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barn bunk bed woodworking plans

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barn bunk bed with play area under, storage in stairs and the child gets to sleep in the loft of a barn.

Bed was built to accommodate a long twin bed. Adjust dimensions if needed to mattress size.


Shopping List:

8′ 2×4’s for the barn ends
8′ 2×6’s for the bed frame and stairs
8′ 1×6’s for the roof
8′ 1×12 for the guard rail
Trim for the decorative barn door and window
Metal stip to support barn roof at the door
Screws, lag screws, paint
2 1/2 inch screws
paint brush


measuring tape
circular saw

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe and have fun.

Step 1
Assemble both barn ends

Step 2
Cut out the barn angles

Step 3
Middle rail will become part of the bed frame

Step 4
Assemble the bed frame to the 2×4 in step 3. I used lag screws here to secure the frame together.

Step 5
Attach the top full length roof pieces

Step 6
Assemble the stairs

Step 7
Attached the remaining roof pieces (leaving an opening to get into the bed) using a metal strip to support the ends of the roof pieces.

Step 8
Attach the guard rail using 4 hinges along the bed frame and 2 hooks at either end to hold it closed.

Step 9
Attach trim to make a decorative barn door and window.

Step 10
Sand and Paint in classic barn colors

Finishing Instructions

Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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