Diy triple bunk bed ideas

On our next journey to Cape Charles we brought the wood for the trim and the railings, which is when these started to glance more love built-in bunks. It really just took some pre-primed 1 x 8 boards nailed into put over the exposed frames to dress things up, along with reinstalling the baseboard trim across the bottom.

We were working off of these bunk beds from Studio McGee as our inspiration for the railing. We liked how clean-lined they were and the stir of wood and white was nice too. We thought the X-pattern along the top rail might be a little busy in such a little room (and harder to accomplish), but everything else gave us a excellent starting point.

We bought a bunch of 2 x 2 square pine boards at Home Depot to work with and we started with the ladder first.

We cut the 18 wide rungs in groups to attempt to hold the cut size exact for each step. Here it is laid out on the hallway floor.

To secure it together we used endless 5 Rugged Strength Screws through the side rail into each rung. We didnt own a clamp that would hold things together, so we made certain I was working on a flat surface (some scrap MDF leftover from the pantry project) and could press everything against the wall to hold it in put as I screwed things in.

Diy triple bunk bed ideas

Also, note the blocks that Sherry cut and put between each rung to hold things spaced evenly (our rungs are 12 apart from top to top, so the spacers were ). I also used another scrap piece of wood that I rested on top and pressed below to hold everything flush as I drove in the screw.

Once it was constructed we clamped the ladder into put and began mapping out the other parts of the railing, since theyd every be visually connected.

Again clamps are the trusty sidekick of this project.

After we attached the ladder to the bunks (using more 5 RSS screws) we realized the 2 x 2 rungs were a little little love your foot felt love it needed more surface area to relax on. So we cut longer pieces and attached them on the front of each rung (screwing them in from the backside) to make each platform deeper (and much more comfortable).

Diy triple bunk bed ideas

We also sanded every the corners of the wood so they are more love a rounded square edge as opposed to a super sleek sharp one.

We secured the top rails from the topside with more RSS screws. Pictured under is the tiny top rail on the wall side of the ladder. Normally we wouldve just put the ladder correct against the wall, but it would own interfered with the light switch, so we floated it off a couple of inches which is actually nice because when you hold the side of the ladder theres room for your hands to wrap around it.

Worked out really well.

We attached the lower horizontal rail across that upper bunk using pocket holes from the backside, so theyre not visible from the front. And speaking of visible from the front if I did it again, Id probably make it so those two screw heads couldnt be seen. Part of us thinks its helpful of a nice little detail (theyre industrial looking and brass in color, so theyre almost love gold rivets that are also visible along the sides of the ladder).

But when viewed at angles love the one under, only 2 are visible, so it looks more random than it does from the other corner of the room. We couldve avoided those being visible by screwing it into put from the backside, so thats an option if youre going for a more seamless look.

Oh and as for the underside of that top bunk, its just some thin 1/4 plywood sheets that we glued and nailed into put, and then trimmed out with some primed lattice strips to cover the seam in the middle.

This angle shows more of how the ladder has those brass screws running below the side, so they glance beautiful tidy when you see them every lined up en masse love that.

Not to jump ahead, but we thought the brass screw heads looked even cooler once everything was stained.


The Project Steps Well Cover

Weve crammed this post with lots of details, but heres the gist of what well cover:

  1. How we securing attached a floating platform for the top bunk
  2. How we chose the height and spacing for the bunk
  3. How we trimmed out the project to make them glance built-in
  4. How we built (and later revised) a platform for the bottom bunk
  5. How we added and stained the ladder and railing

This space is beautiful unique in that it was the perfect width for wall-to-wall twin XL mattresses.

The room is exactly wide and a twin XL is 80, so theres just enough wiggle room to comfortably tuck in a sheet or bedspread. Having known that early on in renovating this home, we decided beautiful quickly that this would be a perfect spot for additional endless bunks. Adding some overflow sleeping space + novelty-factor for any kiddos who stay here (including our own bunk-obsessed offspring) = no brainer. But for the final three months, it beautiful much looked love this:


Constructing The Floating Top Bunk Platform

Next, we brought in the bottom mattress so we could figure out how high we wanted the second bunk.

