Bunk Beds

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Project by Ray posted 05-08-2008 08:10 PM 2313 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since our two boys had to share a bedroom and there wasn’t a lot of additional room so I decided to build bunk beds. Knowing that they have to be tough to hold up to the typical boy activities I used 2×6’s for the two bed frames and 2×4’s for the legs and ladders. It just bolts together so it can be moved quite easily and it is also configurable as well. I offset the bunks so the lower occupant didn’t feel like he was in a box plus to make it easier to make the beds the lower bunk is just a foot off the floor thus the upper bunk is maybe 4’ above the floor. They can be taken apart and used as twin beds side by side too.
Our sons are fully grown and off on their own but the beds have found a new home at our cousin’s kid’s house for their children so they have not fallen apart yet!
Everything was made out of pine except the ladder runners which are 1” oak for additional strength. The boxes are doweled together and glued. The base bottoms are made or ¾” plywood and mounted to the rails via a grove and glue as well as tow cross support underneath. A few costs of polyurethane tops it off.

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#1 posted 05-08-2008 10:40 PM

This is a very nice project. Adding an offset, as you did, gives these beds a unique design.

Well done.

Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 05-11-2008 01:31 AM

The top bunk looks like it is for a short boy

Thanks for posting

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#3 posted 05-11-2008 01:42 AM

LOL! The room was so small when I took the pictures that the rest of the bed (top bunk) didn’t show up!
It really does hold a twin bed!

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