Bunk Beds with stairs

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This is a bunk bed that I made for the grand sons for Christmas. They needed some extra drawer space so I put a drawer in all the usable spaces. The bed is made from red oak and red oak veneered plywood, used domestic ply with poplar core and plain slice veneer, 3/4” thick. The secondary wood for drawers was tulip poplar. Slats are red oak and I think there are ten per mattress.

The finish is Waterlox Original and I did 4 applications for durability, used a whole gallon pretty much. Drawer slides are Accuride 3832SC, a very dependable slide that I have used for years.

The stairs were chosen because my daughter in law was concerned about the boys on a ladder, they are 3 and 5 years old, though I think they would have been fine with the ladder, the steps gave me more storage options.

I looked at many photo’s online to get the general idea and then drew up plans, bought the materials and started cutting. The boys will get many years out of this and maybe even their kids will sleep in them as well.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#1 posted 12-23-2012 06:40 PM

Great use of space for the drawers! Excellent work!!!

-- Better looking at it than for it....

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#2 posted 12-23-2012 06:56 PM

Storage setps and drawers are the best idea since sliced bread … Who has too much storage …
Great design and excecution.

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#3 posted 12-23-2012 08:55 PM

Really special build. Good use of space.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-23-2012 09:27 PM

That is an awesome bed. I’m sure your grandsons will love it.

-- Bill

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#5 posted 12-23-2012 10:40 PM

I like it!! how does it come apart? did you use bed hardware or something else? great way to use all the space!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#6 posted 12-23-2012 10:42 PM

Really nice build. Now, who referees the tug of war for the top bunk?

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 12-23-2012 11:02 PM

Outstanding design and it looks GREAT! You really did a good job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#8 posted 12-23-2012 11:14 PM

The bed portion is assembled with bed rail fasteners from Rocklers Woodworking Store and the stair portion is attached through the stringers on both sides with 1 1/4” wood screws, the back of the stairwell is attached on the back side with metal right angle brackets. I took it apart today in about 30 minutes and it should re-assemble in about the same time once we get it to our sons house.

As far as who gets the top, gramps assigned that to the first born. The drawers in the stairs go with the top bunk and the drawers under neath go with the bottom. Next year I will make a tall chest to go at the end of the bed for Christmas. Each year I make them a new piece of furniture.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#9 posted 12-24-2012 12:04 AM

This is so cool! Absolutely great work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#10 posted 12-24-2012 12:06 AM

Great design,very well done.


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#11 posted 12-24-2012 12:07 AM

Now this is a project. Very nice.

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#12 posted 12-24-2012 12:07 AM

Awesome design! I’ve never seen bunk beds with steps instead of a ladder. Looks nice and safe, and all the space is put to good use.

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#13 posted 12-24-2012 12:38 AM

echo about great idea to put the drawers in the steps

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#14 posted 12-24-2012 12:58 AM

That’s a real keeper. Very nicely done and great thinking on the storage.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#15 posted 12-24-2012 01:21 AM

Excelente, muy bien hecho!

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