Oh, bunk beds. If you had a sibling growing up, chances are that fights ensued over who got the top bunk. The oldest almost always won, and the great pillow fight wars were never-ending.
Even if you were an only child, bunk beds made every sleepover with a friend more special. They created a world of blanket forts with space to use for playing or reading. Bunk beds encapsulate childhood and make everyone feel like a kid again when they sleep in one.
Bunk beds are every kid and parent’s dream. Check out our list of bunk bed plans to spark some inspiration for a build of your own.
A Note On Safety
As with any DIY carpentry project, make sure you choose a bunk bed plan that is within your skill set. Having basic carpentry skills is especially important if you’re building a structure that needs to be secure and stable. Always wear eye protection and make sure the bunk bed is secure before using it.
The Beginners Bunk Bed
This inexpensive DIY plan is perfect for anyone who is brand new to carpentry. The bunk bed is crafted out of construction grade pine and every cut is a 90-degree cut, so there are no complicated angles to work around. You’ll need a drill, a miter saw or circular saw, a table saw (optional), a pocket hole jig, and your safety glasses (not optional).
Pretty In Pink Princess Bunk Bed
This amazing intermediate DIY plan is right up your alley if you have little ones who love everything pink and princess-y. The bed fits standard twin-size mattresses with just a little bit of wiggle room.
Industrial Bunk Bed
We love the Behr Mined Coal paint color for this industrial bunk bed. This plan takes the non-traditional route toward design and adds a very creative take on a bunk bed. You’re looking at around $115 for the wood and an additional $225 for the pipes and fitting. It’s a modern bunk bed that will grow with the child.
Find the plans at Cherished Bliss
House Bunk Bed
Simplify your space with this open and spacious bunk bed. This bunk bed would complement even the smallest spaces with its slender build. Consider adding a guard rail on the top bunk for added safety.
Find the plans at The Rugged Rooster
Easy 2×4 Bunk Bed Plans
This next plan would look great in any home. For all of those relatively new woodworkers, this bunk bed made out of 2x4s can be created with ease. You’ll need your patience as this plan requires 37 separate pieces of wood, but the final project will be worth the wait.
Find the plans at Rogue Engineer
Bunk Bed Plans With A Twist
This design beautifully combines a set of stairs with bookshelves, and takes making the most out of the space you have to the next level. In total, this project should cost just about $500 in supplies.
Find the plans at Suburban Wife City Life
Bookworm Loft Bed Plans
Though not exactly a bunk bed, this design is perfect for a teen who wants a bit more space for their clothes and books. Made out of 80 individual pieces of wood, the plan has the most demanding cut list and is recommended for those with an intermediate skill level. Total cost estimated at $100 to $150.
Triple Bunk Bed Plans
The behemoth of bunk beds. This is an ideal plan for a home with high ceilings. For just under $200, you can have the bunk bed of slumber party dreams. These beds fit twin size mattresses and are a smart solution for siblings who share a room.
Find the plans at The House of Wood
The Triple Bunk Bed 2.0 Plans
Though this triple bunk bed is just as stacked as the one above, it is adjusted for the middle bunk extension. Don’t be swayed by the size of this bed. If you’re a beginner woodworker, ask a friend to join you on this one.
Find the plans at Kid Activities
Lumberjack Bunk Bed
This truly is the bunk bed of a lifetime. Though the plan is more of a loft bed with an additional twin size bunk underneath, it still has all the makings of a bunk bed that will be in the family for generations. The design is for the more experienced builder and you can download a free plan via Google SketchUp.
Find the plans at The Project Girl
Beach House Bunk Bed
For about $250 you can brighten up any room with this bunk bed build. This bunk molds perfectly into any room and the stained railings add a touch of interior design class.
Find the plans at Young House Love
The Classic Bunk Bed
You can never go wrong with a classic bunk bed build from Ana White. Sometimes simple is just what you’re looking for and this affordable bed can match any room. For under $100, you can create this farmhouse style bunk bed for your home with a plan best suited for intermediate woodworkers.
Bunk Bed Of Champions
This bed is truly one of a kind. Coming in at a whopping $700 for the total cost, this is the Rolls-Royce of bunk beds. Accompanied with a built-in staircase, we love the idea of living like bunk bed kings (or queens).
Find the plans at Chris Loves Julia
Affordable And Reliable
For those of you who have found luck in learning with YouTube, you’ll want to give these next few options a shot. This next plan can be built for under $100 and you can watch the bed being built before your eyes. For the beginners out there, it’s an ideal option.
Easy Double Bunk Beds
This is an awesome plan for a large family who wants to save as much space as they can. These double bunk beds come equipped with bookshelves and are molded into the room to fit just right. This plan is simpler and could be completed by a beginner.
Murphy Bunk Bed
This Murphy-style bunk bed has two twin size beds and is stored in a horizontal position. The beds pull down and unfold onto the ground with a larder and guardrail attachment. Your kids will love showing their friends their secret compartment bed!
Bunk Bed With A Slide
Do you want to be the parent that gets talked about at recess? Well, this bunk bed with a slide is for you. Make a childhood dream come true by building this bunk bed with a slide. Did we already say that there’s a slide?
Nancy Crocker says
With the murphy bunkbed you must make sure that the wall you are attaching the frame to is sturdy enough to hold it up as well as the pulling/placing it back. Otherwise you’ll have a bigger and more expensive mess on your hands.