Airplane Bed

January 16th, 2012 by

This reader’s project incorporates some clever “interactive” functionality and plenty of storage.

A family I work with has a son who is crazy about airplanes. The mother sent me a picture of an airplane bed, and I knew I could do better. Attached are the sketchup design, a few pictures of the work in progress and the finished bed with Paulito included. I was disappointed that they added the box springs, as I had designed it for a single bunk mattress only, but I was told when Paulito goes to bed, he feels he is really flying.

It is made from hard maple, padauk, and Peruvian walnut. There is a little maple plywood and veneer, but it is mostly solid lumber with no stain or paint. I made two propellers which are easily removed. One is maple and the other is padauk and walnut. The wings pull out and form a storyteller’s seat, and the propeller really turns. There is plenty of storage in the drawers on the base.

- Joe Byron

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Paulitos Bed - SketchUp

paulitos airplane bed frame

Airplane Bed complete

Airplane  Bed in place

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14 Responses to “Airplane Bed”

  1. marcie says:

    Very cool custom bed. That kid has to feel like he’s flying. The wings are terrific little end tables too. This is a great site for all things custom and this amazing bed should be on it!

  2. Hey nice airplaine designed bed! If you ever make a building plan of a F16 ill make one for my kid!

  3. Alisa says:

    how can i get one these beds for my son? please contact me

  4. cicilia says:

    hi, i am interested in getting one this airplane beds for my son. can you let me know how i can purchase. plz. thank you.

  5. Jenny says:

    I really want this bed for my sons room. Please let me know how I can get the plans for it! Thank you!

  6. Ryan says:

    Anyway I can purchase one of these or get the plans for it? Would love this for my sons new airplane themed room. Thank you.

  7. Oliver says:

    I would like one of these for my son, If you have a contact and a price can you please let me know. Thanks.

  8. Darryl says:

    would love to find the specs on how to build this for my son.
    any idea where I can it them?

  9. Brandon says:

    looking to purchase one for my son


  10. chrstina williamson says:

    How can I get the specs for this bed?

  11. olga Smith says:

    Please. Could you give more information how i can get or buy this bed?

    Thank You

  12. Tom Smith says:

    Please could you give more information about this bed,

  13. Derrick says:

    Is there any way to purchase this bed?? Thanks.

  14. DAVID hERRING says:


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