Sometimes it’s hard to convince your child to abandon their kiddy bed for a bigger and better one. When Eric Strong faced this predicament with his four-year-old son, he decided drastic measures needed to be taken. Strong created an IKEA bed that’s so epic, it’s basically a kid’s dream come true. The high bed comes complete with a hidden clubhouse, a secret window, an escape hatch, a mini-ball run, a slide and a crane and pulley.
Don’t believe us? Take a look at the whole thing in the gallery below. But, be warned, you might get the urge to make an IKEA run after looking at these amazing photos.
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When two become oneEric realized that this crazy bed could only be assembled with two KURA reversible beds ($184 each), a three-tiered TROFAST frame ($75) and a small BESTA shelving unit from IKEA. He says almost all the parts of the second bed were used. Not too shabby considering all the components, eh?Photo Credit: Eric Strong/YouTube
Handy workLet's skip past all the work and look at every little gem that was added to this big kid bed.Photo Credit: Eric Strong/YouTube
Pulley goes up, pulley goes downSometimes it takes too long to climb up and down for your toys. This is why a rotatable pulley and crane are essential for every bed.Photo Credit: Eric Strong/YouTube
Dropping balls on 'emWhat kid doesn't love a ball run? Looks simple enough, right? Photo Credit: Eric Strong/YouTube
Cooler on the insideThe ball run become infinitely cooler once you realize that the balls can only be released once the hidden mechanism is filled with six balls.Photo Credit: Eric Strong/YouTube
Lower the basket!There they are!Photo Credit: Eric Strong/YouTube
Don't read that!The bookshelf is cute and all, but there's a fake book in the bunch. Yep, it unlocks the door to a secret room! Photo Credit: Eric Strong/YouTube
Go in!Let's take a look inside, shall we?Photo Credit: Eric Strong/YouTube
Light it upThis little room is light with led lights that can be set to one colour or cycle through all the colours of the rainbow.Photo Credit: Eric Strong/YouTube
Who's that peeking through?All right, every secret lair needs a secret window and this bed has got one. Now this kid will always know who's walking in and out of his room.Photo Credit: Eric Strong/YouTube
I need to get outEric has thought of it all. If his son ever gets stuck inside the secret room (AKA the door malfunctions), an escape route is not to far away. All his four-year-old has to do is open this other door...Photo Credit: Eric Strong/YouTube
Time to escape...push on these bins and he's out. Photo Credit: Eric Strong/YouTube
Look at this glorious work of a geniusThis is the whole bed in all its glory. Don't you wish you were a kid again? Photo Credit: Eric Strong/YouTube