Zen and the Art of Bunk Bed Making

Posted Sep 7, 2013 in Life, Projects

  • Gus helps me with the wood.

    Gus helps me with the wood.

  • Gus helps me with the wood.

    Gus helps me with the wood.

  • Gus helps me with the wood.

    Gus helps me with the wood.

  • Yes. Seriously.

    Yes. Seriously.

  • Sanding the boards.

    Sanding the boards.

  • Laying things out.

    Laying things out.

  • Drill, Baby! Drill! (A-A-A-R-R-G-!-!-!)

    Drill, Baby! Drill! (A-A-A-R-R-G-!-!-!)

  • Measure it carefully.

    Measure it carefully.

  • The base is done!

    The base is done!

  • Coming together nicely.

    Coming together nicely.

  • Inside the frame.

    Inside the frame.

  • Thanks, Dad!

    Thanks, Dad!

  • Distracted by tools.

    Distracted by tools.

  • I think he's happy with it.

    I think he's happy with it.

  • I think the dog likes it too.

    I think the dog likes it too.

  • Sleep tight, Gus. I love you.

    Sleep tight, Gus. I love you.

After another long and hard summer of teaching and finishing up my capstone project, I needed something to do over my break that wasn’t related to school or teaching. So, I decided that it was time to shut the computer off and build the kid a bunk bed.

When I was a child, I slept in a bed that my father had built for me. It was a red, white and blue bed made from plywood that had storage compartments for my toys underneath the mattress. I remember it fondly to this day. No, I’m not crying. That’s just a piece of sawdust in my eye.

Nobody really knows this, but my father and I are extremely competitive with one another. So, in order to not be out done, I decided that I needed to step up and build a bed for my own child that far exceeded the merits of what my father had built for me. Plus, he had a friend of his build a bunk bed for Gus for his house in Idaho that I needed to out do as well.

I must say that it felt good to turn the computer off and get out my tools again. I love tools and I love building things. The wife and I even sleep in a bed that I made when we bought the Pink House six years ago.

Well, after a couple of weeks of building on and off, some pretty sore shoulders and a bruise the size of Texas on my shin… It’s done. I now look forward to the day that Gus moves away to college, so that I can start sleeping in it.


Sep 8, 2013 at 1:27 pm


This bunk bed is a thing of beauty……beautiful designed, very aesthetic, sturdy, solid, good looking. I love it. You have outdone everything else around. Congratulations. This is gorgeous. I like the picture, too. Gus and Summer look very happy in it. Love to all of you.

Sep 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm


This is really a very beautiful set of pictures…..Gus helping you with the wood, the layout and construction steps. I really enjoyed looking at them. The bolts showing prominently on the finished product add a lot to the look of wood of the bed. Seeing the actual hardware in the construction of buildings and solid projects like this is a great usage of aesthetics. Very Nice. They will be a good set of historical photographic shots to have in the “growing up” portfolio.

Mike Sinkula
Sep 8, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Thanks, Dad!



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