Good plans for making bunk beds are on websites for the DIY Network, Home Canadian Workshop and Design Confidential. Bunk bed plans are useful for adding a sleeping area to a spare room, media room or office.
The area for bunk beds must be 80.5 inches wide, 83.5 inches tall and 12 inches deep. Using a bedroom closet space for bunk beds is not advisable, according to the DIY Network.
The bunk beds from the DIY Network fold up from the side into a Murphy bed, and both beds take twin size mattresses. The plans for Home Canadian Workshop's bunk beds call for construction-grade 2-by-10-inch boards that have been air dried. A builder must have a jointer, thickness planer and table saw to complete this project. The plans are text-based and include photographs. One drawing displays the sizes and positions of all the wooden pieces required.
The Design Confidential's bunk beds have a trundle bed and book shelves. The step-by-step printable instructions have accompanying illustrations. Required tools include a jigsaw, drill, sander, and circular, table or miter saw. The project uses plywood sheets and several different sizes of boards. The builder needs several other materials, such as caster wheels, clamps, wood glue and filler, and a furniture anti-tip kit.