How to turn my bunk bed into a loft bed?

Date January 31, 2007

bunk beds
Turtle Syndrome asked:

My sister and I got bunk beds when I was three, I'm assuming that you can take them apart, right?  I'm now 16 and my sister is leaving for college after the summer.

I would like to take the beds and turn them into a loft bed, but I'm not sure how safe this would be.  Does anybody know about any online instructions that I could use?
Thanks!
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2 Responses to “How to turn my bunk bed into a loft bed?”

  1. Peter said:

    Probably pretty unsafe. You need to precisely drill at least a 1 1/4" hole in both the top of each post, and the bottom of each leg, to receive a 6" hardwood dowel that will be used to keep the beds together. This is extremely hard because usually the drilling will go off-center, or not deep enough, or not aligned with the receiving hole… At any rate, you're looking at a very hard time. Go check out Big Lots! I saw bunk beds there, nice ones, for $199. Bonus–the girl on top won't ever kill the one below!

  2. S. Wentzel said:

    I'm not sure they understood what you were saying. It shouldn't be too hard, I'm doing it for my son. If you look at the plans for a custom built loft bed they usually just have a cross beam in the back. Leave the bottom support rail that will go against the wall and then put in your support beams. you may want to run another one under the origional support beam for the bottom and top bunks for saftey. And just test it. If it wobbles it isn't sturdy enough and you can just add some brackets or screw the thing into the wall.

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