Step 2: Materials
Overall cost of the bed was just over $500, sans the mattress. It seems like a lot, but any store bought bunk beds are close to this price, and often times higher. I did find a couple online sites selling a "VW" bunk bed. These ran from $1200 for one style, and $2800 for the other. And to put it as humbly as I can, they are not as nice as this one. :)
All materials can be purchased from most any home store. The only items not purchased from the home store are the VW accents. They can be found online, auto parts stores, and at local junkyards.
"Measurements in inches and feet"
5 sheets of 4'x8' 1/4 inch plywood. I used a premium floor underlayment. The price was really good and of durable quality.
(These are for outer skin.)
2 sheets of 4'x8' 3/4 inch MDF or plywood. (In my project I used 1/2 inch thick and needed to add extra bracing underneath it. I would definitely use 3/4 inch for better stability and less bracing.)
(These are for the floors of top and bottom bases.)
11 sticks of 3/4"x4' dowels.
(These are for the safety railing/faux cargo rack.)
7 pieces of 1"x2"x8' firring strips.
(These are for safety railing/fuax cargo rack.)
3 pieces 1"x3"x8' firring strips.
(These are for the ladder.)
9 pieces of 2"x2"x8' firring strips.
(These are for the frames of doors and safety rail/faux cargo rack.)
2 pieces of 2"x6"x8' studs.
(These are for ribs of curved front end.)
12 - 14 pieces of 2"x3"x8' studs. The amount is dependent on how much bracing you are comfortable with.
(These are for the majority of all the framing.)
1 piece of 4"x4"x4' post. Some home stores will cut this for you. If not, a full 6 or 8 foot stick may need to be bought.
4, pre-cut 16" diameter, 3/4 inch thick plywood circles. Some home stores sell these. Otherwise you will have to cut your own.
1 piece of 3/4"x12"x44.5" pine board. Try to get a nice knot-free piece here.
1 box of drywall screws.
1 box of 2" deck screws.
1 box of 2.5" deck screws.
1 small box of 3.5" deck screws.
4, 1/4 inch x 3" carriage bolts.
4, 1/4 inch washers.
4, 1/4 inch nuts.
4 hinges for the doors
*12 "L" brackets 4"x4" These can be found in the door and hinge section of Home stores.
*12 "L" brackets 1"x1" These can be found in the Home store area that contains framing hardware, such as hurricane straps.
* Pictures supplied in The Wall Frames step of this instructables.
Jigsaw and/or Band-saw if available. (Wishlist for me)
Compound miter saw
Table saw, if available
Hand sander and sand paper
Paints of whatever color you prefer
Clamps for when you need that 3rd or 5th hand to hold pieces up.
Little decals and stick-ons.