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

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

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

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

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. 

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
Step 2

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

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

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.

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
Step 4

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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
Step 7

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.

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

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. 

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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
Step 12

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. 

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
Finishing Instructions

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

Kiddos 
Disclaimer

// Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this website as outlined under Terms of Use. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by The Design Confidential.com and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, personal injury or death, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of information or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it. The Design Confidential.com is inspired by but does not replicate exact designs, any similarities between these plans and items sold at specialty retailers is coincidential and not endorsed by or related to any said retailers. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Nov
24
2014
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full Sized Cabin Bed
Project Details

Equal parts fun and function, this gorgeous bed will make bed time a bit more exciting for the kiddos! A fabulous Handmade Holiday gift that will keep on giving for years after you build this! 

The Deets
Finished Project for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full Sized Cabin Bed

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$300-$400
Dimensions
Dimensions for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full Sized Cabin Bed
Tools
Lumber
  • 22 – 1/2x4 (rip down 1/2” plywood if lumber is unavailable)
  • 4 – 1x2
  • 7 – 1x4
  • 2 – 1x8
  • 16 – 2x4
  • 3 – 1/2” plywood at 4’x8’
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 4’x8’
Materials
Cut List
  • // Refer to specific steps in this plan before cutting pieces - some pieces are cut with angled ends and their exact measurements may differ from the measurements listed below. Measurements listed below are PRE-BEVEL dimensions and the actual end measurements will change once cut according to specific steps. 
  •  
  • 4 – 2x4 at 61-3/16” – Post A
  • 4 – 2x4 at 59-1/8” – Post B
  • 3 – 2x4 at 51-1/4” – Side Top Rail, Side Middle Rail, and Side Bottom Rail
  • 3 – 2x4 at 74” – Back Top Rail, Back Middle Rail, and Back Bottom Rail
  • 2 – 2x4 at 74” – Front Top Rail and Front Bottom Rail
  • 4 – 2x4 at 31-3/16” – Roof Rafters
  • 6 – 2x4 at 58-1/4” – Floor Joists
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 58-1/4” x 78” – Floor
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-1/4” x 78” – Back Wall
  • 2 – 1/2” plywood at 28-1/2” x 40” – Front Wall
  • 2 – 1/2” plywood at 14-1/4” x 57-1/4” –Side Bottom Walls
  • 2 – 1/2” plywood at 18-1/4” x 54-3/16” –Side Top Walls
  • 6 – 1x2 at 7-1/8” – Front Top Trim
  • 6 – 1x2 at 13” – Front Bottom Trim
  • 2 – 1x2 at 38-1/8” – Door Trim
  • 4 – 1x2 at 16-1/2 – Top and Bottom Window Trim
  • 4 – 1x2 at 15” – Side Window Trim
  • 1 – 1x4 at 21” – Stair Hanger
  • 2 – 1x4 at 51-1/4” – Side Ledges
  • 14 – 1x4 at 10-3/4” – Side Bottom Trim
  • 2 – 1x4 at 14-13/16” – Side Top Trim
  • 4 – 1x4 at 10-15/16” – Side Top Trim
  • 4 – 1x4 at 6-9/16” – Side Top Trim
  • 1 – 1x4 at 74” – Back Ledge
  • 9 – 1x4 at 10-3/4” – Back Trim
  • 1 – 1x4 at 83-1/2” – Roof Ridge
  • 6 – 1/2x4 at 83-1/2” – Purlins
  • 42 – 1/2x4 at 37-1/4” – Roof Slats
  • 2 – 1x8 at 30-1/2” – Stair Sides
  • 2 – 1x8 at 18-3/4” – Steps
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.

/ Click on Images to expand. If a plan has images that are too hard to read, please let me know and I will reupload the images for easier reference.

Step 1

Cut the pieces for Posts A and Posts B as shown. 

Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material. Drill pocket holes in the long side of Post A as shown. Assemble Post A to Post B as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Repeat this process again, but in a “mirrored” assembly as shown in the image. Built a total of two sets of these “mirrored” Post pairs.

Posts for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full Sized Cabin Bed
Post Assembly for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full Sized Cabin Bed
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Side Top Rail, Side Middle Rail, and Side Bottom Rail. Drill pocket holes in the ends of all pieces. Assemble pieces as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. 

Side Rails for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full Sized Cabin Bed
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Back Top Rail, Back Middle Rail, and Back Bottom Rail. Drill pocket holes in the ends of all pieces. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws.

Back Rails for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full Sized Cabin Bed
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the Front Top Rail and Front Bottom Rail. Drill pocket holes in the ends of both pieces. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws.

Front Rails for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full Sized Cabin Bed
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Rafters. Drill pocket holes in the ends of the pieces (avoid drilling pocket screws in the Ridge notch area). Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws.

Rafters for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full Sized Cabin Bed
Rafters Attached for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full Sized Cabin Bed
Step 6

Cut the pieces for the Floor Joists. Drill pocket holes in each end of the pieces. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws.

Floor Joists for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full Sized Cabin Bed
Step 7

Cut the piece for the floor. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. 

Floor for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full Sized Cabin Bed
Step 8

Cut the piece for the Back Wall. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. Set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes on the bottom of the Back Wall piece. Assemble as shown with glue  - use 1-1/4” brad nails to secure the top and sides and 1-1/4” pocket screws to secure the bottom sides.

Back Wall for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full Sized Cabin Bed
Step 9

Cut the pieces for the Front Wall. Drill pocket holes on the bottoms of the Front Wall pieces. Assemble as shown with glue  - use 1-1/4” brad nails to secure the top and sides and 1-1/4” pocket screws to secure the bottom sides. 

Front Wall for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full Sized Cabin Bed
Step 10

Cut the pieces for the Side Bottom Walls. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. Drill pocket holes on the bottoms of the Side Wall pieces. Assemble as shown with glue  - use 1-1/4” brad nails to secure the top and sides and 1-1/4” pocket screws to secure the bottom sides.

Side Walls for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full Sized Cabin Bed
Step 11

Cut the pieces for the Side Top Walls. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. 

Top Walls for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full Sized Cabin Bed
Top Walls Attached for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full Sized Cabin Bed
Step 12

Cut the pieces for the Front Trim, Door Trim, Window Trim, and Stair Hanger. Assemble the Front Trim, Door Trim, and Window Trim as shown with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. Drill pocket holes in the ends of the Stair Hanger and attach with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. 

Front Trim for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full Sized Cabin Bed
Step 13

Cut the pieces for the Side Bottom Trim and Side Bottom Ledges. Attach as shown with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.    

Side Bottom Trim for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full Sized Cabin Bed
Step 14

Cut the pieces for the Side Top Trim. Attach as shown with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. 

Side Top Trim for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full Sized Cabin Bed
Step 15

Cut the pieces for the Back Trim and Back Ledge. Attach as shown with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. 

Back Trim for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full Sized Cabin Bed
Step 16

Cut the piece for the Roof Ridge. Attach as shown with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails, nailed through the Rafters.

Cut the pieces for the Purlins. Attach as shown with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. The ends of the Purlins should extend 1-1/4” past the Rafters.   

Ridge for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full Sized Cabin Bed
Purlins for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full Sized Cabin Bed
Step 17

Cut the pieces for the Roof Slats. Attach as shown with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. Roof Slats should be spaced 1/2” apart from each other and extend approximately 2” past the Front and Back Rails. The first and last  Roof Slats should be flush with the Roof Ridge. 

