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How to Build Your Own Bunk Beds

Friday, February 13th, 2015 by Danny Peterson


Building a bunk bed is an excellent way of working a simple project into something useful in the long run. This is a great project that benefits you or your kids for many years to come. The following tips will point out how to get this done: Step one: Drawing a plan Whenever you focus on a building project, your first and most important step should be to come up with a detailed plan concerning what you need done. Making a sketch or blueprint for the design you want to have is the beginning, after you have it done you will need to bring the right dimensions to it.

  • Step two: Materials

Once you have completed your blueprint, you will need to get the materials you need to pull the job off. You can buy most materials you need at local home improvement centers and stores. You need to ensure you have the lumber cut to the right dimensions, so you may need to look for professional help if you don’t have any experience in this matter. Pine would be a good choice when it comes to wood used in the making of your bunk beds.

  • Step three: Layout

After you purchased all your materials, you will need to lay the pieces out for an easier assembly job later down the line. Having all your furniture pieces precut is necessary for this step, so making a dry run of how things assemble will give you a better idea how to complete your task.

  • Step four: Assembly

Once you have all your things laid out, you will need to begin assembly. Start by working on the lower box frame. As you make a rectangle frame, you will need to use the bed’s legs as a guide, keeping at least two screws on each corner. The design should be such that the legs need to be on the outside to allow enough space for the mattress as well.

  • Step five: Sanding

Once you have the entire frame assembled, you will need to sand the surface to smoothness. This will ensure you have no splinters present, as well as making the bed feel and look far better than before. Fill any holes in the wood with filler, and then sand it down to perfection. If you want to ensure you have no snags in the wood, drag a cloth over the wood and see if it catches on.

  • Step six: Staining or painting

Once you finish the sanding of your bed, you will then need to stain it or paint it to complete the job. It may not be necessary in all cases, but it will create a more finished look for your bed overall. Make sure you allow enough time between coats when you’re painting and get the right shade. When all is said and done you will have things finished without having too much trouble along the way.

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