August 10th, 2010
All my kids have odd size beds. Our bedrooms are quite small, so to fit all the kids in them we got two extendable beds from Ikea. My son has the leksvik and my daughter has the super cute minnen. They start out about toddler size and then you can make them longer as the children get, well, longer. The baby has a wooden travel crib, sort of like this, that I got off craigslist for next to nothing. He is just about to outgrow it, which sucks because it fits perfectly in the corner of our room.
The Ikea beds are kind of awesome and kind of annoying (that pretty much describes everything at Ikea, doesn't it?). The only sheets that fit them are of course at Ikea and they are uncharacteristically boring: I think the options were red or blue. This past week I finally got around to making some fitted sheets for everyone. I made them out of vintage sheets I picked up at the thrift store: sheet from sheets--not my most creative moment.
There are a bunch of tutorials out there on how to make fitted sheets, so I won't bore you with how I did it (though, if there are a lot of you out there with these Ikea beds I could rustle up the measurements I used). Between these sheets and the thousand pairs of elastic waist pants I've made, I am done with the whole pushing the safety pin through the casing crap. I know there is a tool out there that makes this bearable, isn't there? When I find it I'm going to retire my extra large, sad, bent up safety pin.