Instructions to Put Together a Bunk Bed

Updated July 20, 2017

Bunk beds are easier to assemble with a partner and a partner is necessary for placing the top bunk. Assembling furniture takes time and patience and should not be started if you are in a rush. It will help you to lay out all the parts along with reading the instructions and study any illustrations before proceeding. Also, remember to assemble the bunk bed in the room where it will reside, as it may not fit through the door once it is assembled.

Create space for your work area by moving any furniture in the room out of your way. Unpack the bunk bed boxes and take the packaging outside to keep your work area clutter-free or lay the boxes flat and work directly on them to protect your floor.

Look for the instructions inserted for reference and the hardware to be used. They might be found in a clear plastic pouch taped to a railing of the bunk bed. Separate the pieces of hardware in small containers or bowls so they will be easy to find when you need them. Some people find zip lock style bags come in handy when organising the small pieces.

Carefully read the instructions and note what the different parts are used for and when to use them. If possible, line the parts up in order so you don't have to go searching during each step.

Work with the lower bunk first by attaching the side rails to the foot board and headboard. You will need a wrench for this process to tighten the bolts and nuts. Place and tighten the bolts in all four corners. Move the bed to its final spot.

Insert the lower bunk planks into the side rails. Screw the planks into the predrilled holes.

Work with the top bunk while it's on the floor. Attach the side rails to the top footboard and headboard. Insert the planks and use nuts and bolts to fasten the crash barriers to the top bunk.

Lift the top bunk to its proper position with the help of your partner. Put the connector pins into predrilled holes to attach the two beds.

Set up the ladder by attaching it between the head and the crash barrier. Make sure that all parts are securely fastened in place. Do not use the bed without checking everything.

Things You'll Need

  • Wrench
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Based in southern Florida, Joy Campbell has been professionally writing since 2009. She is the author of "Journal of Ideas: Volume One." Campbell holds a Master of Education with a concentration in instructional technology from the University of South Florida.