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If you wish to construct some fairly nice looking bunk beds for
probably around $100 (cost me about $85 thirteen years ago) with nothing
more than a circular saw (assuming you can cut nice and straight), a
hammer, a drill, and perhaps a belt sander, then these free bunkbed
plans are for you.
To see and print out a picture of the finished product (after 5 years
of kids), click
here. These bunkbeds are now THIRTEEN YEARS OLD and are as sturdy as new! (and still in use) The plans are shown below. Here is what you do AFTER
you cut out all pieces and SAND them:
- Construct two "boxes" out of the eight 2x6 pieces described
below. The outer dimensions of the finished boxes will be 41.5"
by 78". I used 3" deck screws in shallow 3/8 holes with wood plugs
as can be seen at the photo link above and in the figure below.
- Attach bed supports inside "boxes" as shown in the figure
below and the side view diagram below. I used 3" deck screws
driven into shallow 3/8 holes that were then covered with wood
plugs. I also used several #10 finish nails in each location
and later filled the set nail holes. Provided your 2x4's are the
usual 1.5" thickness, the 38.5" frame supports will fit inside the
(41.5-3)" boxes perfectly.
- Mark the 4 corner posts as shown below with marks at 9" and
48" up. Attach corner posts to boxes with #10 finish nails for
the sake of holding things together while drilling holes for the
carriage bolts. Note: The bed shown here assumes the use of a 6"
thick mattress. If your mattress is thicker you may want to move
your top box down accordingly or plan on moving your top guard
rails up. For example, if your mattress is 8" thick, have your top
box at 46" up instead of 48" up.
- Check for square-ness. Drill 3/8 holes for the carriage bolts
through corner posts and boxes. Attach the 4 corner posts. A
CLOSE-UP photo is shown at this link.
- In a manner very similar to step 1, construct two "boxes" for
the guard rails of dimensions 78" by 41.5". Mark the 4 corner
posts as shown below at 55 3/4" up and 61.5" up. Again, use deck
or sheet rock screws with 3/8" wood plugs to hold these boxes
- Attach guard rails inside bed frame as shown below. I used
sheet rock screws with no plugs so I could easily disassemble the
bed. The screws are not visible.
- Cut (2) mattress supports out of 3/4" 4x8 sheets to dimensions
38 1/4" by 74 3/4".
- Build ladder as shown below. You will probably want "hooks" to
hold the ladder to the bed. I used 1.5" by 1/8" steel bar stock.
I cut the stock to (2) 8 1/8" lengths and bent them as shown in
the photo link above. Add padding of some sort to avoid marring
- Cut additional 2x4 pieces to "fill out" the corner posts to
make them look like 4x4's and perhaps make the whole unit a bit
sturdier. These pieces are about 3", 2 1/4", 33 1/2", & 8 /34".
I did this and attached them with finish nails.
- Fill any set nail holes and sand entire unit.
- Finish as desired. This can be done in the garage (as I did),
although you will need to disassemble and reassemble. Let me know
how it went by dropping me an
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|My husband & I have no woodworking experience, and we were able to modify them and build a bunk bed with a loft. It took 3 afternoons and cost $340 (which includes the cost of a saw,drill & sander). The guardrails on the top go all the way across in the back, and the 2x6 in back also goes all the way across. We built the bottom bed at 18 inches high, so we can slide rolling boxes underneath (a project for another day). The top beds are 60 inches off the ground.
||Comments Sent To Me in April of 2011!
|Here are some nice
Bunkbeds with a paint finish built by Joe P. Joe commented "This bed is
way nicer than 99% of the beds that we saw when shopping for a
bunk bed. This bed is bomb proof." These beds cost him about
$109. Note how a ladder is built into the end of the bed.
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BED VARIATIONS BELOW
|One person built
this nice loft bed and sent a picture in! Click on the picture on
the right for a larger view. The person who built this
stated it was fairly stable but if you have kids like mine, you
would probably want to attach the bed to the floor or wall to
|This person used
2x6's. A single rail will be placed along the top when this
bed is moved to its final location. Also, a ladder will be
installed on the end.
|Dear sir, I just
wanted to let you know that I found your plans on the internet for
the bunkbed. I wanted to thank you for making it easy for me. a
little background. I'm a single mother, who promised to get her 2
sons a bunkbed, since we moved in April. the deadline was
Christmas, and I couldn't afford to get one that I liked. they
were all around $400-1000. anyway, with about $95 and your plans,
i modified it a little, to make a full size bed on the bottom,
that is detachable, and the top is like a loft bed.
|We converted a church building into a multi function facility. Part of the church is a bunk house for men and women when they come to help around the ministry. I took your plans, with minor modifications, and built six full size twin beds and one twin over a queen bed. They look great!
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