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Forum topic by darrenjttu posted 08-18-2014 07:31 PM 920 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-18-2014 07:31 PM

Has anyone built their own bunk beds. It does not seem too complicated. Pics?

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#1 posted 08-18-2014 07:41 PM

I built two sets of bunks beds using an Ana White plan. They are not very complicated. Good luck with your project.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#2 posted 08-18-2014 08:50 PM

I made a bunk bed for my kids when they were little. Oldest one is in her 30’s now.. It was constructed with 4×4 oak posts and 2×6 oak rails. It is still in use when guests come. The construction is very much like what Don has posted. The nice thing about it is that the top bunk detaches from the bottom one, so you can have two side by side beds if needed. The kids will fight for the top bunk initially, then it reverses.


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#3 posted 08-18-2014 08:57 PM

I posted this one in my blog, but here it is again…..

This was built from a published plan from Pottery Barn. The original plan called for pocket-hole joinery, but I opted for dowels. The bricks and lettering are all hand painted.

-- Ed

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#4 posted 08-18-2014 09:21 PM

I have a set at my parent’s house that is made by 2×6 pine, stained to look like oak. The uprights are set perpendicular to the length of the bed, so it rocked long ways a little bit. It did not have any angle braces on the back side. It was two separate pieces that could either be set at an angle or combined together. Sorry, I don’t have pictures right now. There are no box springs the mattresses rested right on top of a 2” thick wooden braced box. The ends were screwed on with wooden caps over the screws, but I wouldn’t suggest screws as the most structural option.

The story is that the guy my dad paid to build them went to jail, so my dad had to go pick up the rest of the material from his wife and finish them on his own time. I don’t recall if he paid any of the labor up front.

When I was in college, I stuck a metal bed spring on wood legs for one summer when I lived in a trailer with some friends.

-- Nicholas

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