DIY Bunk Bed Set, With Stairs, Cubbie Shelves and of Course.....a Slide!

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I enjoyed making Bunk Beds for many years. I was so tired of the big box store models and others that i made these to last generations! I made them mostly from 2x4's and 2x6's, here are a few that I made. Sadly for medical reasons, I no longer am able to make them, nor do i have any plans for them sorry.
Enjoy :{)

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BryanT91

Question 2 months ago on Introduction

Was looking to build the cabin style bunk bed. Do you happen to have a material list?

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RaptureeBryanT91

Answer 2 months ago

Hey Bryan, i do not have a materials list. However, i can take more than a few minutes and work one up for you off of the top of my head. I will break it down to the individual sections, that way you can choose to make as much/little of the set you see. The sections are simply a Slide, a set of Stairs with or w/o Cubbie-Shelves, a Bunk or Loft Bed(as you choose, easily adaptable), and a Fort/Cabin front. In short, you will find the necessary materials located in the "Montana Style Bunk Beds" build as well as a step by step how-to. Pretty simple.

So referring to the "Montana Style Bunks" for the materials list and the how-to on the bunks you'll be making(or you can skip the lower mattress rails and or supports and thus increase the floor/play area down there if you so desire). You'll also find the how-to on the stairs, easily adaptable for the ones here.

=SLIDE=
Let's start with the Slide. I used "white-board", it is also known as "Dry erase board" from Lowes(or any other home improvement store i'm sure). You'll need to get one sheet or less if they'll allow you to have a remnant. I bought mine in 4'x8'. One side is nice and white, the other is dark brown. I would wait until you have the Bunk bed made and do/build the slide last. That way you can measure out the length/angle you like and build it from there.
I also used two lengths of what's called "Quarter round" trim in 6' or 8' lengths. These will be used as decorative trim, on the top to the slide and go between the white-board and the 2"x4" side rails and extend from the top to the bottom.
I also used three 2"x4"s, pick really nice ones as the users will be holding these as they slide down(think splinters, nice-top choice boards, not cheap studs). Two of the 2x4's will be used for the side rails and one will be cut up and used underneath for cross supports that the "Slide" board will then sit on. I want to say the slide was 16" across and then whatever length you decide you want angling it down from the upper bunk, from the side, as you would like it to be(space available-dependant). Once you decide on the width/length, 16"-18" wide should be perfect, you can cut/assemble the slide frame(if you will).
I built the frame first, then added the slide board, then lastly the quarter round trim boards last. I put one of the 2x4's up to the end of the bed, angled it out and adjusted it to where i liked the looks of it, then marked it's position and started cutting. I made the two side boards that way. Next i laid them out and marked them(in pencil) every 12" starting at the floor/bottom(do not worry about the angle cuts you see at the ends just yet). Once these were all marked out, i counted them up(depends on your space available and length you made it) and i cut the number of cross braces i needed for the slide board supports.
Once these are cut you may lay out the two side boards, lay the center supports in between them at your 12" marks(laying them flat allows for more surface area/support) and screw them into place(I used 2.5" gold deck type screws, I also used large slide bar clamps to keep everything tight before/when screwing them together).
Once you have the slide screwed all together, you can hold it up to the end of the Loft/Bunk bed at the location you like(allowing for a "small loading platform" for them to sit on prior to launching themselves down the slide, looks like the platform at the top of the stairs, super simple). Once you have a location you are happy with at the end of the bed, you can mark the angle of the floor end of the slide frame and make the angle cuts so the frame sits on the floor nicely.
Now that you have the floor ends cut at the angle you like, you can double check your measurements(inside the two long 2x4's, laying flat against the supports and tight against the width, the full length of the 2x4's), you will mark and cut your slide board to fit down inside the length of the slide frame(it is OK to trial fit, recut/trim a little here-and-there as needed so it fits snugly(no large gaps).
Now that you have the Slide board cut, set it on the frame and attach it. I used a small brad nailer and nailed it only at the sides(that way they would be covered by the quarter round trim boards and not show). Once that is finished, measure/attach your 1/4 round trim boards. I brad nailed these as well, making sure each and every one was under the trim board surface to not cut any little hands, and finished them with a light hand sanding.
I built a small platform on the slide end of the bed(similar to the top one on the stairs, sorry i do not have any pictures to show you how i attached it, so you'll have to use your imagination here). I used two 2x4's as support legs or stilts that attached at the outside of the slide platform and went to the floor.

