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How to make kid's bunks

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How to make kid's bunk beds

Page Contents
1: Introduction
2: Identifying the parts
3: About measurements, bunk size, mattress
4: Materials, Cutting list for the beds
5: Materials, Cutting list for the bunk ends  you are on this page
6: PLANS - the bed
7: PLANS - the bunk ends
8: PLANS - the ladder

9:   Making the bed - base and ends
10: Making the bed - ends and side guardrail
11: Making the bunk ends and ladder
12: Assembling the bunk and adding the ladder
13: Finishing - nut guards and screw caps
14: Safety guidelines - must read
15: Safety guidelines continued - must read
16: User Photos/Comments
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The cutting list for bunk ends and ladder

Note: The list below is for the two bunks and the ladder only.
To make the complete bunk set, you will also need the materials listed on the previous page.


[h] bunk corner post 3/4" x 3 1/2" (90mm x 19mm) 57 1/2" (1437mm) 4
[j] bunk end rails 3/4" x 3 1/2" (90mm x 19mm) 31 1/2" (787mm) 8
[k] bunk spacer 3/4" x 3 1/2" (90mm x 19mm) 7 1/2" (187mm) 2
[m] ladder side 3/4" x 3 1/2" (90mm x 19mm) 41 1/2" (1037mm) 2
[n] ladder rung (wide) 3/4" x 5 1/2" (140mm x 19mm) 22" (550mm) 1
[o] ladder rung (narrow) 3/4" x 3 1/2" (90mm x 19mm) 22" (550mm) 2
[p] bunk guardrail 3/4" x 5 1/2" (140mm x 19mm) 1 @ 40" (1000mm) 1

You will also need a small piece of MDF board or plywood about 5/16" (9mm) thick to make some nut guards from.


12 5/16"(8mm) carriage bolts 1 3/4" (45mm) long, plus nuts and washers.
10 5/16"(8mm) carriage bolts 2 1/2" (65mm) long, plus nuts and washers.
60 wood screws 1 1/2" (38mm) long.
Note Check the bolts will go through two thicknesses of wood and three thicknesses of wood respectively, and take a washer and nut neatly. It is important that the bolt does not stick out past the nut when tightened. If so, cut excess length off with a hacksaw.

bunk bed ladder and end pieces

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