Every project has a story and this built-in bunk bed project is no exception. My brother-in-law and sister just built a custom home a few doors down from where we live. They have two twin boys who are currently seven years old. Being neighbors is going to mean lots of sleepovers and many walks to their aunt Brooke’s home in the near future.
We’ve had the opportunity to be involved in some of the design choices and projects in their new build. My brother-in-law is a contractor and my sister has great style, but as we know all too well, designing an entire home can be overwhelming.
Henry and I stepped in to help them pick out a few things here and there, design a couple of projects, and get our hands a little dirty doing a few projects. This bunk bed was one of those projects that we were able to take on. This one was pretty special considering I knew this bed would contribute to making lots of memories with my nephews.
After several years of sleeping together, my sister thought it was time for each boy to have their own space and own bed. The twins, Max and Miles, were very excited about designing their own room and each boy got a say in lots of the design decisions including bed choice.
Max chose a very simple big boy bed, but Miles requested a built-in bunk bed. Not just any bunk bed, a green bunk bed with shelves, a desk, and a light. Then he looked at Uncle Henry and asked it if he could build this. You know Uncle Henry didn’t say no!
The Built-in Bunk Bed Plan
As Henry planned and designed the bunk bed, he wanted to make sure and include the few things Miles had requested, and of course a few other things. To start with, Henry knew that both boys would want to sleep together on occasion, so he made the bottom bed full size. This allowed both boys to sleep on the bottom and even have room for a friend on top.
While the boys are getting a little older, it was still important to make the top railing tall enough. Henry made the railing 12 1/2 inches tall to try and avoid any accidents. Like most boys, they can get a little wild!
As Miles requested, Henry made sure to include some shelving. This would give him a place to store books and all kinds of little toys. Another must-have was a few lights around the bed. The ones next to the bed will allow Miles to read at night and not have to get out of bed to turn it on and off.
They will also come in handy for those nights he may just need a little light to go to sleep. Henry placed another light above the desk area. This area will be great as he gets older and starts to have more homework or could even serve as a place to do artwork.
The plan was pretty simple to design, but the added detail is what really makes a simple design stand out. Things like the tongue and groove ceilings, the stained wood elements, and the shiplap are features that make this bunk bed special.
Paint, Stain, and Bedding
As I mentioned above and as you can see from the photos, Miles requested a green bed. After all, it is his favorite color. We chose a shade of green called Oakmoss by Sherwin Williams. This green really makes a statement against the Sherwin Williams Pure White walls. To add a bit of warmth and personality, he used a stain called Aged Oak by Minwax on the ceilings, ladder, railings, and desk.
My sister and Miles picked out the bedding together. It’s a beautiful neutral color that truly fits Miles’ personality. It is comfy and cozy while adding in a little fun with the stripes.