This was our main criteria in deciding that height:

  • We wanted the headroom roughly equal on both bunks
  • BUT we wanted it cramped enough on the top bunk to discourage horseplay / jumping / attempts to stand up
  • AND we wanted enough room on the bottom bunk for an adult to sit up without knocking their nogging (think: during storytime)

Long tale short we cheated the top bunk a little higher than halfway to achieve #2 and #3. Ill give you every of the final measurements at the finish of the post, since this is before we moved up the bottom bunk a few more inches later.

We followed the same process for the upper bunk, but with some adjustments that we learned from constructing the lower one.

For one, we added some additional cross bracing to make certain the upper platform was extremely solid. And we broke out these heavy duty Rugged Structural Strength screws to secure it to the wall. We read about them in this DIY bunk bed tutorial and my ears perked up at the thought of a lag screw alternative that I could install with my regular driver. They. Are. Awesome.

Installing them still took a little bit of oomph (check out that lunge!) especially to make certain every of my 2 x 4 boards pulled tight into the stud, but it was so much simpler than dealing with bulky lag screws.

Diy triple bunk bed ideas

No pilot holes needed, and my regular ol electric driver did the trick. We joke that a hoard of wild elephants could stampede this home and the only thing that would remain standing would be these bunks. Im not saying I know for a fact that theyre elephant-proof, but Im beautiful confident they are

Again, the process for making the upper platform was the same as the lower just more cross braces (one every 12 inches-ish) and we used those heavy duty screws to secure every of the 2 x 4 boards to the wall (right into the studs on the back and both side walls), as well as to secure the front piece to the relax of the frame.

If those Rugged Strength Screws are the heroes of this build, then these bar clamps are the Robin to their Batman.

They were a huge assist in keeping things in put while we worked on attaching them.

It eventually got too dark exterior for us to cut the upper plywood to size so it would relax flush against the floating platform we had built (which is why you can see the plywood under the top mattress in this picture overlapping), but we threw some full pieces up there so we could at least check out how it would glance with the two mattresses in put. Thaaaaaaats when we realized we didnt love the heights. ::facepalm::

Long tale short we cheated the top bunk a little higher than halfway to achieve #2 and #3.

Ill give you every of the final measurements at the finish of the post, since this is before we moved up the bottom bunk a few more inches later.

We followed the same process for the upper bunk, but with some adjustments that we learned from constructing the lower one. For one, we added some additional cross bracing to make certain the upper platform was extremely solid. And we broke out these heavy duty Rugged Structural Strength screws to secure it to the wall. We read about them in this DIY bunk bed tutorial and my ears perked up at the thought of a lag screw alternative that I could install with my regular driver.

They. Are. Awesome.

Installing them still took a little bit of oomph (check out that lunge!) especially to make certain every of my 2 x 4 boards pulled tight into the stud, but it was so much simpler than dealing with bulky lag screws. No pilot holes needed, and my regular ol electric driver did the trick. We joke that a hoard of wild elephants could stampede this home and the only thing that would remain standing would be these bunks. Im not saying I know for a fact that theyre elephant-proof, but Im beautiful confident they are

Again, the process for making the upper platform was the same as the lower just more cross braces (one every 12 inches-ish) and we used those heavy duty screws to secure every of the 2 x 4 boards to the wall (right into the studs on the back and both side walls), as well as to secure the front piece to the relax of the frame.

If those Rugged Strength Screws are the heroes of this build, then these bar clamps are the Robin to their Batman.

They were a huge assist in keeping things in put while we worked on attaching them.

It eventually got too dark exterior for us to cut the upper plywood to size so it would relax flush against the floating platform we had built (which is why you can see the plywood under the top mattress in this picture overlapping), but we threw some full pieces up there so we could at least check out how it would glance with the two mattresses in put. Thaaaaaaats when we realized we didnt love the heights. ::facepalm::


How to Build A DIY Triple Bunk Bed

3.

