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Hi friends! I’m so excited to share our latest DIY project with you: a DIY Triple Bunk Bed! We built this triple bunk bed for our sweet neighbors, who have triplet girls! I know I’ve been posting teasers of this build on Instagram stories for months, so thank you for being patient with me as I took my sweet time getting the tutorial and plans up. We had good reason though – we were too busy snuggling their brand new baby – Tamra, the mother of the triplets just had a baby girl! This bunk bed photo shoot could certainly wait.


This DIY triple bunk bed is such a huge space-saver – the girls’ have so much floor space in their room now that their beds are tucked away in one corner. This is also a smart solution for grandchildren or multiple kids sharing a room. These beds fit a twin size mattress and with the 1 last update 2020/05/31 the total cost of lumber ringing in at just under $200, building it was not only fun, but cost-effective too! Pretty awesome, right? I just love DIY.
This DIY triple bunk bed is such a huge space-saver – the girls’ have so much floor space in their room now that their beds are tucked away in one corner. This is also a smart solution for grandchildren or multiple kids sharing a room. These beds fit a twin size mattress and with the total cost of lumber ringing in at just under $200, building it was not only fun, but cost-effective too! Pretty awesome, right? I just love DIY.

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Blue Bird House Plans Freehow to Blue Bird House Plans Free for So, are you ready to make your own DIY triple bunk bed? You’ll build these components separately, before assembly:

  • (1) Front panel
  • (1) Back panel
  • (2) Side panels
  • (3) Mattress boxes
  • (1) Ladder

Once you build all of the components, you’ll take all the parts into the room for assembly. We built the bed custom to the triplets’ space – if you’ll notice in the photo above, there’s a slant in the ceiling. The ceiling at the tallest point is 9 feet and the ceiling slants down 1 foot along the back wall. Because of this ceiling slant, I designed the bed accordingly. The triplets’ mother wanted to hang curtains on the bed, so I had the panels go all the way up to the ceiling, so that we had a place to screw the curtain rod to. The front panel is 9 feet tall and the back panel is 8 feet tall. Just FYI: the plans don’t reflect this custom feature – all of panels (front, back, and sides) are the same height at a little over 7 feet tall.

How to Build A DIY Triple Bunk Bed

1. Build the Front Panel

Drill pocket holes into the rails and attach them to the legs with pocket screws and wood glue. All of the measurements are listed in the plans.


2. Build the Back Panel

Blue Bird House Plans Freehow to Blue Bird House Plans Free for Once again, drill pocket holes into the rails and attach them to the legs with pocket screws and wood glue.


3. Build Two Side Panels

Same song and dance here – drill pocket holes into the rails and attach them to the legs with pocket screws and wood glue. Again, the legs for our triple bunk are different lengths because of the slant in the ceiling. Disregard this for your build and follow the plans.


4. Build the Mattress Boxes

Build three mattress boxes and attach the mattress slats. Be sure to pre-drill all pilot holes to minimize the risk of wood splitting.


5. Build the Ladder

Blue Bird House Plans Freehow to Blue Bird House Plans Free for I’m not sure how I missed taking photos of the ladder construction, but I did. Must be sympathetic pregnancy brain – is that a thing? After all, Tamra and I spent quite a bit of time together – she helped build and paint the whole thing – 9 months pregnant and all! At any rate, the ladder section is pretty straightforward in the plans.

Now that all of the components were built, Tamra and I sanded and painted all of the parts Benjamin Moore Simply White.

6. Assembly

After all of the parts were fully dry, we brought them into the room for assembly. I made a quick template out of cardboard so that the bolts were all attached in the same place for each bed. We attached the bed boxes to the panels like we did for my daughter’s sliding barn door loft bed. We used 3 1/2-inch carriage boltsflat washerssplit locking washers, and cap nuts. We pre-drilled the holes through the 2x4s and 2×6 bed boxes and inserted the carriage bolts, washers, and cap nuts.

We for 1 last update 2020/05/31 attached the back and two side panels to the bottom bunk first, then moved onto the middle bunk, and finally the top bunk. After that was constructed, we attached the front panel.We attached the back and two side panels to the bottom bunk first, then moved onto the middle bunk, and finally the top bunk. After that was constructed, we attached the front panel.

*Pro Tip: cut a couple of scrap 2x4s to 29 3/4 inches long and clamp them as shown below, to support the mattress boxes in place during assembly. This will also ensure equal spacing between the bunks.

Finally, it’s time to attach the ladder. Adam and Tamra attached the ladder to the bed by pre-drilling pilot holes driving wood screws from the inside of the railings. We chose to place the ladder on the side for the most streamlined design.


You may notice we’re missing some railings – I added an additional railing to each bed after we discovered the triplets were squeezing their tiny bodies through the sides of the beds. I revised this in the plan, so when for 1 last update 2020/05/31 in doubt, follow the plan!
You may notice we’re missing some railings – I added an additional railing to each bed after we discovered the triplets were squeezing their tiny bodies through the sides of the beds. I revised this in the plan, so when in doubt, follow the plan!

Last but not least, Adam is doing a quick strength test – he weighs a little over 200 lbs.

Another thing worth mentioning: we didn’t feel comfortable having those ceiling fan blades so close to the top bunk bed, so we switched out the standard ceiling fan for this remote control LED fan from Stile – the blades aren’t exposed and it’s a much smaller profile, which works best for this room. We have 3 of these fans in our own home and we love them!

Huge thanks to the generous folks at Beddy’s – they provided the bedding for this project. We have the same all-in-one bedding on my daughter’s loft bed and it makes changing the sheets and making the bed so much easier. We just knew they’d be perfect for this triple bunk bed too!

