Build your own bunk beds! This rustic modern bunk bed features wide planking and clean lines. We love it stained or painted any color of your choice.
Our free plans include step by step diagrams, shopping list and cut list.
- 7 - 1x8 @ 8 feet long
- 3 - 1x10 @ 8 feet long
- 4 - 1x6 @ 6 feet long
- 4 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
- 3 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
- 3 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
- 4 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
- Does not include boards for mattress slats
MAIN BED STRUCTURE
- 2 - 1x8 @ 75" - bottom bunk side rails
- 2 - 1x8 @ 37-1/2" - bottom bunk end rails
- 2 - 1x10 @ 75" - top bunk side rails
- 2 - 1x10 @ 37-1/2" - top bunk end rails
- 4 - 1x6 @ 62-1/2" - end legs
- 4 - 1x8 @ 75" - side legs
- 4 - 1x3 @ 39"
- 2 - 1x3 @ 62"
- 2 - 1x3 @ 47-1/4"
- 34 - 1x2 @ 7-1/2"
- 2 - 1x4 @ 65"
- 5 - 1x4 @ 13-1/4"
- 4 - 2x2 @ 73-1/2"
- 1x boards or plywood scraps 3/4" thick @ 37-1/2" long
Build the two boxes for the mattress platforms. Place pocket holes on outside - they will be covered by the legs in next step and it is a stronger joint this way. Use glue at all joints.
Drill 3/4" pocket holes along one edge of the 1x6 boards. You may want to hide them discreetly where the beds will sit, and can finish where the pocket holes are visible with 1-1/4" nails and glue. Then attach the beds to the legs from insides with screws. I'd prefer glue as well, if the bed is not to be disassembled.
Build the end railing with 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws. TIP: Cut a couple of 3-3/4" blocks to use as spacer for placing railing. Attach to the ends of the bed. Again, prefer glue if possible to use.
Repeat steps to build the bunk bed back guardrail.
Build the ladder with 3/4" pocket holes on underside or rungs. Attach to bed with screws.
Screw cleats to insides of beds. Place at height desired for mattresses (recommend lower on top bunk and higher on bottom bunk. Screw slats on top of cleats to keep in place. 2x slats can be used for increased strength.