Building Bunk Beds

diy bunk bed design plans

Tips for Building a Bunk Bed

If you grew up with a brother or sister, it’s guaranteed that at some point in time, a fight for who gets the upper bunk was inevitable. Keeping aside the ensuing battle, bunk beds have been the cornerstone for bedrooms for centuries. Bunk beds have drastically evolved over the years and have now become staple bedroom furniture if efficient space utilization is needed.

Nothing is cozier than having a sturdy bunk bed with some comfy blankets. With that being said, different types of bunk beds can be built. Here are 4 popular bunk bed designs and what makes them interesting and space-efficient.

PS:- These can be built on your own. Building a bunk bed is a fun family/friend activity, so we have provided links to instructions on how to build each of the mentioned designs to make the process easier. We have also built and designed the plans for the bed featured here.

Standard Bunk Beds


This is probably the most common of all the different designs. Normal is good and this is the definition of how normal can sometimes be great. The standard bunk bed consists of an upper bunk and a lower bunk (some bunks beds have three levels). These are commonly made with either timber or wood. Furniture shops also sell these bunk beds that have metal frames instead of wood. Metal bunk beds tend to allow more airflow since it is thinner. This works well if there are two kids in the house since it saves the space for a second bed. The bed is comparatively easy to make and can be a DIY with the right materials and tools.

Link to the instructions to build this:×4-2×6-Bunk-Bed/

Loft Bunk Beds

This takes bunk beds to the next level by making them more space-efficient. Loft bunk beds usually have the upper bunk as the bed while the lower bunk is replaced with either storage compartments, study units or a play area. the lower area is made with enough clearance to prevent any head-knocking while utilizing the space. These tend to look much more modern than the traditional bunk beds and come with added functionality. Such setups are common in households that have a single child and are looking to save on space without compromising on functionality. Some households even have two units of these giving children the luxury of upper bunks for everyone whilst having loads of space underneath.

Link to the instructions to build this:

Futon Bunk Beds

If you are looking to cut down space usage to the maximum, a futon bunk bed would fit well in the room. These are very similar to the loft bunk beds and fall in a category in between the standard and the loft designs, In such designs, the upper bunk remains the sleeping space but the lower bunk is usually a convertible. Futon beds tend to have a lower bunk bed that doubles as a sofa. This versatility of combining two of the bed units along with a sofa unit into one single unit saves a lot of space. This makes the futon bunk beds a very popular design in modern set-ups.

Link to the instructions to build this:

L-Shaped Bunk Beds

This design has found popularity in recent years and for good reason. L-shaped bunk beds have the bottom bunk and the upper bunk at right angles to each other. This gives extra space on the bottom for shelves or cabinets and other storage spaces. Such a design won’t fit in every room and may not be as common as standard bunk beds but does make for an amazing addition to the bedroom. The irregular design catches any visitor’s eye and the space efficiency value is still existent. Though the design might look complicated, it is very easy to build, provided you have the right tools.

Link to the instructions to build this:

There other designs other than the above mentioned. Themed Bunk Beds, Triple Bunk Beds, Novelty Bunk Beds, Loft Bunk Beds, and Study Bunk beds are a few of the other available designs you could choose from, should your heart design. These 4 are the most popular and easiest to make.

With the right instructions and proper research on durable materials, building a bunk bed becomes a simple DIY task.

Princess Birthday Party

Princess Birthday Party

The day was finally here this past Sunday! Miss M celebrated her 6th Birthday in style!! Thanks to Pinterest and a lot of missed sleep, the party came together perfectly. My friend Amy helped me set up and I seriously could not have done it without her. The princess birthday party was perfect!!

The food table was set with the girls’ party hats that I made with cups and lemonade. Each cup had a chalkboard vinyl cutout with their name on it.


This was the Arts and Crafts table. Each bag was an individual art kit for the children. The kit contained a dowel rod that was painted either pink or purple, a pre-cut star and a piece of chiffon for the wand. Then there was also a pre-cut crown for the girls to decorate with adhesive backed jewels. In the center of the table was an art box with glitter glues and markers to accessorize to their beautiful crowns and wands. Below you can see the crowns and adhesive back jewels that were in each kit.

Miss M showing off her hat and wand that she made:) She is such a sassy 6-year-old!!

Another angle of the eating table. The pink lemonade in the middle was perfect and went with the theme of pink  and princessy! The girls even decorated their party hats with some of the jewels left from their wands and crowns.

I just love these party hats. I found the template to make them here and they were so easy.

These cake pops were amazing! The girls (and parents) absolutely loved them!!

What’s a party without some cookies! And of course, iced with the pink and purple frosting to go with the theme:)

Using my crown cookie cutter, I made some turkey and cheese, and ham and cheese sandwiches to eat before eating up all the sugary goodness!!

Princessy cupcakes with crown liners and crown accessories on top. All done with my Silhouette Cameo;). I absolutely love that thing!

Again, using the Silhouette Cameo, I made a Happy Birthday bunting banner in the shape of crowns to go with the whole princessy theme!

And of course, the beautiful birthday girl! She had such an incredible time. I had made the pettiskirt last week and posted about that here, and then decorated the tank top and made a headband to match. Strangely enough, it was kind of chilly here in Germany, so she had to wear a cardigan for the first half because she was “a bit cold” 🙂

All in all, it was a great time, the girls had a blast, dancing to Justin Bieber..(that might have been my idea…) and everyone was full of sugar by the time they had to go home.

I will be posting more from this in the weeks to come on how each thing was done so make sure you stop back by for more! Thanks for stopping by!!;)

DIY Peacock Boutonnieres

I am so excited about these boutonnieres. My friend (basically my little sister) is getting married in September, and is having this gorgeous cognac color for her main color. It definitely reminds me a fall! So, we decided that I would take care of the boutonnieres and I just love the way they turned out! Unfortunately, the bride likes them, and the mother doesn’t…I’m over it…I still like them. Plus, it’s the bride’s wedding, is it not???


These were so simple to make!

All you need is some glue (both hot glue and a fabric glue or something strong (I used Gutermann), a peacock feather, coordinating ribbon, and coordinating fabric for the rolled flower.

First, I took the peacock feather and trimmed off some of the excess to get it to the size I wanted it to be. Then, I tied the base of the feather so that the bottom would stay “tight” looking. Next, I plucked two feathers off of the bottom part that was cut off and glued those in front of the feather for added texture. Then, I took the bottom of the peacock feather that I just cut off (the super white part …yeah real technical huh?) and snipped the bottom off so it was about 3 inches long. This part is much thicker so it was able to be a stronger base for the ribbon. Then, using the hot glue, I glued the ribbon, skinny stem of the peacock feather, and the fat stem (the super white part), and started wrapping the ribbon around all the way down to the desired length and back up. I finished it off with some hot glue to hold the ribbon in place. Finally, taking a rolled flower, I hot glued that on top and it was done!

The reason for the flowers is so that they would go with the clutches made for the girls in the wedding.

I am absolutely obsessed with DIY wedding projects because it makes it so much more personal and then you are sure to get what you want, and don’t have to settle on something that is similar!

Going to be trying out some other boutonnieres too to see if the brides mother will be happy with something else….;) wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping by! Let me know what you think!