November 20, 2007
by Don VanPelt
The term “easy” is relative. What is easy for one person might be hard for somebody else and vice versa. Most bunk bed assembly requires only very simple household tools to be able to put your new bed together, such as a screwdriver or a wrench. If there are any tools required that are not considered “household,” they will be provided with your bunk bed purchase.
If you do not know what a screwdriver or a wrench is, or what they even look like, you might want to consider getting some help. Although these beds can be put together with one person it is advised that you have a second person. That additional set of hands will make assembly a lot easier.
The first thing you want to do when your new bed arrives is to lay everything out onto the floor and read the assembly instructions carefully and thoroughly, at least once through even before you start. Make sure that everything in the documentation is included such as rails, headboard, etc…. and all of the hardware. What I mean by all of the hardware is bolts, washers, and screws. The last thing that you want, and I've had this happen to me before, is to get almost done and find out that you're missing two bolts. And at 7pm on a Sunday evening, there are no hardware stores open where I live. So the best advice before you begin putting together your new bunk bed is to make sure that all the parts have arrived and that nothing is damaged. Once you have verified that the contents are complete, start with step one.
Since bunk beds are actually two beds one stacked upon another, I cannot stress the importance of putting the beds together correctly. Please take the time to read the instructions before you begin. I know the temptation to look at the pictures and start putting together the frame is high (and I'm guilty of this myself with certain projects), but bedroom furniture, especially heavy bedroom furniture, needs patience. So for the safety of everyone, please read the instructions.
So, how easy are bunk beds to put together? For the average person with average household skills the installation is relatively easy. The first thing you will likely assemble is the actual bed frame to the footboard and the headboard of both beds. Sometimes you will actually assemble two beds and then lift one on top of the other. For this type of assembly it is imperative that you have a second person, as lifting one bed on top of another is something most people cannot do by themselves. There are many bunk beds that are assembled as a whole unit rather than two separate beds. Some of the loft designs and certain theme bunk bed styles are put together as one unit.
If you have any reservations about having bunk beds delivered to your door and being overwhelmed at the thought of how they will be assembled…don't! Help is always a phone call away, every reputable seller has phone operators that can help with instructions and assembly. Don't want to even attempt this yourself, or just don't have the time? Local handy men in the phone book can perform this task with ease. There are some online retailers that will deliver and put together your new beds for you, just ask them.
So, get out there, choose your style, get the beds delivered, put them together, you can even make a nice family event out of this, and have fun.