There’s only one good reason to make a Star Wars X-wing bed - because your child wants one.
There’s only one bad reason to make one - because you wanted one as a child.
Luckily I never saw Star Wars until I was an adult. But my son absolutely loves the intergalactic planetary saga and thinks of himself as a little Luke Skywalker. So we built an X-wing bed together!
Like any good Geek Dad, I started with a Google search to see how others had done it before. Sadly the googs came up short on results, showing us an over-sized (and overdone) Y-wing bed instead. Now that bed looked like it was built for the Dad, and my wife set a strict deadline of Jan 31st, which only gave us two weekends to conspire and construct.
The first weekend was spent sketching out plans and procuring materials. To make things easier, we decide to start with an IKEA bed as our blank canvas. The Malm bed is reasonably priced ($89 + $20 for slats), and the right color.
The rest of the stuff consists of items to make the wings, an R2-D2, laser cannons, and markings of a proper Red-Squadron starfighter. Having just moved, we had a choice selection of Styrofoam pieces to work with. (Pro Tip: big screen TV’s are your friend)
We used some white spray paint ($2) to make two plant liners ($1) into the jet engines. We used the rest of the paint on the R2-D2 as well, but it’ll need some more finishing work (hand-painted blue sections) before we add it on.
The rest of the build was pretty straightforward, so take a look at the pictures.
Red Squadron! (using $4 red electrical tape - one roll will do)
Frickin lasers man! ($3 of metal hardware from IKEA)
Here’s the finished product. Quick, easy and relatively inexpensive. Add your own twist and use whatever “starfighter parts” you can find for your build. Our R2-D2 head was from a broken floor lamp! We’re adding that next, along with a canopy and some proper flight controls.
My son loves building stuff with me, and he’s sleeping with the biggest smile on his face. I know he’s taking down TIE fighters and destroying the Death Star in his dreams. This is one of the best parts of being a Dad!