How a special bed gave a local woodworker an ongoing passion project
Dozens of examples of “The Evan Bed” have been shipped across the country.
PEORIA (25 News) - Getting your child to sleep comfortably is something that all parents will struggle with at one time or another. Parents of kids with special needs can often have that job made harder for them. Jeff Himstedt, owner of J. Him Woodworking had a local parent to a boy named Evan and she presented to him a rough design of a bed that she needed for her son. In 2012 the Evan Bed was born and since then Himstedt has gained a significant amount of attention locally and nationally for his special bed design made specifically for kids with special needs.
“Being a dad and being a parent, you see what these parents go through. And the most important step is getting the kids’ names before I build the bed that way as I’m building that bed, I’m thinking about Bryson. And I’m thinking about Kate. I’m thinking about Leo. It hits my heart when I build these things.” Said Jeff Himstedt.
Himstedt has made dozens of these beds over the years and makes them in batches as he doesn’t specialize in a mass-production model. He told us that he really enjoys making one-off pieces of furniture, specifically tables and desks. But, the Evan Bed, he told us, has become a passion project for him and he will not let funding get in the way of a child needing a bed.
“About once a month I’ll just email a family that’s reached out to me and say ‘you’re the bed I’m gonna raise the funds’ so we’ve been able to give away three. Luckily everyone’s been so generous. Every time I post a link I can almost have that bed paid for in a day” Said Himstedt. He went on to say that eventually he wants The Evan Bed to be 100% donation funded so that no child that needs a bed goes without one because of funding.
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