And in the end, we built a beautiful loft bed for our daughter and a fun nursery space and you can see all the details of that post HERE! He would actually whisper to my pregnant belly "You can't come out baby until mom and dad build my bed."
My husband and I brainstormed, took baby on her first trip to the hardware store at only a few days old and began work on his fun room!
I will truthfully admit that because I had literally given birth just days before we began this project, my husband did the majority of the heavy lifting. Industrial Loft Bed with Rock Wall and Fireman's Pole We made our platform about 8" longer than the mattress because we wanted there to be a small platform area where our son could sit to access the bed from the rock wall and to help him get on the fireman's pole.
We marked all the studs on the wall and used 2" x 4" boards to frame out the platform of the loft bed. This platform bares the weight of the bed so it is important to attach the frame into studs. Because we could only attach the bed into studs on two walls, we temporarily propped up the other corner (not attached to a wall) with a 2" x 4" board knowing we would later add a pole here to support the weight of the bed.
After the wood was on the wall, we got back to working on the industrial loft bed. The next thing we did was install more of the shiplap style wood on the bottom of the loft bed platform. We used 1" x 3" boards to add a railing using pocket holes and our Kreg Jig.
Then we have a second section of pole that attaches to the end of the bed (the extended platform area) and goes up, out and down for him to slide down (or climb up). As a note, we needed to have the pipe trimmed to the proper length and rethreaded. We used 1" x 2" boards to create a frame on the wall from the top of the platform to the ceiling.
(We used a Dremel Saw-Max to cut the corrugated sheet metal to size and it worked really really well!)
We used a drill to add small holes into the corrugated sheet metal and then used screws to attach it to the wall. If you want to read all about installing our shiplap style wall, painting it and then attaching the rock climbing grabs, hop on over HERE.