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Single bunk beds are great space savers when sharing a dorm room or loft. It is also a fantastic option for kids who have to share a single bedroom but still need all the room they need. And it can save you a lot of floor space – which is especially helpful if you have a small room.
To create single bunk beds you will need to assemble both the upper frame, also called the "stand-up" frame and the lower frame, also known as the "slatwall" frame. The stand-up frame is a simple combination of two pieces of wood, like oak or pine. The lower frame is composed of either unpainted sheet metal – the choice is yours.
One of the most important things to remember about these beds is that they do not offer the same height as full size beds. In order to have the right height, you will need to add spacers between the two sides of the bed. In order to do this, you will need to attach an additional piece of plywood to the inside corners of the wall. You can use screws of various sizes to secure this piece onto the studs in the wall. It is a good idea to double-check your measurements before beginning the project to ensure that you get the correct measurements.
Once your lower bunk bed frame is in place it is time to install the upper part of the unit. This consists of two pieces of wood, such as the headboard and the footboard. If you are using solid plywood for this project, then it will be much easier. Another option is to use MDF or particle board for this job. Because solid wood only has a few inches of wooden density between the wood cells, MDF does not have the problem of sagging as quickly.
You will find a number of different styles of single beds on the market today, including those with sleigh, twin and full over full. A popular choice is a twin over full design. With this design the top bed takes up the entire left side of the room, leaving the bottom half completely free for storage. The advantage to this design is that it maximizes the space available in a small room. In order to maximize this space, though, you will need at least two beds. There is a variety of ways to configure double, single bunk beds so that they work well as single beds or can be configured into triple bunk beds for additional sleeping space.
After your upper piece is installed, you can proceed with installation of the lower piece. The easiest way to do this is with a flat washer and nut system. Install a washer and nut on either side of the upper rail and then slide in the rail across the bottom. Secure with two screws and you are done. You may wish to use slats if your bed does not come with slats.
To set up the rails, you need to pre-drill the right amount of mounting rails per inch on each side of the frame. Use two pieces of plywood for this purpose. Lay one across the top of the frame and another across the bottom. Draw a straight edge on the plywood and mark where the top and the bottom rail meet. This mark is where you will drill through the top and bottom rails to bolt the side rails to the plywood. Secure with bolts and you are done.