How To Make Kids Bunk Beds How To Make Kids Bunk Beds

What You'll Need
Bunk bed design plans
Design hardware
Automatic saw
Large work area
Safety glasses
Sanding supplies
Wood varnish

Many families are turning to kids bunk beds as one way to cuts costs without cutting corners. When there are two kids of the same gender in a household, bunk beds are a great way to effectively use the space in one room for them to share. Plans are available at major hardware stores or through any number of online websites, and will provide you with a complete list of tools and materials required. Most bunk bed plans are designed for the novice skill level.

Lumber Prep

Pre-cut your lumber according the sizes required in the plans. Once the lumber has been cut, pre-drill any holes specified in the plans.

Next, stain or paint the lumber. Painting offers more options for customizing the bed for your child. Plan on at least 24 hours for the paint or polyurethane sealant to fully dry. Make sure to provide ample ventilation during the painting process.

Build the Frame

Assembly begins with the bed frame. It is very important that all parts of the assembly are kept tight, especially the frame assembly, which supports the entire weight of the bunk beds. Double check all measurements, and make certain that you use the hardware specified in the plans. Keep in mind that many pieces of connecting hardware may look similar.

Assemble the Beds

With the frame put together, the bunks can be assembled. Build each one separately, and make sure that the pieces are going to fit together properly when the bunk is installed in the frame. Each bunk is essentially a wooden platform used to support the mattress. They tend to be simple designs that fit together quickly.

Stack the Bunks

Start with the lower bunk and place it within the frame. Use the hardware provided with the kit to secure all 4 corners. Installing the first bunk should make a noticeable difference in how stable the frame is. When both bunks have been properly installed, the frame should be at least as stable as a regular bedframe.

Install Mattresses

If your plan calls for mattress slats, install them after the bunks have been attached to the frame. Some bunks use a solid pan style and don't require slats, while others have an open box with a ridge designed for slats to fit snugly into.

If all has gone correctly, the mattresses will fit snugly into the box opening and lie level. Add sheets and pillows, and let the kids test their sleep-worthiness.

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