Bunk Beds

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Project by crunchy posted 09-04-2008 04:56 AM 1788 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I finally have a project to show off. I am the dad of 6 kids, so needless to say, bunk beds are essential in our house.

I copied a set that a friend of mine made up on the fly. It’s mainly just a box for the mattress with guardrails and ladder attached. Unfortunately, I still have to get the guards and the ladder attached. But the kids are sleeping on them and LOVING them!

We needed them badly, so they are just bare wood right now. Basic construction, like I said, is just two boxes, one for each mattress, with 4 legs. There is a 2×4 across the middle at each end and in the middle. I started out with 3 1×4’s running lengthwise (my friend’s recommendation) in the first set, but that just left too much mattress drooping. I replaced that with a base of 5/8 plywood on the 2×4’s. The plywood is not screwed down or anything, so that if I have to move the beds, it’s easily removable.

I know, it’s not much, but it’s a start for this newbie.

-- Crunchy Geek, South Carolina

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#1 posted 09-04-2008 04:58 AM

Great. I grew up on of ten Children, My dad never made these, boy how handy they would have been, Thanks. Joe

-- JAnderson: Columbus, OH

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#2 posted 09-04-2008 10:40 PM

Nice job. It’s amazing you hade time to build this with 6 kids at home!

-- Engineer by day...Sawdust manufacturer by night.

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#3 posted 09-04-2008 10:46 PM

nice to see a nice family man at work for his kids , nice work ,well done very practical too!! Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#4 posted 09-06-2008 03:09 PM

Remember, kids care a lot less about those type of things (not finished) than you do. They just love having some neat beds to sleep in. You can be proud of your first project. Keep working at it and your skills will improve.

-- "I don't know, we haven't played Alabama yet." -- Vince Lombardi after being asked what it felt like to be the greatest football team in the world just after winning the '66 championship game.

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