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Plans for bunk beds

Anyone recommend a set of bunk bed plans? Or a set of relevant measurements ( ie size to make a twin box). Doesnt have to be free plans. Ultimately I am going to combine two bunk beds and a set of stairs and make a quad bed(for a shore house). I am going back and forth between a free standing bed and making it as a built in.
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I have heard from several sources that it is best to have your mattress on hand
prior to actually fabricating beds. it seems there can be an inch to 3 inches difference between mattress manufacturers - so shop for your mattresses first - then build the frame.

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Using a mattress as a guide, add 2 to the inside width dimension (mattress + 2) and 4 to the inside length dimensions (mattress + 4).
This will give you space for blanket/quilt/bedspread etc. to make the bed.
To hold the mattress you can use slats plywood.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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I have heard from several sources that it is best to have your mattress on hand
prior to actually fabricating beds. it seems there can be an inch to 3 inches difference between mattress manufacturers - so shop for your mattresses first - then build the frame.
... but if you mess up, you can order your favorite brand and style of mattress in a custom size (rectangle) for a 10-20% premium over the next larger size mattress. Just ask at the mattress store.

We have an antique bed that is not a standard size. The antique store sold it to us without a mattress. Someone must have misplaced the one that originally came with the bed. ;-)
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Questions please...???

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...Anyone recommend a set of bunk bed plans?
Yes...my own design's...LOL

But seriously, I would need to know more about your skill sets, what you want...etc?

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...Or a set of relevant measurements ( ie size to make a twin box). Doesn't have to be free plans....
There out there...many of them and some are pretty simplistic for what is being charged...(sorry, that's my own bias)...Like what Ana-White pedal's as a product line. I think you can do better than that all on your own with some grid paper, pencil, and eraser...A few cups of coffee always help me...LOL...but beverage is your choice...

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...Ultimately I am going to combine two bunk beds and a set of stairs and make a quad bed(for a shore house). I am going back and forth between a free standing bed and making it as a built in....
Thus far you have gotten some great advise here...other than the "ana-white" suggestion (sorry again...just NO WAY...to those designs for what's charged)

I couldn't strongly enough suggest "free standing." Any good design (and build) deserves to have the flexibility of being an actual piece of useful furniture...(My bias again on that one...)...Other than traditional Sleeping Closet (which many can also be moved) I'm not a big fan of "built-ins.

So, in closing:

1. What are your skill sets?

2. What styles do you like? Country Folk Rustic, Modern, Shaker, etc...???
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If it's a small room, you might want to consider a more modern version of Shaker style furniture. Contemporary and Shaker furniture tend to not look so bulky and are more visually pleasing. Also might consider a clear finish or even a painted finish.
Oftentimes in design, less is better. That used to be a big problem for me, I never knew when to stop 'designing'. I have finally, well almost finally, learned to draw what I think I wan't and then go back and simplify.
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