Thursday, September 29, 2011

A bunk bed too...

What's that?  It's a bunk bed!

  Hooray!  Beds for all three kids!

This brace supports the weight of the bunk.  The notch allows us to fold the bunk up and latch it to the ceiling.

Speaking of a ceiling latch, we used a (slightly modified) window latch....

We haven't found old-style bunk bed brackets yet.  (Do you have a set for sale?)  In the meantime, we've installed three brackets: one on each end and one in the middle. The brackets keep the bunk from flipping when someone climbs onto it...

We had one more mystery to solve before we could install our new bunk bed.  After carefully planning out and fabricating the bunk we brought it to the trailer for a test fit.  We had a problem.  The bunk was in the way of the window crank.  OOommmphh!  Now what? Well, I set off in search of bunk bed photos...

Mystery solved!  The windows under bunk beds have knobs for cranks!  We added a set of knobs.  (Thanks again for the photos, Norm.  They've been indispensable!)

 The ultimate test.  The bunk with a mess of kids on it.

Oh yeah, we put in two room dividers too.  I used vertical blinds and fabric to make these accordion dividers.  (The original dividers would have been vinyl.)

 This is the door that is between the kid's "bedroom" and the bathroom.
note: you can see the bunk in the "up" position in this picture
 This is the bathroom side of the divider.

both room dividers

The worst part about making the vertical blind dividers?  Buying vertical blinds.  In public.  
"Hey, honey... why don't you ask the nice sales person where the vertical blinds are."
"No. YOU ask."

I used binder rings to hang the dividers. 

Our front sconces finally have a cover!  We got these great fiberglass shades from Moon Shine Lamp & Shade

You might think we're running out of things to do on the inside.  Well, we're not.  Not yet, at least.  Our list is getting shorter though.  Our trailer is sure starting to feel homey.  I think it's time to do a little camping...


  1. Wow, everything looks awesome. Nice job on the bunk bed. Glad you were able to figure out the window knob from the photos. The bunk bed makes them a little difficult to operate, but it works. I'm really interested in your room dividers. We have been trying to figure out what to do about those. Did you use some of the hardware from the original dividers?

  2. Oh my gosh, yall have done an AWESOME job! I'm tellin ya, I can't wait for the "trailer warming" party :-). The cushions, the room dividers...the EVERYTHING, is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!

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  4. Love the room dividers! Great idea and great job. I might have to go, uhmmm, vertical blind shopping myself. Don't tell anyone. :-)

    The sconce shades turned out nicely. Thinking of using the same vendor for the 56 SOTR.