Team Work — How NOT to put together a bunk bed!

Scott had the week of Thanksgiving off from his work. We went and visited my parents at the beginning of that week. 

When we arrived at their house my mom mentioned that she wanted to put together the bunk bed so that each child has a real bed to sleep on instead of some having to sleep on the floor.

I decided to volunteer myself as well as the older kids for the job. To measure the space that my mom wanted to put the bed in I brought in one of the mattress frames that was already put together. I told my mom it was easier than finding a tape measure. You can probably already see where this is going. 

Then I determined that it had to be about the right amount of space. We brought in all the parts to the bed. This bed had been one of our beds but we gave it to my parents in exchange for a 3 tiered bunk bed. We put this thing together before. How hard could it be?

Let’s just say we managed to put the top bunk where the bottom bunk should have been. We noticed that the rail was on the wrong side after we screwed all of the bolts into the bed. 

No problem! We just unscrewed the whole thing and turned the mattress frame a complete 180 degrees so that the holes would line up for the top rail. 

Now mind you there was a full sized bed and a twin bed in the room as well. We have to dodge and climb over those beds as well. We required 8 sets of hands to accomplish all the work we put into that bunk bed.

Finally, it was time to put the final rail on the bed. The holes were in the wrong place. In fact, they were in the wrong place on the other side of the bed as well. That’s when it dawned on us. We had put the top bunk on the bottom and the bottom bunk on the top. Then we managed to lose some of the screws that were made for the bed and put some bolts in backwards. We had a mess on our hands.

We called in the cavalry. My dad and Scott came in the room to try to sort it all out.  

Thankfully, they didn’t have to take the whole bed apart again.  They did wind up rigging it a bit. 

Dad helped pop out the bolts. Scott screwed in the screws and rigged the areas that didn’t have screws.
I don’t know how they managed to sort it all out but they did. 

We did get one thing out of this.  A lot of laughs! We were laughing so hard at the problems we were having putting the bed together. That’s when I decided to take out my camera. This much laughter needed to be recorded. We didn’t get mad about it. We just laughed. 

Did you know that laughing is very good for you? The Bible says that “a merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”  Proverbs 17:22

Have you ever had a failed attempt at team work? When was the last time you tried to put something together and it turned out all wrong? Do you have a funny story you want to share?

Tell us about it in the comments below. 

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About Anastacia Maness

Anastacia Maness is a preacher's wife, homeschooling mother of 6 blessings, and writer. When she's not busy counting her blessings she's writing about them right here on her blog, encouraging and strengthening families.

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