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Forum topic by lobro4 posted 02-19-2012 04:50 AM 1255 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-19-2012 04:50 AM

I am in the process of building some bunk beds. I was thinking that a short mortise and tenon along with bedbolts would be the most solid way to connect the side rails to the legs. Seems this would be the tightest construction and hence the least rocking of the bedframe. I see various bed rail connection systems and worry they won’t provide a solid enough connection. Anybody out there with any experience or advise to offer?

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#1 posted 02-19-2012 06:12 AM

Look at the bunk bed plans at It’s rough and ready, but strong, quick, and cheap. Use any wood you choose, but look at how he does it.


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#2 posted 02-19-2012 03:46 PM

Yup again faster and cheaper in the 20th and 21st centuries. Bed bolts are the way things were made and they worked well. No flexing of the frame when things get a bit heated.

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#3 posted 02-19-2012 09:25 PM

Bed bolts are the way to go. Bunk beds at some future time will be changed out so it will be easier to disassemble them if they are of bolted construction. Normally, bunk beds end up larger than door openings so bolted construction is the way to go.

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#4 posted 02-19-2012 09:45 PM

Funny thought… For awhile I rented a room from a friend of mine that had a bed in it from circa 1800.
It was put together with M&T and was a beautiful old rustic style bed. The interesting part was that it had a set of ropes instead of the standard slats/inner springs or the old springs we all use to hate.
I have to say it was probably one of the best sleeping beds I’ve ever been in, alone or otherwise.
There wasn’t a single nail, bolt or dowel in the whole frame. If you wanted a harder mattress, you stretched the ropes tighter with a couple of wooden screws.
I think that if I build a new bed in our antique RV I’ll be building one of those.

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