Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Bunk Room for my Boys

So guess what!  I got 2nd on Crafting with the Stars.

I know it is kinda out of order and I have a ton of other stuff to share with all of you , but I just couldn't wait to share the tutorial for my final project with all of you.

But first off can I just say Thank You from the bottom of my heart to all those who voted.  Even if you didn't vote for me.  I was talking to a friend of mine last night and she realized that she had voted for Jess and Monica's pallet wall instead of my bunk-wall and I said "It's okay I probably would have voted for theirs too. :)"  But really this was such a crazy journey to go on and I have learned so much.

So onto bunk-wall building.

Creating a bunk wall was something I have been wanting to do in my boys' room for quite a while and when the final week of competition fell on the same week as my little Logan's 4th birthday, I knew I had to make him a new bed.  You see back when Logan was potty training (not peeing his pants all the time and now caring about it)  I told him I would give him ANYTHING if he would just stop peeing his pants.  The one thing is all the world he wanted was a big yellow bed.

I started by looking at plans for beds on Knock off Wood and decided that I really liked the look of the simple bed.  So I turned it into a bunk wall unit.

Building this unit took a LOT of wood.

Shopping List:
14 - 1x6 boards 8' length
12 - 1x4 boards 8' length
  9 - 2x4 boards 8' length
12 - 2x2 boards 8' length
  8 - 2x6 boards 8' length

liquid nails
wood filler
1 1/4 " nails
2" nails
2 1/2" screws
4" screws  (48)

Measuring Tape
safety glasses

Cut list:
20 - 1x6 cut to 38 1/2" (headers)
86 - 1x6 cut to 2 1/2" (spacers)
36 - 1x4 cut to 30 1/2" (headboard rails)
12 - 2x4 cut to 42" (headboard posts)
  6 - 2x4 cut to 48" (top of headboard)

for the frame
  8 - 2x2 cut to 75 1/2"
  8 - 2x2 cut to 35 1/2"
  8 - 2x6 cut to 74"

Wow that was a lot of cutting.  Are you still with me?  So basically you are making 6 headboards and 4 bed frames.

Let's start with the headboards shall we?  To make the headboard, lay down two 1x6 headers.  Then lay down the spacers and rails alternating across the two headers.  (It's actually more fun than it sounds)

Nail those bad boys in with the 1 1/4" nails.  If you are lucky enough to have a nail gun I would use it.  I have a hammer so I used that... on all 6 headboards.

Then add some liquid nails and sandwich the spacers and rails with two more 1x6 headers.  This time use 2" nails to make it nice and strong.

Next you are going to add your 2x4 posts.  You are going to need to pre-drill holes in the post and then drill 4' screws through the posts into the top and bottom of the header.  Use 2 screws for the top and 2 for the bottom.  That is 4 screws per post.

Now, to make the bed fit nicely on the wall, I placed the panel to the back edge of the post for the headboards at the head of the beds.  I centered the panels on the posts for the center headers and I placed them on the outer edge for the other end of the bed.  Got that?

Now don't put the 2x4 tops on the headboards for the bottom level headboards yet.  You will want to use 2 1/2" screws to screw the tops onto the tops of the upper level headboards and screw the tops for the bottom level headboards onto the bottom of the upper level headboards.  I used 4 screws per headboard.  At this point I also did a little sanding where needed and filled in any seams I felt were not pretty.

Now I took the headers and my cut pieces for my frame into the room to assemble it all.  I started by using 3 inch screws to screw the 35 1/2" 2x2 into the headers.  (Use a lot of them).  Then I used 2 1/2" screws to screw the 75 1/2" 2x2 into the outer edge of the 35 1/2" 2x2s.  This really is an exciting part because they FINALLY start to look like a bed and not just a whole lot of pieces of wood.  Next you want to put on your 2x6 siderails. (you can see one on the bed in the left in the picture above.)  Screw through the 2x2 into the 2x6 with the 2 1/2"screws about every foot.  You want these to be nice and strong.

Now add on the upper level.  You can see in this picture how I put the headboard tops on the top and bottom of the upper level headboards.  I used 4 screws (alternating the angle of the screw) to screw on the upper level headboards.  The frames build in just like the lower level.

Then, all you have to do is fill in any spots with your wood filler, sand and paint and sand and paint.  

And then stand back and be all like... "Yeah, I built that all by myself."  Only may I suggest not building this by yourself.  You have to do some pretty tricky maneuvers to hold those boards in place while screwing them in.

I actually still have a TON to do in the room (like build ladders, safety rails, cool shelves, a desk, curtains, and a train table), but the bunk-wall was a BIG part of that and it is very nice to have my sweet little boy no longer sleeping in an old little toddler bed.  


  1. Congratulations! I love the colors:) Filing this project away!

  2. Wow! That's awesome. Good job!

  3. Congratulations!!! Your project was so awesome and very appreciated by some sweet little boys I know!

  4. Way to go! I am so impressed you made the whole bunk wall. The color is great, too. I'm sure your boys will love growing up in such a happy place. :)

  5. That is so awesome!! We have always had bunkbeds. This looks too cool.

  6. These are awesome! I need something like this for my boys:) Stopping by from TT&J.

  7. I am astonished...these are amazing! I have 3 boys and they would LOVE this room (even not finished!). Congrats on 2nd place...that is so cool! Smiles~Beth

  8. Hey! over from TT&J- i love the room! so cute!!! wonderful job on the bunks, wow!!! Where did you find the comic prints?!?!? ive been searching for some for my sons' superhero comic room! these would be perfect- Please let me know! oh and im now a subscriber- you're way too talented!
    swest1206 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  9. Totally Awesome and Fabulously Genius!!!

  10. This is such a wonderful idea, especially if you only have 2 bedrooms and 4 boys like us. How much did it cost to make the beds?

  11. These bunk beds are awesome!! Love the yellow and all the comforter colors! It looks great together!

  12. Wow! This is awesome! I love everything about these beds! I found you through Tatertots and Jello. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Love this!! Hi - I found you from Flaunt it Friday and following - I love the yellow! We have bunks but they are stained dark brown - as we got them - and I've always thought I'd like to paint them. Great color!! I'd love for you to link up to my Tuesday's Nursery hop today! It's for all kids decor at any age! Here is a direct link:
    I'm going back to look at the rest of your site! Hope you can make it - Nan

  14. I too would like to know where you got the superhero pictures??

    LOVE the beds and the color!! What an awesome birthday present!!

  15. I absolutely love this room. My son's room is in desperate need of a re-vamp. He has moved passed his love of construction equipment and into the superheroes :) I would also love to know where you got those prints, he would just love them! Thank you! You are amazing and am so inspired by your posts :)

  16. Such a great idea and I love the color!! I would also like to know where I could find the comic prints I love them!! .. thanks:)

  17. Great custom built furniture! I love the cityscape on the walls too :)

  18. Wow, you've done an incredible job with your bunk wall! I like how you did it all in primary colours too with their quilts. I've got this linked to my bunk beds post too today, for inspiration!

  19. So I know I'm a little late jumping in here, but I love the bunk wall! I found this on pintereste when I was searching for superhero rooms. I am in the process of moving my two boys in together to make room fro #3 that is on the way. We are redoing the big boy room in a vintage comic book superheros style too. We have some wall tins very similar to the ones you used, but I am having a hard time finding bedding that I like. I LOVE the quilts you used!! Would you mind telling me where you found them? I know they may not still be available, but I would really like to try. Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. What is the overall dimensions of the beds?

  21. What was the cost in material?