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25 Free DIY Bunk Bed Plans You Can Build Today

DIY Bunk Beds

Are you looking for the perfect way to spruce up your kid’s bedroom? Or maybe you want to accommodate guests with style and ease. Whatever your bedroom needs, there’s a bunk bed plan in here for you!

We’ve collected 25 free bunk bed plans you can DIY today to help you get inspired. Many of these plans even have step by step guides, so you can let your creativity run wild. Enjoy!

1. Modern DIY Bunk Bed from Ana White

Modern DIY Bunk Bed from Ana White

Built mostly from 2x4s, this modern bunk bed by Ana White looks far fancier than the materials used to build it. Following the step by step instructions provided, anyone with access to the right tools can get a designer look for a DIY price!

The plans even include cut lists and diagrams. A great beginner-friendly project for sprucing up the kids’ room.

Materials: Wood (see plan for a full list of specs), Nails, screws, Nuts, and bolts

Tools Needed: Tape measure, Speed square, Drill and drill bit set, Circular saw, Sander, Safety goggles, and ear protection


2. Little House DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Rugged Rooster

Little House DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Rugged Rooster

This house bunk bed build from the Rugged Rooster is a charming combination of sweet homey style and simple directions. The descriptions are chock full of tips, cuts lists, and explanations of mistakes the builders made and corrected along the way. Another fun and simple bunk bed build for all skill levels!

Materials: Wood (see plan for full list of specs), 100 pack of 2″ screws, Paint or stain of choice, Wood Glue, Wood filler

Tools Needed: Drill, Table saw, Orbital sander, Paintbrush


3. Classic DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Ana White

Classic DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Ana White

Looking for a stylish bunk bed that is easy to assemble AND disassemble? Check out these classic bunk beds from Ana White. Take them apart when they’re not in use, or just make moving furniture easier on yourself with this design.

As with all the Ana White DIY projects, you will find impeccable instructions, diagrams, cut lists, and helpful tips. Whether you’re a novice or a master, anyone with some woodshop access can put these awesome plans together!

Materials: Wood (see plan for full list of specs), Nails and screws, Wood glue, Wood filler, (16) 3″ bolts with washers and nuts

Tools Needed: Tape measure, Speed square, Hammer, Kreg jig, Drill and drill bits, Circular saw, Brad nailer, Sander


4. Industrial DIY Bunk Bed from Cherished Bliss

Industrial DIY Bunk Bed from Cherished Bliss

For a chic, industrial look, and a seriously sturdy design you’ve got to see these industrial bunk bed plans from Cherished Bliss. We love the sleek look of the piping, and the industrial materials are super sturdy and cheaper than decorative to boot!

With a few power tools, any level of craftsperson will feel confident with these in-depth plans.

Materials: See plan for full list of specs

Tools Needed: Miter saw, Impact driver, Kreg Jig, Sander


5. Construction Grade DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Canadian Home Workshop

 

Construction Grade DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Canadian Home Workshop

Savvy woodworkers interested in saving serious money on a safe bunk bed build will appreciate these plans from Canadian Home Workshop. The builder specifically had price and durability in mind when they made it entirely from construction grade 2x10s meant originally for house framework.

However, as per the builder’s recommendation, those without a woodshop and table saw experience should not attempt this project. A full tool list is not included either, and we do not suggest the plans for novice builders.

Materials: See plan for full list of specs                

Tools Needed: Table saw, Woodshop


6. Twin Loft DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Design Confidential

Twin Loft DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Design Confidential

This simple loft bed design for a twin mattress from Design Confidential is a great way to economize your space usage. Utilizing your vertical space more means you’ll have plenty of storage, desk, or lounging space freed up by this bunk bed.

Design Confidential provides easy to follow instruction, cut lists, and diagrams with their plans making them ideal for any skill level with the right tools.

Materials: See plan for full list of materials

Tools Needed: Tape Measure, Jig, Circular, Table, or Miter Saw​, Drill, T-Square, Sander, Kreg jig, Nail gun


7. Trundle DIY Bunk Bed from DIY Network

Trundle DIY Bunk Bed from DIY Network

This custom bunk bed from DIY Network is set into the wall for extra stability. And with that sneaky trundle bed, you really getting 3 beds in one! Now that’s an efficient use of space.

DIY Network only provides minimal instructions, so we recommend an advanced skill level for this project.

Materials: 2×2 boards, Construction adhesive, Finish nails, Nails, Bunk bed installation kit

Tools Needed: Pry bar, Level, Tape measure, Hammer, Cleats, Pneumatic nailer, Chisel


8. Triple DIY Bunk Bed Plans from My Outdoor Plans

Triple DIY Bunk Bed Plans from My Outdoor Plans

Want to deck out your room with three staggered bunk beds for a cool, geometric look without breaking the bank? These triple bunk bed plans from My Outdoor Plans were designed with common materials and tools in mind, and could take as little as one day to build!

