How to Turn a Bunk Bed into a Loft Bed
Remember when I built a loft bed for my younger son? No sooner had I made his bed, when my oldest son was begging me to build him a loft bed too. Instead of starting from scratch, I was able to turn his bunk bed into a loft bed in a few simple steps.
- 2″ wood screws
- 1 – 1″x 4″x 8′ board
- Drill with philips head bit
Remove the mattresses and bedding.
You will need to remove the bunky board (or slats) and the front side rail from the lower bunk.
This will leave you with a loft frame.
But, the bed will be wobbly until you add a diagonal support. Hold the 8′ board up at an angle against the back of the bed. Use the pencil to mark the angle and excess to cut off the ends.
Cut the board using a miter saw (or any saw you have access to.) Drive the 2″ screws into the bunk bed frame at the bottom of one side and the top on the alternate side.
The diagonal brace will look like this after installed.
Replace the upper mattress and make the bed. That was easy wasn’t it?
If you want, you can stain or paint the diagonal brace to match the bunk bed. I may or may not do that at some point.
For now, I have one happy older son who is doing his happy dance over his new loft bed!