For the Kids- Bunk bed and Loft bed

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Project by BigRedKnothead posted 03-28-2013 01:58 PM 2817 views 18 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little nudge for all the other young dad’s and grandpa’s on LJ’s;-) I couldn’t stomach the quality of the beds we found in furniture stores…so I made em. Made the bunkbed a few years back, and the loft bed about 6 months ago.
Saw no need to reinvent the wheel, so I got the plans on Woodsmiths Plansnow site. I made some minor changes, but having plans sped these projects up quite a bit.
Both are made from plainsawn red oak due to price and availability here in Iowa. Both could easily be made out of so. yellow pine or something more reasonable in your area. They are very solid pieces and will definitely hold up for another generation. Feel free to shoot me any questions if your considering making one. Peace out, Red

-- Red-- "I hope my furniture has a soul to it.”" -Sam Maloof

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#1 posted 03-28-2013 02:07 PM

Great work, Red! Those came out way better than anything you could’ve bought, and the kids sure look happy about it. This is one of those projects my wife has mentioned in the “Someday, you need to build…” format, I’ll have to keep this in mind, and I’ll make sure to show her this later.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#2 posted 03-28-2013 02:16 PM

Wow, looks great! Great quality, I just may be making my daughter a bed (after i finish our boys nursery…) now that she’s growing out of the crib. This is the motivation I needed. Thanks!

Question, What did you use to finish?

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#3 posted 03-28-2013 02:56 PM

Great looking beds, I agree with you on the quality of store bought junk. I have been thinking about this for my grandsons. Thanks, Bob

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 03-28-2013 03:21 PM

You can’t imagine how timely your project is for me. I am quite literally sketching ideas for a loft for my grandson as we speak. Hope you don’t mind if I use some of your ideas here. Great looking pieces. Thanks for sharing.

-- Then, Than, Their, There, They're, To, Too, Two.....Pine, Maple, Walnut....We need to know the difference.....

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#5 posted 03-28-2013 03:48 PM

Man I was just scoping out a Bunk Bed project. Was it a pretty straight forward build? How long did it take you?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#6 posted 03-28-2013 04:17 PM

Great work. I like the corbel shaped supports on the desk/bed combo. The kids will enjoy those for years.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#7 posted 03-28-2013 05:19 PM

Thanks ya’ll. Hoping it might inspire a few. I think most at the store are borderline unsafe;-/ I made the bunkbed for about $400 and the loft for $500.

Eddie- the finish is reg satin poly. I wish I like the water-based stuff, but I don’t.

Maur- The bunkbed is a very straight forward build. Great for anybody’s first big furniture builld. (notice I like to build big stuff?) Been a couple years, but it’s mostly 5/4 stock with some 4/4. I bought wood already surfaced. Then, I only used a tablesaw(w/dado), drill/drill press, and router. They have a slick way to do mortises for the slats in the plans(without chopping all those mortises). I can show you pics if you want. That front rail is removable with the spring loaded knobs. Also, it’s pretty much two twins stacked, can unstack if ya want.
I bought the plans and hardware kit. It was pretty slick, but you could probably save a few bucks by rounding up your own hardware. Back then, it probably took me about 30-40 hours, but I could make it faster now. -Red

-- Red-- "I hope my furniture has a soul to it.”" -Sam Maloof

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#8 posted 03-28-2013 05:28 PM

That sounds like a doable big project Red, buying surfaced lumber is huge plus too. Nothing to run over the jointer (dont have one) and planer. Thats a big time saver.

Nope, my experience has taught me to not skimp on those small things that save a lot of time. My only issue with the plans would be the vertical pieces. The wife(and me to) likes big chunky legs so I would have to modify that part. Would that mess up the plans or the hardware much you think? I’ll take a look at the plans through the link.

Both the bunk bed and the loft bed came out amazing Red. Awesome work. You justified a bunch of tool purchases on this one. LOL. Dont you love it when you feel like this hobby might come close to paying for itself?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#9 posted 03-28-2013 06:35 PM

Nice post and also well done

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#10 posted 03-28-2013 07:32 PM

Very well done! Looks sturdy! The future owners will surely like it.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#11 posted 03-28-2013 08:08 PM

The look great. Kids look pleased too.

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#12 posted 03-28-2013 08:22 PM

Excellent Job! As a new gandpa I see a build for one of these in the near future.

When my boys were young we also looked at buying bunk beds. Anything we could afford at the time were poorly crafted with cheap materials. Made a stackable bed that they used till they moved out. We still have the lower unit in our guest room that gets plenty of use.

-- Nicky

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#13 posted 03-28-2013 10:08 PM

Maur- Your right. The bunk bed was the first thing I made after I bought a nice table saw. Almost paid for the tablesaw. I don’t see any problem with using thicker stock. The legs are 5/4 with a small mortise for the rails, fastened with the confirmat screws. If you used 8/4, with deeper mortises, you could probably eliminate the screws.
Initially the bunkbed was made for my son. Then we had two girls, so he got the smaller room with the loft bed. He seems fine with that;-)

-- Red-- "I hope my furniture has a soul to it.”" -Sam Maloof

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#14 posted 03-28-2013 10:21 PM

Looks great Dan! I plan to do something similar when the kiddo (singular for now) gets a little older…probably a loft and add the bottom bunk later on.

Classy as always man!

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#15 posted 03-28-2013 11:38 PM

Hey Dan this project looks very similar to one I’m building for my grandsons. I got my plan from woodworkers journal. nice work.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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