A bunk bed is a space saving bed in which one bed frame is stacked on top of another, allowing two or more beds to occupy the floor space usually required by only one.
If you are planning to learn how to build a bunk bed for you or even for your own child, I say, this kind of beds are the best options as a space saver.
I’ve built one myself for Mike and Stacey’s room and with the kiddie design I’ve put in, my children are simply loving as they can also have their sense of style added giving it their own stamp of personality even if one bed is atop another.
Learning how to build a bunk bed entails more work and planning than say, building furniture. However, with patient planning and strong commitment to get the job done, building this kind of bed is doable as long as you know how to follow easy instruction from ready made plans.
I’ve learned many things while I was building. Things, which I’m about to share with you in this article.
Safety is a primary concern for me as a parent. You know how growing children are. One is often enough to make you dizzy with their flurry of activities. Put two of them in the same room, and it’s bound to be chaotic
That’s why I made sure I built a very sturdy bed for both of them. I chose a hard wood for this purpose as it provides more stability to the structure.
Also, more attention should be given in building the ladder as well as the guard rails of the top bunk. And personally, I have my younger kid stay on the lower bunk as I just think that any kid below 4 should not be allowed to sleep on the upper bunk for safety reasons. (Kids are born clumsy, and my kids are clumsier than others because they carry my DNA.)
You can build a bunk bed just by using some basic hand tools like saw and drill. As for the materials, the type of wood you are going to use is completely up to you. You just have to make sure that it is sturdy enough.
Based on experience, you’re going to need four 4×4 for the posts, and four 2×4 but then again, wood usage is dependent on the design of the bunk bed. I’ve used more wood than necessary as I’ve installed some built in panels and small cabinet for the bunk bed.
The first time I let my kids on my plans to build a bunk bed, they were completely against the idea, especially my eldest. However, letting them see the design of the bunk bed I was planning to build for them, they were eager to have the bunk bed done.
They completely loved the panels and cabinets I’ve installed in their own space of the bed.
It was an extra effort I had to put in but having a bed plan beforehand made everything easier and faster for me. Personally, I’ve always been using plans for each woodworking project I’m building and building a bunk bed for my kids is no exception.
A good plan makes it easier for me to execute as it has the necessary step-by-step instruction so I don’t have to overlook some things. Of course, having pictures thrown in definitely made the instruction easier to follow.