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    I've got three sons (5, 2, and 2 months) that are all going to be sharing the same bedroom soon (once the wee one graduates to the crib)... which means the older kids need bunk-beds. However, I refuse to spend $800-$1500 on something I can easily make myself.

    I've been poking around the web, but figured I'd post here... I know we've got plenty of DIY junkies here too... Anyone done this before and have some snazzy plans? I can just whip up a couple box-frames and four legs, but I'd like something a little more interesting...

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    I'm sure you've already googled for plans, but I got googled into this site and was surprised at the creative beds that you could buy. Just seeing the various ideas should give you an idea of how to build it yourself.

    I always had my own room, but I always thought the bunk bed from Diff'rent Strokes was the coolest!

    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tEGhn18z28&feature=related[/media]
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      Are you talking something really nice, or a DIY monstrosity?

      It's not that difficult to make one, I made one back in college for my roommate and myself (no, it wasn't made from beer cans and pizza boxes). You need to keep in mind how you want to build the bed frames and then attach them either to eachother or to four supports that will separate them.

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        Re: bunk-bed plans?

        Originally posted by CingularDuality View Post
        I'm sure you've already googled for plans, but I got googled into this site and was surprised at the creative beds that you could buy. Just seeing the various ideas should give you an idea of how to build it yourself.

        I always had my own room, but I always thought the bunk bed from Diff'rent Strokes was the coolest!

        [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tEGhn18z28&feature=related[/media]
        wow... the internet is great... that IS a pretty cool bed... forgot about it!


        I'm actually thinking something along these lines would be quick/cheap/fun/sturdy:




        ... a blatent ripoff of these two ideas:
        http://shoppingmatchmaker.com/freebedplans.htm
        http://www.canply.org/pdf/main/plypl...ns_bunkbed.pdf

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        • #5
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          Don't do this:

          Bunk Bed How(not)-To
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            Originally posted by Catman1975 View Post
            Don't do this:

            Bunk Bed How(not)-To
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              Re: bunk-bed plans?

              Originally posted by CingularDuality View Post
              I'm sure you've already googled for plans, but I got googled into this site and was surprised at the creative beds that you could buy. Just seeing the various ideas should give you an idea of how to build it yourself.

              I always had my own room, but I always thought the bunk bed from Diff'rent Strokes was the coolest!

              [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tEGhn18z28&feature=related[/media]
              Heh.. wow.. my son's is much like that one.
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              • #8
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                W6,

                Ikea is your friend...and real close to you. Give them a look. I had the same problem and bought a loft bed. The bed is real sturdy, however you have to assemble it yourself. Don't go by the website as they have a greater selection in the store.
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                • #9
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                  National Lumber is my friend... and closer ;)

                  $94... including some more wood glue... I'll post pics when I'm done...

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                  • #10
                    Re: bunk-bed plans?

                    Here's my super idea:

                    1. Go to Lackland AFB.
                    2. Go to any number of the closed down Dormitories around the base...
                    3. Take any number of beds you want. Even better: They can be taken apart and put back together! So you could make triple beds, singles, doubles...!

                    Just my idea :p
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                    • #11
                      Re: bunk-bed plans?

                      Originally posted by WhiskeySix View Post
                      I've got three sons (5, 2, and 2 months) that are all going to be sharing the same bedroom soon (once the wee one graduates to the crib)... which means the older kids need bunk-beds. However, I refuse to spend $800-$1500 on something I can easily make myself.

                      I've been poking around the web, but figured I'd post here... I know we've got plenty of DIY junkies here too... Anyone done this before and have some snazzy plans? I can just whip up a couple box-frames and four legs, but I'd like something a little more interesting...
                      A number of years ago my parents thought over this exact same expenditure. In the end, they bought two bunk beds for us kids. They spent about $900 in total (no mattresses or furnishings).

                      My dad, being the semi-perfectionist he is and wonderful do-it-yourself handyman, figured he could spend just about as much on wood alone for a bunk bed when he could get a steel one (self assembly) barebones for around $450.

                      In the end, my brother and I slept on a 5-ply plywood board each in our bunkbed, while my sister had one all to herself with a soft cushiony mattress (and her baby stuff in the top bunk in easy reach).

                      Originally posted by WhiskeySix
                      Wow. How much do your older sons weigh?

                      I can tell you right now, that bed is gonna rock back and forth when one of them is climbing up to the top bunk.

                      I would suggest connecting the corners of the bottom and top bunks with a 2x4 to act as posts (and to make it a bit more sturdy).

                      Any plans on using a mattress or are they sleeping on the hard wood surface?
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                        The bed I made in college wasn't pretty, but it was SOLID. 4X4's for the 4 corners. 2X8's for the connecting pieces. 1" playwood for the mattress. HUGE bolts to hold it together. It could have held a football team...
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                          Originally posted by Skylark View Post
                          The bed I made in college wasn't pretty, but it was SOLID. 4X4's for the 4 corners. 2X8's for the connecting pieces. 1" playwood for the mattress. HUGE bolts to hold it together. It could have held a football team...
                          "could have"? that's not what I heard. :row__685:

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                            Lordy, I've been living in lofted beds for years. My lofts have always been a 4x8 plywood board cut to fit my matress and supported by a frame of 4x4s and some 1x6s for stability. From there you can pretty much do anything you'd like, add on platforms or shelves, hang curtains to give some privacy, attach lamps. My loft is over my computer desk and has a hook for my mic/headphones and hanging baskets for keys and whathave you. And one of these days I'm going to get around to putting my desk lamp back up, bolted into the bottom of hte bed frame.

                            If you don't mind having a fairly ugly bed, one made out 4x4s and a 4x8 plywood board will last forever, and you don't have to yell at the kids if they mess it up, paint on it, or whatever.

                            NOTE: To get some stability out of it I recommend putting some screws right into the studs in the wall. It doesn't take a lot, but it will make the bed much, much more stable. Also, I recommend using screws, so that you can take it apart, modify it, or move it much easier.

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                              Re: bunk-bed plans?

                              Lordy, I've been living in lofted beds for years. My lofts have always been a 4x8 plywood board cut to fit my matress and supported by a frame of 4x4s and some 1x6s for stability. From there you can pretty much do anything you'd like, add on platforms or shelves, hang curtains to give some privacy, attach lamps. My loft is over my computer desk and has a hook for my mic/headphones and hanging baskets for keys and whathave you. And one of these days I'm going to get around to putting my desk lamp back up, bolted into the bottom of hte bed frame.

                              If you don't mind having a fairly ugly bed, one made out 4x4s and a 4x8 plywood board will last forever, and you don't have to yell at the kids if they mess it up, paint on it, or whatever.

                              NOTE: To get some stability out of it I recommend putting some screws right into the studs in the wall. It doesn't take a lot, but it will make the bed much, much more stable. Also, I recommend using screws, so that you can take it apart, modify it, or move it much easier.

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