Including step by step instructions, cut lists, and diagrams, these plans will make building a triple bunk bed yourself a fun challenge for any skill level.

Materials: Wood (see plan for full list of specs), Wood glue, Stain/paint, Wood filler, Mattresses

Tools Needed: Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level, Miter saw, Drill, Screwdriver, Sander, Safety gloves and glasses


9. Twin Over Full DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Ana White

Twin Over Full DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Ana White

For those uninterested in using a twin mattress for all levels of a bunk bed, take a look at these ingenious twin mattress over full plans from Ana White. Bun beds don’t have to be just for little kids anymore, and you’ll easily be able to accommodate teens and adults in the bottom full-size bed.

As with all the plans from Ana White, these are exceptionally well laid out. They show you step by step how to connect their simple twin frame and simple full frame for bunk bed awesomeness.

Materials: Wood (see plan for full list of specs), (1) ¼” long brad nails (200+), (16) 5″ long self-tapping wood screws, (40) 2½” long self-tapping wood screws, (200) ¼” long brad nails, (16) 5″ long self-tapping wood screws, (50) 2½” long self-tapping wood screws

Tools Needed: Tape measure, Speed square, Pencil, Hammer, Drill, Circular saw, Sander, Safety goggles, and ear protection


10. Cottage Loft DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Ana White

Cottage Loft DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Ana White

For those wanting a little more personality to their kid’s bedroom, we highly recommend this cottage loft bunk bed design from Ana White. It’s not just a bed, it’s a sweet and adorable playhouse too!

Ana White is sure to give builders all the cuts, diagrams, and step by step instructions. However, due to the scale of this project beginners should approach with caution and plenty of time to complete it without rushing.

Materials: Wood (see plan for full list of specs), Nails & screws, Wood Glue, Wood Filler, Primer, Wood conditioner, Paint

Tools Needed: Tape measure, Speed square, 120-grit sandpaper, Drill and bit set, Circular saw, Brad nailer, Sander, Staple gun, Kreg jig, Level, Paintbrush, Safety goggles, and ear protection


11. Camp Loft DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Ana White

Camp Loft DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Ana White

Little kids and juniors alike will love this camp loft bed from Ana White. Scaled for a bigger kid, you’ll find this build perfect for a desk or clubhouse underneath the bed. Super cute with stairs and landing, it also runs about $50-100 to make yourself!

We just love DIY plans from Ana White. Straight forward enough for a beginner to tackle, and with tips and ideas that can inspire creativity in more advanced builders.

Materials: (15) 2×4 @ 8 feet long, (4) 2×6 @ 8 feet long, (2) 2×2 @ 8 feet long, (1) 1×2 @ 8 feet long, 2½” pocket hole screws, Sat system (1x3s, 1x4s or 2x4s or similar)

Tools Needed: Tape measure, Speed square, Pencil, Kreg jig, Drill and bits, Circular saw, Sander, Safety goggles and ear protection


12. Dreamy Playhouse DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Ana White

Dreamy Playhouse DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Ana White

Want to really pamper your little one? Consider this downright dreamy sweet pea bunk bed from Ana White. Roof, window boxes, shutters – this playhouse bunk bed combo has it all! It’s so freaking cute that we started wondering how to size it up for an adult…

Due to the scale and detail of this project we recommend intermediate and above skill levels. Your cost to build will also be a little higher due to all the charming details, and you should expect a longer build time.

Materials: Wood (see plan for full list of specs), ¼” pocket hole screws, 2½” pocket hole screws, 2¼” wood screws, Wood glue, Sandpaper, Paint, Primer, Paintbrushes or rollers

Tools Needed: Tape measure, Speed square, Pencil, Kreg jig, Drill and bits, Circular saw, Jigsaw, Miter saw, Brad nailer


13. Floating Loft DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Instructables

Floating Loft DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Instructables

Advanced builders looking to wow their friends and family have just got to check out this floating loft bunk bed on Instructables! The materials list is extensive, but the tools and instructions leave something to be desired for anyone but a seasoned builder.

Materials: See plan for a complete list of specs

Tools Needed: Various


14. Upcycled Dorr DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Instructables

Upcycled Dorr DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Instructables

If you’re on a budget and looking to use materials you have already, we think this bunk bed utilizing an old door on Instructables might be perfect. You’ll save floor space and a heck of a lot of money with this design!

Unfortunately, the plans themselves are not in-depth enough to allow a beginner to feel confident tackling this project.

