We last left off with the plans for the Duet Bunk Bed portion of this beauty and today we finish her off with the rolling trundle and bookcase portion of the plans. This part is easy, you got this… I can’t wait to see how you customize your duet bunk. Maybe skip the panels on the side with the bookcase so it is accessible from the beds? Maybe convert the trundle to rolling storage for all of those toys and items that are too deep for a bookcase (like board games) or set up a train station slash lego building surface that doesn’t need to be put away each day and can simply be tucked away out of site until the next go around… Just my two cents, love to know what amazing things you might do!
As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase on the site or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. If you are a blogger and you post about your build, don’t forget to include a link to your post on your showcase here. Don’t forget… for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!
- Tape Measure
- Saw – Jig Saw, Circular, Table, or Miter Saw
- Multi-Square and Carpenter’s Square
- Kreg Jig – if you build frequently, invest in this one.
- Nail Gun – optional
- Router with Patterning bit – or bit set – optional
Lumber list is for the entire bunk bed with trundle and bookcase. If you purchased these items for the first portion (the bunk beds) you will NOT need to purchase again.
- 6 – 1×2 at 8’
- 16 – 1×4 at 8’
- 8 – 2×4 at 8’
- 6 – 2×6 at 8’
- 3 – 4×4 at 8’
- 1 – 1/4” sheet of plywood at 2’x4’
- 5 – 3/4” sheets of plywood at 4’x8’
Materials list is for the entire bunk bed with trundle and bookcase. If you purchased these items for the first portion (the bunk beds) you will NOT need to purchase again.
- Qty 8 – 5/16 x 6 ½” Carriage Bolts – *if you can’t find 6-1/2″ Bolts, 5/16 x 7” Carriage Bolts will also work
- Qty 8 – 5/16” Washers
- Qty 8 – 5/16” Cap Nuts (rounded top)
- 2-1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws
- 1-1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
- 2″ Wood Screws
- 2-1/2″ Wood Screws
- 1-1/2” Wood Screws
- 6 – 2-1/2” (in total height) Caster Wheels
- Countersink Drill Bit
- Pocket Hole Plugs – Paint Grade, Pine, Oak – optional
- Safety Gear
- Edge Banding – optional
- Wood Filler
- Wood Glue
- Sanding Supplies
- Paste Wax
- Finishing Supplies
This portion of the cut list is for the bookcase and trundle only!!
- 2 – 3/4” plywood at 12”x70” – Bookcase Sides
- 2 – 3/4” plywood at 12”x48-1/2” – Bookcase Top and Bottom
- 5 – 3/4” plywood at 12”x48-1/2” – Bookcase Middle Shelves
- 4 – 3/4” plywood at 12”x13” – Bookcase Cubby Walls
- 8 – 1×2 at 48-1/2” – Back and Front Sliding Door Rails
- 1 – 1/4” plywood at 16-1/2”x24” – Top Sliding Door
- 1 – 1/4” plywood at 14”x24” – Bottom Sliding Door
- 1 – 3/4” plywood at 40”x75-1/2” – Trundle Bottom
- 2 – 3/4” plywood at 7-1/2”x40” – Trundle Sides
- 2 – 3/4” plywood at 7-1/2”x77” – Trundle Front and Back
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.
We will pick up where we left off on the plans for the duet bunk beds.
Cut the pieces for the Bookcase Sides, Top and Bottom. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the ends of the Top and Bottom. Also, drill pocket holes along the backside of Sides (to later attach to bed). Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.
Cut the pieces for the Bookcase Middle Shelves. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the each end of the Middle Shelves. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.
Cut the pieces for the Bookcase Cubby Walls. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the top and bottom of each Cubby Wall. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.
Cut the pieces for the Front and Back Rails. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the ends of each Rail. Position the Back Rails as shown. Assemble with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.
Cut out the Sliding Doors. Drill a 1” diameter hole on each side of the Door as shown.
Next, place the Top Sliding Door in front of the Back Rails, then place the Front Rails in front of the Door. Repeat the process for the Bottom Sliding Door.
Cut the pieces for the Trundle Bottom and the Trundle Sides. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the ends of the Trundle Sides and along each side of the Trundle Bottom. Assemble with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.
Cut the pieces for the Trundle Front and Back. Assemble with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.
Attach the casters to the bottom of the Trundle Bottom as shown. Be careful to use screws that are short enough in length to not poke thrown the other side of the Trundle Bottom.
Attach the Bookcase to the Bed Posts as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Next, Slide the Trundle under the bottom of the lower bunk. It’s time for a slumber party!
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School