Finishing Instructions

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

Kiddos 
Disclaimer

// Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this website as outlined under Terms of Use. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by The Design Confidential.com and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, personal injury or death, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of information or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it. The Design Confidential.com is inspired by but does not replicate exact designs, any similarities between these plans and items sold at specialty retailers is coincidential and not endorsed by or related to any said retailers. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Oct
08
2014
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Queen Sized Low Loft Bunk Bed
Project Details

The Low Loft Bunk Bed Series is hands down our most popular series of project plans to date. Many of you have asked for a queen sized version of this fabulous sleeper and I am finally obliging! Yahoo. I have made a modification to the ladder in this plan, for both the orientation as well as the method of construction, to be more accomodating to adults and to allow for a more compact footprint. You can refer to this if you prefer it, when you are building any of the other sizes, and can adjust the width for the person who will use it. Easy to build, and extremely budget friendly, this Free Woodworking plan to build a queen sized low loft bunk bed is the perfect project for those of you who need to go up rather than out in your furniture layout. Upward and onward, as they say.

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

The Deets
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Queen Sized Low Loft Bunk Bed

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$150-$250
Dimensions
Dimensions for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Queen Sized Low Loft Bunk Bed
Tools
Lumber
  • 4 - 4x4 at 6' Fence Posts - UNTREATED
  • 2 - 2x6 at 8'
  • 2 - 2x6 at 6'
  • 14 - 2x4 at 8'
  • 15 - 1x4 at 6' - if 8' boards are cheaper, buy those - you will have leftover scrap.
Materials
Cut List
  • 4 - 4x4 at 59" - Legs
  • 2 - 2x6 at 81" - Side Rails
  • 2 - 2x6 at 70" - Head / Foot Rails
  • 2 - 2x4 at 81" - Cleats
  • 4 - 2x4 at 81" - Upper Side Rails and Center Support Joists
  • 4 - 2x4 at 70" - Upper Head / Foot Rails
  • 1 - 2x4 at 59" - Front Guard Rai Ladder Leg
  • 4 - 2x4 at 8 3/4" - Lower Front Guard Rail Ladder Supports
  • 1 - 2x4 at 18" - Upper Front Guard Rail Ladder Supports
  • 2 - 2x4 at 55" - Guard Rail Side Upper Rails
  • 4 - 2x4 at 27" - Ladder Rungs
  • 15 - 1x4 at 67" - Slats
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

Cut all 4 Legs to size and then notch out the sections shown in the image on one of the legs. You can use a jig saw, table saw or a circular saw to do this. Then attach the Cleats to the Side Rails using 2" Screws and be sure the bottom of the Side Rail and the Cleat are flush. You 

To attach the Rails to the Legs you will arrange the pieces as shown in the diagram below, making sure to leave 1 1/2" on either side of the ends of the Rails to allow for the Head and Foot Rails later. 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 (the leg, rail and cleat), creating 2 holes on either side for the bolts that will secure this. 

Fasten with your Carriage Bolts and tighten.

Legs and Side Rails for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Queen Sized Low Loft Bunk Bed
Step 2

Attach the Lower Head and Foot Rails to the Side Rails so that they sit flush with the outside of the Legs and with the Lower Side Rails. Use 3" Screws to secure these to the Side Rails. Use your Kreg Jig set for 1 1/2" material, to secure the Center Support Joists to the Head and Foot Rails and 2 1/2" Pocket Hole Screws. Then fasten the Upper Side Rails one one side (not the side that will have your ladder) to the Back Legs using 3" Screws.

Upper Side Rails and Support Joists for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Queen Sized Low Loft Bunk Bed
Step 3

Create your Guard Rail Leg Unit. This will be 2 - 2x4's, one long and the other cut into sections with spacing and dimensions as shown in the image. This will hold your ladder rungs later so just be sure that the separation between your shorter ladder supports will actually fit a 2x4 nice and snug. You need to fit it in place but you don't want any wiggle room so a tight fit is better than a slightly loose fit. Attach the Front Upper Side Rails to the Leg using 3" screws and attach to the Guard Rail Leg Unit using 2" Screws.

