How to build an l-shaped bunk bed

Written by beverlee brick
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
How to build an l-shaped bunk bed
(Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

The best L-shaped bunk beds aren't attached to one another. Instead, build a regular bed and a loft bed, then arrange them in an L. This allows you to shift their positions as it becomes desirable or necessary, or even to move the beds to separate rooms as your children grow. These plans are for twin size bunk beds, but can be adapted to other mattress sizes by altering your lumber dimensions.

Skill level:
Easy

Other People Are Reading

Things you need

  • 2 plywood sheets, 1/2-inch x 75-inch x 39-inch
  • 4 beams, 2-inch x 4-inch x 75-inch
  • 4 beams, 2-inch x 4-inch x 36-inch
  • 4 posts, 6-inch x 6-inch x 60-inch
  • 4 posts, 6-inch x 6-inch x 10-inch
  • 2 planks, 1-inch x 12-inch x 72-inch
  • 4 planks, 1-inch x 12-inch x 36-inch
  • Box of wood screws, 3-inch
  • Power saw
  • Power drill
  • Screwdriver bits
  • Drill bits

Show MoreHide

Instructions

  1. 1

    Set two 75-inch beams and two 36-inch beams in a rectangle, resting on their two-inch-wide sides. Position the shorter beams inside the longer beams. Attach them using two wood screws per joint, drilled through the longer beam into the end of the shorter beam.

  2. 2

    Lay one plywood sheet over the rectangular frame. Screw it in place with one screw per corner, driven through the plywood into the edge of the beam below.

  3. 3

    Repeat steps one and two to build a second mattress platform.

  4. 4

    Set one end of an 18-inch post in one corner of one mattress platform, on the same side as the exposed beams. Attach with four wood screws driven through the plywood into the end of the post. Use the same method to mount the other three 18-inch posts into the other corners of the platform.

  5. 5

    Set one end of a 72-inch post in one corner of the mattress platform, on the same side as the exposed beams. Attach with four wood screws driven through the plywood into the end of the post. Use the same method to mount the other three 72-inch posts into the other corners of the platform.

  6. 6

    Connect two posts along one long side of the bunk using one of your 72-inch planks. Position the plank so the top is one foot below the bottom of the mattress frame. Screw it in place using four screws on each side. Mount the second plank directly opposite this one.

  7. 7

    Connect two posts along one short side of the bunk using one of your 36-inch planks. Position the plank so the top is flush against the bottom of the 72-inch planks. Screw it in place using four screws on each side. Mount the second plank directly opposite this one.

  8. 8

    Repeat step seven to reinforce the other short side of the bunk.

  9. 9

    Slide the bunks into position at 90 degrees to each other, forming an "L" shape.

Don't Miss

Filter:
  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
Sort:
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.