White Bunk beds with ladder instructions

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I redid this whole room for less than $600! Make sure you take your time with cuts and fitting. I did this with my father in law (my daughter even got to help out!), and it's less than perfect due to some rushing! More details on my blog.

I also couldn't find any 4x4's. Instead of doubling up on 2x4's, I just used one. That allowed me to change the tops of the head/foot boards to only 48" instead of 50 1/2. You can get enough for a head and foot board out of one board this way.

After looking at a TON of bunk bed ladders online, I designed my own. Just some leftover 2x4's. The sides are 47 1/2 inches long, and the rungs are 13 1/2 inches long. It's screwed to the bunk bed from the back so you don't see the screws.

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Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Sanded the heck out of everything, then two coats of Behr primer, followed by 2-3 coats of Behr semi-gloss in New Day Dew (it's a Disney color)
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I really like it. Are the 2x4 alone okay? are will it be stronger if you double the 2x4? Im worried that the bed wont be strong with only 1 2x4

Thanks for the info on the head and foot boards. One more series of quick questions.:) How did you attach the sidrails of the frame to the posts? Did you use pocket holes/screws from the inside of the siderails? How sturdy is the bed frame attached to the posts? Did you use normal matresses on both top bunk and bottom bunk (I am planning on slatting the frame)?

Thanks in advance for taking the time to answer. :)

The side rails are also just gold screws (I think 3 inch ones? They had to be really long). I just followed the instructions for the Simple beds exactly the way she wrote it, and they work great.

My hubby, on the other hand, didn't trust the screws holding everything up. So he added in a small L bracket at each corner of the bed between the side rail and the headboard. It's now been 2 years, and there has been no problem at all with the bed.

Yes, we used just regular mattresses. I did slat the frame with 1x3's, and everything is great!

Thanks again for taking the time to answer my simplistic questions...however, I am still confused as to how to screw the siderail to the post at an angle. Is it from the inside of the sidrail? Underneath? On top? Seems like there is only room for 2 screws per siderail end from the inside.

Remember, before you attach the side rails, you make a large rectangle with 2x2's. You then screw through 2x2 into the side rail (so you now have a large rectangle with very tall sides.)

You then attach the 2x2 rectangle to the headboard, by putting the short side of the rectangle underneath the headboard and screwing it in. Once the short side of the 2x2 is attached, you'll be able to drill at an angle through the corner of that rectangle into the headboard.

We actually just used really long 4 inch screws, and instead of the angle, drilled through the top and bottom of the side board from the outside of the headboard (if that makes sense!) I think that's the part that worried my hubby, so he added in the l brackets.

Someone just asked how big this room is on my blog, but didn't leave any contact info for me to tell them!

So, just fyi: this room is 10 x 13, and the bunk beds are on the 10 foot long wall. There's a good 2 1/2 feet of room on the end between the bed and the wall (which is were we put the laundry hamper!)