Chelsea Bunk Bed System Desk or Bookshelf Supports
Free furniture plans for a desk or bookshelf designed to support a top bunk. This project plan can be used to create twin over twin bunks, set perpendicular. Bookshelf features three shelves, desk features one desk height shelf. The desk is a perfect spot for homework - store bedtime books within reach in the bookshelf.
1 - 1x12 @ 12 feet long
4 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
4 - decorative feet, 1 1/2" diameter, 6" tall
In addition, for the bookshelf
1 - 1x12 @ 12 feet long
3 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
2 - 1x12 @ 50" (Sides)
4 - 2x2 @ 50" (Legs)
4 - 1x2 @ 11 1/4" (Cut to width of 1x12s)
4 - 2x2 @ 39" (Top/Bottom Trim)
1 - 1x12 @ 39" (Desktop)
For Bookshelf (in addition to the above)
3 - 1x12 @ 39" (Shelves)
6 - 1x2 @ 39" (Shelf Trim)
This diagram shows the difference between the desk and the bookshelf - there really is minimal difference. It's all in shelf placement. Make sure you use 2x2s to trim out your desktop for a stronger desktop.
You will need to build two sides per bookshelf/desk. I show this diagram with pocket holes, if you use a Kreg Jig. While you can attach the legs to the side panel with standard screws (you'd want 2 1/2 to 3" long ones), I'd take a second to consider how much you are saving by building for yourself and invest in a Kreg Jig - it'll make your projects faster, easier, stronger.
Since 1x12s are notorious for being slightly different widths, take a measurement and cut 1x2 trim pieces to fit. Nail on with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue as shown above.
Next join the two sides on the top as shown above. One thing to consider when you use pocket holes is how to place your pocket holes for the strongest joint and to avoid splitting. Because the holes are pointed downward (as opposed to upward) in this instance, it will be much more difficult for you wood to split out on you. Always consider how you can place your screws in such a manner to create the strongest joint - but also in discreet locations.
Build your bottom shelves as shown above. Then attach to the base of the bookshelf. Remember, if you are using pocket holes, you will need to adjust the screws/holes for the wood thickness.
If you are building the desk, place the bottom shelf at desk height (take into account the height of your decorative feet). The desk needs no further shelves.
For the bookshelf, build shelves, but this time, use 1x2s. If you are planning to place heavy objects on the shelves, use 2x2s instead (just like the bottom shelf). Attach to the sides.
In the final step, add your decorative feet. Follow the instructions given by the manufacturer.