My parents have a home in Florida that has been a great meeting place for our family. When all the grandkids are in town we have a room just for them. The only problem is that, unlit now, we’ve been living with one full bed and three twin mattresses that sat directly on the floor. I decided it was time to knock out some bunk beds for the kids and this time we went for a built-in look. We opted for a lower bed to maximize the space between. Read on to see exactly how we did it.
If you want to see the plans for the same bed but with a full size mattress on the bottom, click here.
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- Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
- Circular Saw or Miter Saw
- Stud Finder
- Brad Nailer (optional)
- Tape Measure
- Safety Glasses
- Hearing Protection
- (11) 2 x 4 x 8’ Lumber
- (7) 2 x 6 x 8’ Lumber
- (3) 2 x 2 x 8’ (for ladder and rails)
- (4) 2 x 2 x 8’ (for supports)
- (11) 1 x 4 x 8’ Furring Strips (Slats)
- 3” Wood Screws
- 2-1/2” Wood Screws
- 1-1/4” Brad Nails or Wood Screws
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These plans will walk you through how to build a built in twin bunk bed.
- Assemble Legs
- Attach Back
- Install Side Boards
- Assemble Frame
We also added cove molding around the top as well as faux shiplap paneling and quarter round to the wall.
- Install Slat Supports
We went with blue ceilings to fit with the coastal theme, a white frame, and natural wood finish on the railings and ladder.
- Install Ladder & Rails
- Install Bed Slats
An upgrade here would be to swap the upper slats for a sheet of 3/4″ plywood. This will give you a more finished look from below.