Although most bunk beds are naturally stable despite their unavoidable wobble, many parents prefer to take no chances when it comes to the safety of their children. Fortunately, anchoring a bunk bed to the wall is a 10-minute job that uses tools many people already have at home. Anchoring bunk beds is well within the abilities of even those who are brand new to home maintenance.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Stud finder
- Measuring tape
- C-bracket with screws
- Power drill with screwdriver bits
Use your stud finder to find a point where a strut or rail in the bunk bed frame crosses a wall stud.
Measure the width or diameter of the bunk bed component at that point.
Buy a C-bracket of a size that matches the measurement you took in Step 2.
Place the C-bracket over the bunk bed component so its screw holes line up with the wall stud.
Screw the C-bracket in place using your power drill with screwdriver bits. This is easier if you have a friend hold the bracket in place while you drill.
Tips and warnings
- If your bunk bed is positioned so that one or more holes in the bracket can't line up with a stud, use a drywall anchor. This is a plastic cuff for your screw. Drill a hole in the wall, then drive in the anchor with a hammer. Finish by driving in a screw just as if there were a stud at that position.
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