How to Make a Fold Out Bunk

Bunks are two beds that sit one on top of the other and are utilized as a space saving feature.
However, if space for the room is at a premium room you can build a folding bunk bed. This is similar to a Murphy bed that is folded up against a wall. To build a folding bunk bed you will require materials that you can find at a local home improvement store.

Step 1

Measure the width and length of the mattress using the tape measure. Transfer the measurements to the 2-by-4 boards and make cut marks with the pencil.

Step 2

Cut 14 boards to the measurement of the length and 6 boards to the width with the circular saw.

Step 3

Place two pieces cut to the width and two pieces cut to the length together to form a rectangle shape for the frame. Drill two pilot holes into each corner where two boards meet with the power drill. Secure the boards together with screws.

Step 4

Set the remaining 2-by-4 boards cut to the width inside the frame and space them out evenly. Drill pilot holes into the wood and secure with screws.

Step 5

Place the remaining 2-by-4 boards cut to the length along the width of the frame. Drill pilot holes at the end of the boards and secure to the frame with screws.

Step 6

Lift the bunk bed up to the wall with the assistance of a helper. Center the frame against the wall with a level. Find the studs in the wall with the stud finder and then mark their location on the frame.

Step 7

Lower the bed to the floor and attach hinges to the marks for the studs with the power drill. Set the bed bunk back on the wall. Secure the hinges to the studs in the wall and then lower the bed.

Step 8

Lift up the bed and position the 4-by-4 posts under the front corners of the frame. This will support the bed when it needs to be used.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • 2-by-4 boards
  • Pencil
  • Circular saw
  • Power drill
  • Screws
  • Level
  • Stud finder
  • Hinges
  • 4-by-4 posts

Tip

  • You can also use rope or chain to support the bunk bed against the wall.

About the Author

Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.