KNOXVILLE (WATE) – There’s something new at Fantasy of Trees benefiting Children’s Hospital. You’re guaranteed not to miss it because you’ll see it right when you walk in to the winter wonderland at the Knoxville Convention Center.
It’s a child sized bed that looks like a miniature Neyland Stadium.
Mike Ramsay is hoping it will raise even more money for Children’s Hospital than last year’s Queen Elsa Palace bed from the movie “Frozen.”
Ramsay, the owner of Wood Maryville Theme Beds, started building these unique beds two years ago when his daughter Ava Grace asked for a castle bed. Ramsay realized he had a knack for this kind of thing.
“She was like, ‘Can you build me something like this?’ ” Ramsay remembered. “I’m like, ‘Yes, I can.’ So, it all started from there.”
Ramsay doesn’t use blueprints for his designs. For the Neyland build, his inspiration was a tiny model of the iconic stadium.
“It was hard to get the proportions right, ” Ramsay said. “I obviously had to spend a lot of time conceptualizing and trial and error.”
It began with a base and framework on October 19. Week by week, it began to take on the shape of the stadium. WATE 6 On Your Side checked in when the remarkable version of the real thing was primed and ready for painting. The mattress goes where the field would be and the child can watch TV on the jumbotron.
From the Grand Marquee on Neyland Stadium to lights with a dimmer switch, this project was truly a labor of love for Mike Ramsay. Growing up with a hearing impairment, he relates to children who would really benefit from having something special in their room.
“For a lot of kids, the bedroom is the place where they can escape, get away from everything that’s going on in their daily lives – bullying, you name it. That was big for me growing up. You know, I had bullying when I was younger,” Ramsay said.
The biggest challenge in building beds like these is how to get them through a standard 30-inch door. It wasn’t a problem for Ramsay. He designed the Neyland bed to come apart in sections.
That’s how he transported the finished piece to the convention center over the weekend. The child-sized Neyland stadium is guaranteed to make a young orange and white fan’s dream come true.
The bed is part of the silent auction at Fantasy of Trees which concludes on Sunday. Ramsay will take the bed apart, deliver it and set it up in the home of the highest bidder.
Maryville Home Depot donated lumber for the project, Bill Cox Furniture donated the mattress, South Knox Home Depot donated the paint, and Witt Lumber also made a donation on some of the curved pieces.