My five-year-old daughter saw my wife browsing Pinterest, and long story short, I ended up building this bed/playhouse/slide/dresser/bookcase for her room:
I planned it out in SketchUp. It’s an original design inspired by a number of beds online, and the slide is based on The Wood Whisperer’s bunk bed slide. (My SketchUp file is available here.) If you’d like to build your own, I made a 40-page set of plans and you can get the PDF on Etsy.
The stairs have built-in drawers, so they double as a dresser.
The bottom three drawers don’t run the full depth of the stairs, so there’s space at the back for books and baskets.
There’s another bookshelf built into the space underneath the slide. One side is accessible from inside the playhouse…
…and the other side is accessible from under the slide.
The slide is made of melamine, the structural portion of the bed is poplar, and most everything else is MDF. The cedar shingles were left over from my Infinity Wishing Well project.
From start to finish (although not including the time to design it), this project took 107 hours over two months — well worth it, considering my daughter will spend at least 3,000 hours using it every year.