=BUNK-LOFT BED=
You can build yours with either a Loft bed or a Bunk bed, super simple. Refer to the Montana Style Bunks for materials/how-to on this build as i go through every step there.

=Stairs=
You can use the end of the Loft or Bunk Bed instead of taking the time to make the Stairs as they are very labor intensive(no easy to make-build). The users will have just as much fun climbing up the end of the bed as they will trucking up the stairs, plus you'll save yourself nearly an entire day building that set! If you have your heart set on building the Stairs, have at it. Refer to the Montana Style Bunks for the Stair how-to where i have gone through every step there for you.

=FORT-CABIN Face=
This was so much fun, i seriously enjoyed building this part. Over the years i have built several renditions of this portion. Doll house, Tree house, Hobo hut, Castle, Cabin and Fort and all were super cool. Some i painted, some were stained and others left natural as the families each wanted.
Here i used one 4'x8'x3/8" sheet of plywood, one side finished/nice. I always purchased my supplies straight from Lowes because they allowed me to "pick" through each pile of lumber, sheets etc. That way i always got the nicest wood that had the most character for the build if i was going to stain them. If i was going to paint them, then it did;t matter as no one would see the grain anyway. Also, i always restacked the boards/sheets when i finished. I never left them a mess after picking through the piles to get what i wanted(maybe that's why they always allowed me to do that as i always cleaned up after myself).
You can lay this sheet out flat and make your marks in pencil for the door and window openings. You can also make any other cuts/openings you would like at this point. Once cut out, trial fit it to the opening you have for the lower bunk bed, or the floor for a Loft bed. I recommend making your length trim cut on the top(so it will be hidden next to the lower edge of the upper mattress rail) as it will be hidden under the 1"x4" trim board attached to the face of the upper mattress rail.
The 1-by trim boards(top and bottom) will be attached to the plywood and the mattress rails(upper and lower) or on a loft the lower one is just for looks but still needed to finish the face of the Fort. I used 1.5" gold deck type screws when attaching the upper and lower trim boards. All of the other 1-by trim boards i used small brad nails(and shot them from both sides). Angle/decoratively cut the door/window openings as you would like. Lightly sand everything and brad nail/screw them all on.
The "face" was made to fit snugly just inside the legs of the bunk/loft and then be covered up by the 2x4's on the front(as pictured) that i called "Stilt Braces". The Face will only require a few screws on each end to attach the Face to the stilt braces. That way the Face will be attached at both ends and all along the top for a Loft. On the Bunk Bed set, it will be attached on all four sides.
Done, two hours! I hope that helps you Bryan. ENJOY! :{)

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RaptureeNguyen6191

Reply 5 months ago

Hello and thank you for your inquiry. I do not have a set of plans available or for sale. I did however make an instructable detailing how to build a set yourself. If you click on the photo of the "Bunk Beds Montana style" it will take you right to it. Enjoy! If you have any questions while you are building the set, please feel free to email me and i will happily assist you in any way that i can. Enjoy! :{)

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tkuhrich

2 years ago

Do you have plans for sale? I would like to build a bunk bed with stairs as storage too.

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Raptureetkuhrich

Reply 5 months ago

Hello and thank you for your inquiry. I do not have a set of plans for sale. I do however have made an instructable detailing how to make them if you'd like to give it a try or have someone else make them for you using my photos and design. If you're having trouble locating it, click on the photo of the "Bunk Beds Montana Style" and it will take you to it. If you are making them and have any questions after viewing my instructable, please send me an email and i'll be all too happy to answer them the best i can and assist you as you build a set. :{)

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Raptureetkuhrich

Reply 7 months ago

Thank you Tkuhrich for your interest in the beds. I do not have any plans for sale. I actually stopped making them a few years ago and went back to work full time. Thanks though, i do appreciate the interest in them. Mike :{)

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Jenica_c

3 years ago

Can you please share your plans for this bunk bed, I'd love to make this for my son!

