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CHILDREN’S BUNK BED
CHILDREN’S BUNK BED

In this guide, we show you how you can build a bunk bed with storage for your child.

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Guide to building a children's bunk bed

What child has not dreamt of this - his or her very own loft bed. From sleeping to playing or climbing - this guide shows you how to very quickly turn this dream into reality for your child. As well as looking good, loft beds are also extremely practical. The space under the bed surface can be used for playing or snuggling up and it also provides extra storage space for toys, bed linen and much more.

1GETTING READY

Purchase the materials from the enclosed list. For the base construction, you will need 60 x 80 mm construction timber as well as 19 mm-thick hardwood. To equip the upper level with a 1000 x 2000 mm mattress, the external dimensions of the base construction are 2000 (L) x 1120 (W). For the overall height, use the height of the room to guide you and the playing and sleeping level is set at a height of 1000 mm. The beams for the base construction are connected with screws, washers and nuts.

2BUILDING THE BASE FRAME

Drill the two base frames (wall side and room side) according to the dimensional sketch attached. The quickest way to do this is to lay the beams of the base frames on top of each other and align them at right-angles. Top tip: Support the beams so that you do not drill through the floor too. The wall side requires an additional upright to secure the ladder. Then enlarge the two hole ends to countersink the U-washer with a screw head or nut (Right image).

3PRIMING THE BASE FRAME

Before coating, the surfaces are sanded. The primer can be applied using a WAGNER spray system. Dilute the primer with water according to the manufacturer's instructions. Spray the shorter wooden strips keeping a consistent distance. Only change the direction of spray outside the wooden strips. This avoids a build-up of thicker layers of paint during direction changes. The primer prevents water based paint or wood stains from breaking through.

4PAINTING THE BASE FRAME

Once the primer has dried, the base frame can be painted quickly and efficiently using a WAGNER paint spray system. We recommend applying the paint in two coats. Sand the surface between coats to ensure that the paint adheres well.

5ASSEMBLING THE BASE FRAME

Once the paint has dried, place the two base frames back on top of each other and connect them using screws, washers and nuts (Left image). The intermediate base plate is connected with the side pieces by screwing it onto the cross-beam (Right image).

6ATTACHING THE BASE CONSTRUCTION

Using a spirit level, align the base construction and secure it to the ceiling as well as the wall with wall plugs and screws. The holes for inserting the wall plugs can be drilled using a hammer drill.

7PAINTING THE STRIPS

Pour paint into the WAGNER paint sprayer container and dilute it with water in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions (Left image). Connect the spray attachment and carry out a test spray on a piece of cardboard or spare wood. Paint the strips with an even application of paint in the desired colour (Right image).

8ATTACHING THE STRIPS

Screw on the pre-painted strips to the wall, room and front side, once they have dried (Left image). To ensure an even distance use spacers (approx. 2mm) (Right image).

9CUT-OUT WINDOW TO SIZE

Draw in the outline with a pencil and cut out the shape with a jigsaw (Left image). Use sander to round off any edges (Right image).

10CUT OUT THE PORT HOLES TO SIZE

Using a plate, draw on the outline for the port holes (Left image). Round off the edges again afterwards (Right image).

11PAINTING THE WINDOW FRAME

First spray the mitre-cut window frames with an undercoat and then spray with paint (in the same colour as the base construction). Attach the mitre-cut strips for the window frame. The easiest option is to affix the window using an electric nailer.

12SPRAYING DOORS WITH WOOD PAINT

Dilute the wood paint as per the manufacturer's instructions (Left image) and using a WAGNER paint spray system spray it onto the doors (Right image).

13ATTACHING THE DOORS

To attach the doors, a pair of furniture hinges should be screwed into place on the right and left doors and then screwed to the base construction.

14BUILDING SHELVES

Screw on shelf supports for the upper and middle shelves to the base construction and middle wall (Left image), with the middle wall being secured in place at the same time. Then insert the shelves.
Secure the wall support between between the shelves and the relaxing area to the strip sections.

15ATTACHING THE STEPS

Secure steps between the two side panels with clamps (Left image). The angle of the steps is determined and then aligned with a carpenters square. Secure the steps through the side panels using two screws each. Affix the finished steps to the base construction using two screws (Right image).

16ATTACHING CLIMBING HANDLES

Secure large climbing handles with 10x screws and pronged tee nut, with small roundhead screws.


The result: an individual loft bed

List of materials

Qty.DescriptionDimensions in mmMaterialComment
Base frame
6Longitudinal timber2000Construction solid pinewood 60 x 80 mm
64-legs2500Construction solid pinewood 60 x 80 mmLength depending on room height
1Ladder fastening on the left1580Construction solid pinewood 60 x 80 mmDistance from outer stand 400 mm
Plates
1Intermediate base plate2000 x 1000Hardwood plywood 19 mmNotch the front corners in the beam thickness
1Dividing wall680 x 1000Hardwood plywood 19 mm
1Partition wall2000 x 1000Hardwood plywood 19 mm
3Shelves2000 x 300Hardwood plywood 19 mm
2Doors980 x 435Hardwood plywood 19 mmRound cut-outs diameter approx. 270 mm
1Top window plate1000 x 1080Hardwood plywood 19 mmWindow cut-out 450 x 450
1Front side bottom1000 x 1110Hardwood plywood 19 mm
1Front side top1080 x 1110Hardwood plywood 19 mmWindow cut-out 450 x 450
2Step side panels1160 x 150Hardwood plywood 19 mmDetermine the angle locally and cut to size
 8Window frames550 x 50Hardwood plywood 19 mmCross-cut ends at 45°
Boards
4Room side1990Smooth-edge boards 21 x 95 mm
1Room side990Smooth-edge boards 21 x 95 mm
4Front side1110Smooth-edge boards 21 x 95 mm
5Wall side1495Smooth-edge boards 21 x 95 mm
Square timber
6Top and middle shelf supports300Construction solid fir wood 60 x 80 mm
5Stairs362Construction solid fir wood 60 x 80 mm
3Remaining pieces as shelf support bottomConstruction solid fir wood 60 x 80 mm
2Sections for securing the cabinet internal wallapprox. 100e.g. square strip 20 x 20 mm
Miscellaneous
20Machine screws M8-110Connection of the base frame
40Washers M 8Connection of the base frame
20Nuts M 8Connection of the base frame
Variouswood screws
2Right-hand hinges 50 x 40 mm
2Left-hand hinges 50 x 40 mm
Ds.Multi-purpose primer
Ds.semi-matt paint, Lipstick shade, ready-mixed
Ds.semi-matt paint shades from “Experience colours - Seas & Oceans” colours 237 to 240 mixed
Ds.wood paint in shade 10.16
Varioustacker staples or nails

Sketches

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