Materials: 2×2, 2×3, and 2×4 timber, Old door, Wood screws

Tools Needed: Drill, Saw, Pencil


15. Simple Murphy DIY Bunk Bed Plans from DIY Network

Simple Murphy DIY Bunk Bed Plans from DIY Network

Love the idea of building a Murphy bed that folds into the wall, but want to take it to the next level? Take a look a these simple Murphy bunk bed plans on DIY Network. You’ll be able to safely stow it away when not in use and wow your guests when you take it down.

We do not recommend novice builders trying this design, as the hardware, materials, and techniques used here are quite advanced.

Materials: Wood (see plan for complete list of specs), Bronze flanged-sleeve bearings, Alloy steel shoulder bolts, Steel coupling nuts, Hex head cap bolts, 16 flat washers, 1 heavy-duty piano hinge with holes, Two-part epoxy, Paint, screws, Nails, (2) gate latches

Tools Needed: Drill and bit driver set, Tape measure, Framing square, 7¼” circular saw or table saw, Pocket screw jig, Level, Band saw or hacksaw with metal blade, Household clothes iron, 15-ga. finish gun, wrench and socket set, ⅞” paddle or Forstner bit


16. Small DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Instructables

Small DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Instructables

Those needing to fit a bunk bed into tight quarters may appreciate these small and simple bunk bed plans on Instructables. Perfect for an RV or tiny home, you can custom fit these to almost any limited space! Plus, the materials are chosen to be relatively inexpensive.

In-depth instructions, photos, and diagrams make these plans straightforward to follow for all skill levels.

Materials: (15) CLS timber 38x63x2400mm, (2) MDF 18mm 1220 x 2440 cut to size, (50) Angle brackets (33 x 25 x 1.2mm), (250) Wood screws 8 x 1 ½”, (60) Wood screws 8 x 3″, (2) Door hinges

Tools Needed: Drill, PZ2 bits, 2mm drill bits, Miter saw, Miter box, Detail saw


17. Castle Playhouse DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Instructables

Castle Playhouse DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Instructables

Hold the unicorn-shaped phone. There are free plans for a princess castle bunk bed with a  slide on Instructables? That’s right, it does exist, and you can make it for your very own little princess!

If you’ve got access to a woodshop and intermediate skill, you can be your kid’s knight in shining armor for this birthday. The plans do not include detailed cut lists or diagrams, so we don’t recommend to beginners.

Materials: Wood (see plan for full list of specs), Lots of screws, Nails, Wood filler, Wood glue, Paints, varnish and thinner, Stainless steel bowl and tap for the sink, hinges and drawer rails, cloth, transparent plastic, LEDs, potentiometers and limit switches

Tools Needed: Circular saw, Jigsaw, Drill, Welder, Sander, Router (optional)


18. Easy Strong DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Instructables

Easy Strong DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Instructables

Looking for something stylish and rustic to finish that room? These plans for easy strong bun beds on Instructables have you covered. Relatively inexpensive, sturdy, and with a clean look to complement any decorating scheme.

The plans on Instructables are somewhat minimal in terms of guiding a beginner, so more advanced knowledge of woodcraft is a huge plus.

Materials: (4) 2x6x10′, (4) 2x6x8′, (7) 2x4x10′, (12) 2x4x8′, Wood screws, pocket hole screws, brad nails, Wood glue

Tools Needed: Drill, Miter saw or circular saw and speed square, Table saw is optional, Pocket hole jig


19. One-Legged DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Instructables

One Legged DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Instructables

Don’t let the single-leg fool you – these one-legged bunk bed plans on Instructables are incredibly sturdy. Buying a really strong bunk bed can cost hundreds of dollars, and a cheap one will fall apart. This build should come in at under $150 and last you longer than your kids will be sleeping in them!

Only folks comfortable with securely attaching this to your wall studs should take on this project.

Materials: Wood (see plan for complete list of specs), 3″ deck screws, 1½” drywall screws, (8) 6″ long ¼” lag screws with washers, (10) 3” ¼” bolts with nuts and washers, (10) 6″ ¼” bolts with nuts and washers, Polyurethane, Wood filler, Sandpaper

Tools Needed: Drill, Saw, Level, Tape measure, Router, Stud finder


20. Castle DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Instructables

Castle DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Instructables

Only slightly less lavish than our last royal bunk bed, these castle bunk bed plans on Instructables are still loaded with charm and inspiration. We love all the special touches, like the curtained entryway and turret windows. And we think your kids will love it too.

Be aware that these plans modify on top of a preexisting bunk bed, but they have plenty of further building involved. We recommend intermediate and up skill levels, as the directions are clear but not diagramed out in an easy to read format.

