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How to build kids' bunk beds

Step 1. Make the bed base

bed base for bunks Cut all the pieces according to the measurements given in the cutting list on page 4.

Glue and screw the two slat supports (f) to the two side rails (a).
Screw about every 8" (200 mm) apart and pre-drill the screw holes through the slat supports (f).

base for a kids bed

Place the side rails apart on a couple of sawhorses and spread the bed slats (g) along the top of the slat supports, allowing approximately 2" (50 mm) gap between each slat.
Glue and screw the slats to the slat supports. Use two screws at each end of every slat.
Pre-drill the screw holes through the slats (g).

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Step 2. Make the bed ends

bed ends for bunks Round the top ends of the legs with a jig-saw, sander or other suitable tool. Refer to the drawing.

Lay the legs (e) on edge on a couple of sawhorses.

Place the end rail (c) and the end guardrail (d) in position on top of the legs and glue and screw them in place.

Use two screws at each end of both the rail and the guardrail.
Pre-drill the screw holes through both the rail and the guardrail.

Note 1: Ensure that the rail and guardrail are at right angles (square) to the legs.
Note 2: Ensure that the distance in between the two legs is the same as the overall width of the bed base.

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