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(8) 1x4’s @ 13” arched to match window shape with design cut-outs.
(4) 1x4’s @ 11 ½”, window box fronts
(2) 1x4’s @ 10”, window box bottom and back pieces
(4) 1x4’s @ 3 ½” with a 10 degree cut. Measurement is on the short side of the board.
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!
Beginning with the bottom of the box measuring 1x4x10”, attach the two window box sides using glue and a nailgun. The angled end of the side should be facing the front of the window box, with the longer edge on top.
Now slide the other 1x4x11 1/2” window box rear piece between the two end pieces, using wood glue and nails to secure to the sides and bottom board.
Add charm to your Sweat Pea Garden Bunk Bed with real working arched shutters and overflowing window boxes!
The front piece is ready to go on next. It measures 1x4x11 ½”. Glue and nail into place keeping the top edge flush with the sides. Since the bottom of the front piece slants inward, it may be necessary to sand the bottom board a little for a tight fit.
If you did this right you ended up with two cute little window boxes! Center them under the lower windows and attach them to the wall using wood glue and a nailer.
Now this is where your child truly gets her “Cinderella Moment.” Waking up in the morning and opening her shutters to hear the birds singing and greet the day! These top bunk shutters are functional, but they do SO much more for aesthetics than anything. They give this bed a quaint feel and are a great place to add a pop of color to the front façade. They are made with 1x4’s; take note that when they are closed, they do not touch in the center. There is about a 2 1/2” gap between the shutter doors when they are closed. I went for easy. I didn’t want to rip 1x6’s down to size, and I didn’t want to use plywood. They open and close and that is good enough for my girls (they have no problem locking their cat in “the tower” this way). If this is a concern for you, then you can make them out of larger boards, and then trim them for a custom fit.
To get an identical window shape, I created a template using a large piece of newspaper. Lay a piece of paper over your window opening, and rub a crayon along the outside trim of the window. It should give you the exact size of your window, cut it out and set it aside.
Next lay your 13” boards on a flat surface, grouping them into pairs and aligning them so that they are flush. Cut a heart shape (or any design) roughly 3” high out of a piece of paper and use it as a template to trace onto the boards. I placed the first heart 2” up from the base of the shutter boards and the second heart was placed 1” above the first. Center your design between the two boards in each pair and trace your pattern onto the wood.
Using a jigsaw, cut out the lines to reveal your design. Sand all edges smooth.
With the inside design finished, you will want to lay your boards together, placing the paper window template on top. Line up the bottom and outside edges of the template flush with each pair of boards. Trace the arch that will span across each pair of boards. Cut out the half- arch pattern from each set with the jigsaw and sand the edges smooth.
Glue each pair of boards together to make one shutter. Secure each set with clamps till the glue dries and wipe away any drips.
Install shutters on either side of the windows using small decorative hinges and screws, shimming them at least 1/8” above the window sill so they won’t scrape as they are opened and closed.