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Handy Dad's IKEA Hack Creates the Ultimate Kid's Bed

There is a growing community of people who use IKEA furniture to create custom pieces for their homes and share the plans and progress online. Kids' rooms are perfect for IKEA hacks because many children (and their parents) want something cool that wasn't pulled out of a catalog or showroom floor. This hack from last year, which recently surfaced on reddit, shows a bed that Eric Strong designed and built for his 4-year-old son, and it has all the features that a kid could want.

Using a KURA reversible kid's bed, a TROFAST toy storage unit, a BESTA shelf, and other materials, Strong built the bed with a secret room, complete with customizable mood lighting and a fake book that operates the lock. The bed also features a slide, an escape door just in case there's an issue with the main entrance, and a ball-run with a pulley system.

In the comments section, in several annotations, and in a separate video, Strong addresses questions and concerns that he has received since the project went viral online. He has also made modifications to the bed based on fan suggestions. Check out the video above to see how the bed was made and to get inspiration for your next IKEA hack.

[h/t Design Taxi]
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Two and a half billion people worldwide—and 77 percent of Americans—have smartphones, which means you probably have plenty of company in your inability to go five minutes without checking your device. But as a new video from Vox points out, it's not that we all lack self-control: Your phone is designed down to the tiniest details to keep you as engaged as possible. Vox spoke to Tristan Harris, a former Google design ethicist, who explains how your push notifications, the "pull to refresh" feature of certain apps (inspired by slot machines), and the warm, bright colors on your phone are all meant to hook you. Fortunately, he also notes there's things you can do to lessen the hold, from the common sense (limit your notifications) to the drastic (go grayscale). Watch the whole thing to learn all the dirty details—and then see how long you can spend without looking at your phone.

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