This was a doozy! Being only our second project ever (the farm table being our first) it took us about 3 weeks of hard work on the weekends and light work on the weekdays to complete this project. We extended the guardrails in both height (using 3ea 1x4s) and length to span the entire backside and all the way to the ladder on the front on top bunk. We wanted to be able to have a regular height mattress on each, so that if we take them apart to use as two separate beds they'd have a decent mattress on both. We also made two regular length, but extended height guardrails for the bottom to accommodate a toddler. We used the mortise bed rail fasteners from Rockler (due to the design the non-mortised kind were not an option). That took a good chunk of time. We also did 1x2 slats,13 per bed,to act as the mattress support. As with most projects, the lumber was around $200! The other was made up of sanding supplies, prep, stain, finish, safety supplies (mask, gloves) screws and so forth. I bet we spent about $40 on screws alone as we wanted to be really sure it's solid for two monkeys. It's a really beautiful piece that would cost well over $1000 if purchased mainstream.
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
pine and spruce
2 coats Minwax Red Mahogany and 2 coats of gloss Poly
Recommended Skill Level