This was a super simple project with a cost breakdown of $0 dollars, since I already had everything on hand. My daughter is always pulling blankets from all over the house to create her own little hideaway and I figured it would save us both a lot of clean-up time if I could find a way to give her a hideaway without all the mess.
Now that she has bunk beds I figured the bottom bunk would make for a great hideaway spot. These are the beds pre-hideaway.
Like I said before this was a super simple project. My supplies included 1/2 a queen sheet (cut down the middle lengthwise) & an expandable closet rod (like this – not an affiliate link). The sheet was used previously as one of her bedroom curtain panels and the expandable closet rod had been used in her closet. Both items were recently removed from her room during the makeover (pt 1 and pt 2) that is still in progress. If you had to purchase supplies the rod is around $10 and you can easily find an inexpensive flat sheet at a local thrift shop for a couple of dollars. There is also the option of purchasing several yards of fabric instead of a sheet.
Step One: Measure and cut the sheet in half (adjust the cut if a shorter/longer curtain is desired). I was a bit lazy and used the curtain panel as-is without adjusting the height. It probably wouldn’t hurt for it to have been a bit shorter, but my daughter loved it as is so chances are good the length isn’t changing. Sew a rod pocket along the length of the raw edged (the side you cut) side of the sheet . The pocket has to be big enough to fit the closet rod, so be sure to make it large enough.
Step Two: Install the closet rod under the top bunk. Slide the curtain onto rod, before attaching the opposite end. Oh, you want to make sure you install the rod low enough under the slats of the top bunk. I had to move the rod down a little as the curtain wasn’t sliding smoothly under the slats after my first install.
So far so good. She’s had the new hideaway for almost a week and there haven’t been any blanket tee pee experiments yet. I may eventually change out this sheet for something with a little more pop (my daughter loves bright), but that’s down the line when we get her new bedding which isn’t happening anytime soon. Her room is inching closer to done with each little project. Yeah!