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Step 4

Attach the Upper Head Rails on the side opposite where you choose to put the ladder, in my example this would be the left side. Use 3" Screws and secure into the ends of the Upper Side Rails. 

Upper Head Rails for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Queen Sized Low Loft Bunk Bed
Step 5

Lay your Slats approximately 2" apart. Be sure the 2 on the outside edges are flush in both corners. Screw down using 1 1/4" Screws or Nails and fasten to both cleats and both support joists.

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Step 6

Attach the remaining 2 upper Foot Rails to the Back Upper Side Rails and the Front Leg using a Pocket hole System (Kreg Jig) set for 1 1/2" materials and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws and glue to fasten the Rails to the front Leg. To fasten the Foot Rails to the Back Side you can either use Pocket Hole Screws and glue to connect them to the Back Leg or 3" Wood Screws and Glue, with a countersink bit to predrill and secure directly to the end of the Upper Side Rails. 

Slide the Ladder Rungs into place and secure with glue. You can choose to secure with 3" Wood Screws from the legs into the ends of the rungs, but this is optional and you can absolutely secure with glue and call it a day!

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Finishing Instructions

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

Note
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Jul
24
2014
Reader Showcase // Kenwood Cabin Bunk Beds

Built these from plans found on The Design Confidential. Changed a few things but the plans were great! Thank you! 

Jul
24
2012
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Project Details

Many of you have been asking and now I am finally answering your pleas for this loft bunk that would accomodate a full sized mattress. Easy to build, and extremely budget friendly, this Free Woodworking plan to build a full sized low loft bunk is just the project for those of you who need a bit more vertical storage space. I always say, 'when in doubt...build up'! Click here for the Toddler Sized plans and here for the twin sized plans...if that is more of what you are looking for!

Below are the plans for this bed in other sizes! Something for everyone! 

Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Toddler Sized Low Loft Bunk

Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk

Showcase: Built From These Plans

Estimated Cost

$100-$150

Tools
Lumber
  • 2 - 4x4 at 10' Fence Posts - untreated
  • 1 - 2x6 at 10'
  • 2 - 2x6 at 8'
  • 3 - 2x4 at 10'
  • 5 - 2x4 at 8'
  • 1 - 2x4 at 6'
  • 1 - 2x4 at 6'
  • 5 - 1x4 at 10'
  • 1 - 1x4 at 8'
  • 1 - 1x4 at 6'
Materials
Cut List
  • 4 - 4x4 at 54" (Legs)
  • 2 - 2x6 at 76" (Front and Back Rails)
  • 2 - 2x6 at 58" (Side Rails)
  • 3 - 2x4 at 76" (Upper Back Rails and Center Joist)
  • 4 - 2x4 at 58" (Upper Side Rails)
  • 1 - 2x4 at 23 1/2" (Front Guard Rail)
  • 2 - 2x4 at 57" (Front Upper Rails)
  • 2 - 2x4 at 60" (Ladder Rails)
  • 4 - 2x4 at 14" (Ladder Rungs)
  • 2 - 1x4 at 76" (Cleats)
  • 11 - 1x4 at 55" (Slats)
Instructions

**I recommend finishing your boards and posts prior to assembling and simply touching up later. This will make for easier painting and will keep you from having to paint this wherever this piece will actually live (bedroom) since you will have to assemble it in the area it will be placed (at 45 or more inches wide this will not fit through a doorway after it's assembled).

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

Cut the Legs to size and attach the Cleat to the Front and Back Rails using 2" Screws.

To attach the Rails 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 Side 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.

Step 1 for Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Full Low Loft Bunk Bed
Step 2

Attach the Side Rails to the Front and Back Rails then fasten the Upper Back Rails to the Back Legs. Once those are in place, fasten the Center Joist in roughly the center (duh). Use 3" Screws

Step 2 for Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Full Low Loft Bunk Bed
Step 3

Attach the Front Vertical Guard Rail, use 2" Screws. Then fasten the Front Upper Rails to it and the Front left or right Leg. Use 3" Screws to attach to the Leg.

