Bunk beds

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Project by AllanK posted 03-28-2007 07:07 PM 2781 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these bunk beds for my grandchildren in California. I used white ash throughout, and finished them with clear, water-based urethane. They break down into two identical twin-sized beds by interchanging a headboard and footboard on each. The slide turned out to be too long for the room, so it’s been relegated to the basement storage area.

The beds are shown in our basement. I then had to find a way to get them to California. Fortunately, I have a friend with an enormous refrigerated warehouse who ships stuff all over the country. With the help of his foreman, we broke it all down, shrink-wrapped the parts and shipped it with one of his shipments. Reassembly in California was easy.

Now I have to make another set for my other grandchildren. At least they’re local – no shipping required. This time I’m using maple.

-- "Stupidity is forever, but ignorance can be fixed."

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#1 posted 03-28-2007 07:13 PM

Oops – that’s “shipping” not “chipping” – by the way, is it possible to edit a project once it’s been posted?

-- "Stupidity is forever, but ignorance can be fixed."

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#2 posted 03-28-2007 07:19 PM

Beautiful work! Of course when you said the slide was too big for the bedroom, my warped sense of humor caused me to have a mental image of the little ones coming down the slide and right through the sheetrock wall, a la Wile E. Coyote.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 03-28-2007 07:23 PM

Thanks, Charlie – actually, if the slide had been left in place they would have flown through the door and down the stairs! :-)

-- "Stupidity is forever, but ignorance can be fixed."

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#4 posted 03-28-2007 07:37 PM

this looks great; did you have some plans to work from?

-- MikeB, Aurora, Oregon

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#5 posted 03-28-2007 08:13 PM

They are very nice… They should last for generations being made from ash.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#6 posted 03-28-2007 08:39 PM

MikeB – I created my own plans based on a bed we saw at The Land of Nod. I wasn’t too careful to keep them updated as I tweaked the design, so now I have to re-create them for the second set. I might try my hand at Sketchup this time…

-- "Stupidity is forever, but ignorance can be fixed."

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#7 posted 03-28-2007 09:01 PM

I can see a lot of “but I want the top bunk—you had it last time!!!”

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 03-28-2007 09:03 PM

and they are gorgeous!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 03-28-2007 09:25 PM

Nice design as well! It sure will be convenient to transform into independant beds when the kids are older.

Nice work!

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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#10 posted 03-28-2007 09:49 PM

Has me thinking about making a set for my kids… how long do you think you spent on them… even better please track your new set!


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#11 posted 03-28-2007 10:44 PM

Love the slide!

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#12 posted 03-29-2007 12:18 AM

Nice set of Bunk Beds. Real classy.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 03-29-2007 02:43 AM

With a bed like that the kids won’t want to leave the room. Whats wrong with shooting down the slide, out the door, and down the stairs….sounds like the kids would have loved it.

Great design…make sure you share it when you do it in Sketchup. My daughter is starting to think about kids…about time. This is something she would love.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#14 posted 03-29-2007 04:29 AM

very good looking!!! i love the slide, im sure they love it!

-- "What one can make with good tools is limited only by one's talent" (

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#15 posted 03-29-2007 08:42 AM

You want to build my kid a waterbed with a water slide? J/K. I’m sure your grandkids love it. I wish I had that when I was little. Nice design and it looks solid as a rock. If you need any help with sketchup, I use it all the time and would be glad to help you if I can. I’m going to be teaching a workshop on it this summer here in AZ.

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ,

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