This project was featured in an episode of our DIY show Knock It Off.
To watch this episode online, click HERE
When we started working on this Pirate themed bedroom, the homeowners told us their son totally wanted bunk beds. We knew we couldn’t give them just any bunk beds, and outside of IKEA, really nice bunk beds can be crazy expensive! We decided to build our own bunks and to make it look like they’re floating, just like something off of a ship!
These floating bunk beds would work in a pirate room, nautical room, and any room at all if you tweaked the style a bit!
Building these bunk beds was a lot easier than they look!
The first thing we needed to do was make all of our cuts. We used pine boards, but got 2x8s for the main frame so that they were nice and sturdy. There were no fancy angled cuts, so it made the process really easy!
We measured the size of our two mattresses- we had a twin and a double- and then made a simple box frame to fit each mattress and added 1×3 slats.
For the slats, we used regular screws, but for the frame we used RSS screws (Rugged Structural Strength), which are specially engineered to hold a lot of weight. Make sure you go with the RSS screws if you plan to make these- they’re what make these bunks super secure!
After staining the wood our very favorite grey stain (a custom mix we had made) it was time to attach it to the walls. Again we used RSS screws intended for heavy weights, and we attached it to the two walls. We found our studs with a stud finder and made sure we were attaching to them. That part is super important- we don’t want our floating bunk beds to turn into falling bunk beds! 🙂
We were a little stumped at first about how to suspend the one floating corner, but after exploring all of our options, we went with pipe and a flange. They’re strong, can hold a ton of weight, and fit with the style we were going for. We attached one flange to the bed and the other to the wall, again making sure we went into a stud.
We added a fun rope ladder, popped in the mattresses and had ourselves some AWESOME floating bunk beds! The extra addition of bedside lanterns brought the whole pirate bunk theme together!
We were so excited with how these turned out! It’s one of our favorite things when an idea we have in our heads actually turns out just how we pictured it!
To check out other posts about the projects in this room, check out our Knock It Off DIYs Page
and to watch this episode Click HERE