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.
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.
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.