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DIY Bunk Bed Part 2

The bunk bed described in Part 1 is now ready. But to be able to fall into the cushions, a ladder or a staircase is needed. We have decided against a ladder because my daughter has been using the "boxing system" for her toys for years and we can make aexcellent staircase out of these box shelves. Above all, the climb is a little more pleasant.

To master the considerable height of 224 cm, the staircase must be dimensioned accordingly. The inside dimension of the shelves is 33 x 33 cm and the shelf is 40 cm deep. I used 25 mm glulam boards for the shelves, which were already 40 cm wide. With this choice of material, I have saved myself one step, namely sawing to the correct width. So the whole thing was planned:

I have planned six shelf towers, which will later be screwed together with the cordless screwdriver. To make the ascent a bit safer, I have provided a railing that is bolted to the boxes with square rails as a railing post. As a handrail, I have provided a spruce board from slatted frame production. Later you will see that instead of seven posts I have only attached three. This is not only absolutely sufficient, but makes the ascent and descent more comfortable. A step width of 40 cm is not exactly lush and if there is a 44 mm post at each step, it will be even narrower...

Sawing the Components

In the first step, I sawed the 40 cm wide boards to the correct length (see material list in part 1). I have used my saw carriage with stop block for the table saw. Since, for example, all insert rescuers have the same dimensions, the stop saves a considerable amount of time because the constant measuring is no longer necessary.

Construction of the Shelves

Now the shelves are being assembled. To accelerate the whole thing, I have glued all parts and attached it with 50 mm Finishing Nails (pins) with the pneumatic nailer. This works very well and elaborate work with screw clamps is eliminated. In order to always keep the same distances between the insert boards, I built some spacers.

When the glue has set, I drilled two 10 mm holes on each side with the cordless drill driver from the outside for each insert board and glued in each hole a 10 mm wooden dowel. With this measure, the boards are resilient. So I don't miss it, I have marked with a joiner's angle an auxiliary line.

When all shelves were finished, I smoothed out bumps and the dowel holes and then sanded them with the Rotating Sander.

The shelves should be later flush with the wall. That meant that I had to cut a corresponding recess for the baseboards. I've sawn them about 15 mm higher because I wanted to keep the possibility of pulling a cable, e.g. for a TV. The sawing worked perfectly with the jigsaw.

Painting the Components

Now came my favorite step: Painting. The shelves were already sanded and I was able to apply the water-based acrylic paint (2 in1) with the foam roller. After the first layer dried, there was an intermediate sanding with the Rotating Sander and then the second coat of paint followed.

Construction of the stairs

The structure was quite unspectacular. I arranged the shelves according to their size and screwed the largest shelf to the support of the bunk bed.

Now I screwed shelf by shelf together. So that nothing slips when  screwing, I fixed it with two clamps.

Construction of the stair railing

The posts for the railing consist of 44x44 mm square strips and are each 100 cm long. Contrary to the planning, I only installed three pieces.

Before screwing, I attached both the posts and the handrail with screw clamps in order to align and mark everything properly. I adjusted the posts above the barrel of the handrail and chamfered them with the jigsaw. The handrail also ends flush with the posts at the top and bottom.

I screwed the posts from the inside through the shelf wall with four and the railing with two 5x60 mm screws each. We still do not agree on whether the railing and the loft bed should also be painted. We still do not agree on whether the railing and the loft bed should also be painted.

So that my daughter could already sleep in her new bed (she left me no peace), I provisionally glued wood panels on the right and left of the bed. As a result, she can’t fall out of bed while sleeping.

In the next part follows the construction of the actual demarcation in the form of a wall, a raised shelf and a few more details.

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