Friday, 4 April 2014

Working on Alex's Bed

Two years ago, Alex decided he didn't want to use a bed any more.  He wanted to have his camping mattress right on the floor.  We shrugged and agreed because it wouldn't hurt him and wasn't worth the fight.

We removed the bed when he started showing an interest in taking it apart.  It made his room somewhat bare, but it was what he wanted and he seemed happy enough.

We had to remove most of Alex's furniture during his destructive phase.  A few months ago, I decided to try reintroducing some.  I put his dresser back in his room, knowing he would use it to climb on but, to be honest, he's big enough that I think it's safer than when he tried the same at five.  Now he's taller than the dresser and that thing is sturdily built enough to handle an elephant sitting on it.

He climbed on it and moved it to the window but didn't try to climb out the window, so I called it a success.

Then he started pulling all the drawers out and dumping the clothes in the middle of the room.

With a kid who wets his bed (on the floor) on a nightly basis, that was a concern.  I put the clothes in plastic bins and waited to see what would happen.

I couldn't have predicted it if you'd offered me a million dollars to try.

He lined up all four drawers upside down and then put his camping mattress on top of them to make a bed.

Unfortunately, a nail in one of the drawers has punctured the camping mattress, leaving us with a slow (and as yet unfound) leak.  But I'm taking it as a sign of progress and am working on getting the bed back.

The first step is going to have to be waterproofing it.  There are too many accidents to just let it soak into the MDF platform on a nightly basis and try to clean it.  (For the record: it can't be cleaned.)  I'm going to try oil-based paint and caulking to seal everything up.  I'm also going to try and make it so he can't pull the drawers out of the base of the bed.

I won't be able to secure the bed to the wall.  First, I'm going to have to be able to move it to clean underneath it since I won't be able to lift up the platform any more.  Second, Alex is strong enough to rip the darn thing right out of the wall, which is what he did last time, which makes the whole thing kind of moot anyway.

It's going to take awhile to get enough time to deal with it.  And then we'll get a new camping mattress to replace the leaky one.  And he might tear the whole thing apart the first time we put it in.

But it's worth a try.

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