This Awesome Dad Built His 3 Year-Old Daughter A VW Bus Bed For Under $100

February 8, 2015

For my daughter's 3rd birthday, I made her a VW bus bed - sort of modeled after a Type 2. It came about (mostly) because she was in need of a post-crib solution, and I got this pile of stuff on Craigslist for free. It's old Super Beetle parts.

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A few people have built a bed that looks like a VW bus, but I wanted a cheaper way to do it that would leave me with some options later, in case it wasn't my daughter's thing. I built mine to sort of hang from a metal frame bunk bed, with removable panels. I kept costs down by using a lot of things from my garage - paint, screws, scrap wood - but bought about $100 worth of stuff. Here's the twin bunk bed, $25 on Craigslist, dirty rag not included.

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A 2x4 frame held the posts in place and 2x3 framing for the bus bed shape; eventually the sides would bolt to the 2x4 bottom frame and be held to the bunk bed's metal posts at the top with u-bolts.

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The bumper box is built, and “faced” in the front with a piece of thin plywood and a ton of screws.

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Doors on the side.

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Added windows and a little “eyebrow” in the front for effect.

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Wheels.

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Removed the wheels for painting.

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Headlights were cheap puck lights from big box store, switched on from the dashboard.

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The dashboard - used a coat of stain to make it look nice.

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The buttons make the driving sound effects, as does the horn in the middle of the steering wheel. Little LEDs go off inside the speedometer, too.

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VW emblem was ordered online on silver sticker stock; painted a circle behind it and put it on carefully.

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A couple of side pockets from the Super Beetle pile framed in, good for books or stuffed animals.

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Inside view.

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Outside view.

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Success! She still sleeps in it today (going on 6 years old).

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Credit: The Treehouser.

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