However, as soon as I showed it to my husband, he said what he always says - "Pssh, I can build that!" So it's been on his very long to-do list for months. This past Friday, while perusing our local buy/sell/trade Facebook page (if you recall, that's where I scored our awesome lockers), I came across a posting from someone who was selling this loft bed in barely-used condition for $75. I showed it to him and asked if it might be easier to modify this one than to build a whole bed from scratch. He said yes and we liked the price, so we picked it up the next day. That was Saturday.
Tonight (Tuesday) he came home from work and tackled the project in just a couple of hours. We installed it in the boys' room and *poof* project complete. Sorry I don't have an actual tutorial for you, but he basically popped the plastic caps off the bottoms, sawed off the legs to make the bed the right height, and popped the plastic caps back on. He adjusted/reinforced/welded a couple other spots on the frame to make up for what he had cut off, and that was it. So we basically ended up in a sturdier version of the IKEA Kura bed, for less than half the price - and we only had to drive about 10 minutes to pick it up versus the hour-plus drive to the IKEA store. I am super pleased with it - he did a great job.
We still need to get a second mattress for underneath, but for now it's a cozy little play area/reading nook. The boys are loving it - way to go, Daddy!