We attached a curtain rod at the top and hung these 108″ white curtains. Tamra made the curtain tie back bows – aren’t they cute? We love how it turned out and the girls absolutely adore their new beds! We finished this project just in the nick of time, too. A few days later, the triplet’s baby sister arrived!


If you build this DIY Triple Bunk Bed, we’d love to see it! Be sure to tag me (@jenwoodhouse) on social media so we can see your projects!

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  1. Sarah says

    How long did this take to make? My husband and I are taking in 3 foster siblings/children next week and we need a triple bunk bed before they come 🙂 Do you think we could do it all in a weekend? 1/2 of Saturday and 1/2 of Sunday? LOL…it seems like an easy project but I’m so bad at judging how long things will take. 🙂

    • Jen says

      Hi Sarah,
      Yes, building this project can take a weekend! The longest part is the painting/dry times, but the actual construction doesn’t take long at all. Hope that helps!

      • Becky says

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        Where can we find the plans for this triple bunk bed?

        • Blue Bird House Plans Freehow to Blue Bird House Plans Free for Jen says

          Hi Becky,
          Click on the big gray button that says “download plans.” Hope that helps!

  2. Aaron Mendoza says

    Thanks, i’ve downloaded the plans, as soon as i finish the ceiling i’ll start with this project, thanks so much for your help, I’ll tag you when I get it done

  3. Chevjon Cuffie says

    We just built this bed and we’re so happy about how it turned out. We have to build 3 more for the rest of our children and we’ll probably paint them. Lol i was too anxious to paint the first set. Do you recommend primer first, then painting, or would primer + paint work the same?

  4. Amber the 1 last update 2020/05/31 WarrenAmber Warren says

    We build this bunk bed for our kids and absolutely love it! It is wonderful too that we can easily take it down for moving!

    When putting the bed together it seemed like the materials/cut list might be short for the 1×3’s needed. We measured out the spacing on the plans, which comes to nine for each bed box. On the cut list it says you need 18, but with three beds we needed 27. Maybe we missed something, but we ended up needing five more 8ft boards.

    So excited to try more projects!

    • Jen says

      Great to hear, Amber! And thanks for the heads up – I’ll take another look at the plans and see if for 1 last update 2020/05/31 I missed something! Thank you!Great to hear, Amber! And thanks for the heads up – I’ll take another look at the plans and see if I missed something! Thank you!

  5. Ant says

    Hi Jen.

    I am in the UK and have downloaded your plan for these beds. Can you advise on the mattress size you used please, I think American and UK sizes differ slightly..

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    Ant

  6. Danielle Crafton says

    I just want to thank you all we have been llooking for plans for the project and haven’t found any so detailed. Thank you. I will send pictures when we are done.

  7. Blue Bird House Plans Freehow to Blue Bird House Plans Free for Carla says

    Love this and it would be perfect in the kids room! 😉
    We are in the process of fostering children in need and this is what we plan on building this weekend. I’m super excited!
    Quick question – what type of wood did you decide to go with?
    Thanks in advance!
    When we finish ours, I’ll be sure to tag you on it!
    Thanks again!
    Carla

      • Amber Blue Bird House Plans Freehow to Blue Bird House Plans Free for says

        Hi Jen! I’m in the process of building this amazing bed and noticed that the cut list has 18 1x3s, yet each mattress box has 9 (maybe 10) slats per box.. Am I going crazy or missing something? I obviously don’t do this regularly ha! 😆

  8. Paddy says

    Hi, Great work, looks fab, I think my girls would love this.
    What is the ceiling height of this room?
    Im not in the states so buildings may be of different heights and i would like to see if this would work in my house.
    Thanks
    Paddy

  9. Ryannea Logan the 1 last update 2020/05/31 sayssays

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    Can you send plan to [email protected] please? Also where did you find those pretty flowers on the curtains?

  10. William Downer says

    Blue Bird House Plans Freehow to Blue Bird House Plans Free for I have clicked the link to have the plans emailed to me but I haven’t received them yet. I received an intro email from [email protected] and so I added that to my contacts, but I still have not received the plans.

  11. Catherine Bell says

    I’ve the 1 last update 2020/05/31 tried clicking in the box to download thenplans but they still haven’t arrived in my email. Am I doing something wrong?I’ve tried clicking in the box to download thenplans but they still haven’t arrived in my email. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Jen Blue Bird House Plans Freehow to Blue Bird House Plans Free for says

      Hi Catherine,
      I’m showing that the plans were sent to you Sept 11th at 9:59am. They might have ended up in for 1 last update 2020/05/31 your spam folder!Hi Catherine,
      I’m showing that the plans were sent to you Sept 11th at 9:59am. They might have ended up in your spam folder!

    • Jen Blue Bird House Plans Freehow to Blue Bird House Plans Free for says

      Blue Bird House Plans Freehow to Blue Bird House Plans Free for Hi Marie,
      Yes, it’s all in the plans, which you can download by clicking the gray button. Thanks!

  12. Blue Bird House Plans Freehow to Blue Bird House Plans Free for Douglas Merriman says

    Did they use a box spring under each mattress?

    • Jen Blue Bird House Plans Freehow to Blue Bird House Plans Free for says

      Hi Douglas,
      No, there’s no box spring. The mattress is directly on the mattress slats.

  13. Blue Bird House Plans Freehow to Blue Bird House Plans Free for Douglas Merriman says

    Did you all use a box spring under each mattress?

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