Mum saves £800 on daughter's dream princess bed by building it herself

Mum Nicole McShane needed more storage in her daughter Penelope’s room but she also wanted something special for her.

Searching online, she loved the look of a princess bed with built in storage but she wasn’t keen on the £1,000 price tag.

So the savvy mum-of-two, from Manchester, decided to create her own using Ikea furniture – and the whole thing cost under £200.

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 – which little girl isn’t?’

She wanted to get it right and spent 18 months searching the internet for something Penelope would love, without breaking the bank.

Nicole continued: ‘I had a look round but the prices were ridiculous and I just couldn’t justify spending that much on a child’s bed. I searched online and on Instagram and Pinterest for around 18 months for something more affordable and came across this design on Pinterest. 


‘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. 

‘We bought the bed from Ikea – it’s the Kura bed and you can find tons of hacks on Pinterest using this bed.’

They bought tongue and groove wood from B&Q and it was the perfect height, then cut some to create doors and windows.

They also bought extra 2×1-inch wood to make a frame for the top bit.

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. 

‘We then added inch-thick frames around the window and doors. We used excess tongue and groove to make the flower troughs. 

‘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.’

For Nicole, the most important thing was more storage, so they made sure to choose items with lots of space.

‘The main thing we wanted was storage, storage and more storage and this bed gives it to us! 

‘I often get asked how I keep my house tidy and my main tip is to have a place for everything. I love an Ikea Kallax unit. The boxes are great for just throwing the toys in and the mess is gone. 

‘You can fit Kallax units under the bed no problem and we then bought the Ikea Trofast unit to use as steps which also has storage boxes in.’

Nicole loves the finished product and has some tips for others who want to try it.

She said: ‘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. 

‘Another tip would be to take your time when deciding on a design. I have tons saved on my Pinterest and Instagram and just took my time picking which one to go with. 

‘Just think about what your main priority is. Mine was storage and then making it pretty. My friend has two girls and is doing similar but with another bed at the bottom as bunk beds. It is really versatile!’

Nicolehas a dded instructions to her Instagram page at @themcshanehome and her YouTube channel Mrs Nicole McShane.

She said: ‘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. 

‘The quotes were between £800 and £1000 for princess beds! 

‘It took a couple of days just because we did it in the evening but if we did it from the morning it would have been a few hours to build. 

‘The painting took the longest time and then having to do two coats. Also, with the flower boxes as we had to wait for the glue to dry. 

‘I’m really happy with it. I personally thought it would be a disaster but I actually like it better than the design we saw online because of the pink and trim we added to it!’

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