Chelsea Bunk Bed System

Submitted by steasck on Wed, 01/01/2014 - 14:36

My dad and I built these beds for my 7-year-old daughter for Christmas. We followed the plans almost completely, with a few tweaks of our own. We didn't feel that the decorative feet would be very stable, so we just continued the length of the bookshelf and desk all the way to the floor. We put a piece of 1/4 in. MDF on top of the slats to help support the memory foam mattress. We also stapled canvas to the underside of the top bunk to hide the slats. I didn't want a headboard or foot board on the lower bunk (toe-stubber!), so instead of building the matching Chelsea bottom bunk, we just made a simple platform bed. We added magnet boards to each side of the desk. I liked the idea of magnets better than bulletin boards. Since this plan didn't include a ladder, we built the ladder from the Loft Bed plan. The bed had some significant wobble to it, so we attached it to the wall. Took ALL of the wobble out and it is very solid and secure now. I'm very pleased with how these beds turned out and my daughter loves them as well!

Estimated Cost
$375
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Pine
Finish Used
We used spray primer and spray paint. It was easy to do it this way, but very messy and it took us about 18 cans to get the entire thing covered.
Recommended Skill Level
Intermediate