How Much Does It Cost to Build Bunk Beds? (with DIY Examples)

Have you ever wondered how much it would cost to build bunk beds? A few weeks ago I was trying to decide between building bunk beds or buying them brand new and proceeded to do tons of online research in the matter. I’ve consolidated my findings into this post. (I wound up buying brand new, but that doesn’t mean you should!)

In this article I’ll discuss the cost of building your own bunk beds vs buying brand new bunk beds, as well as the benefits and reasons for each. Then I’ll show you an awesome step-by-step DIY bunk bed build from a fellow I met on Reddit.

Costs of Buying vs Building Bunk Beds

The cost of building your own bunk beds can vary greatly depending on how nice you want your DIY bunk beds to be. If you’re like me and can’t help but go all out on DIY projects, then expect to spend between $200 and $400 on good lumber, hardware, and add-ons like a metal ladder.

If your thrifty and/or crafty you can save a lot of money money by getting wood inexpensively. Often times you can source pallet wood or scrap wood from a lumber yard, home depot, or big box store for very cheap.

The average cost of purchasing bunk beds brand new can range anywhere from $200 at the very low end to $4000+ for a higher end luxury product. After doing some research on which bunk beds I was going to buy, I found that the lower cost options had surprisingly good reviews and were both reliable and sturdy.

Whats the difference?

Where the higher cost options stood apart from the rest was in utility, build quality, and decor aesthetics. The more expensive, high quality bunk bed options mainly consist of great looking, really solid building materials like thick cedar or oak posts. They also often featured stair sets, dresser attachments, or storage drawers.

If saving space and keeping everything neat and tidy is your thing, then you may be more interested in the better quality bunk beds that offer better built in storage solutions.

When you’re deciding whether to build bunk beds vs buy them, you should ask yourself how long you want to keep them as well as what their purpose will be.

Ask yourself: Why am I getting bunk beds?

Is it to get your kids through a ‘we want bunk beds’ phase? Great, get a $200 cheap bunk bed set from amazon. It’s inexpensive enough that you can justify throwing it away after your kids grow out of the phase. Better yet, I did some digging and found this set that can be separated into two twin beds once your kids grow out of the bunk bed phase. Here’s a link to the amazon page for these bunk beds – last I checked they were $230, but amazon prices can fluctuate over time.

cheap bunk beds

Is it for a longer term sleeping solution? Maybe you want bunk beds so your buddies can crash after a night of drinking? Are you furnishing a lakehouse or mountain house where you’ll have guests spending the night? If that’s the case you’ll probably want something high quality that a full grown adult can sleep in comfortably.

This bunk bed set I found on amazon is queen sized, making it perfect for adults. The price is steeper, but the reviews are outstanding on every single Francis Lofts & Bunks product I’ve come across. This company specializes in adult bunk beds and from all the online research I did, they are the most highly regarded bunk bed manufacturer in terms of build quality and customer satisfaction.

queen sized bunk beds

How to Build Bunk Beds

Do you want something more personal or customization? If that’s the case, building your own bunk beds may be your best option. Building your own bunk beds gives you a project to do with your kids that they will always remember and cherish. It also gives you the ability to add some really cool features. Check out this custom DIY bunk beds build from reddit user mikesr20.

how to build custom diy bunk beds

Finished product first! DIY Bunk Beds built into the wall.

how to build custom diy bunk beds

I used SketchUp to map out the bunk bed blueprints; this is always a good place to start. Also it helps with conversations when you have another person to sign off on it.

“Shiplap!” – wife Its actually just 5mm underlayment cut into 7″ strips by the guys at Home Depot, I marked the location of the studs and used my handy air nailer to get them to stay there.

Good quality photo… Shows the spacer to get the bed in front of the window molding. Also shows how the bed frames were notched. The frames were notched for the 2×4 vertical supports. 4″ #10 drywall screws were used along with glue to make sure there wasn’t any creaking and nothing was going to move with jumping and whatnot.

That’s a little better. Kid was still using this as his room which made for a difficult construction schedule. Standard pine 2×4 and 2×6 all screwed and glued together. I wanted to build a solid base and then face it all so it would look nice.

Two beds… I ended up completely changing the height because these were too close to the ceiling.

how to build custom diy bunk beds

After adjusting the height of both beds this felt much better.

how to build custom diy bunk beds

Framing out the shelves and putting in supports for the facia for more shiplap.

how to build custom diy bunk beds

“This railing is too high” – wife Standard black iron pipe, 8″ piece with a 60″ pipe for the top rail, 48″ for the lower rail.

how to build custom diy bunk beds

Bunk bed stairs done and more shiplap. The stairs are 3/4″ plywood for the stringers with 1×12″ boards for the treads and risers.

how to build custom diy bunk beds

“More shiplap!” – wife. Also, we added lights behind the shiplap because it seemed dark in the stairwell, now its OSHA approved.

how to build custom diy bunk beds

Had to get the strip lights put in, I couldn’t wait for this step. Also, said wife painting.

how to build custom diy bunk beds

1st coat of painting done.

how to build custom diy bunk beds

Glamour shot.

how to build custom diy bunk beds

He’s so excited.

how to build custom diy bunk beds

Nighttime glamour. Standard Rope lights behind the shiplap.

how to build custom diy bunk beds

Finally all done. The lights are 16′ LED 5050 strip lights off amazon with a remote control.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this DIY bunk bed build! I hope it helped give you some ideas on how to build your own bunk beds.

DIY Bunk Bed Ideas

Need some ideas and inspiration for building your own bunk beds? Here’s a ton of diy bunk bed examples:

how to build custom diy bunk beds
Image Credit: Pinterest
how to build custom diy bunk beds
Image Credit: Pinterest
how to build custom diy bunk beds
how to build custom diy bunk beds
Image Credit: Pinterest

Thanks for reading this post about how much bunk beds cost as well as how to build your own bunk beds! I hope it was informative and helped make your bunk bed related decisions easier! If you liked this post check out our other DIY projects!

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