Build Two Side Panels

Same song and dance here drill pocket holes into the rails and attach them to the legs with pocket screws and wood glue.

Diy triple bunk bed ideas

Again, the legs for our triple bunk are diverse lengths because of the slant in the ceiling. Disregard this for your build and follow the plans.

2. Build the Back Panel

Once again, drill pocket holes into the rails and attach them to the legs with pocket screws and wood glue.

5. Build the Ladder

Im not certain how I missed taking photos of the ladder construction, but I did. Must be sympathetic pregnancy brain is that a thing?

After every, Tamra and I spent fairly a bit of time together she helped build and paint the whole thing 9 months pregnant and all! At any rate, the ladder section is beautiful straightforward in the plans.

Now that every of the components were built, Tamra and I sanded and painted every of the parts Benjamin Moore Simply White.

Build the Front Panel

Drill pocket holes into the rails and attach them to the legs with pocket screws and wood glue.

Every of the measurements are listed in the plans.

4. Build the Mattress Boxes

Build three mattress boxes and attach the mattress slats. Be certain to pre-drill every pilot holes to minimize the risk of wood splitting.

Assembly

After every of the parts were fully dry, we brought them into the room for assembly. I made a quick template out of cardboard so that the bolts were every attached in the same put for each bed. We attached the bed boxes to the panels love we did for my daughters sliding barn door loft bed.

We used 3 1/2-inch carriage bolts, flat washers, split locking washers, and cap nuts. We pre-drilled the holes through the 2x4s and 26 bed boxes and inserted the carriage bolts, washers, and cap nuts.

We attached the back and two side panels to the bottom bunk first, then moved onto the middle bunk, and finally the top bunk. After that was constructed, we attached the front panel.

*Pro Tip: cut a couple of scrap 2x4s to 29 3/4 inches endless and clamp them as shown under, to support the mattress boxes in put during assembly. This will also ensure equal spacing between the bunks.

Finally, its time to attach the ladder.

Adam and Tamra attached the ladder to the bed by pre-drilling pilot holes driving wood screws from the inside of the railings. We chose to put the ladder on the side for the most streamlined design.

You may notice were missing some railings I added an additional railing to each bed after we discovered the triplets were squeezing their tiny bodies through the sides of the beds. I revised this in the plan, so when in doubt, follow the plan!

Last but not least, Adam is doing a quick strength test he weighs a little over lbs.

Another thing worth mentioning: we didnt feel comfortable having those ceiling fan blades so shut to the top bunk bed, so we switched out the standard ceiling fan for this remote control LED fan from Stile the blades arent exposed and its a much smaller profile, which works best for this room.

We own 3 of these fans in our own home and we love them!

Huge thanks to the generous folks at Beddys  they provided the bedding for this project. We own the same all-in-one bedding on my daughters loft bed and it makes changing the sheets and making the bed so much easier. We just knew theyd be perfect for this triple bunk bed too!

We attached a curtain rod at the top and hung these white curtains. Tamra made the curtain tie back bows arent they cute? We love how it turned out and the girls absolutely adore their new beds! We finished this project just in the nick of time, too.

A few days later, the triplets baby sister arrived!

If you build this DIY Triple Bunk Bed, wed love to see it! Be certain to tag me (@jenwoodhouse) on social media so we can see your projects!

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If your kids own bunk beds, then you can be mom-of-the-year by sewing them some bunk bed curtains using our tutorial! Minimal sewing skills required!

I may do a room reveal here on mah blog, but that doesnt REALLY mean that the room is done.

You know? Im constantly tweaking and having new ideas! Nothing is safe even when its already been checked off my subconscious room-list. ?

Even the kids room

Having bunk beds has opened a whole new world of shenanigans part of which Im certain is the fact that Cypress is now sharing a room with the twins. But the truth is that they sleep better (and longer) now than they did when the twins shared a full size bed. So were rejoicing!

And so far were loving this triple bunk. Its solid and sturdy, and each of the kids surprisingly has plenty of head room!

