Design is about picking and choosing relevant details, and this dedicated dad did it right, emphasizing the core aspects of this Star Wars vehicle (including support struts and main weapons) in designing a bed for his Star-Wars-fan son.
This Dutilly Family creation features a rear entry accessed via an added staircase in the back (with toy storage underneath for good measure), while a window in front allows for easy peaks in and out within a broader sense of full enclosure.
Major materials are as follows: “BODY: 1/4″ Masonite, 1/2″ MDF & Plywood Circles, 1/2″ MDF detailing, 1-1/2″ PVC split down the middle. HEAD: 1X3 Framing, 1/4″ Masonite skin, 1/2″ Florist Foam Circles, Florist Foam Carving Details, PVC Cannons”
Later on, the family completed the bedroom in a Star Wars theme.
From an ABC News report:
“When the family moved into a new home after the bed’s completion, they had to cut off the bed’s front leg in order for it to fit in the bedroom. ‘It looks like the AT-AT walker is walking through the room,’ Derek Dutilly said. The new move allowed the family a chance to add more ‘Star Wars’ details to the room, including adding light saber holders and hanging the Millenium Falcon from the ceiling.”
“In addition to the removal of the bed’s front leg, the family also moved the head of the bed, built a bunk bed underneath and added some new features to the stairs to improve the look. The stairs now includes space to display toys and ‘Star Wars’ items, as well storage to hold more toys underneath them.”
“The legs of the bed are made out of plywood and Dutilly used PVC for detailing, including a few PVC pipes that stick on purpose. ‘The PVC pipes are the blasters of the AT-AT walker,’ Dutilly said, adding that the back of the bed is bolted to the wall. Derek Dutilly said one of his ‘favorite features’ of the bed is a built-in escape hatch.”