Materials:

  • Bunk bed to be modified
  • 4’x8′ sheet of ½” plywood – one side finished for painting
  • Smaller pieces of ½” plywood – equal to about half a sheet
  • Assorted trim – Base, Cove, End-Wrap, etc.
  • Several feet of 1″ or ¾” assorted width wood boards
  • Cedar 1″x4″ board
  • Primer and paints
  • Wood screws
  • Finish washers
  • Craft Store plastic jewels

Tools Needed: Table saw, Chop saw, Drill and bits, Jigsaw, Screwdriver, Trim gun or hammer and brads, Tape measure and pencil, Sander/Sand Paper, Paintbrush and roller, Clamps – bar clamps and spring clamps, Hot glue gun


21. Micro Bus DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Instructables

Micro Bus DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Instructables

If you’re a vintage lover or flower child, these micro bus bunk bed plans on Instructables might be just perfect! So stylish and not any more expensive than a boring bunk bed from the store. Though it comes in at a higher overall price than most of the other options, we think the cool factor far outweighs it.

The best part? The builders have diagrams, cut lists, everything you need to start this project as a beginner with confidence. Just make sure you have access to a woodshop, or you might get in over your head.

Materials: (See plan for complete list of wood & hardware specs), Hubcaps, Steering Wheel, Headlights, Pinstriping, Little decals, and stick-ons

Tools Needed: Jigsaw and/or Band-saw, Power drill, Countersink bit, Compound miter saw, Table saw, if available, a Hand sander and sandpaper, Wood filler, Paint, Clamps


22. Simple Triple DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Kids Activities Blog

Simple Triple DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Kids Activities Blog

These simple and sleek triple bunk bed plans from Kids Activities Blog will help you maximize space and look great doing it. The minimal style will compliment nearly any decorative theme, and you’ll save big building it yourself.

The plans themselves are detailed enough to give novices a doable starting point and walk you through step by step. Not to mention all the random tips! For example: if you don’t have a router already, they recommend renting one to get that final, polished look.

Materials: 18 carriage bolts and nuts, 2×6 boards, 2×4 boards, 2×3 boards, 3 sheets of plywood – all cut to be 39¾″ x 75 inches, Box of wood screws 3″ long, Gel stain, Rub-on Polyurethane

Tools Needed: Table saw, Router (optional), Drill, Power hand sander


23. Unique Colorful DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Lowes

Unique Colorful DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Lowes

Are you a weekend crafter who would prefer to have all the pieces all available in one easy spot? Check out this uniquely shaped bunk bed design from Lowes. They have links to all the right materials handily built-in, and you’ll be sure to get off to the right start and save money.

Intermediate skill level is recommended, but with all the required tools available to you we think even a beginner can conquer this build. Instructions are straightforward, cut lists, and diagrams well laid out – you can do this!

Materials: #8 x 1¼-in Flathead Sheet-Metal Screws, 16¼-in Antique Bronze Connector Nut, 16¼–in x 50mm Antique Bronze Connecting Bolt, #148284, Paint

Tools Needed: Circular Saw, Framing square, Jigsaw, Cordless drill, ¼-in and ⅜-in drill bits


24. Loft With Desk DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Design Confidential

Loft With Desk DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Design Confidential

These ingenious twin loft bed with built in rolling desk from Design Confidential are the height of form and function. In addition to the nifty desk, it has storage space underneath and sturdy design. The efficiency and under $250 build cost make it perfect for a student or studio apartment dweller.

Though somewhat advanced in technical aspects, the plans are well laid out with cut lists and diagrams. We think intermediate and above is most appropriate for this project.

Materials: (See plan for complete list of materials and hardware), Countersink drill bit, 5/16″ drill bit, Pocket hole plus, Clamps, Wood Filler, Wood Glue, Paste Wax, Anti-Tip Kit

Tools Needed: Tape Measure, Saw – Jig Saw, Circular, Table, or Miter Saw​, Drill, Square, Sander, Kreg Jig

Nail Gun


25. Bookshelf DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Instructables

Bookshelf DIY Bunk Bed Plans from Instructables

If your kids love to read, then perhaps you should consider these awesome bookshelf bunk bed plans on Instructables. Because book lovers can never have enough bookshelves. Considering how expensive bookshelves and bed frames are in the store, getting both for under $200 is a total steal.

We don’t recommend these plans for beginners due to the lack of tool explanations and a diagram. However, if you’re up to the challenge you can get some great tips and inspiration from this project!

Materials: Wood ((see plan for complete list of specs), (4) ¼” x 6″ lag screws with washers, Wood filler, Paint

Tools Needed: Drill, Saw


Final Thoughts

Bunk beds are versatile pieces of furniture that can help you tuck all the kids in… and not use up all your floor space in the process! But furniture stores charge hundreds of dollars for these space savers. Blow your kid’s mind with creative designs and save money by building it yourself.

In this article we covered 25 free bunk bed plans you can DIY today at a range of different skill levels. We hope that you get the information and inspiration to build your own.

Happy building!

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