But when they started draping blankets from the bunks above them (and the kid on the top bunk started complaining that she couldnt drape blankets) I realized that bunk beds were the perfect chance for TENTS!

Youre loving that fabric, arent you?

ME TOO!

Let me introduce you to my Instagram friend, Bari J! Shes an insanely talented artist who shares my love of bright colors, patterns, and florals. Ive been following her on the gram and admiring her work for years. And when I saw that she was releasing a new fabric line, I had to get my hands on it!

I put on my large girl panties and hesitantly reached out to her and asked if I could assist her promote her line of fabrics, and she agreed! And she let me select 3 diverse prints for this project!

Cue the angels singing in the distance.

Ive been excited to get back in front of the sewing machine. I havent had it out since we moved final drop, and it feels so excellent to be sewing again!

Im not a extremely experienced seamstress, but I can sew in a relatively straight line! (and apparently Im not too shabby at a circle either!). So if youre intimidated by the sewing portion of this project thought, be encouraged. You can do it.

I measured the openings of each of the bunks (they werent every the same, so measure each one individually). I decided I wanted 4 panels for each bunk 2 for the endless opening, and 2 for the short opening.

That way it would glance beautiful when theyre open and closed!

I cut each panel about 3 inches longer than the dimensions of the opening, and hemmed the edges every the way around. I considered adding some pom pom trim at the bottom, but with every the busyness of the patterns, I felt love it didnt need that additional detail this time.

I did a lot of research on how to go about hanging these curtains. My brain staggered between things love shower curtain rods, and those room-divider curtain things that are affixed to the ceiling love in a doctors exam room.

But ultimately I decided to go with these stainless Curtain Wire Rod System where you put Hooks on that clip onto your curtain!

In that pic above theyre using it to hold kids art, but its made for curtains and is fairly sturdy.

Youll need one of these for each bunk.

The wire curtain rod comes with instructions, but sometimes its easier to see pictures of the steps, so here ya go

Mark your spot on the bunk and drill a pilot hole for the hardware.

Screw in the provided screw, then thread on the curtain adapter.

Do this on both far corners of the bunk. And to create the corner for the wire, add an eye hook on the post where the wire should turn. We also added an eye hook halfway across the longer expanse for added support of the wire.

On the far finish of the wire, tug the wire tight and put the little cylinder clasp about an inch from the curtain hardware, and tighten it into put with the allen wrench provided.

Use a wire cutter to cut off every the excess wire, and screw into place!

YOURE DONE!

For the wire that goes along the ceiling for the top bunk, just put the two curtain adapters into the wall instead of the bunk, and put the two eye hooks into the ceiling.

The little hooks just loop onto the wire, and clip onto the fabric super self-explanatory. I put a hook every 5 or so on the fabric panels.

The girls are so obsessed with their tents, and every 3 of them actually sleep with them closed. Its hilarious.

But I also love how amazing it looks when theyre open.

Its love a border for every the corners!

I took this low-quality, low-light pic of the girls being silly and loving their bunk curtains! SO FUN!

This was such a enjoyment project for me, and i havent seen the girls this happy about a thing I made for them in a endless time! Bunk bed curtains for the win!

If you give this project a go, be certain to tag me on Instagram @RealityDaydream so I can share! Or email me pics at [email protected]

~Bethany

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Our DIY wall-to-wall bunk beds at the beach home are finish (!!) and Im excited to share with you guys how we built them.

Although, it should be noted that my excitement pales in comparison to our kids when they saw the much-talked-about bunks finally become a reality.

And if Im being totally honest, I was a little nervous about thisproject. This was our first time building bunk beds, which felt significantly more high stakes than, tell, building a bookcase or a table. This is a bed that literally FLOATS IN THE AIR so one person can sleep ON TOP OF ANOTHER PERSON (or the occasional chihuahua).

But my nerves are calmed by the fact that were extremely happy with how it turned out, and how extremely sturdy they are (Sherry and I own been up on the top bunk together and its solid as a rock).

