Dec
12
2014
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf

This Free DIY Furniture Plan to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Rolling Desk and Shelf is a a fabulous addition to our most popular collection of all time! Built with closed ends, a ladder and of course the rolling desk, this version can be made in whole or in part by adding on to any of our other Low Loft Bunk plans. 

The other amazing plans in this collection are below! 

Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk

Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Toddler Sized Low Loft Bunk

Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Full Sized Low Loft Bunk

Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Queen Sized Low Loft Bunk

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf
Estimated Cost
$175-$225
Dimensions
Dimensions for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf
Dimensions for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf
Tools
Lumber
  • 3 – 4x4 at 8’
  • 3 – 2x6 at 8’
  • 7 – 1x4 at 8’
  • 9 – 2x4 at 8’
  • 3 – 1x2 at 8’
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 4’x8’
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 2’x4’ 
Materials
Cut List
  • 4 – 4x4 at 52” – Legs
  • 2 – 2x6 at 78-1/2” – Lower Front and Back Bed Rails
  • 2 – 1x4 at 78-1/2” – Front and Back Cleats
  • 2 – 2x4 at 78-1/2” – Back Desk Rails
  • 2 – 2x6 at 41-1/2” – Lower Side Bed Rails
  • 2 – 2x4 at 41-1/2” – Side Desk Rails
  • 2 – 2x4 at 78-1/2” - Upper Back Bed Rails
  • 2 – 2x4 at 57” – Upper Front Bed Rails
  • 1 – 2x4 at 21” – Vertical Front Guard Rail
  • 11 – 1x4 at 38-1/2” – Slats
  • 2 – 2x4 at 41-1/2” – Upper Side Bed Rails
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 12”x41-1/2” – Side Panels
  • 2 – 2x4 at 53” – Ladder Rails
  • 4 – 2x4 at 16-1/2 – Ladder Rungs
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 12”x20-1/2” – Bookcase Top and Bookcase Shelf
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 12-3/4”x20-1/2” – Bookcase Bottom
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 12-3/4”x25-3/4” – Bookcase Sides
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 20-1/2”x25” – Bookcase Back
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 3”x22” – Desk Stop
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 24”x38-3/4” – Desk Top
  • 6 – 1x2 at 41-1/2” – Desk Rail Tops, Sides, and Bottoms
Instructions

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1
Legs and Side Rails for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf

Cut the Legs to size and attach the Cleat to the Lower Back Bed Rail using 2" Screws. To attach the Rail to the Legs you will arrange the 4 pieces as shown in the diagram below, making sure to leave 1 1/2" on either side of the Rails to allow for the Lower Side Bed Rails later, and clamp together making sure everything is completely square before you proceed. Once square and aligned as needed, you will use a 7/16" Drill Bit and drill through all 3 pieces on each side, creating 2 holes on either side for the bolts. Fasten with your Carriage Bolts and tighten. Repeat steps for Lower Front Bed Rail. 

Step 2
Bottom Rail for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf

Attach the Back Desk Rail to the Back Legs. Use 3" Screws to attach to the Legs.

Step 3
Front and Back Rails for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf

Set the Kreg for 1-1/2” material and drill holes in the ends of the Side Desk Rails and Lower Side Bed Rails. Attach the Lower Side Bed Rails and Side Desk Rails to the Legs as shown with 2-1/2” pocket screws.

Step 4
Side Rails for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf

Attach the Front Vertical Guard Rail, use 2" Screws. Then fasten the Upper Front Bed Rails to it with 2” wood screws and to the Left or Right Front Leg (depending on ladder location) with 3” screws.

Next, attach the Upper Back Bed Rails. Use 3" Screws to attach the Rails to the Legs.

Step 5
Slats for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf

Lay your Slats approximately 4" apart. Be sure the 2 on the outside edges are flush in both corners. Screw down using 1-1/4" Screws.

Step 6
Upper Side Rails for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf

Set the Kreg for 1-1/2” material and drill holes in the ends of each Upper Side Bed Rails. Attach the Upper Side Bed Rails to the Legs with 2-1/2” pocket screws.

Step 7
Panels for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf

Next, assemble the Panels. Set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill holes on each of the four sides of the Panel. The Panels will sit 3/4” back from the Legs and Rails on the outside of the Bed, and flush with the Legs and Rails on the inside of the Bed.

Step 8
Ladder for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf

Create the Ladder. I give approximate dimensions for the height below, but the important aspect to focus on is the angle you will cut the top and bottom. The top of the ladder rails will be at a 75°angle and the bottom of the rails will be a 15°angle where the boards will rest on the ground. Attach the rungs at approximately 8" apart (this will depend on the age of your kiddo, the smaller and younger, the closer together these should be, you need to consider how easy it will be for them to climb down) and parallel to the ground. Use 3" Screws to fasten the rungs to the rails and to fasten the rails to the Leg and Front Guard Rail. 

Step 9
Bookcase for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf

Assemble the Bookcase as shown. Set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in the ends of the Bookcase Top, Bookcase Shelf, and Bookcase Bottom. In addition, drill pocket holes in the backside of the Bookcase Top and Bookcase Shelf. Assemble with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. The Bookcase Top and Bookcase Shelf will be set back 3/4” from the back edge of the Bookcase Sides.

Step 10
Bookcase Back for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf

Attach the Bookcase Back to the Bookcase as shown. Set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in the side and bottom of the Bookcase back. Assemble with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Step 11
Desk Top and Stop for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf

Assemble the Desk Stop and Desk Top as shown with glue and 1-1/4” wood screws. The Desk Top will overlap the front and sides of the Bookcase by 1”.

Attach the furniture castors as shown. In this diagram, we used 2” casters that measured 3” in total height. If using another caster with a different height measurement, make up the difference in the Bookcase Sides and Bookcase Back.

Step 12
Desk Rails for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf
Desk Rail Detail for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf

Assemble the pieces for the Desk Rails as shown. First, attach the left side Desk Rail, place the Retractable Desk (lining up the Desk Top inside the Desk Rail), and then attach the right side Desk Rail. Attach to the Lower Front Bed Rail and Lower Back Bed Rail with glue and 1-1/4” wood screws (drill pilot holes before using the screws to avoid wood splitting). Apply a coat of paste wax to the inside of the Desk Guides (after paint, stain, or topcoat) to help it slide smoothly. 

Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

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