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How to build kids' bunk beds

Step 3. Fit the bed ends

the ends of the bed base

Lay the bed base on its side, on top of a couple of sawhorses.

The two bed ends should fit snugly into place, one at each end of the bed base.

Add a bit of glue and slip the legs (e) of the bed ends over the side rails (a) of the bed base.

Butt the ends of the side rails (a) up tight to the end rails (c) and then screw through the insides of the side rails (drill first) into the legs.

Step 4. Add the side guardrail

The bunk bed side guardrail

Now just a matter of adding the side guardrail (b) to the back of the bed.

Fasten the side guardrail (b) to the top part of the legs (e) in line with the end guardrails (d).

Use four screws at each end of the side guardrail.
Pre-drill the screw holes through the side guardrail.

Sand any sharp corners and apply paint.

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Step 5. Cut and shape the bunk-end pieces

Cut all the pieces for the two bunk-end units and the ladder according to the measurements given in the cutting list on page 5.

Always cut the longest pieces first and then cut the shorter pieces out of the off-cuts.

The four bunk corner posts (h), the bunk guardrail (p) and the two ladder sides (m) will each need to have one of their corners rounded as shown in the plan drawings in pages 7 and 8.
Use a jig-saw, fret saw or similar tool.

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