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Need help making this bunk bed a reality! Answered

So, I want to do this project with my kids. They’re 5 and 7, and I want to start early in educating them that all this stuff that surrounds them is made by someone, and that someone can be them...

Also, they want a bunk bed. :)

Take a look at the photo...

Can anyone help me turn this picture into a design? I’m pretty handy, but I’d love it if someone with the carpentry-and-CAD skill intersection could take a crack at turning this pic into something I can use...




11 months ago

How about a bunkbed with a built in climbing wall instead of a ladder? That could be fun for kids!


Reply 9 months ago

Sounds good but i see the kid having trouble climbing rock wall in his bare feet shen he or she has to use the bathroom


10 months ago

I generally agree with Rick H on this. Just glancing at bunkbeds available for sale, a simple one with square cuts and joints is 2 to 3 hundred$. With angles etc foor more complexity, 2 to 3 thousand. That reflects skill and hours required to make it. The simplest bunkbed would be 2 by 4s assembled with carriage bolts. Functional + strong. And completed in a weekend. Something too ambitious often doesn't get completed.


11 months ago

Don't you think you should start them off with smaller and simpler projects?

I worry that if you can't draw out the plans for this with a pencil then your not likely to be able to make it.

IF you want plans then your going to have to give some sizes so the beds can be dimentioned properly.


Reply 11 months ago


Thanks for the solid advice! You make a good point. However, I’m no stranger to large projects; this will be my *kids’* first large undertaking. Which is kind of the point. :)

I’m asking for help here because I know my strengths. I can tackle complex builds that take months to finish, no problem. I’ve just always had instructions to work off. I could draw this out with a pencil, sure, but I’m confident I’d waste a fair amount of time making mistakes. Hence my request... I don’t have experience with some obvious questions:

“How to make it sturdy (i.e., monkey-climbing kid-resistant) without wasteful over-engineering?”

“How to design it so it can be disassembled and moved easily?”

And of course, the dreaded questions that I don’t even know to ask... :)

So, yes, sizes: Twin mattresses for the actual beds. Eight foot ceiling.


Reply 11 months ago

I am not sure 8 feet is enough head room. Even if the lower bunk is on the floor you only have a max of 4 feet above each bed. Kids bounce up and down a lot on beds.

PS mattresses come in different sizes. ie widths - at least here in the UK.

I doubt you will find anyone who will draw up the plans for you: a) it is a pretty big job and time consuming b) If you looking for structural calculations to make sure its. strong enough there will be some responsibility attached.

Better get out the pencil, simplify the structure and make it with 2 x 3's and 18mm plywood.


Reply 11 months ago

Concept in minimum 3 x 2. and 18 mm ply wood for the bed base and side panels.

The orange is a safety side panel that also adds stiffness to the frame to prevent it twisting - You can add your climbing wall to the end.

I suggest for stifness you should mortice and tennon the cross beams into the legs.

Dimensions are up to you.

Beyoned this you can make it as fancy as you like.