Single mum designs and builds gaming loft for her sons – for just £250

In an impressive DIY feat, a mum-of-four has built a loft in her children’s bedroom using second-hand materials including old decking and fence posts.

Becky Alsop, 35, is mum to Beth, 16, Kaci, 14, Kayden, 10, and seven-year-old Freddie, with the family living together in a three-bedroom house in the UK.

Becky wanted to make more space for Kayden and Freddie as they share a room and there was not enough space in it for all of their things.

‘The bedroom wasn’t big enough for all the things the children had – plus they had their gaming consoles and monitors,’ Becky told Jam Press.

‘I sat down for days and drew this idea up, with a few tweaks along the way to get the outcome I wanted.’

Becky used a piece of wood to make the frame, which she fixed to the wall with loft boarding at the top.

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She used an old wooden fence post from her garden which she cut into pieces, and reclaimed decking posts cut in half to create the bannisters on both sides.

She bolted it all down, adding support beams under the flooring before stapling a large piece of carpet to the top floor, and smaller pieces to the stairs.

For the steps, Becky used a six-unit IKEA Kallax shelving unit, stacking the compartments to create a staircase.

All told, the project took 10 days to complete and set her back a grand total of £250.

She said: ‘I’m amazed with the results – it turned out way better than I even had pictured.’

Becky took to Facebook to share the results, where her post got close to 4,000 likes and hundreds of admiring comments.

One person said: ‘This is actually amazing and done to such an ideal budget. Think I’m going to steal this idea for my youngest and my stepson – what my partner doesn’t know won’t hurt him.”

Someone else commented: ‘That is simply one word ‘outstanding’ – fabulous.’

To others who are tempted to try it themselves, Becky said: ‘Just bite the bullet and go for it.

‘I’m a single mum to four children and two with additional needs, so I’m always busy.

‘If I can do it, anyone can – I’m very good with DIY but give me a simple kids toy and I wouldn’t know where to start with building it.’

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