Building a log bunk bed is a challenge and building a twin over full log bunk bed is an even greater challenge. Armed with my trusty Veritas tenon cutter and forstner bit, I created a set of twin over full log bed plans and then the bunk bed.

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The first thing to consider when making a log bunk bed is safety. Since most of the sleepers on the top bunk will probably be children. There are US standards to follow for building a bunk bed and you can find those with a quick internet search. The main thing you want to prevent is a child’s head getting stuck in between the rails or the rails being too far apart to not provide security. The rule of thumb is any gaps should be smaller than 3.5 inches or larger than 9 inches, and the top rail should be at least 5 inches higher than the top of the mattress. Also, in my beds, I choose to integrate the ladder. Detachable ladders are more dangerous because they can come loose, are more dangerous to climb, and usually stick out into the room for someone to trip over them. Also, with my ladder the bed will fit into a smaller room.

The second hurdle is making the bed portable. This is really important when building log furniture because it get heavy quickly. I use 5 inch diameter logs for all of the vertical posts, 3 inch logs for all of the horizontal bed rails, and 2 inch logs for the stairs. All the connections are made with 2 inch diameter tenons. The bed comes in multiple pieces for transportation: the two end pieces, two bunk boards, and then the 8 rails. When the bed is assembled, all of these joints are secured with 4 inch lag bolts and washers. This is much more secure that nails or no extra hardware you find on other constructions. This makes for a beautiful, sturdy, and really heavy bed. This bunk bed is the perfect addition to any cabin or craftsman home and will last for years.

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Third, unlike other beds, bunk beds do not use box springs so you need to provide not only support but some kind of weight distribution, usually called bunk boards. For my lower bunk I used a 5/8 sheet of plywood since it is not visible. For the top bunk, though, I used 5/8 inch think 6 inch wide tongue and groove knotty pine. Once I create the platform I cut a L groove out of the 3 inch log side rails to hold the platform. This way when you lay down in the full bed you look up at a finished knotty pine surface.

I finished this bed with non-catelized laquer which protects and seals the wood without taking away from the natural beauty. Two coats works the best because three can give the wood a little too fake of a look.

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I will custom build YOU a bunk bed for $950. This includes the ends with integrated ladders, all of the rails, the bottom bunk board, and the top tongue and groove knotty pine support board. I can finish the bed with your choice of finishes but I recommend the laquer. Delivery and set up is $100 within 3 hours of Portland, OR. I will personally deliver and set up your bed for you to make things are perfect.

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