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This Awesome Dad Built His Daughter A Volkswagen Bus Bed For $100 And She Loved It

This post was updated on March 19th, 2024

One day Reddit user inexplorata noticed his two year old daughter could climb in and out of her crib.

Wanting to find a more secure sleeping arrangement for her, he searched for a proper toddler bed. While he liked some of the options he didn’t like any of the prices.

After some more browsing online, he came across someone who had built their own VW bus-inspired bunk bed. The project looked too difficult, so he passed.

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A short while later, he noticed an ad on craiglist in which a young man was giving away some spare VW parts – a bumper, some hubcaps, and a few door pieces.

His interest renewed, the dad picked up the free VW bus parts and started work on his daughter’s new DIY Volkswagen bed.

Spare VW parts awaiting their new use.

Spare parts from an old VW bus

Hoping to simplify the build process as much as possible, he took to craigslist again and bought a bunkbed frame for $30.

Cheap bunkbed frame

While the frame would make the project easier, it was too short. Some simple 4×4 posts helped boost everything up.

Propped up bed frame

While the posts propped up the bed, the cross beams on the bottom added additional support.

With his daughter as a model, he could arrange the dashboard and interior layout.

Daughter driving VW bed

After a quick run to the lumberyard for some plywood panels, he built the exterior frame from 2x3s.

VW bus frame mockup

Most of the construction took place in his garage, and he made sure he could dismantle everything to get the bed inside his daughter’s room when finished.

VW bus held together with bolts

A thin section of plywood, bent and tacked with screws, forms the front bumper.

Adding the front bumper

These doors section off the lower level of the bunk bed.

On went some doors to the lower bunk

With some windows, it’s starting to take shape!

It's starting to take shape

His daughter checking on the progress.

His daughter checking on the progress

He cleaned up the hubcaps and fitted them to the frame. The black ‘tires’ are circular plywood pieces.

He cleaned up the hub caps and fitted them to the frame

Taping and painting the frame in the VW bus style.

Taping and painting

After the orange paint went on.

After the orange paint went on

He took apart a toy car that made driving sounds as you turned the steering wheel.

Guts of a driving toy

And fitted the electronics behind the dash.

Completed dashboard

Watch the working dash in action on YouTube.

If you’ve got a working dashboard, you need some working lights!

Added some driving lights

He and his wife decked out the lower level with fabric squares…

Fabric tiles line the inside

And a hammock.

Hammock inside VW bus bed

Watch his daughter’s reaction to the hammock on YouTube.

Ahhh, finally finished!

Completed DIY VW bunkbed
Inside the finished bus bed

The bed was a hit at his daughter’s 3rd birthday party.

Kid approved

And now rests in her bedroom.

VW bunkbed in kids room

You can see more pictures and study the complete build plan at his website.

I think this man is up for the “World’s Best Dad” award. He turned some scrap parts into something his daughter can pass on to her kids. Who knows, maybe this bed will be in the family for a hundred years!?

Pictures via Treehouser

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