Building vs Buying Bunk Beds

Bunk Beds and Loft Beds / Building your own vs. Buying

Looking for bunk beds or loft beds? Ever considered building your own instead of buying them? There are significant advantages to building your own bunk bed, loft bed or even a trundle bed. In this article I will discuss some good reasons that other people have chosen to build their own. If you are the least bit handy with common tools you can undertake the task in a couple of weekends.  If not, you may know someone like a grandparent or uncle who can. You might even hire a handyman to do it for you.

You may still be wondering why you would even want to consider building a bunk bed instead of buying one. One of the most common reasons people build their own bunk beds or loft bed is cost. There are many inexpensive wooden or metal bunk beds and loft beds on the market today and they all seem to have one thing in common, low quality. There are also many very expensive brand name bunk sets available that come complete with matching shipping boxes to prove that they are authentic. Some of these are well made and some are not. The low end manufactured bunk beds are typically flimsy and do well to hold up for a few years under constant use. For less than the price of a typical cheap set of beds you can build a very attractive, sturdy, safe bunk bed or loft bed design that will last for many years.

Building a loft bed or bunk bed can be a fun family project. Parents can involve their children according to their age and abilities and make great some really great memories as well as a great set of beds.  Grandparents or parents might even consider doing them as a gift for their kids. A gift that is built by a loved one means much more than almost anything you could buy them. When kids are asked about their nice bunk bed or loft bed they will say with pride that "grandpa built it for me" or ”my dad built it and I helped".

Another major reason that people build their own bunk beds is that they can get what they want in terms of color, arrangement and finish. There are many combinations of bunk beds, loft beds and trundle beds that can be made.  Check at to see the many possibilities of what can be done. If you want something customized, building your own is a simple way to get it in the color, design and combination that you want. Perhaps you want to match colors with a dresser, chest, bookshelf, crib or other piece of furniture, you can easily accomplish this by taking a sample of the materials you are using to a local paint store and asking them to match the color for you. Stenciling or painting can also be done instead of a more conventional furniture finish.

Buying a low cost bunk bed may be the right thing to do in some situations. For instance if you only need them for a short time or use them only occasionally the cheap ready made bunks and lofts will probably serve well. It may be building them is just out of the question because of time or that you are just not comfortable with using basic hand tools. But if you can build your own bunk beds or loft beds, the benefits go way beyond just the monetary savings incurred. They can be made to last for generations in the color you want and the variation that you really want.