Crib size mattress toddler bunk beds

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I've been asked to post the plans or email them out. I will but with a strict warning:

BUNKBEDS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER 10. (by some government agencies, I am not sure which one)

WHY: BECAUSE THEY FALL OUT. A good reason to pause.

I'd never advocate doing anything that might harm your child. But I know my kids better than "Mr.Smith" does. Before you think about building it, think about your kids. Are they crazy hyper maniacs who like to pretend they are super man and jump off the rails of your porch? If so, bunk beds are a bad idea, no matter how old they are.

I tried to think about all the possibilities when I made this bed.

What if he tries and jump out? With the mattress depth it is maybe 3 feet off the ground. I've seen them dive off the back of the couch, so 3 feet does not scare me. You can have it go lower. There is a good 1.5 clearance between the bottom of my youngest head and the upper bunk.

What if he rolls out? My child isn't a big "toss and turner", just in case, he is completely boxed in except at the foot. I guess if I wanted to, I could make some kinda door thingy so It would be like a crib of sorts. However, I think that would be worse than the bunk beds; the oldest might try and climb out.



The design was inspired by:

5 ft long, 30 inches wide and 5 feet tall (you can go about 18 inches lower, but thier head will JUST clear the bottom bunk"


Common Materials
1 inch screws
120 grit sandpaper
Cut List

(4) 2x4x60
(4) 1x6x60
(4) 1x6x30
(2) 3/8x3x51
(7) or (8) 3/8x3x60
(10) 3/8x3x30
(12) 3/8x3x28

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Circular Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Add-on I had in mind

Step 2

Another add-on I was contemplating

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I am unhappy because there ended up being a gap between the mattress support and the outside railing. My little one likes it because it is his cubby hole and my big one likes to throw things down it at his brother.

I haven't fixed it yet. However, I think. a 1x4.5x28 board would cover the gap. It would make it "prettier", it would upset my little one. I am thinking about adding it to the bottom of the top bed to create a cubby for the top bed.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Guest (not verified)

Mon, 03/19/2012 - 09:21

...and my 2 1/2 yr old LOVED the thomas picture. he is asking for that now!

Guest (not verified)

Mon, 03/19/2012 - 09:20

i have two toddler mattresses and wondering what to do with them when the kids outgrow their big boy beds ( one is still in a crib) but this idea that i could use the mattresses and make a loft type bed for a reading nook or a place to watch tv for the older kids is a super. i needed dimmensions. thanks again!

Christine (not verified)

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 15:03


I'd like to build my 3yr old a loftish size bed using his crib mattress.
Would you be able to send me the plans for this bunk bed. I think it would be perfect. I want to put his dresser under the bed as well as a little chair.

Unfortunately due to unforseen circumstances he is sharing out bedrooma nd I need all the floor space I can get.



p.s. This is my new favorite website! You truely are inspiring.

Guest (not verified)

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 09:36

Thank you so much for this! It is EXACTLY what I was looking for :) We are about to down size our home for economic reasons and don't have the space for regular beds (even toddler beds). Out of 6 children, our youngest two are almost 2 and almost 4. I have full confidence in this mini bunk bed. My youngest has been hoisting herself in and out of her crib for months (she's quite talented!) and this bed would be in my opinion much safer than what she is used to, lol! Like the previous comment said, if they can take a nose dive off the back of the couch and pop right back up like nothing happened, I have no fear whatsoever that this is the perfect creation for MY family. Again, THANK YOU! :)

Misty Bowen (not verified)

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 04:53

I am so excited about these plans. I have a 6 y/o and a 2 y/o who are quickly running out of room in their bedroom with a crib and a toddler bed in there. My 6 y/o is very small for his age, but a great climber. I don't really have to extra money right now to go buy mattresses for a full size bunk bed, so this is perfect. We can get a couple more years out of their crib mattresses.

And I can't believe the reccomended age is 10 for a bunk bed! Do kids even still want bunk beds at 10?

Amy Evans (not verified)

Sun, 08/19/2012 - 23:23

Could you please email me the plans for these? They are EXACTLY what I have been looking for =)
Also..... is there a way we could make these into "normal" bunkbeds..... like the ones u could turn into 2"normal" beds, yet still be the toddler beds?

Amy Evans (not verified)

Sun, 08/19/2012 - 23:31

Could you please email me the plans for these? They are EXACTLY what I have been looking for =)
Also..... is there a way we could make these into "normal" bunkbeds..... like the ones u could turn into 2"normal" beds, yet still be the toddler beds?