By Mark McConville
ONE FATHER has gone to a galaxy far far away in a bid to get his son to sleep after making him a Star Wars-themed bed.
Incredible images show Derick Winsett’s galactic efforts as a stunning Millennium Flacon style sleeping pod hangs from the ceiling.
Other pictures show the interior of the pod with a double bed, television and NERF guns and lightsabers to fend off any bad dreams.
Derick (30) from Oklahoma City, USA, constructed the Star Wars-themed bed after his five-year-old son Mavrick loved The Last Jedi.
“My wife, Kendra, had wanted to create a theme for Mavrick’s room and I thought Star Wars would be a fun project,” he said.
“I took my son to watch the Last Jedi and he fell in love with Star Wars. He is sleeping in his own bed for the first time now.
“Two nights in a row he has raced to go to his own bed. One down, one to go; guess I need to start on my daughter’s bedroom.”
The sleeping pod is suspended five feet off the floor and the interior space is four feet tall, 10 feet long, and approximately five feet wide. The interior is outfitted with colour-changing lights and a fan for air circulation, making it a cosy space to sleep or just relax.
The Star Wars-themed bedroom has another clever touch. Because it’d be nearly impossible to recreate the entire Millennium Falcon in a room that size, Derick opted to build just one part of the ship.
They bolted it to the ceiling joists and lined it up with a vinyl mural of the ship, created by Erik Hollander Designs and installed by Silsby Media. The vinyl covers the entire wall and the result looks like the whole ship is about to emerge from the wall and fly into hyperspace.
“My son had many reactions throughout the build,” added Derick.
“The funniest reaction being when I painted the bed from a clean grey to a weathered finish.
“He didn’t like it all and said it looked like poop. Kids’ reactions are priceless; however, in the end he loved the finished product.
“My wife and I wanted to create an atmosphere that would spark our kids imagination and creativity. In addition, we wanted a design that would maximise his area for activities.
“The best reactions are on the internet. The number of people who are my age and older that want the bed in their room is hilarious, but I can relate.