Airplane Bed

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 thoughts on “Airplane Bed

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

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

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

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