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RaptureeJenica_c

Reply 3 years ago

Hello Jenica and thank you for your interest in my Custom Beds. I do not have a specific set of plans for this one. However i'll see what i can do to come up with something for you to make something similar for your son, how exciting!
Thanks, Mike :{)

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Jenica_cRapturee

Reply 3 years ago

We are in the process of making this bed now, anything you can share to help with the slide side?

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RaptureeJenica_c

Reply 3 years ago

Hello Janica. I have a new job that has taken a lot of my extra time so i haven't been able to make the plans like i had hoped to, sorry about that. The Slide is really simple. First decide on where you want to locate it on your bed, either from the front or from the side. Then measure from there to the floor and establish the angle of decent you want. The White board material is great to use as it does not allow their little bums to slide to fast. It is a smooth material but not too slippery! After you measure the angle of the decent that you're happy with, that length will now be the length of the slide. You can use either 2"x3"s of 2"x4"s. Cut two of them to length for the two sides of the slide. Then decide on how wide you want it to be, like 14"-18". I then cut several middle pieces of the same 2x3 or 2x4 as cross braces underneath as supports for carrying the weight of the one sliding. I layed the two rails down side by side, marked out about every 12" and cut several pieces to fit in between the two rails. Two side rails are standing upright and the middle pieces are all laying down flat, everything is flush with the bottom of the rails. I then angle cut the two top ends to match the bed rail and the tow bottom ends to match the floor. Later, when you attach the Slide to the Bed rails, I predrilled the holes from the inside of the bed rail and then used two long screws at each attaching side rail. The floor end simply lays flat on the floor. Now that the rails and middle braces are cut out, lay them out and pre-drill two holes one each end, drilling through the side rail and into the middle brace, two screws attach at each end of each piece. Once it is all screwed together(and square), now measure the inside of the two slide rails and cut out a corresponding piece of White-Board. (Prior to installing the White-Board, sand everything their little hands will be next to). Then, I used a small brad nailer and attached the White-Board to the cross-support pieces. Then measure and cut two long pieces of 1/4" round trim to fit, I 45 degree cut each end for aesthetics and brad nailed into place. ENJOY!!

Super Excited you made this set. I'd love to see some pictures too.

Mike :{)

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Dynamit3

3 years ago

Hi - what material is the slide made with? Thanks

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RaptureeDynamit3

Reply 3 years ago

Thank you for your interest. I make them out of a material called "White Board" or "shower board". They are fairly inexpensive at our local Lowes home improvement store. I also use them for a busy station for smaller ones as a dry erase board. I've also seen the same material used to line shower walls as it is pretty durable. Just make sure when you go to cut it down to the size you want, that you cut from the brown side leaving you a nice edge on the white side. :{)

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Rapturee

3 years ago

Hello again Natasha, i checked and it looks like Salt Lake City Utah would be half way between us lol.... sorry. :{)

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RaptureeNatashaR15

Reply 3 years ago

Hello Natasha, which set are you interested in and i'll see if i can help you through it. Or, if you are close to my area, i might be able to build a set for you at a reasonable cost and my boys and i deliver it as well if possible. Or maybe we can build it and then meet you half way if that works out better if you live too far away.
Thank you for your interest, please let me know what you decide.

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KellyJ62

3 years ago

Have you ever done an outdoor playset? You truly love what you do and it shows, very talented Rapturee!

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MelanieP31

3 years ago

Hi...i was wondering if you can share plans for the twin over full with stairs (picture #3 above). These designs are great, you are so talented!

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RaptureeMelanieP31

Reply 3 years ago

Thank you Melanie. I am currently working on the Plans/Photos for them as we speak. I should have them finished in a couple of weeks or so. Hope that helps, Mike :{)