Modern Bunkbeds in Walnut and Maple

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Project by JoshLawson posted 04-21-2015 03:25 AM 1929 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a set of twin bunk beds that I made for my kids. It’s made primarily from hard maple, with walnut accents. As with most big projects I do, I like to do a 3d model in sketch-up prior to making it. You can see I stayed pretty true to my original model.

It’s made so the headboard and foot board can be separated from the bed rails—I’d seen a lot of different ways to bolt them together, but decided to use custom made nuts, 1” x 1” with a tapped hole in the center, that were mortised near the end of each bed rail (the festool domino joiner cut perfect slots for them). Then I used 6” stainless steel bolts through the headboard and footboards to pull it all together. The whole thing is rock solid as a result, with no creaking or the slightest shifting.

I also made some custom brackets for the ladder hook since I couldn’t find anything that would reach around 8/4 stock online. I cut the metal strips, drilled the wholes and had a friend put the bends in.

The side rails that keep the kids from rolling off the bed in the middle of the night are bolted to the bed rails with brass threaded inserts, so they are removable when they get older. The mattress support slats are all solid maple as well.

You may notice some smart lights I made with them as well:
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Thanks for looking!

-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa

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#1 posted 04-21-2015 03:41 AM

Very nicely designed and executed!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 04-21-2015 03:59 AM

That is a great design with a very high quality, solid feel. That’s the kind of work only a father would do for the kids.

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#3 posted 04-21-2015 12:53 PM

Beautiful! I like the 2 contrasting woods and your design.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 04-21-2015 09:01 PM

Great work. I like the walnut in there.

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

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#5 posted 04-22-2015 02:15 AM

Very well done! I especially like the walnut raised panels.

-- Bob in Okieland

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#6 posted 04-27-2015 02:23 AM

Great design, wood choice was excellent also

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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