How To Build A Bunk – Tips To Build Your Own Bunk Bed

How To Build A Bunk – Tips To Build Your Own Bunk Bed

By: Jeremy Summer

If you are planning to learn how to build a bunk bed for you or even for your own child, I say, bunk beds are good options as a space saver.

I’ve built one myself for my kid’s room and with the kiddie design I’ve put in, my children are simply loving as they can also have their sense of style added giving it their own stamp of personality even if one bed is atop another.

Learning how to build a bunk bed entails more work and planning than say, building furniture. However, with meticulous planning and commitment to get the job done, building a bunk bed is certainly doable as long as you know how to follow easy instruction from a ready made plans.

I’ve learned many things while I was building a building. Things, which I’m about to share with you in this article.


Safety is a prime concern for me as a parent. You know hoe growing children are. One is often enough to make you dizzy with their flurry of activities. Put two of them in the same room, and it’s bound to be some kind of a circus.

That’s why I made sure I built a very sturdy bunk bed for both of them. I chose a hard wood for this purpose as it provides more stability to the structure.

Also, more attention should be given in building the ladder as well as the guard rails of the the top bunk. And personally, I have my younger kid stay on the lower bunk as I just think that any kid below 4 should not be allowed to sleep on the upper bunk for safety reasons.


You can build a bunk bed just by using some basic handtools like saw and drill. As for the materials, the type of wood you are going to use is completely up to you. You just have to make sure that it is sturdy enough.

Based on experience, you’re going to need 4 4×4 for the posts, and 4 2×4 but then again, wood usage is dependent on the design of the bunk bed. I’ve used more wood than necessary as I’ve installed some built in panels and small cabinet for the bunk bed.


The first time I’ve let my kids on my plans to build a bunk bed, they’re completely against the idea, especially my eldest. However, letting them see the design of the bunk bed I’m planning to build for them, they were eager to have the bunk bed done.

They completely love the panels and cabinets I’ve installed in their own space of the bunk bed.

It was an extra effort I have to put in but having a bunk bed plan beforehand made everything easier and faster for me. Personally, I’ve always been using plans for each woodworking project I’m building and building a bunk bed for my kids is no exception.

A good plan makes it easier for me to execute as it has the necessary step-by-step instruction so I don’t have to overlook some things. Of course, having pictures thrown in definitely made the instruction easier to follow.

I’ve used a nifty resource with many plans in its catalog to design my kids bunk bed as well as many other woodworking projects I’ve built before. You can check here if it will give you the same benefits.

About the Author

I’ve always been an avid fan of crafts. Having finished my first woodworking piece has got me hooked on building my next one and my next one until it just sort of dawned on me that a lot of furniture in the house is MY handiwork.

Such a rewarding thing that is. To be able to see and use something you’ve made with your own hands.

Which is why I’ve made a woodworking resource borne out of my love for the craft. You can check it out for additional information on how to build a bunk bed.

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Francis Gichuhi (692 Posts)

Architect Francis Gichuhi . B.Arch. University of Nairobi. Registered Architect, Kenya. Member, Architectural Association of Kenya. Contacts. email Telephone +254721410684


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