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

    Hey Bryan, sorry it took me so long to check in. The materials list for the one pictured in your response is a standard Twin Loft Bed. Then you will want to add a sheet of 3/8 ply for the face/front and a second sheet if you want to cover both ends(one sheet split roughly in half). Hope that helps, Mike :{)

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  • Twin/Twin Bunk Bed Set, Montana Style!

    hello, as that was several years ago i do not remember exactly. I can tell you that i use to purchase either the stud length or a full 8' depending on price and quality.Hope that helps, Mike :{)

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    Great job, that really turned out fantastic. Nice touch with the ceiling fan and homemade tree!!! That'll take them through years of fun and memories for life time!!! And they were so much fun to make and watch them play in them for years.Again, great JOB!! Mike :{)

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

    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 d…

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    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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  • Twin/Twin Bunk Bed Set, Montana Style!

    Tracey, you are ever so welcome. I used to make custom beds for kids mostly, then their parents started wanting them as well. Many years ago, I got tired of seeing kids from broken families sleeping on the floor or on mattresses directly on the floor, so i started making the beds just for those kids. Most who were from single parent families and well, it grew from there. I did it for about ten years until my full time job changed and i started working out of state a lot. Now I'm semi-retired and am thinking i will start doing beds again, just part-time ya know... :{)

    Hello CD and thank you for your inquiry and for the compliment on the perfect joints. They are not easy, but with patience you too can make very nice notches! There are a couple of ways to do them. First, you can measure each mattress rail that will fit in it's corresponding notch and mark/cut each one to size.Or, you can measure each of the mattress rails and cut every notch to the largest rail. That way it is much faster for you, the largest one will then be a snug fit and all of the remaining ones will just slip right in. Make sure to post some pictures of the one you build! Thanks again, Mike :{)

    Hello CD and thank you for the inquiry. It is tricky and you can do it a couple of ways. First, make sure the saw is perfectly straight when you are making the cuts. Then you can either 1)= Measure each board you are going to insert in the notch and mark/cut them accordingly pairing each of them together. 2)= Measure all of the ends of the 2x6 matt rail boards and cut/notch to the largest one. Then that one will be tight and all of the others will slip right on/in with ease. The amount of perfection/choice is yours. Thanks again, MIke :{)

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  • 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! :{)

    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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  • 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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  • Thank you Susie for your interest. I am sorry for not getting back to you in a more timely fashion. That set was made with the standard twin/twin mattresses. You can however easily extend either set or all of them to be Twin XL's.Thanks again, Mike :{)

    Hey BrandonH, thank you for your interest in my Custom Beds. That Montana set was made in an "L" shape. It is a 6 bunk set, however i have made several of them in 3 or 4 bunks in that "L" shape. My girls had theirs in an "L" shape with two lofts and only one lower bunk. Then they used the space under the second one for dressers or to play in that area. There are a few different configurations of the "L" shape you could go with, however none of them will fit within the 100" space you are restricted to. You may have to go with two standard bunk beds and place them side by side with whatever free space you can afford in between them once set up. Keeping in mind not to block the egress of the window.So on to your question. Specifically, 100" i…

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    Hey BrandonH, thank you for your interest in my Custom Beds. That Montana set was made in an "L" shape. It is a 6 bunk set, however i have made several of them in 3 or 4 bunks in that "L" shape. My girls had theirs in an "L" shape with two lofts and only one lower bunk. Then they used the space under the second one for dressers or to play in that area. There are a few different configurations of the "L" shape you could go with, however none of them will fit within the 100" space you are restricted to. You may have to go with two standard bunk beds and place them side by side with whatever free space you can afford in between them once set up. Keeping in mind not to block the egress of the window.So on to your question. Specifically, 100" is not enough room to make a quad set in an "L" shape. The twin mattresses are 75" long and 39" wide respectively. Now add the lumber framework and you end up with a finished dimension of 81" and 43"(44 1/2" if you use the extra braces on one side). So BrandonH, with that in mind you'd need to figure out a different arrangement. I do apologize for not being able to come up with more ideas for you, but 100" x 100" is not a lot of room to work with for a quad bunk bed set unless it is side by side with a small gap in between.I do hope that is of some help to you and your family, thanks again for your interest. Mike :{)

    Thank you Mario for saying so!Mike :{)

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  • Very nice Job, I can see many uses for this! :{)

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  • thank you! :{)

    It is a "TWIN".... You can easily change the length and make it a Twin XL if you need to by changing the mattress area to 80", thus making your mattress/safety rails 83" instead of 78". :{)

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

    So, the neighbor gal also talked me into making her one as well. It is a Full sized raised bed. With a nice Head/Foot Boards that i made out of Cedar! She loved it! :{)

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

    A neighbor gal recently talked me into making her two daughters a cute little Toddler Bunk Bed set. I finished it earlier this morning and got it all set up for them. Now she just needs to add the lower bunk mattress and they're all set to use it this evening!! :{)

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  • Nope, that's an easy change. I simply measure the open space for the lower bunk and then the open space for the upper bunk, then adjust the height of the upper bunk down so that the upper bunk has about 2" more room then the lower bunk and that makes for a good compromise between the two. :{)

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  • Thank you. I have been to Helena many times, Beautiful city! :{)

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  • 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 t…

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    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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  • 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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  • Thank you for your interest. I make them out of a material called White 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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  • 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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  • 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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