Mum saves £800 making easy DIY princess castle bed using B&Q and IKEA buysSeptember 11, 2020
We all want to give our kids the best things in life.
But, sometimes, what they fall in love with can cost a bomb – especially when it comes to decorating their bedrooms.
One mum proved that you don’t have to say "no" to expensive furniture if you get stuck in with DIY.
Nichole McShane, a mum-of-two from Manchester, wanted to give her daughter, Penelope, a pretty Princess bed.
After looking online and seeing that they were priced at around £1,000 she decided to build one herself.
Nicole wet to B&Q and bought some wood.
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Then she bought the KURA bed from IKEA.
Nicole, 32, told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk : “We wanted something special for Penelope as she’s seen a few friends' beds and was particularly interested in a princess castle.
"I had a look round but the prices were ridiculous and I just couldn’t justify spending that much on a child’s bed."
She continued: "It was someone on Instagram who had done a design like this.
“I showed it to my husband who is an engineer and said that it would be easy.”
The couple bought the IKEA bed and tongue and groove from B&Q.
Plus, some extra 2×1-inch wood to make a frame for the top.
Nicole said: “B&Q will cut MDF for you so we got them to cut the roof to size.
"The tongue and groove was really easy to attach – even I could do that part.
“When it was all attached, I used Valspar paint on the inside and out which was colour matched to Farrow and Ball All White.”
They added inch-thick frames around the window and doors and made flower beds from the spare wood.
Nicole added: “We used No More Nails to glue it together and used L-brackets glued to it to attach it to the wall. We painted these and the roof in Valspar Fairy's Tutu pink.
"The flowers are a mix of peonies and roses like my wedding flowers which I found in Home Bargains for a few pounds.
"The main thing we wanted was storage, storage and more storage and this bed gives it to us!”
Nicole uses IKEA Kallax boxes under the bed to store things and added a TROFAST unit as steps.
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The TROFAST also has storage boxes within it.
Nicole commented: "My main tip for this bed is to make sure the area is big enough as it is a lot bigger than you would think.
"We knew this would not fit exactly so we didn’t box in the side with the steps so that we could open the storage boxes inside as we were about an inch short for opening them all the way.”
Nicole posted her instructions on her Instagram page at @themcshanehome and her YouTube channel at Mrs Nicole McShane.
She was thrilled with the results – and saved £800!
Nicole commented: "It cost less than £200 to create, as the bed was £130 from IKEA and it was around £50 to £70 for all the wood and we already had the paint from doing the room.
"I’m really happy with it.”
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