Published on May 18th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Double Bunk

Materials: MYDAL bunk beds x2, saw, drill, a few extra screws.

Description: My son wanted bunk beds; I wanted to keep a double bed in his room so it can house guests from time to time. First thought of a Double/Single TROMSO, but it’s been out of stock for months and months. So I hacked a much more fun solution.

Two sets of IKEA MYDAL bunk beds assembled side by side as IKEA instructions except:
- Fit bed sides of upper bunks upside down (to make a flat platform)
- Only put guards up along the length of one set of bunks.
- Don’t fit ladders or short guards.
- Don’t complete the second lower bunk, leave out the outer long side and slats.
- Bolt the two sets together.
- Use the spare slats to fill in the gaps on one of the upper bunks (to make a solid bedside space)
- Build a wider and sturdier ladder out of all the unused parts.
- Cut down the short guards to accommodate the wider ladder and fit on the outer bunk.

It’s not a space saving solution – it’s vast, but my son loves it and so do I, both top and bottom are really special, cosy spaces.

~ Hannah Pepper, UK

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Jules Yap

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7 Responses to Double Bunk

  1. melissa says:

    This is exactly what i want to do for my son! Can you provide the measurements/cuts you used for the ladder? im also wondering how you secured the ladder to the bed. thanks!

  2. Bunk Beds says:

    This is a pretty cool layout for bunk beds as I like the play area underneath and the fact it can fit a larger mattress. I’m not to keen on Ikea beds so I purchased mine online but I wish I had seen this set as I know Ikea has some great deals.

  3. Love it! We had a full size loft made for our 6 yr old, and I had been looking at Ikea’s stuff. Very cool! Nice job!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I see a parrot. Someone is playing angry birds.

  5. icerabbit says:

    Came out great.

    Would be fun to be a kid again with such a room ;)

  6. NecroDoll says:

    O-M-G! I looove this project! Thank you!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing! I absolutely love it~ I’ve been looking for something like this for a loooong time. 1+ yrs

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