Simple Bunk Beds - My First "Ana" Project!!

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I made the bunk beds from the simple bed plan, following tips from others who turned them into bunks. Instead of headboards on bottom and footboards on top, I used all headboards to add height, and made the posts a little longer so that an adult can sit up on the bottom bunk to read during bedtime. (the room has 9' ceilings) I used 2x4s glued and screwed together, as I could not find 4x4 non-pt posts. I made the ladder out of scrap 2x4s and the railings from scrap 1x3s. I did as suggested and attached the bottom header to the bottom of the top bed, which made it easy to attach. This bed is super sturdy! It will be painted one of these days!!

dimensional lumber - pine & whitewood boards
Required Skill Level: 
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
None yet - will be painted!
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I didn't realize how much of my son's mess showed up in the pictures until I saw them posted!

Love it! Have been looking for bunk beds that my husband and I could still read a book in bed with the boys before sleep and this loos like it might do it. How much longer did you make the posts?

The original plan calls for 41" posts for headboard and 31" for footboard. We did all headboards and used 44" posts. My husband can sit up in the bed and he is 6' tall. We also did not use a box spring, so that would figure into the equation, also.

I love the idea of adding height. We have 10' ceilings so I think it would look better in the room also. One question, you said you added length to the 4x4 posts. Did you adjust anything else or did the added length make the bottom of the bottom bunk higher off the ground?

I would love to do something like this but make the space much shorter to accomodate 3 beds for children. The workmen ship looks wonderful and sturdy. Mess? What mess? LOL I have 5 kids your sons room is sparkling!