Instructables
Picture of Building a bunk bed from an old wooden door.
When I came across this white door that my neighbour was chucking out, I instantly had an idea in mind with it, so he pased it my way....

Space in my bedroom is at an absolute premium, so i've applied the same format that the Chinese and Japanese use; when you run out of space to build out, start building up!

I have a small single mattress a bit smaller than a standard single bed (about 75 cm × 180 cm). I wanted the bunk bed to be about 4 foot off the ground, so the end of my sofa would fit under it.

After a lot of umming and ahhing and sizing out, I came up with a plan to build 2 end frames for each end of the door, then 2 supporting beams for the door running lengthways and finally sturdied with some braces of some sort around the legs.
So, time to get to work!
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1:

Picture of
0.2.jpg
Firstly, the materials. The door of course needed 4 legs and would mimic a very tall table in appearance. Here is the door itself, I cut about 15cm off the bottom as my mattress wasn't as long as the door. You can also see the frames I built from simple 2x2, 2x3 and 2x4 timber. You can also see the two lengths of wood to provide support length ways.

Step 2:

Picture of
Here is the frame lent together and the door positioned on top: The mattress will sit a top this. I am keeping the design simple with no guard rails ( I haven't fallen out f bed since I was about 4!), although you must take necessary precautions as you see fit and guard rails are simply a MUST if you are building this for kids.

Step 3:

Picture of
0.5.jpg
0.6.jpg
OK, this is the space I am going to be filling with my new bunk bed: And directly underneith my UV glow graffiti wall of course :-D 
Good idea and a great way to reuse old stuff to make new and useful stuff also i would suggest that you add some safety bars on the side so you don't fall and break an arm or something else!
l8nite1 year ago
Great way to recycle ! Thank you for sharing
tobychan (author)  l8nite1 year ago
Many thanks! D-)