to find some type of light fixture. We found an old minnow bucket at our local flea market, brought it home and my husband had the idea turn it upside down and use it as our son’s unique light fixture.
Inside of the Homemade DIY Cabin Bed
We planked the ceiling with 2 x 4s . The side with windows and the door frame was planked with cedar shake. The right side and head of bed was left open to allow air flow as well as changing sheets, making the bed and also to check on our son. For decorative effect we added rustic stars and battery operated lanterns to give him the illusion of sleeping under the stars.
Time for me to step in and add my designer touches to this room. I bought some fish fabric and proceeded to make two small curtains for each window and a window shade to match. On the same flea market trip as the minnow bucket we found a few other items to complete the whole fishing theme we were trying to achieve.
Completed Homemade DIY Cabin bed with tin roof and chimney
So what do you think ? Super fun right?! My husband worked real hard on this bed and I am so proud of how it turned out. Seriously, I wish I had a cabin bed when I was a kid.
Alright then ! what are you waiting for ? You too can build this homemade DIY cabin bed for your little ones. It doesn’t have to be a fishing cabin it could be anything you can imagine even a castle bed for your princess.