Best Bunk Bed Woodworking Projects, Plans & Step by Step Guide

Written by Stephen

On March 7, 2020

If you’re a family with more than one kid, then you’re likely to be familiar with bunk beds. In the highly unlikely case that you’re not familiar with these, the following is an explanation of bunk beds to help you understand them.

Comprising of top or more beds stacked on top of each other, bunk beds are one of the most commonly used bed systems in households with two or more kids. The reason why bunk beds are so standard in large households is that they provide a convenient solution to these families to meet the bedding needs of all household members. Additionally, bunk beds save a lot of space in rooms to allow to accommodate other essential furniture and decor there.

While bunks beds are bought or built mainly for functional purposes, they can help to enhance the aesthetic appeal of a room if they have an alluring design. Bunk beds are readily available at furniture outlets. However, buying a good quality bunk bed can be expensive.

If you don’t have a problem spending several hundred dollars on a bunk bed, then go ahead and buy a ready-made bunk bed. However, if you have a limited budget for the bunk bed, then you should go for DIY bunk bed plans. If you’ve already made their choice, then we would recommend you work on bunk bed plans with stairs or loft bed plans with stairs.

If you want to start a Do It Yourself bunk bed project but don’t know where to start, then you’d do well to find out how to build a bunk bed.

Here’s How You Can Build A Bunk Bed With Stairs

 

DIY Triple Bunk Bed

1.    DIY Triple Bunk Bed

We will start this guide on how to build a bunk bed with stairs with the DIY triple bunk bed. This is one of the best bunk bed plans with stairs available today for families with more than two kids. With this bunk bed plan, you can fit all your children in the same room so that they can enjoy each other’s company before bedtime.

A great way to make good use of the space in a room, a DIY triple bunk bed will help you accommodate all your kids in the same place. It will also allow you to put your DIY and creative skills to the test. You can customize the bunk bed’s design and color according to your liking and preference. Following are the complete material list and all the instructions to build the Do It Yourself triple bunk bed.

The Tools and Supplies You Will Need

  • 18 carriage bolts and nuts
  • Rub-on Polyurethane
  • 2×6 boards
  • Gel stain
  • 2×4 boards
  • 3” long box of wood screws
  • Three plywood sheets
  • 2×3 boards
  • Power hand sander
  • Table saw
  • Drill
  • Router

Ste-by-Step Instructions

  • Start by drilling pocket holes into the rails
  • Using wood glue and pocket screws, attach the rails to the legs. This will build the front panel
  • Repeat the above steps to build the back panel
  • Repeat step 1 and 2 again to build the two side panels
  • Construct three mattress boxes and attach the mattress slats
  • Build the ladder
  • Assembles all the pieces together

Side Street Bunk Beds

2.    Side Street Bunk Beds

One of the DIY bunk bed plans with stairs provided on Ana White’s website, the side street bunk beds are bunk beds with stairs that go up to the bunk at the top. If built properly, this bunk bed is extremely spacious, which accommodates older kids; even teenagers can fit easily. So, if you have two young teens in your home and only one room for them, then the side street bunk bed is ideal for you. The bed will fit into a corner of your room to ensure that both your teens have enough space in the room for their other stuff. You can choose a color and pattern for the bunk bed by consulting your teens to ensure their happiness. Following is the complete material list and the full set of instructions for building this bunk bed.

The Materials List

  • Seven 8 feet long 2×4
  • Two additional 2×4 for the ladder
  • Six 10 feet long 2×6
  • An additional 2×6 for the guardrail
  • Four 8 feet long 2×6
  • Thirty-two bolts with nuts and washers
  • Two 8 feet long 2×2
  • Fifty 2-inches self-tapping wood screws
  • 150 Two ½ inch self-tapping wood screws
  • 2-inch brad nails

Step-by-Step Instructions

  • Attach the 2×4 legs to the 2×6 to build the two ends for the bunk bed
  • Add the leg spacer trim pieces once the ends are built. Use glue and 2-inch brad nails to attach
  • Stain, paint or sand the two ends of the panel and 2×6 side-rails
  • On each of the side-rails, drill four holes through the legs in pattern to assemble. Use bolts and washers to attach
  • Using glue and the two ½-inch screws, fix the inside of the side to the 2×2 cleats
  • On the backside of the bed side-rails, screw the guardrail
  • Using 1×4s and 2-inch screws, secure the mattress slats
  • Position the slats around the legs of the guardrail
  • Using two 1/2 -inch screws, attach ladder from inside of the side-rail

The Free-House Bunk Bed

3.    The Free-House Plan

A modern bunk bed, the free-house bunk bed has a top with an A-frame, which makes the bed look like a playhouse. This can seem like a lot of fun to your kids, and they would want to spend a good amount of time in their bed. You may not even have to try to get them into bed. How great is that?

If you have young kids, then building a free-house bunk bed for their room should be a no-brainier. Following is the complete material list and all the instructions for building this DIY bunk bed.

The Supplies You Will Need

  • Eight 8” 2×4
  • Wood filler
  • Three 8” 2×6
  • Sanding pads
  • Two 8” 2×2
  • Wood glue
  • Three 8” 1×4
  • Stain or paint of choice
  • Hundred pack of 2-inch screws
  • Paintbrush
  • Orbital sander
  • Drill
  • Table saw
  • Clamps
  • Driver

Step-by-Step Instructions

  • Start by constructing the panels for both ends
  • Lay the panels on the ground and line them up
  • Start drilling the pocket holes. On each cut, drill two holes. Use silicone between every cut
  • Once you’ve completed the end panels, put them in a standing position
  • Using two 2-inch screws, screw the outside panel into the 2×4 side rail
  • Repeat the same step for the top side rails
  • Once you have screwed in the two sets of side rails, put the triangle’s bottom on the ends
  • Drill pocket holes on each side
  • Attach the top stringer and fill the holes
  • Coat using the chosen paint or stain

 

If you’re looking for DIY bunk bed plans for your home, then you won’t find better plans than the ones mentioned above.

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