We are currently in the process of making the plans for these bunk beds, but we wanted to share them on Ana White! I spent quite a bit of time designing the bunk beds, and then my awesome husband helped bring them to life. This project took us a few weeks, but a lot of the time was spent painting.
As far as building the project, we wanted something a little bit bigger and grander than most bunk beds you find in the store. I also wanted them to look mature enough that they would grow with my young girls. When they are older, we wanted them to be able to separate the bunk beds and have a beautiful twin bed set. We designed these bunk beds to have a taller headboard (which ends up being the bottom bunk) and a shorter footboard (that is the top bunk). Then, we you separate the bunks, you use one headboard from the bottom, one footboard from the top, and one set of rails. That becomes one twin bed set.
To make the bunk beds, you make two headboards and two footboards. We wanted a raised panel look, so we used plywood and 4x4 posts. We used the kreg jig to attach the plywood to the posts. Then, we used the trim to cover up the holes from the kreg. For the top, we used crown and then an mdf cap piece. We just repeated these steps four times for all headboards and footboards.
We wanted to really dress these bunk beds up, so we added bun feet to the bunk beds. We also ordered extra and put the matching bun feet on their dresser, so it looked like a complete set.
We finished the project by making the bed side rails, the guard rails, and the ladder. We put it together to make sure it fit, then we took it apart and began the painting process. We did about 4 coats of paint: 1 coat of primer, and three coats of latex paint. We sanded lightly between each coat for a nice smooth finish.
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