Introduction: Make a Wrestling Ring Bed
My son wanted a WWE wrestling bed. I couldn't find one on the web so I set out to make my own. I had no clue how I was going to do it but I was determined to make him happy. After I posted his reaction on YouTube I got a lot of requests asking how I made it. So, here it is!
Runner Up in the
Beyond the Comfort Zone Contest
Step 1: Find an Old Bed Frame
I had to cut the head and foot board off of this bed frame to leave just the posts sticking up
Step 2: Make the Post Corners
Cut 4 PVC pipes equal lengths. For this bed they were apx 4 feet tall. I made sure the diameter of the PVC pipes was large enough to fit over the existing bed posts. Top the PVC posts with PVC caps. Slide the PVC posts over the corner of the bed poles. Drill 3 holes equal lengths apart down each pipe where you want the ropes to go. You will install eye hooks in these holes so make sure the hole drilled is the diameter needed for the eye hooks you have.
Step 3: Paint the Posts
Spray paint the PVC pipes black and let dry. Put the PVC pipes back over the bed posts.
Step 4: Add Support
Cut extra 2x2 support strips for under the mattress. Cut 2x8 boards (not pictured) and screw them between the base of the 2 front and 2 back legs. I had to do this step to stable the posts since the support of the headboards were now gone to prevent the posts from bowing in when the ropes were put on.
Step 5: Attach the Hardware for the Ropes
Screw eye bolts in all the holes drilled Before. I used small springs (turnbuckles were too long for a twin bed) and hooked them to the eyebolt. Add a metal ring on the other end to run the rope through.
Step 6: Attach the Ropes
Double over the rope through the 1st ring and tape together well. Run the rope through the other rings all the way around the bed. Repeat this for the other 2 ropes.
Step 7: Attach to the Turnbuckle
Once the rope is all the way around tape it to one end of a turnbuckle and hook the other end as shown. This allows tightening of the ropes and makes it easier to take down the front ropes if wanted.
Step 8: Cover Ropes *Do Not Skip This Step*
Trim excess rope. Cover all the ropes with pipe insulation and tape around each one with electric tape. **THIS IS A MUST TO HELP AVOID CHOKING/STRANGLING HAZARDS**.
This step makes the ropes much less bendable, kind of like a "super duty" pool noodle wrapped in tape. If you try to bend it, it "pops" back straight again to avoid any kind of entanglement.
Step 9: Cover the Springs
Cover the corner springs with pipe insulation also to prevent any "pinching of fingers".
Add an awesome wall graphic too!
Step 10: Make the Turnbuckle Covers
I cut rectangular pieces out of a mattress pad to use as padding for the turnbuckle covers and used vinyl fabric to cover the pads. (The mattress pad was much cheaper than buying foam pieces)
Fold the vinyl around the padding and put eyelets on each corner for the strings to run through to attach them to the posts.
Step 11: Cover the Turnbuckles
Fold the pads over the corner springs and tie.
Step 12: Paint a WWE Symbol on the Fitted Sheet
I painted this emblem in the center of a plain white fitted sheet to give the mattress the look of an official ring. I used a bunk bed board instead of a box spring to keep the mattress low. If you don't have a bunk bed board you can use a large 1 inch board (cut to fit) under the top mattress.
Step 13: Add the Extras
Add a metal trash can (perfect toy storage!) small black commentator table (for homework), steps, small ladder and a black bed skirt.
Step 14: Result:
One very Happy Little Man. See his reaction on You Tube!
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