Put your woodworking and carpentry skills to good use by building your sons a set of rustic bunk beds that are constructed of durable wood planks. After following the instructions that come with a DIY bunk bed kit, stain the wood, add a set of steps, or adorn the bedroom with rustic decor that will remind your children of the wilderness and camping under the stars on a warm summer's night.
Decide Upon The Degree Of Complexity
Some kits contain all of the components needed to construct a set of bunk beds and others include a rough overview of a project and allow more freedom for creativity. If you choose a project that consists of plans but does not include any of the materials that are needed to construct the beds, choose a hard variety of wood for the structure.
Maple, cherry, or oak are all hard types of wood. Pine, spruce, or another type of softer wood could be used to construct the beds, but the finished outcome may not be as durable and your kids may outgrow the beds sooner than anticipated.
Build The Beds Onsite
It could be taxing and quite pointless to construct the set of beds in your workshop and then be required to move them into your home, especially if the bunk beds consist of pieces that are immobile or if the width of each bed is wider than your children's bedroom. As inconvenient as it may seem, you should build the beds right in your children's room. This means that your children may need to temporarily sleep in a spare bedroom.
Before you begin the project, make sure that you have all of the materials that you need, plenty of hardware, and a set of tools that can be used to secure the wooden planks.
Remove items from the bedroom that will be in your way and use some drop cloths to cover the flooring, since you will be sanding and cutting wood during the construction phase. The cloths will keep messes to a minimum and will allow for a swift cleanup when you are finished building the beds.
Add The Finishing Touches
Wood stain will preserve the planks and will define the natural marks in the wood. Apply a couple of coats of stain and varnish to each plank. Add a set of wooden steps alongside the beds so that the child who will be sleeping on the top bunk will have a viable way to climb up and down.
Secure glow-in-the-dark star stickers to the bedroom's ceiling, attach a pop-up bed tent to the top of each mattress or add potted foliage around the perimeter of the room to further enhance the sleeping quarters.