The AT-AT Walker bed

I married a Star Wars fanatic. When we had our daughter he prayed and wished for a little Princess Leia fan. Although she did like Star Wars, it didn’t happen quite the way he wanted. The phase didn’t last very long and she was definitely not a die hard like daddy. However, a few years later when we had our son he knew this was his chance. This boy would be a Star Wars fan and have an epic Star Wars room. Sure enough, he was right.

Thatcher reached his Star Wars obsessed self at the age of 4. Everything he did involved Star Wars. He had the toys, he watched the movies, he played the games. All that was left was giving him his Star Wars room. I would love to say it was a room designed for a young Padawan, but Thatcher had taken a liking to the dark side. So a room fit for a “young Ben Solo” was in the works. (if you know Star Wars then you will understand).

At the time Thatcher had a dinosaur themed room. Nothing fancy but I did feel it was a bit dingy, so a make over was definitely needed. Thatcher’s favourite thing about Star Wars was the vehicles. He loves the AT-AT Walker. Its the largest and obviously the coolest of all the Star Wars vehicles. Thats when we decided on an AT-AT walker bed. My husband started on the design.

First you should know he started this project with a bunk bed Thatcher already had from ikea. https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/80253814/

The first thing he did was the template with some cardboard boxes we had. He really wanted the AT-AT to be well proportioned and accurate. Considering he did it all by memory and eye balled it he did an amazing job.

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completed template

completed template

It was exciting just to see the completed template of the bed. After that he took some time to figure out the materials he needed. A trip to Home Depot covered everything.

The materials he used:

2x4’s

1/2 inch mdf

3/8inch mdf

1/4inch mdf

pvc pipe

lag bolts

bolts

screws

nails

wood glue

dap

paint

velcro

the project took him longer than he anticipated. It was a big job and he wanted it finished for Thatchers 5th birthday. The details on the At-At took the longest. He cut all the detail pieces that are on the front surface of the At-At with his table saw and jigsaw.

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The head is mounted on with a rebar he had laying around in the shop. The head is hollow, and the kids play hide and seek in it. Its also great for stuffed animal storage space. He built the ladder so it wasn’t too steep and he made the bed so it comes apart for moving. [brilliant right!] He bolted and screwed it together. Some of the detail pieces are placed with velcro covering up the bolts for easy disassembling.

The head is mounted on with a rebar he had laying around in the shop. The head is hollow, and the kids play hide and seek in it. Its also great for stuffed animal storage space. He built the ladder so it wasn’t too steep and he made the bed so it comes apart for moving. [brilliant right!] He bolted and screwed it together. Some of the detail pieces are placed with velcro covering up the bolts for easy disassembling.

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Guns made from pvc pipe.

Guns made from pvc pipe.

Ready for paint.

Ready for paint.

Once the bed was completed and all the nail holes were covered up with dap , it was ready for paint. My husband {the Star Wars fanatic) brought a piece of lego from his At-At walker Star Wars lego set to have it scanned to match the paint colour. So the bed is the exact same colour as Star Wars lego.

My husband is in construction so he knows all different people in all different trades. Lucky for us, his painter friend offered to come over and paint it for him. It needed 2 coats and it was done in just a couple of hours.

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The project took about 60 hours to finish and the cost was approx. $430 CAD not including the Ikea bunk. The Kura bunk bed is $199.99 at Ikea. https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/80253814/

It was all worth it and we had a very happy kid on his 5th birthday.

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A few more details I wanted to add per peoples request was his light and his dresser. His light is the PS 2014 pendant lamp also from ikea. https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/10383244/

I had seen some photos on Pinterest of this ikea hack and I thought it would be the perfect addition to his room.

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I started by drawing the weapon on the Death Star with a black paint pen. My favourite ones are the sharpie brand which I purchased from Walmart. Once that was done I used 3 different sizes of masking tape to copy the designs of the Death Star. I thought about just cutting down my own strips of tape but I am so glad I didn’t considering how long it took to do the tapping. I found washi tape on amazon.ca which worked perfectly. https://www.amazon.ca/Colorful-Decorative-Collection-Scrapbooking-Wrapping/dp/B07BRTKFLV?ref_=fsclp_pl_dp_4 The tapping was the most tedious part of this project. It took me 6 hours just to tape it.

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After all the tapping I sprayed it with a dark grey matte spray paint I also picked up at Walmart.

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That was it, Death Star light completed and hung. I then moved on to his dresser. his dresser was the Tara 6 drawer dresser from Ikea. Nothing special and just a plain pine finish. https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/80360705/. It needed to become a Star Wars piece. I found Star Wars blueprint peel and stick wallpaper of the Star Wars vehicles. It was perfect https://www.amazon.ca/RoomMates-RMK11036WP-Star-Stick-Wallpaper/dp/B078G7S9J4/ref=sr_1_3?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1548691221&sr=1-3&keywords=Star+Wars+peel+and+stick.

It was so easy to use and it completely transformed the dresser. {The amazing name sign was a gift from a friend.}

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Voila, a complete Star Wars room make over.

Do you wish your kids were Star Wars fans? Or maybe you wish for an adult version of the room ;)

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MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU