Side Street Bunk Beds

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 03/07/2012 - 10:13
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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.


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Vintage Already?

So Grace asked me the other day what we did all day back in the olden days.

I know my childhood was a whole century ago - back in twentieth century! - but really?

So if that was the olden days, can I call today's plan Vintage?

Some of those older plans are still my favorites. I find it is those early plans, some even built before I blogged, that I cling to, cherish, and can't find myself replacing.  Like the Farmhouse Bed ... slept on it last night!
The bed still looks great ... but I'm definitely aging. And I'm fine with that.

Facebook Changes

You probably saw this photo on our new Facebook Timeline.  I know, the new layout, it's an adjustment, and I'm not really sure what to think of it myself.  This is a mandate from Facebook, 
All the goodness we love about our Facebook Page is still there - and I'm still there too!  And can I say, wow, I feel so blessed and thankful for each and every person who has fanned our page?  I cannot believe there are 60,000+ of us!!!  Hooray for DIY!

Bunk Beds!

So I've been rambling about Facebook and aging and vintage ... yes, they all have to do with today's plan post.  
Anna from Take the Side Street wrote on our Facebook Page that she could not find the plans for the bunk bed she made a couple of years ago to credit in her source list for her son's amazing room.
And what do you know?  I couldn't find the plans either!!!  

So we are going to fix that today!  And how kind of Anna to take the time to hunt me down and the plans to give credit.  Of course we have to name these bunk beds in her honor!

Side Street Inspiration

But before we get to the Side Street Bunk Bed Plans, take a look at some of Anna's other inspiring projects ...
A closet I need to build for Grace like RIGHT NOW ...
And how about the bicycle art?  She just printed out a clipart image!  I love it!
Definitely, check out Take the Side Street!
And Anna, thank you and here are the bunk bed plans!


Shopping List

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

Cut List

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

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
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

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

The cleats are only screwed to the siderails.

Step 5

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.


Kate (not verified)

Wed, 03/07/2012 - 12:46

Your "vintage" plans are still wonderful... I'm in the process of building a farmhouse bed right now!

Guest (not verified)

Wed, 03/07/2012 - 14:05

Thank you so much for these plans Ana! I promised my daughter I would make her a bunk bed as soon as I finished my farmhouse bed and I just couldn't settle on any of the plans. I knew I wanted it to be as simple as possible with the use of 2x4s and here you come like a knight (what's the female version?) in shining armor to save the day! She will be thrilled!


Thu, 03/08/2012 - 00:36

Hi Ana!
Your site is absolutely wonderful!!!!!
I was trying to find building plans in my native language, but couldn´t find anything. When I searched in English, your site came up and I´m totally excited building the bunk bed and other stuff!!! Thank you sooooo much

Alex (not verified)

Thu, 03/08/2012 - 03:44

I have been searching for an end ladder bunk, to save space. (We had one growing up). Is there any reason that I can't just space the end pieces a little further apart, like a ladder? I can't think of a reason, but would love some reassurance here :)
Cheers and thanks :)

Darrel (not verified)

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 07:49

I built a similar design for my nephew and spaced it like you said and it is still working fine for him. Going on three years of use and still solid. I didn't use as many 2x6's for the ends but it is still a solid design.

KAW1019 (not verified)

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 08:45

Is the shopping list incorrect stating two 2x2's needed? A cleat for each side rail is needed and therefore should call for four 2x2's unless I am missing something (which could be the case). Can someone confirm? We are enjoying building these beds. Thanks!

Gloria (not verified)

Wed, 09/26/2012 - 18:31

Hi, I am going to build the bunk bed ladder, but im having trouble reading
the measurements for the spacing on the ladder steps/rungs. could you please email the spacing to me. I would really appreciate it! BTW I love you website and all the wonderful things you have made! :)

Mae (not verified)

Sat, 12/08/2012 - 14:47

I can't print the PDF to do the project. Looks good, but adding lots of steps of printing out JPGs and coming in and out of the house for the next steps.

Brett (not verified)

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 07:53

We love these plans, but can't print them because the PDF is broken.