Thursday, April 20, 2017

New Bunk Beds for the Boys

There comes a time in every man's life, who has multiple children, when he must build bunk-beds.  That time came years ago, but now it's here again.  In 2009 I built two sets of bunk-beds for the boys.  They've stood the test of time and I believe will continue to do so.  However, since 2009 we've added 3 more children two of which are boys.  So, we now have 6 boys who need to sleep somewhere.

Poor Daniel (7) has been sleeping on a futon mattress folded over and placed in the bottom of a closet.  Think giant dog mattress.

Add to that the fact that in June we'll be housing 20 children and 8 adults for a week (go ahead and read that again if you need to) and I found the drive to add more beds.


These beds will be very different from the previous design and they'll be designed by dad and built by the boys.  The frame is 40"x 77" with a support in the middle and made with 2x6 lumber.


On the bottom of each frame we've stapled and glued a 1/4" OSB (not Order of Saint Benedict) board.  On the top we'll have 15/16" plywood.  The plywood will be hinged allowing for it to be lifted and revealing two 37x40x6 storage compartments for all the junk these pack-rats collect.

Frames(L) waiting on paint and lids.

Two work crews working round the clock..

Always allow children to paint outdoors, never indoors.

The child on the right was fired shortly after this picture was taken..he doesn't have time for "thumb's up"...


When all of the painting is done, the beds will be carried upstairs to the bedroom.  They will then be attached to the wall and supported by 2x4's that will act as support and ladders.  We'll also be fishing the walls and installing outlets at each bed level for a fan, light, etc., and a shelf.

The room isn't large enough to place 3 bunks one on top of another nor is it long enough to put beds end to end.  We'll be mounting them to the wall staggering them.  It's too difficult for me to describe so you'll just need to wait for the pictures...read on....

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