How to build modern style bunk beds inspired by Land of Nod Addison Bunk Beds! Free simple step by step plans with full diagrams, shopping list and cut list.
This plan does not include recommended ladder and guardrail system. The guardrail and ladder plans can be found in the Simple Bunk Bed Plans.
7 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
6 - 2x6 @ 10 feet long
4 - 2x6 @ 8 feet long
2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
You can use 2 1/2" pocket hole screws or 2 1/2" countersunk screws to joint slats to legs
Recommend using 32 - 3 1/2" bolts with nuts and washers for attaching siderails to headboard/footboard
18 - 2x6 @ 36"
4 - 2x4 @ 72"
4 - 2x4 @ 18"
4 - 2x4 @ 33"
4 - 2x4 @ 10"
4 - 2x6 @ 82"
4 - 2x2 @ 75"
Slats cut at 39" or bunkie board
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!
On the ends, I'd start at the top and work my way down. You can use a Kreg Jig set for 1 1/2" stock and 2 1/2" screws, or countersink screws, at least 2 1/2" long. These boards aren't huge for support, but you still want to make sure the ends are sturdy and strong.
Once your ends are built, add the leg spacer trim pieces. Now this plan assumes your 2x6s are 5 1/2" wide. I would use a scrap 2x6 piece as a spacer to make sure you are getting the right gaps for the next step. Start at the bottom and work your way up.
TIP: Cut the top sections last as they may be long or short depending on the width of your 2x6 boards.
To assemble, drill four holes in pattern on each end of the siderails, through the legs. Attach with bolts and washers. This way, your bed can easily be taken apart and moved.
The cleats are only screwed to the siderails.
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.