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Hunt Camp bunk beds
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Gail and Jim Emery    Posted 04-13-2004 at 18:01:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My husband would like some help in making plans for building two bunk beds in a small cabin he is just now building. The camp is only 10 ft by 10 ft. This is a retreat cabin for our Bed and Breakfast guest who want to try sleeping in the forest.
Thanks for your help.

TimV    Posted 04-13-2004 at 18:41:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gail: Depending on how fancy he wants them, there's not much to it. The usual "quick and dirty" solution it to nail or (preferably) screw a 2x6 to the wall horizontally on two sides, then come out the width of your matress, and run 2x4's vertically up the same height. Put another 2x6 on top of these, run 1x4 slats every 1', and put 1" plywood on top. Do this for both your upper and lower bunks, add a matress to each layer, and you're snoozing! These beds will comfortably support 250 lbs top and bottom.

Ludwig    Posted 04-14-2004 at 07:22:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Woo, thats a heavy duty bed! I bet you could put 500lbs on that with no problems.
We just built new beds in our camp, we have 3 types but you'll want the smallest.
A cot type mattress is 30" wide and something like 72" long. Go to the mattress store and measure a mattress first.
We used 2x4 for the frame with the wall side 2x4 screwed to the wall and one additional 2x4 brace halfway down. If I were doing it again I'd use 2 braces. We used 1/2" (5/8"? Maybe I don't remember) wafer board (plywood is expensive) for the deck. Then ran a 1x6 board along the outside edges to keep the mattress held in.
We built 2 30" cot type beds in a bunk configuration. 2 36" twin beds in a bunk and 1 lofted double bed. That sleeps six folks in about a 6x20 area with a storage area under the double bed.
Making the top bunk fold out of the way is easy. I'd make it fold up if possible, get some heavy hinges and use them to mount the wall side. Build the outside so it rests on blocks screwed to the uprights with maybe a chain from the ceiling for added support.

dig    Posted 04-13-2004 at 18:10:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Could ya be a little more specific? What kind of help do you need?

Gail    Posted 04-13-2004 at 19:54:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for your help!
What we were thinking is to have the one bottom bunk permament while the top bunk might be a fold down one..?? We are not great at this sort of thing but thought if a couple were to visit the cabin they would appreciate having two beds....if a single person was there they could appreciate the little bit of extra space having the top bunk fold down.
Thanks again for yuor help.

TimV    Posted 04-13-2004 at 20:17:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gail: A group of friends built a camp on an old hay wagon frame. It's approx. 8 x 12, but will sleep 6 in a pinch, and is a marvel of compact design. The beds are similar to what you describe, but I can't think offhand how they were made--the last time I was in the camp, I enjoyed a bit too much of their "hospitality" (served up 12 ounces at a time.....) and didn't pay a whole lot of attention to the beds! One possibility is examining a RV camper, which are typically full of space-saving and multi-purpose features.

~Lenore    Posted 04-13-2004 at 20:31:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I once saw some where the top bunk was hinged against the wall and had a chain on the outer edge that was angled to where the ceiling and wall meet. When not in use it was folded up and hooked up at the top against the wall. I think the bottom one may have been the same way. They could be folded against the wall for cleaning the floor.

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