This step by step diy project is about 2×4 bunk bed frame plans. I designed this simple bunk bed that will accommodate twin size mattresses. This double twin size bed features a sturdy and simple design. As always, my woodworking plans come with step by step diagrams and full Cut / Shopping lists, so you can build this chair in a few hours with basic tools and materials you can find at most DIY stores.
It is essential to choose the right materials before starting the construction and the assembly of the bed. As you will see in the project, you need to choose durable lumber with a nice appearance, such as pine, cedar or redwood. Make sure the components are in a good visual condition and choose professional tools when adjusting their size. Take accurate measurements and join the components with glue and screws.
Projects made from these plans
Building a twin bunk bed
Cut + Materials List
- A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 72″ long, 2 pieces – 68 1/2″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 39″ long, 6 pieces – 14″ long 4xPANEL
- C – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 76″ long RAILS
- D – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 76″ long CLEATS
- E – 26 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 39″ long SUPPORT SLATS
- F – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 76″ long, 2 pieces – 52″ long GUARD RAILS
- G – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 24″ long STEPS
Bunk Bed Frame Plans – PDF Download
The first step of the bed frame project is to build the 4 panels for the bed frame. Therefore, just cut all the components from 2×4 lumber, as shown in the diagram. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the vertical slats and insert 2 1/2″ screws to the top and bottom supports. Place a block of 2 1/2″ between the slats, to create even gaps.
After assembling the panels, we need to attach the 2×4 legs to the sides, as shown in the diagram. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the horizontal supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure them to the vertical legs. Leave no gaps between the components and add glue to the joints.
Also, assemble the bunk bed by fitting the side rails to the end frames. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the rails and secure them to the frames with 2 1/2″ screws. Use a spirit level to make sure the rails are perfectly horizontal.
Use 2×2 lumber for the bed frame cleats. Cut the cleats at 76″ and then secure with the rails. Drill pilot holes through the cleats and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the rails. Add glue to the joints, as well.
Next, attach the 1×4 boards to the two bunk beds. Place a 2 1/2″ wood block between the slats to create even gaps. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock the slats to the cleats.
Use 2×4 lumber for the guard rails. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the rails and then secure them to the back legs with 2 1/2″ screws, as shown in the diagram.
Fit the 2×4 ladder support to the front of the bunk bed. Plumb the support vertically, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock it to the bed frames.
Drill pocket holes at both ends of the steps and secure them to the supports with 2 1/2″ screws.
We also need to add another 2×4 legs to the back of the bed frame. This extra leg will add extra strength to the bunk bed. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the leg to the rails.
Fit the guard rails to the front of the bunk bed, as well.
Fill the holes with wood plugs and then apply wood putty. Smooth the edges with 120-220 grit sandpaper and apply a few coats of paint / stain.
This bed is designed for a twin size mattress. You can build this bunk bed in a weekend. See free plans for a queen size farmhouse bed HERE.
This is a simple farmhouse bed frame that you can build in a few days. I also have Premium Plans for this chair, a full PDF file that also comes with a cut layout diagram (shows you how to cut the components from the materials, so you get minimum waste). See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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