Simple Bunk Bed Plans (Twin over Full)

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 10/15/2019 - 10:25
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Build your own twin over full bunk beds! Ladder plans included.  These free woodworking plans include step by step diagrams, cut list and shopping list.

We also have a twin over twin bunk bed version of this plan.

twin over full bunk bed

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dimensions diagram for full over twin bunk beds
Dimensions are shown above.


Cut List

See Simple Bed Plans

General Instructions

Make sure you measure your space before building. The bed parts can be assembled in the room, so doorways aren’t as big of an issue.


Step 1

Build the Top Bunk

You will need to build a top bunk made up of two footboards. Simple twin size bunk plans are here. When you add the slats to the headers, start in the center and work your way out. If the spacers do not fit tight at the end spacers, don’t despair. Simpy cut a piece of 1×6 leftover from the header to the exact dimension and use it as the spacer instead of the 1×3 spacer.

Step 2

Build the Bottom Bunk For the bottom bunk, you will need to build the Full Size Simple bed, but this time, build two headboards and no footboards.

Step 3

Assembly Measure the location of the top bunk and mark it on the headers for the bottom bunk. Find the center of the marks and drill a 1″ hole, 3″ deep. Then find the center of the bottom of the legs on the top bunk and drill a 1″ hole, 3″ deep. Use 6″ metal headless bolts or hardwood dowels to hold the bunks together through the drilled holes.

Step 4

Ladder For the ladder, cut two 2x4s 64″ long, with both ends cut at 25 degrees off square parallel to each other. Then on the top edge, mark the top edge in 1 1/2″ from the front top corner. Use a square to mark a line perpendicular to the top cut downward. Cut this line off. These are your ladder sides. Measure and mark the ladder sides and screw the rungs to the ladder sides with 2″ screws and glue. The ladder can be attached with metal brackets or by screwing from the inside of the side rails of the top bunk. Guardrail plans area also available in the Twin Simple Bunk Plans.

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bugnbelle (not verified)

Sun, 01/02/2011 - 20:53

I love your resolutions list above! I am a newbie, can't wait to try some projects in the new year.

Abby (not verified)

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 00:27

OMG I stumbled upon your awesome blog about a month ago and it has me itching to get woodworking. My man is a die hard metal worker and hates to work with wood when I showed him some of your projects he was straight up "You know I hate working with wood"..... "ummmm babe IM totally doing it and I cant freaking wait!!". Might take me awhile to get the supplies together but I will be joining you in carpentry sometime in 2011! Thanx for the inspiration!

Tsu Dho Nimh (not verified)

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 06:37

Footboards or headboards for the top bunk? The picture says one thing and the instructions sah another.

Rebecca (not verified)

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 08:02

I would love to be your neighbor. And not just to borrow tools from. ;) You have a great outlook on life. I am planning on more building and repurposing/refinishing projects this year. Thank you for sharing with us and encouraging us all.

Susie (not verified)

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 08:10

Wow! Beautiful! We bought a twin over double for our boys last year. This one is so much nicer!

Lindsey S. (not verified)

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 08:23

Ana, this is great! My husband and I were hoping to build full over full bunkbeds. Would it be easy to convert this plan to a full over full?

jodie (not verified)

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 08:37

Great! I want to do this for my daughters. Can you do full over full with these same plans? Also, can you do a flat ladder that attaches to the bunk (I.e. Doesn't touch the floor)?

Chelle (not verified)

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 08:45

I have been learning what a serious workout carpentry really is! This past week I have been building the Simple Bunk Beds for my kids and I've done a good part of it on my own. I AM SO SORE! My arms and legs are aching! Woodworking is a full body workout, it even gets your heart rate up! The beds are almost done, I can't wait to share pictures.

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