It wasnt exactly a straight line getting to the finish product, so I wanted to share the process so you can file this post next to the hundreds of others currently on Pinterest.

Diy triple bunk bed ideas

#bunkwagon


Adjusting The Height Of The Bottom Bunk

While wed accomplished exactly what we were going for with the top bunk height (even little kids cant jump around up there since its too shut to the ceiling for those sorts of acrobatics), we had overcompensated in our attempt to make the bottom bunk-gap a bit more generously sized than the top, and they looked more uneven than we intended (plus now a kid could jump on the bottom bed, which could also result in some serious head smacking doh!).

So we decided to lift the bottom platform a little bit since we also concluded it would glance nicer to not be so close to the floor.

This also makes it more comfortable for an adult to sit on that bottom bed and read a tale without feeling love theyre crouched super low to the ground. Again, Ill share final measurements at the finish of this post, but weve been really happy with how everything turned out since we made the adjustment. Ill jump ahead one more time to show you the final proportions of everything:

Bright and early the next morning we deconstructed the bottom platform enough that we could re-secure it a little bit higher off the floor (this also gave us the chance to add a bit more cross support under the plywood).

Theres a lot going on in the photo under, so dont hurt yourself trying to decipher it. Just know that we added some scrap 2 x 4s along the floor so wed own a put to nail in the baseboard, and since we had cut some legs to attach those baseboard-holding boards, we also took the chance to add some support legs in the middle for excellent measure too. Even though the platform was fully secured to the wall, we figured why not!

So with the bottom platform fixed, we finally turned back to cutting that plywood for the upper bunk to size and attaching it.

It was also a chance to put my money where my mouth was (or my body where my build was?) and prove to Sherry that this puppy wasnt going anywhere.

Diy triple bunk bed ideas

Later when Sherry was up there with me building the railing, we felt beautiful grand that our combined weight (nearly pounds!) was no sweat for this floating platform.


Building The Bottom Bunk Bed Platform

A few weekends ago we finally got to the build the bunk beds line item on our to-do list, and we hauled a bunch of 2 x 4 boards every the way from Richmond to Cape Charles, along with some pieces of plywood and a lot of heavy duty screws. We started with the bottom bunk which we decided to build directly on the floor to maximize headroom for each bed. Note: After some debate, we nixed the thought of any under bed storage for simplicitys sake, and because we didnt desire the lift the bed too much off the floor for younger sleepers love our son.

Well be adding some drawer storage elsewhere in the room.

We later changed our minds (surprise!) and decided to lift the bottom bunk a few more inches off the floor (not high enough for any drawers to make sense or anything), but youll see how we redid this platform in a bit. But for now, pretend youre blissfully unaware of that change. Ah construction, you unpredictable animal.

The advantage of this room is that we could attach three of the platforms four sides directly into wall studs, which gave us a HUGE quantity of confidence in the sturdiness of this contraption. So once I had those first three 24s around the perimeter cut and secured into studs with endless screws, we cut three short pieces to create some cross bracing under the platform, which you can see under.

Wed go back and add more later on, but again youre blissfully unaware of that for now.

Since I dont own a framing nailer, I attached every of these using my Kreg Jig.

Diy triple bunk bed ideas

It makes pocket holes in your wood that permit you to join pieces really tightly together. Ive lost count of how numerous projects Ive used it for at this point, so I highly recommend one.

Once the cross-braces were attached, I attached the fourth side of my frame across the front. Im no framing expert, but I assume a lot of people would just build the finish frame to size, slide it into put, and secure it to the wall final. We debated this, but we trusted ourselves to get a more precise fit (we really wanted this thing supremely snug to the wall) if we built it in put instead.

With the framing completed, we nailed below some planks of 1/2 plywood to create a solid surface for the mattress to relax on.

We used little 2 x 4 plywood sheets because theyre the largest we could fit in the car with everything else we were trekking to the beach home, so my 2 x 4 cross-braces were placed to make certain each plywood edge rested on the frame. Again, Id go back later and add more support under the middle of each section.


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