X-Men Bunk Bed #1: A Bunk Bed for My Superheroes

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Blog entry by Patrick Jaromin posted 04-05-2012 01:21 PM 5617 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Based on some excellent feedback, I’ve made some changes to the design. The front rail was a bit troublesome from both a design and stability perspective. I’ve replaced it with 1-1/4” tube steel posts extending from the head and foot of the top bunk, with angles that mimic the back “X”.

UPDATED DESIGN - The updated safety rail

UPDATED DESIGN - front view

What do you think of the changes?

original post…


With four kids and only three bedrooms, not counting the master, we knew early on that someone was going to have to ‘double up.’ Now that they’re ages five and three, we decided that they were ready. So, how to fit two young boys into a 11’ x 10’ room? Bunk beds!


I wanted something that was fun and would captures the boy’s imagination while maintaining a sense of style and taste that could last for years. My boys followed what I assume to be a fairly common progression. First there was Spider-Man. And while he is still a favorite, through the 80’s “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends” they were introduced to Iceman and ultimately some of the other X-men. The instant Nathan saw Wolverine, he was hooked. So an X-Men-inspired design would definitely be a hit.

Professor X

For inspiration the wife and I sat down to one of the modern X-Men movies. The actual inspiration for the design didn’t arrive until the very last scene with Patrick Stewart seated in his high-tech wheel chair in the wood paneled school. Seemed like a great idea to marry the high-tech curvy and angular lines of the chair with the old-world style frame and panel. So I sat down with SketchUp and began drafting out a plan.

Beast or Dazzler?

And here’s the completed design. You be the judge…beast or dazzler?

The completed bed design

A view from the front

Side view off drawers and X-panel

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-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#1 posted 04-05-2012 01:50 PM

I think the whole design looks awesome, except for the rail. The round rail sticks out to me. I think it is because there is no piece that corresponds to it on that side. I might suggest making the rail more rectangular and adding a circled x as an emblem in the middle of it.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#2 posted 04-05-2012 01:57 PM

I like it.

I only worry a bit about the top rail – kids being kids they are going to climb over the side – and with the curved rail only tied to the side rail, there is a LOT of torque on the bedrail. It will be plenty to keep them from falling out, but may loosen with the “Abuse” it will naturally get from horseplay.

I think I would consider a wider bedrail (perhaps flush with the top of the mattress) with a double tennon (top bottom) to anchor it. or doubled bedbolts to keep it tight.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#3 posted 04-05-2012 02:35 PM

Hmmm…very good points, both. The rail is obviously there out of necessity and was the last component added. The only alternative that comes to mind right now is maybe doing a frame-and-panel piece attached at the foot end to about the midpoint. I’ll need to ruminate and sketch a bit.

Thanks for the feedback/suggestions!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#4 posted 04-05-2012 11:07 PM

This bunk makes me want to be a kid again! Great design. But I do agree with the round rail on the side. It does go with the X-Men logo, but perhaps finishing the circle off on the bottom would work. I’ve never used sketchup but this plan will ensure I try using it very soon. Thanks for posting it.

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#5 posted 04-05-2012 11:15 PM

OK, so I’ve made some changes to the rail and updated the rail. Whatd’ya think?

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#6 posted 04-06-2012 12:13 AM

Looks good to me Patrick. Very solid design.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 04-06-2012 01:04 AM

I like the changes Pat. Really brings it together.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#8 posted 04-07-2012 04:15 AM

great design,did the same thing on a tinkerbell treehouse bed for grandaughter watched vidio ,put pencle to paper,dont do sketchup ,hope to have pictures up soon

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