Installing Bunk Beds in Your RV Part 1

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
A wrench
Bolt wrench
Spirit Level
Drill bits
Marker or pencil
Wood or Metal (for bed frame)

Bunk beds are an excellent idea to save space in your RV. There are many ways and methods on how to install bunk beds into your RV. You must secure them properly, otherwise you or your children may fall out of the bed and get hurt. The most important part of the bunk bed is the frame. The frame needs to support the weight properly. This article will help you choose the right equipment and provide the basic steps for installing bunk beds into your RV.

Step 1: Measuring the Area

First you have to take some measurements. The bed frame has to be built according to the space available. You won’t need a lot of space if the bunk beds are for children. You have to make sure that nothing else is in the way of the future bunk beds, such as metal pipes, etc. Make sure to find an alternative place for the bunk beds if there are these sorts of things in the way. Use the measuring tape to take note of the width and length of the area you are going to use.

Step 2: The Bunk Bed Frame

Now you have a choice whether to use metal or wood for the frame. Wood is easier to work with while metal is more durable. Whatever you choose, make sure that you follow the measurements. Alternatively you can buy the frame from a shop.

Step 3: Drilling the Holes

Place the frame in the area to be used. Now you have to secure it to the RV. If you have made the frame yourself, it is easier to do this part since you have the exact measurements. On the other hand if you’ve bought an already made frame, you may need to make some adjustments to secure it but this may not always be the case. Use the drill and drill two upright holes in every top corner of the frame (leave at least 0.4 of an inch between the holes). Repeat the same thing to the bottom corners. Use a drill bit wide enough for the bolts to fit. Drill opposite holes into the RV for securing the frame. Make sure that it is safe to drill in that part, otherwise you may cause damage. 

Step 4: Tightening the Bolts

Insert the bolts into the frame going straight through the RV wall. Use the wrench to secure them properly. Make sure that they are securely fixed.

As you can see it’s not that difficult to install bunk beds into your RV. This method will secure the bunk bed frame to the RV itself. Alternatively you can leave the bunk bed frame unsecured (but it’s not advisable) or you can opt for other methods of securing the frame. If you don’t want a permanent bunk bed frame, you can purchase a frame that can be folded out.