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Bunk beds for crib/toddler size mattresses

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Project by Austin Zach posted 06-13-2020 08:37 PM 868 views 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We don’t have the space or the need (yet!) for a set of full-size bunk beds that accommodate twin-sized mattresses. I wanted a smaller set of bunk beds that fit crib-size or toddler-size mattresses. You can’t hardly find any to buy online, and even if you could, I wouldn’t buy them when I could just build them. I am a woodworker after all :)

All the wood is red oak (with the exception of the furring strips that support the mattresses). About half of the oak was gifted to me by my father-in-law, and I couldn’t pass up free stock, so I promised to put it good use.

This project was a lot of firsts for me: first time building a project of this size; first time using a flush-trim bit for template routing of the curved rails; first time using my dado stack to notch out the legs where they meet the rails.

Of course, there are plenty of minor imperfections, and joints that aren’t quite as clean and snug-fitting as I would have liked. But all in all, I’m extremely happy with how it turned out. And my girls have very much enjoyed their new beds!





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#1 posted 06-15-2020 03:43 PM

I like it! I’ve been planning to make similar bed for some of my children.

One thing you might not be aware of is that in England they have more mattress sizes.

I bought 3 mattresses from England 31 1/2 by 63” (80×160cm). Mattresses were cheap enough (from ebay) but shipping was a bit high. Those are 2/3 area of twin bed and should be good for up to 12 year old child.

More commonly available is 70cm x 160cm – which is the same width (27 1/2”) as a US toddler mattress but longer (63”).

-Paul

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#2 posted 06-17-2020 06:31 PM

Your last photo makes me smile!

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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