Triple bunk bed plans

This step by step diy article is about triple bunk bed plans. Building a bunk bed is a cheap solution for small rooms that don’t provide enough space for fitting regular beds. Although there are many designs you could choose from, in this article we will show you all you have to know about making a classic bulk bed out of common materials. If you have worked with lumber before, the carpentry techniques should be familiar to you.

Buy quality lumber, made for building lumber, if you want to get a durable bed. Nevertheless, you could save some money if you purchase lumber with knots, which could even enhance the look of project, giving it a rustic appearance. Select the slats with great attention, checking if they are in a good condition (the lumber has to be straight and without chips, dents or cracks).

Always aligned the components before locking them together with screws. In addition, we recommend you to pre-drill the lumber, otherwise the wood might easily split. Add glue to the joints, if you want to enhance their bond. Smooth the cut edges with fine grit sandpaper and remove the residues using a vacuum cleaner. Make sure you take a look over the related plans to get an idea about what you can build for your home.

 

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Triple bunk bed plans

Building a triple bunk bed

Building a triple bunk bed

 

Materials

  • A – 5 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 69” long, 4 pieces – 44 1/4″ long LEGS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 43″ long, 2 pieces – 76″ long 3xFRAME
  • B – 9 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 76” long CLEATS
  • C – 48 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 40” long SLATS
  • D – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 40 1/4” long SUPPORTS
  • E – 6 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 43” long, 2 pieces – 76″ long, 2 pieces – 59″ long, 4 pieces – 24″ long RAILS
  • E – 1 piece of 1×2 lumber – 79” long, 2 pieces – 46″ long, 1 piece – 56″ long TRIMS
  • F – 8 piece of 2×2 lumber – 15 1/2” long STEPS

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Tips

  • Pre-drill holes in the wooden components, before driving in the screws
  • Smooth the exposed edges, by using a router with a 1/4” bit

 

Time

  • One day

 

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Building a triple bunk bed

Building the bed frames

Building the bed frames

 

The first step of the woodworking project is to build the frames for the three beds. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to build the frame out of 2×6 lumber and the cleats out of 2×4 lumber. Make sure the corners are right-angled and add waterproof glue to the joints. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the long components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular slats. Next, attach the 2×4 cleats to the frame by using 2 1/2″ screws. Leave no gaps between the components and add glue to create rigid joints.

 

Attaching the cleats

Attaching the cleats

 

Continue the bed frame projects by attaching the 1×4 support slats to the cleats. Place the slats equally-spaced and secure them into place by using 1 1/4″ screws.

 

Building the frame of the triple bunk bed

Building the frame of the triple bunk bed

 

Next, build the frame of the triple bunk bed, as described in the diagram. Attach the 2×2 legs to the bed frames, making sure the corners are square and the frames are perfectly horizontal. Drill pilot holes through the legs and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the bed frames. Plumb the legs with a spirit level.

 

Fitting the middle bed frame

Fitting the middle bed frame

 

Continue the project by attaching the middle bed frame to the structure. Make sure you create rigid joints between the components, by inserting 2 1/2″ screws and waterproof glue. Ask a couple of friends to assist you while assembling the triple bunk bed, as you need someone to hold the components into place while you insert the galvanized screws.

 

Fitting the guard rails

Fitting the guard rails

 

Cut the guard rails out of 1×4 lumber, making sure you pay attention to the instructions described in the plans. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the slats and secure them to the legs using 1 1/4″ screws. Place the slats equally-spaced and leave no gaps between the components. Place a spirit level on top of the rails to check if they are perfectly horizontal.

 

Fitting the trims

Fitting the trims

 

Attach the 1×2 trims to the top of the guard rails, as described in the plans. Align the trims at both ends and secure them into place by using 1 1/4″ finishing nails and glue.

 

Fitting the steps

Fitting the steps

 

One of the last steps of the project is to attach the steps to the triple bunk bed. Cut the steps out of 2×2 lumber and fit them between the supports. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the components and secure them into place by using 2 1/2″ screws.  Check if the corners are square.

 

Triple bunk bed plans

Triple bunk bed plans

 

Last but not least, you need to take care of the final touches. Therefore, you need fill all the holes with a good filler and let the compound to dry out properly, before sanding the wooden surface with 120-grit sandpaper.

Smart Tip: Clean the residues with a dry cloth, before staining the bunk bed with the appropriate products for your tastes and needs. Afterwards, install the mattress and take a nap.

 

 

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