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This started as an idea to reuse a queen sized mattress which still had some life in it. The project morphed from a patio bed to a tower fort for my kids. The first step was to make a platform for the mattress. Second was to make the top level. Added on to the top level are safety rails, a trap door, a climbing wall, a whiteboard, rope ladder, swing rings, pulley baskets and safety padding.  The lumber is regular pine. 

I'm a novice woodworker and my tools are modest. Also I am limited in how much time I can dedicate to ideas like this one that I come up with. So , speed and costs are important. But , I am doing this for the experience and try to get out of the building process what I can.

I built this for a patio because the weather conditions of South Florida can make a mess of wood outside after only a few years. Also , because of the local mosquito problem.  This was a trade-off to making a real tree-house or play fort outside.

The photos are pretty self explanatory as to how it was put together. I am posting this because it may give others an idea of how to make a playhouse/fort for their kids . One that isn't outside so the kids can use/play with it more often because it is more accessible.

Step 1: Mattress Base Assembly.

Just a big frame screwed together. 

Step 2: Upright Posts for Top Level.

The pictures give an idea of what I did. Basically, I made a big cube. I just kept adding wood spans and screwing  2x4 's until it was stable and the flex was minimal. It turned out kinda like a big bunk bed.

Step 3: Finished Top and Fun Stuff Added.

I used 2x4's and 1x2 strips to make top railings. I wanted a certain level of security up there since a 2.5 yo would be using this. After looking at the raining and her up there I went a step further and tied rope in the corners, kinda like a web, to give her a bit more security. I added foam pads to the top floor area and cut foam pads to fit in areas where heads might hit the wood. I added a little pulley arm for the kids to play with. Also a coconut head to use as a pull bucket. There is a climbing board and a trap door that swings up on the top floor area.

The tower is a bit rough, I did sand the wood down to smooth it out. My kids like it and it gives them another little nook to play in.


That actually would be good for use as a bunk bed to put a desk under too.
You are nice

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