Kit review: Flutterbye Butterfly Collection child's Bed P040 1/24th scale
This little bed is a bit like a sleigh bed, only with a high headboard. This is a fairly simple kit to put together. The pieces are cleanly cut by laser and with minimal charring: two sides, headboard, footboard, bed base and tops for the headboard and footboard. The supplied artwork is charming as always.
- Trace around the bed base onto cardboard before assembling the bed - the cardboard will form the base of your mattress. The instructions say to do this at the end, but it would save time to draw the pattern now rather than trying to make a mattress base to fit later on.
- The footboard fits between the sides but I found that my bed base was a smidgen too long, causing my footboard to stand slightly proud of the sides. The artwork has concealed this, but a dry run would have been good to pick up this issue earlier and I could have sanded the bed base slightly shorter.
- I decided to add a narrow shelf into my high headboard, because it looked like a bookcase to me. I had a bed when I was little that had a handy shelf to hold books and an alarm clock. I cut some of the spare wood from the kit surround to the same length as the headboard width, and decorated it with the spare artwork provided in the kit. To begin with, I placed the shelf lower down but then I realised it was too close to the pillows, and moved it higher.
As the child's bed is child-size, I still have loads of space in this room even with all the furniture now complete. I'm not sure how to arrange it. I'm thinking of making a draped canopy over the bed of some kind.