Children's Bunk Bed

Over a year ago my wife Rebecca and I decided that our two oldest children would love to have bunk beds.  They are close in age and already share many toys, so sharing a room made sense.  Plus we had to make room for our third child that was on his way!

We searched for bunk beds and found that those within our budget were made of low quality plywood.  We were concerned about the safety of potential bunk beds and whether they could withstand our boys’ roughness.  Quality bunk beds, on the other hand, were easily above a thousand dollars which was way beyond our budget.  We were pretty bummed that we could not find our kids a suitable bunk bed within our expectations.

Then Rebecca suggested: “You could build them one.”

Hmmmmmm.  It was an interesting statement from my wife, perhaps even a challenge.  A challenge that I immediately immersed myself into.  Mission accepted!

What I did differently:

  • Added extra posts for a sturdier bunk bed.
  • Bunk bed is longer to fit twin mattresses, height increased.
  • Added rail slats and trim.
  • Added LED lights.
Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Approx $500
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Pine Wood
Finish Used
Rust-oleum Light Walnut = 3 coats, Polyurethane Satin Interior = 3 coats
Recommended Skill Level


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