Is your little warrior begging for a room upgrade? This Kid’s Teepee Trundle Bed is a good looking build with plenty of added features – cutouts for making sure the coast is clear, cute trim details, and of course that trundle that tucks perfectly under the teepee! Go ahead and invite a friend – it’s time for a camp out!
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7 – 2×4 at 8’
7 – 1×4 at 8’
7 – 1×2 at 8’
4 – 3/4” plywood at 4’x8’
- 8 – 5/16” Carriage Bolts at 4” length
- 8 – 5/16” Washers
- 8 – 5/16” Cap Nuts (rounded top)
- 8 – 2-1/2” (in total height) Caster Wheels
- 2-1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws
- 1-1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
- 2″ Wood Screws
- 1-1/2” Wood Screws
- 1-1/4″ Brad Nails
- Countersink Drill Bit
- Pocket Hole Plugs – Paint Grade, Pine, Oak – optional
- Safety Gear
- 3/4″ Edge Banding – optional
- Wood Filler
- Wood Glue
- Sanding Supplies
- Paste Wax
- Finishing Supplies
2 – 3/4” plywood at 7-1/2” x 78-1/2” – Trundle Sides
2 – 3/4” plywood at 5-1/2” x 41” – Trundle Ends
1 – 3/4” plywood at 41” x 77” – Trundle Bottom
4 – 2×4 at 18” – Legs
2 – 2×4 at 42-1/2” – Bed Ends
2 – 2×4 at 84” – Bed Sides
2 – 1×2 at 78” – Cleats
2 – 2×4 at 37-7/16” – Teepee Frame A
2 – 2×4 at 41-7/16” – Teepee Frame B
2 – 2×4 at 45-1/2” – Teepee Frame C
13 – 1×4 at 42-1/2” – Slats
2 – 3/4” plywood at 39-3/8” x 45-1/2” – Teepee Wall Ends
2 – 3/4” plywood at 45-1/2” x 84” – Teepee Wall Sides
2 – 1×2 at 54-1/2” – Trim Piece A
2 – 1×2 at 45-1/16” – Trim Piece B
2 – 1×2 at 8-9/16” – Trim Piece C
2 – 1×2 at 18” – Trim Piece D
1 – 1×2 at 84” – Trim Piece E
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.
Cut the pieces for the Trundle Sides and Ends. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Trundle Ends. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Pocket Screws.
Cut the piece for the Trundle Bottom. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes along each side of the Trundle Bottom. Attach the Trundle Bottom (with pocket holes facing the ground) to the Trundle Sides and Ends as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Pocket Screws.
Cut the pieces for the Legs, Bed Sides and Bed Ends. Clamp the Leg and Bed Ends together as shown. With a 7/16” drill bit, drill through the Legs and Bed Ends. Release the clamps. Next, with the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes at each end of the Bed Ends. Attach the Bed Sides to the Bed Ends with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws, leaving a 1-1/2” space at the end for the Legs. Assemble the Legs to the Bed Ends as shown with 5/16” carriage bolts, washers, and nuts. For added stability, install corner brackets at each inside corner of the bed.
Cut the pieces for the Cleats. Attach the Cleats to the Bed Sides as shown with 2” wood screws. If you chose to install corner brackets at each inside corner of the Bed, adjust Cleat length to accommodate.
Cut the Teepee Frame pieces. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes at each end of Teepee Frame A, one end of Teepee Frame B, and along the bottom edge of Teepee Frame C. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Repeat this step twice, once for each end of the bed. Attach the Teepee Frame assemblies to the Bed assembly as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws.
Cut the pieces for Slats. Attach the Bed Slats to the Cleats with 1-1/2” wood screws. Space the Slats approximately 2-1/2” apart from one another.
Cut the piece for the Teepee Wall End. Cut the opening for the Teepee Wall End. Remember to drill pilot holes slightly larger than your jigsaw blade for these inside cuts. Repeat this step twice, once for each end of the bed. Attach the Teepee Wall Ends as shown with glue and 1-1/2” wood screws.
Cut the piece for the Teepee Wall Side. Cut the opening for the Teepee Wall Side. Remember to drill pilot holes slightly larger than your jigsaw blade for these inside cuts. Repeat this step twice, once for each side of the bed. Attach the Teepee Wall Sides as shown with glue and 1-1/2” wood screws. Note that one side is installed upside down from the other.
Cut the pieces for the Trim. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes at the angled end of Trim Piece C. Attach the Trim Pieces to the Wall Sides and Ends as shown with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. Attach Trim Piece C to Trim Piece A as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Repeat this step twice, once for each end of the bed.
Cut Trim Piece D. Attach Trim Piece D to the Trim Pieces as shown with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. Repeat this step twice, once for each end of the bed.
Cut Trim Piece E. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes at each end of Trim Piece E. Attach Trim Piece E to the Teepee Bed as shown with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. This Trim Piece may do just fine with only the use of brad nails – you may be able to skip the pocket holes here.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School