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Lessons from Vacation

We had the privilege of spending four days at my aunt and uncle's beach house earlier this week, and it's always eye opening for me to experience a little bit of what it's like to live in a normal-sized house when we stay there.

It's always been my goal here at Small Home Family to be upfront and honest about the joys and the trials of living in a tiny house. To that end, I have to be honest here:

I really didn't want to come back to our small house.

Living tiny is simple and complicated at the same time. I think those of us who have embraced small home family living find ourselves defending our choices so often that we tend to sugarcoat the negative aspects of our lifestyle. I don't believe it when anyone says living tiny with a family doesn't have its drawbacks.

At the end of the day, I really do love our home. It has given us the gift of time with our children and each other. It has enabled us to become home owners rather than renters. It has been good t…
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Any Questions?

Has there been a question that you are itching to ask us about living in a small home with kids? Please leave your questions in the comments or send me a private email at Diane@smallhomefamily.com. I would love to answer your questions here on the blog! If we get enough interest, we might even turn this Q&A into a regular series. So ask away!

How to Add a Trundle to an IKEA KURA Bed

If you haven't noticed, it's been pretty quiet here at the Small Home Family blog over the past week, and there's a good reason for that. We've been working hard on our bed conversion tutorial, and we're excited to finally share it with you this week!


We were given an IKEA KURA loft bed by my cousin when her family moved a few months ago, and we spent weeks planning and buying parts and cutting and sanding and painting and building in order to turn our bedroom into our four-year-old daughter's dream kid's room. I documented the process so that we could share it here on the blog.

I used several ideas that I found online when designing this bed. This trundle conversion posted on IKEA Hackers was a big inspiration for the idea overall, and I also consulted this KURA drawers conversion over on Tales of Fruit and Cake. I got the idea for the handles on the ladder from More Like Home. And of course we spent a lot of time on Pinterest throughout the whole planning…

How to Add a Trundle to an IKEA KURA Bed: Parts List

This post is part of a tutorial on turning an IKEA KURA loft bed into a bunk bed over a trundle. For the other pages in this series, go to the Introduction and DisclaimerPrepping the WoodPart 1 of AssemblyPart 2 of AssemblyCross Bracing, and Attaching the Beds.

Parts list for the IKEA KURA trundle bed conversion:

Lumber
(All boards are listed according to nominal sizes unless otherwise noted)

1x4
six 37-3/4" lengths for bed slats 1x6
one 62-1/4" for the front of the bed 2x2 (these should measure 1-1/2" x 1-1/2", so double check because not all do)
four 11-1/2" lengths for bed legs*one 7-1/2" length for middle support* 2x3
three 75-1/8" slat support/floor bracefour 38-1/4" bed end bracestwo 38ish" for cross braces (to be cut to exact size later)two 48ish" for cross braces (to be cut to exact size later)

Fasteners
~sixty 3-inch deck screwseight 2-inch deck screwsone 3-1/2 to 4 inch deck screwStaples
Tools
Table SawMiter Saw (for cross b…

How to Add a Trundle to an IKEA KURA Bed: Prepping the Wood

This post is part of a tutorial on turning an IKEA KURA loft bed into a bunk bed over a trundle. For the other pages in this series, go to the Introduction and Disclaimer, the Parts ListPart 1 of AssemblyPart 2 of AssemblyCross Bracing, and Attaching the Beds.

Step One: Measure and Cut
Measure your wood and cut according to the lengths given on the parts list. Always remember to account for your saw blade width when cutting.
Step 2: Sand
Sand everything smooth. You do not need to sand the ends of the four 2x3s that will become the cross braces yet.

I started with a sanding block, and it took me forever. My brother, bless him, helped me out by sanding the last few pieces with a belt sander, and I wish I would have started that way. Sanding by hand works, but sanding with a powered sander would be a lot quicker and easier.
Step 3: Paint (Optional)
I used Rustoleum spray paint for this project, and it took quite a few coats. I believe I went through more than ten cans of paint before …