Your children will love this multipurpose bedroom setting
ccupying little more than two square metres of floorspace, this clever bedroom setting includes a loft-style bunk, desk, cupboard and bookshelf. Designed for children aged six to 10, it’s an all-in-one solution for small bedrooms. By Dieter Mylius
Note: The bed illustrated was made for a bedroom with tall ceilings.If the ceilings in your home are 2.4m high, you’ll need to reduce the height of the bunk bed. This will leave you with enough room for children up to 135cm in height to
stand under the bed, and approximately 90cm sitting room when in bed. For bedrooms with a ceiling height of 2.7m or more, the height shown will allow children up to 165cm to stand under the bed. As your child grows, thecomponents can be separated and used individually (after cutting down the bed legs, of course).
All timber used is pine, except where noted otherwise. Bevel all rails and sharp edges before assembly. Counterbore for all screws so the heads can be covered with wood filler or wood plugs.
Bed and ladder
Step 1 On each leg (BA), cut a 25 x 25mm bevel off top inside narrow edge. Measure 200, 290,810 and 900mm from bottom, and 260 and 350mm from top. Screw end rails (BB,BC) between these marks and one flush with top. Flip frame over, measure 350mm from top and screw on support rail (BD) so top edge is flush with mark. Make another matching end frame. Step 2 Screw slat supports (BE) to side rails (BF) so bottom edges are flush. Stand the two end frames with end rails facing out and rest siderail assemblies on top of support rails. Clamp side rails to legs. Square up unit, making sure legs are vertical. Drill bolt holes – one through slat supports and the other 25mm from top of side rail. Counterbore bolt holes on inside of frame so nuts won’t finish proud of rail surface. Add safety rails (BG) flush with top of legs, again using bolts. Space evenly and screw on slats (BH) to completebed. Step 3 To make the access ladder, mark 170, 470, 770, 1070, 1370 and 1670mm from top of each upright (BI). Cut a series of 70 x 10mm housings, each with its top on a mark. The shorter ladder will have one housing less. Glue and screw the six (or five) rungs (BJ) into housings after bevelling the sharp edges.
Bed and ladder
Item Part BA BB BC BD BE BF BG BH BI BJ Legs End rails End railsSupport rails Slat supports Side rails Safety rails Slats Ladder uprights Rungs Section size 45 x 90mm 90 x 19mm 190 x 19mm 40 x 19mm 40 x 19mm 190 x 19mm 90 x 19mm 140 x 19mm 70 x 35mm 70 x 30mm Length & number for 2.7m ceilings 2000mm (4) 1080mm (6) 1080mm (2) 1080mm (2) 1950mm (2) 1950mm (2) 1950mm (2) 952mm (10) 1950mm (2) 450mm (6) Length & number for 2.4m ceilings 1700mm (4) 1080mm (6)1080mm (2) 1080mm (2) 1950mm (2) 1950mm (2) 1950mm (2) 952mm (10) 1650mm (2) 450mm (5)
You’ll also need: 6mm cup-head bolts (eight at 65mm and four at 90mm) with washers and nuts
Shopping: Storage bed developed and built by Nikos Grammenos (02) 4751 6190. All materials from Mitre 10 136 310.
Step 4 Prepare the legs (DA) by measuring 165mm from top, and planing asmall bevel down all edges from this mark to bottom of each leg. Then measure 25 and 68mm from top on two adjacent faces of each leg for the dowel holes. Use dowelling jig and 8mm drill bit to bore 20mm-deep holes in centre of each leg at these marks. Step 5 Cut long and short rails (DB,DC) and on ends mark 25 and 68mm from top to match legs. Bore 8 x 20mm-deep dowel holes. Apply glue to holesand mating faces, then insert dowels and tap legs to rails. Measure diagonals to check everything is square. Hold with clamps, then glue and screw on corner blocks (DD) flush with top of rails. Step 6 To edge-glue halves of desk top (DE) together using dowels, just butt the two pieces together, then square lines spaced 150mm apart across both pieces. Use these marks to align the dowelling jig....