Introduction: Easy and Strong 2x4 & 2x6 Bunk Bed
I’ve built a lot of these bunk beds in the past and recently built one for my own home. This is a super easy build as the materials are all common construction grade pine and every cut is a 90 degree cut so there are no complicated angles. The construction is with wood screws and pocket hole screws. Because all of the screws are installed from the inside there are no screw heads or carriage bolts showing on the outside. This gives the bunk bed a nice clean appearance. Both sides double as a ladder.
The overall measurements of the bunk bed are 72″ tall with a footprint of 81-1/2″ long by 45-1/2″ wide. The bed frames are sized to accept a standard twin mattress.
So to make the process much faster I decided to use my thickness planer instead of sanding. Just a few slight passes to remove the stamp marks. Having a planer is obviously not 100% necessary to build the bed but for me it did save some time and effort cleaning up the boards. (pic 3)
Step 2: The Bed Frames
The frame pieces are joined together with wood glue and pocket hole screws. These will be hidden by the mattresses and nobody will ever see them. The pocket holes are on the inside of the short rails of each bed frame. (pic 1)
Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for 2x2 material is needed for the slats to rest on in this bunk bed. For me it''s the route I went. Again, a table saw is not necessary for this build. If you don''s the only saw you are using for this project. This first jig will make the 1/2” deep cut. (pic 1)
And this second jig will make the second cut of the rabbet. It''t the 1 last update 2020/06/05 need an expensive bandsaw or table saw to complete this project. Technically every cut on this project can be made with a cheap circular saw. However, that was just a demonstration. I used my bandsaw to make the remainder of the rabbet cuts to save some time. (pic 3)And this second jig will make the second cut of the rabbet. It''t need an expensive bandsaw or table saw to complete this project. Technically every cut on this project can be made with a cheap circular saw. However, that was just a demonstration. I used my bandsaw to make the remainder of the rabbet cuts to save some time. (pic 3)
The first slat to go in is the center slat. It''t realize it until I had already built my legs but the 2x6 stock I purchased was a little less than perfect. Most of it had a bunch of machine roller marks on the ends. To remove them I used my block plane but now that I think of it I should have just ran the assembled leg through the table saw to remove a saw blade width from the bad side. (pic 2)
The ladder rungs were cut next. They will be secured to the 2x4 side of the legs to cover up the pocket hole screws. I used a couple spacer blocks to indicate where I could predrill holes. (pic 3)
Glue and screws secures the ladder rungs to a left leg to a right leg. The only thing to be concerned with here is to make sure the ladder rungs stay perpendicular to the legs and that they cover up the pocket hole screws on the legs. (pic 4)
The final pieces were the frame locating blocks. These will support the bed frames at the proper height during assembly. One block was used for every corner of each bed frame. (pic 5)
Step 5: Final Assembly
I thought I was going to have my hands full with assembly but it ended up being super easy. To start I slid one side of the lower bed frame into place and used a quick clamp to hold it in place. Then did the same to the other side and held it with a clamp too. (pic 1)
Because the clamps were the only thing holding the lower frame I could set the top bed frame in from above and slightly push out one side to get it in place. Again, a pair of clamps to hold everything in place as I screwed it down. (pic 2)
This part may seem a little overkill but I don''s life serving a purpose and not in transit I think it''s got to be a lot considering all of the weight will be distributed amongst all of the slats and then to all four of the legs. (pic 4)
Because both ends are the ladders themselves it doesn''t put the guard rail on the top bunk. That''s, or design your own I wish you luck with the build! Building it yourself is incredibly rewarding, you will get a much better product, and will save you a lot of money. For those interested I do have a detailed set of plans available for this exact bunk bed.
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1 year ago
I liked the design enough to want to build it, and paid for the premium membership to download the .pdf plans. I was extremely disappointed to find the .pdf was simply a print of the website - no additional information, no dimensions, no cut list. What''t already have.
Reply 11 months ago
Did you purchase the plan on his website listed above, or did you purchase a premium plan on Instructables? The premium plan on this website only enables you to download a PDF of the plans on this website. The plans on the linked website appear to be much more detailed.
Reply 4 months ago
I purchased the plans from his website & can confirm it has full cut lists & has great details. Cheers!
Do you have any plans that include. Twin over a full bunk bed? Or how you can modify the bunk bed posted, thanks!
Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for I''ve never built anything. Is there somewhere that I can get dimensions to work with for a basic bunk bed?
1 year ago
For the frames, you appear to be drilling your pocket holes in the direction away from the grain. Should you not be drilling them from the outside into the grain of the frame lengths?
Do you have a cut list?
Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Question 1 year ago
Do you have plans for L shaped queen over queen bunk bed plans
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Planning on building 6 of these (with your plans) for a bunkhouse we have under construction. I''m afraid my oldest will fall so I''ll be transition to teenager as well and sturdy enough as kids growing. I do have a question though....I got some left over boards of 2x4, 2x6 that are pine redwood and fir 2x2....curious if that sturdy enough for the boys who like to roughing up thing and weigh of teenagers as they growing? I also think I got few pine whitewood too. They were cheaper in Lowe''m also building my 7 yrs old daughter bed, it kind like loft bed but on the outside of it it''m curious if that be sturdy enough for redwood too. I know those kids love to jumps, crawls etc. Just want it to be sturdy enough and safe.
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What are the frame dimensions?