Step 3 for Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Full Low Loft Bunk Bed
Step 4

Attach the Upper Side Rails on the side opposite where you choose to put the ladder, in my example this would be the left side. Use 3" Screws.

Step 4 for Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Full Low Loft Bunk Bed
Step 5

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 5 for Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Full Low Loft Bunk Bed
Step 6

Attach the remaining 2 upper Side Rails to the Back Rails and then either use a Pocket hole System (Kreg Jig) to create pocket holes and fasten to the front leg. If you don't own a Kreg Jig you can also countersink and predrill at an angle from the outside edge into the leg. Use 3" Screws

Step 6 for Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Full Low Loft Bunk Bed
Step 7

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. I suggest cutting away the point you will create at the very top, when you cut the 75°angle, for added safety. This will also give your ladder a bit of a hand grip up top.

Step 7 for Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Full Low Loft Bunk Bed
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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**Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you provide an adequate link back to the appropriate post! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it.

Mar
26
2012
Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Toddler Sized Low Loft Bunk
Project Details

The twin sized version of this bed has been such a hit! And I am so glad because I absolutely love the loft bunk I built for my boy... and while I shared plans for a twin sized low loft bed (it's most common for a loft bed) I actually built mine in a toddler size (I wasn't ready to move up in mattress size in Monster Mash's tiny room). So now, you have asked and I shall comply... Plans for the Toddler Size that I ACUTALLY built! 

Below are the plans for this bed in other sizes! Something for everyone! 

Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk

Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Full Sized Low Loft Bunk

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost

$75-$100

Tools
Lumber
  • 2 - 4x4 at 10' Can use Fence Posts - untreated
  • 2 - 2x6 at 8'
  • 6 - 2x4 at 8'
  • 4 - 1x4 at 8'
  • 1 - 1x4 at 6'
Materials
Cut List
  • 4 - 4x4 @ 54" (Legs)
  • 2 - 2x6 @ 54" (Front and Back Rails)
  • 2 - 2x6 @ 31" (Side Rails)
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 54" (Upper Back Rails)
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 31" (Upper Side Rails)
  • 1 - 2x4 @ 23 1/2" (Front Guard Rail)
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 35" (Front Upper Rails)
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 60" (Ladder Rails)
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 14" (Ladder Rungs)
  • 7 - 1x4 @ 28" (Slats)
  • 2 - 1x4 @ 54" (Cleats)
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

Cut the Legs to size and attach the Cleat to the Front and Back Rails using 2" Screws.

To attach the Rails 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 Side 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.

Step 1 for Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Toddler Sized Low Loft Bunk
Step 2

Attach the Side Rails to the Front and Back Rails then fasten the Upper Back Rails to the Back Legs. Use 3" Screws

Step 2 for Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Toddler Sized Low Loft Bunk
Step 3

Attach the Front Vertical Guard Rail, use 2" Screws. Then fasten the Front Upper Rails to it and the Front left or right Leg. Use 3" Screws to attach to the Leg.

Step 3 for Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Toddler Sized Low Loft Bunk
Step 4

Attach the Upper Side Rails on the side opposite where you choose to put the ladder, in my example this would be the left side. Use 3" Screws.

Step 4 for Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Toddler Sized Low Loft Bunk
Step 5

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. Attach the remaining 2 upper Side Rails to the Back Rails and then either use a Pocket hole System (Kreg Jig) to create pocket holes and fasten to the front leg. If you don't own a Kreg Jig you can also countersink and predrill at an angle from the outside edge into the leg. Use 3" Screws

Step 5 for Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Toddler Sized Low Loft Bunk
Step 6

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. I suggest cutting away the point you will create at the very top, when you cut the 75°angle, for added safety. This will also give your ladder a bit of a hand grip up top.

Step 6 for Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Toddler Sized Low Loft Bunk
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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Disclaimer

**Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you provide an adequate link back to the appropriate post! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it.

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