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Classic Red Barn Bunk Bed

December 4, 2012 |
posted by Night Fire Ranch
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Red barn bunk bed with play area under, toy storage in stairs and the child gets to sleep in the loft of a barn.

For more see,
http://nightfireranch.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/the-barn-bunkbed-project/

Classic Red Barn Bunk Bed

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About Project

Author Notes: 

Bed was built to accommodate a long twin bed. Adjust dimensions if needed to mattress size. Must be built in the room, can't be disassembled after built.

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Classic Red Barn Bunk Bed

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

8' 2x4's for the barn ends
8' 2x6's for the bed frame and stairs
8' 1x6's for the roof
8' 1x12 for the guard rail
Trim for the decorative barn door and window
Metal stip to support barn roof at the door
Screws, lag screws, paint

2 1/2 inch screws
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
pencil
drill
circular saw
level

General Instructions

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!

Step 1

Classic Red Barn Bunk Bed

Assemble both barn ends. Secure together using one 2x4 along the bottom and one at the height you want the bed frame to be. This one will leave 1.5" on either end to attach the rest of the bed frame later. See step 3 picture to see.

Step 2

Classic Red Barn Bunk Bed

Cut out the barn angles

Step 3

Classic Red Barn Bunk Bed

Middle rail will become part of the bed frame

Step 4

Classic Red Barn Bunk Bed

Assemble the bed frame to the 2x4 in step 3. I used lag screws here to secure the frame together. Attach one 2x6 on either side and then 2x6's running between the two.

Step 5

Classic Red Barn Bunk Bed

Attach the top full length roof pieces. I also added a 2x4 bed rail around the top of the bed frame at my wife's request but that's optional.

Step 6

Classic Red Barn Bunk Bed

Assemble the stairs. 2-2x4's on the bottom secured to each barn end and then build up with 2x6's to the top of the bed frame. 16.5" wide (3-2x6's).

Step 7

Classic Red Barn Bunk Bed

Attached the remaining roof pieces (leaving an opening to get into the bed) using a metal strip to support the ends of the roof pieces. Attach to bed frame and at least one full length roof piece.

Step 8

Classic Red Barn Bunk Bed

Attach the guard rail using 4 hinges along the bed frame and 2 hooks at either end to hold it closed.

Step 9

Classic Red Barn Bunk Bed

Attach trim to make a decorative barn door and window.

Step 10

Sand and Paint in classic barn colors

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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Use bed brackets for somethng you can take apart

WOW! I would have loved that bed when I was a kid.

" I used lag screws here to secure the frame together. "

If you use bed brackets in step 4 you can separate the side supports from the bed ends without losing strength.

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=11&site=ROCKLER

The roof can be unscrewed from the ends if you have to move it, I think.

posted by Anonymous Coward (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-12-04 18:56
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awesome

I have totally been looking for a way to make beds easier to disassemble. THANKS

posted by redhead_61 | on Wed, 2012-12-05 13:29
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Bed brackets, never seen those before in the hardware store

Thanks, my little guy loves it. I didn't know bed brackets existed, that would work great to take it apart if you built the stairs separate. I'll have to remember those for bed #2. Thanks!

posted by Night Fire Ranch | on Tue, 2012-12-04 21:47
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bed.brackets

Just adding my 2cents worth... the bed brackets are amazing. my bed when.i was.a teen had them, renting and.moving a lot, they were.perfect. As a 13 yr old i could totally assemble my bed all by myself and 2 decades on and been in constant use it is still solid as and perfect.

posted by Juanita_r | on Wed, 2013-03-20 19:59

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