Double your sleeping space with these easy-to-build DIY Industrial Bunk Bed Free Plans using basic lumber and metal pipe from the hardware store.
We’ve been in our house for 3 months now. My husband and I were just talking about how it feels like we just moved in, yet have been there forever. It’s weird how that works. Today marks a huge milestone for me. I finally got my boys’ beds up off the floor and built this DIY Industrial Bunk Bed for them. There is just something about having mattresses on the floor that make a room feel dirty. I remember begging my mom as a kid to let me put my mattress on the floor and her always telling me no. I never understood that now I know!
Now the beds are literally the only thing I’ve done in their room so the next step will be to decorate it and improve the storage issues. It’s actually a very small room for two boys, but the bunk beds have really improved the situation. We’re currently in the process of finishing our basement, so once that’s done my two oldest will move down there. The 3-year-old will be staying upstairs close to me so I can pretend like he’s not growing up and still mommy’s little baby (cause he always will be). : )
Bunkbeds for Kids
My oldest requested a “Halo” bedroom, but I’m personally not a fan of an alien shooting game and unfortunately for him his mother is a blogger and she kinda refuses to put Halo on her blog. Maybe I’m wrong for that, but I mean really… as if he needs encouragement to play video games. I did however come up with a sneaky mom plan to create an Industrial Bedroom inspired by one of the Halo levels. I mean I actually have no clue what that level looks like, I just remember seeing him play a level with his cousins once and they were running around on all this metal stuff so metal stuff = industrial pipe. You see my logic here right? Good, we are on the same page ; )
Not to mention that I’m totally ok with being able to throw my style into my kid’s rooms whenever possible because I have a serious mental block when it comes to doing things that “aren’t me”. My daughter is a huge fan of color… as you can tell, I am not. Unless you consider black, white, gray, and wood tone color then I’m kinda at a loss when she wants to incorporate all these rainbow colors. Probably why I’m procrastinating on her room.
My youngest is 3, so I liked the idea of keeping the bed on the floor so it’s just easier for him, plus I didn’t want bunk beds that were bordering the ceiling. This Industrial Bunk Bed is in between a low profile version and a full-on bunk bed standing at just 60″. If you wanted to go shorter you definitely could because there is a decent amount of space between the bottom mattress and the top side rail.
Kids Bed Ideas
I also feel like I should throw a warning out there. I wouldn’t suggest this bunk bed if you are putting a younger kid on the top. My son is 9 so I feel like he’s totally safe up there, but there is a gap between the bed and the pipe railing. So if my 3-year-old was up there I’d be a little concerned about him rolling in between. But ultimately you are the parent, follow your gut, and only do what you feel is safe!
I also built this bed to have a gap around the mattress because I wanted the bedding to fit beside the mattress without any issues. Definitely measure the width of your mattress and adjust the width as you see fit. All that would need to be done to accomplish that is to reduce the length of the 2×4’s and 2x’6s on the headboard and footboard. However, if you are concerned about the railing you could use that extra space to attach a wooden railing from the inside of the side rails.
Bunk Bed Ladder Made Out of Pipe
I also decided to build the ladder out of the industrial pipe. I think when the kids move downstairs I’m going to build them a ladder on the wall just for climbing fun because I want to use that ladder. Would it be totally awkward if I put one in my room? Probably so… what would the guests think haha!!
Ok, I think I’ve talked your ear off enough for today so just a few more things:
Paint Color – Behr’s Mined Coal (I’m totally in love with this color too!!)
Bedding – Beddy’s (Total game changer for bunk beds guys! I’ll be sharing more on this soon)
Pillowcases were a Target Clearance find.
Tools required for building this DIY Industrial Bunk Bed: (affiliate links)
**Please read entire post before building this bunk bed
- Ryobi Miter Saw
- Ryobi Impact Driver
- Kreg Jig or the Kreg Foreman (if you want to get serious with your woodworking)
- Ryobi Sander
Building Plans for DIY Industrial Bunk Beds
*Disclaimer: This bunk bed is lacking some features such as guardrails around all 4 sides, this is because ours is placed against the walls, but I am not comfortable providing building plans for your kids without sharing the fact that this is not built to code.
*I am comfortable with how it is built and feel my 9-year-old will be safe, however, I did mention above I would not put a younger child on top given the space between the bed and the guardrail. One way to correct this issue would be to add a 2nd 2×6 above the railing that holds the guardrail, which I myself might add. By following these building plans you are releasing myself (Ashley Thurman), and Cherished Bliss, LLC from any liability. These plans are meant to be used as a guide, please adjust as necessary. Here is a link to the CPSC requirements for bunk beds for your reference: https://www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/120632/regsumbunkbed.pdf Please build responsibly!
Hope you enjoy the plans for this Industrial Bunk Bed!
Lumber Supply List:
- (4) 4×4, 96″, Board
- (6) 2×6, 96″, Board
- (3) 2×4, 120″, Board
- (2) 2×2, 96″, Board
- (3) 1×4, 120″, Board
(4) Leg Posts, 4″ x 4″ x 60″
(8) 2×4 Headboard Pieces, 2″ x 4″ x 37″
(4) 2×6 Headboard Pieces, 2″ x 4″ x 37″
(4) Side Boards, 2″ x 6″ x 75″
(2) Slat Supports, 1″ x 4″ x 41″
(9) Slats, 1″ x 4″ x 41″
How to Build a Bunk Bed
Build (2) Panels. These will be the Headboard and Footboard. Attach the 2×6’s and 2×4’s to the 4×4 posts using wood glue and 2 1/2” Pocket Hole Screws leaving a 1/2” space between each board. Also leave a 1/2” gap between the bottom of the 4×4 and the bottom of the 2×6.
Attach the 2×2 slat support board to the 2×6 side boards using wood glue and 2 1/2″ wood screws. Be sure to pre drill the holes to avoid wood splitting.
Attach Side Board to Headboard and Footboard using Surface-Mount Knock Down Low Profile Bed Frame Hardware.
Using the Surface-Mount Knock Down Low Profile Bed Frame Hardware allows you to disassemble the bed frame easily for moving. Hardware is highly recommended due to the constant use of the bed and weight distribution. If you choose not to use bed hardware, the use of bolts would be necessary.
Attach slats to the 2×2 slat supports using 1 3/4” wood screws. Be sure to pretrial the holes to avoid wood splitting.
Build the side Guard Rail out of Metal Pipe. The size of this will depend on the height of your mattress. I used (2) 60″ pipes, (4) 6″ pipes, (4) elbows, (2) T’s, and (2) 1″ threaded connectors that attach the (2) flanges.
Built ladder using (5) 18″ pipes, (8) 10″ pipes, (4) elbows, (10) T’s, (4) 1 1/2″ connector pipes, (4) 3″ pipes that connect to (4) flanges.
Now all that’s left is to enjoy!!