Ana-White Bunk Beds

A couple of weeks ago, we decided to put our two littlest kids (Norah and Liam) in the same bedroom.

Hannah has gotten older and values her alone time, and Liam and Norah want to be with their siblings all the time. Liam has actually cried multiple times about wanting to sleep with his sisters. Norah doesn’t like sleeping in the room alone (since she’s never had a room to herself), so we decided it was time to make a change.

While we were making big changes and repainting the room (formerly painted pink), we also decided to switch up their beds. Norah gave me a drawing of a bunk bed (which was very well done and described her needs perfectly), so I took the hint and the next Saturday decided to build a bunk bed.

The Plans

Classic Bunk Beds from Ana White

The plans I used for the bed came from Ana-White.com – if you’ve never used this site, it’s an amazing resource for DIY furniture makers. I’ve often used these plans for tables and benches, or even for inspiration to design my own.

This bed was our starting point. I ended up following the plans nearly exactly and it worked out very well. It should be noted, though, that her shopping list is wrong.

I needed at least 4 more 1x4s, and the cut list is also incorrect. Below is the correct list for the cut list and shopping list:

Shopping List: 
  • 10 – 10′ 1×4 Boards
  • 4 – 8′ 2×2 Boards
  • 9 – 8′ 1×3 Boards (not including wood slats)
  • 2″ Wood Screws
  • 1 1/4″ Wood Screws
  • 1 1/4″ Finish Nails
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Finishing Supplies
  • 16 – 3″ Bolts with washers and nuts
Cut List: 
  • 12 – 1×4 @ 37 1/2″ (End Rails)
  • 8 – 1×3 @ 63″ (Solid Leg Pieces)
  • 2 – 1×4 @ 64″ (Top Rails)
  • 8 – 1×4 @ 80 1/2″ (Back and Front Rails)
  • 12 – 1×3 @ 3″ (Trim Pieces between Rails)
  • 2 – 1×3 @ 22″ (Trim Pieces between Rails)
  • 4 – 1×3 @ 8″ (Bottom Trim Pieces)
  • 4 – 2×2 @ 75″ (Use Metal braces for a stronger bed)
  • 1 – 1×3 @ 55″ (Ladder Side)
  • 2 – 1×3 @ 19″ (Ladder Rungs)
  • 1 – 1×3 @ 13″ (Ladder Front Trim Piece)
  • 6 – 1×3 @ 10″ (Ladder Trim)
  • 1 – 1×3 @ 35″ (Front Leg Trim Piece)
  • 1x3s @ 39″ (Bed Slats, as shown with 34 total slats)

The Finished Product

I was very pleased with the finished product. What I especially liked is how modular it was. Once it’s bolted together, it’s very solid, but when you need to disassemble it, it comes apart in 4 pieces that are easy to maneuver.

Norah and Liam are very happy with the project and love their new bunk bed.

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