Beds IMG_5656

Published on March 20th, 2015 | by jmc1967


Easy Full Height Bunk Bed Stairs

Easy Full Height DIY Bunk Bed Stairs

Materials: TROFAST, STUVA, 1×2 pine boards, random hardware/scrap wood, standard height bunk bed set

Description: We bought this bunk bed set a while back, but haven’t yet been regularly using the top bunk. It is now time for our oldest to move into the top, but she is not ready for a ladder and needs stairs instead. I saw another post using the IKEA TROFAST unit as stairs, but as our bunk beds were standard height with a standard thickness mattress on top, the distance to climb from the top TROFAST step to the top bunk was too far.

We explored other options at IKEA to keep the construction process as quick and simple as possible. (We are a two-working-parent family without a lot of free time.) The best option we found was to add a STUVA frame (plus drawers, doors, etc.) as the final stair step. The height worked out perfectly!

Easy Full Height DIY Bunk Bed Stairs

We had to use some additional scrap wood and anchoring hardware from our stash to make sure that the steps would be stable. Even though the STUVA unit is not solid wood, it is still sturdy enough to hold an adult who needs to climb up to make the bed.


We used some 1×2 pine boards from the hardware store to create a basic railing. We figure that if we start seeing kids trying to climb through the railing, we can always add more side rails. Our kids tend to be very cautious, though, so this has been enough to keep them safe.


Because the STUVA wasn’t made of solid wood, we used a metal bracket from the hardware store to attach the top railing post to the TROFAST unit instead of drilling into the STUVA. This worked beautifully!

Construction on this project was definitely faster and easier than making something from scratch, plus the added storage allowed us to fit more toys and clothing for one more kid (coming soon!) into the bedroom which is currently shared by our two daughters.

IKEA MAGNARP lamp gets a glam makeover
Hackers Help: Need doors for 29″ Pax unit

The Author

20 Responses to Easy Full Height Bunk Bed Stairs

  1. Hazel says:

    Can you give the dimensions of the boards you used for the railing above the trofast? My son is using the trofast as stairs to his junior loft bed and I want to add that railing.

    • jmc1967 says:

      We used 3/4″ x 1.5″ boards from the hardware store that were pre-finished so we wouldn’t have to worry about sanding or kids getting splinters. The vertical boards on the TROFAST were about 37.5″ tall, but you could make them taller/shorter based on your son’s height. Once we had the vertical bars up, we just measured to determine what length we needed for the angled boards, and we cut them a little long so we could just hold them up after the initial cut and trace where we wanted the angles at the ends to be cut. It is a pretty “forgiving” design, so we just made it work.

  2. Rene Margaret says:

    I really like that bunk bed. It looks sturdy and attractive. Do you remember the manufacturer?

    • jmc1967 says:

      We purchased the bed from its previous owner, and it had already gone through 5 children when we bought it, so it’s probably not being manufactured any more. I hope you can find something similar in your local furniture store!

  3. pihentagy says:

    I would stick some BORRIS door mats on the stairs to avoid slipping down.

  4. Saskia says:

    Well the trofast is stupidly strong. Used to walk over it myself all the time (when I worked at ikea). It’s solid wood? As for the besta. It’s one of the stronger closets at ikea’s, but I’m not sure if it’ll hold over time.

    Still, great way to solve the extra hight of the bed :)

  5. Sam Gibson says:

    While initially that idea seems cute. It looks like a tragic accident waiting to happen. The gap between the rails is way too large. A child could easily get fit through and get caught and seriously injured. Their clothing could also get caught. I wouldn’t show this hack on the website – unless executed safely – this hack is bad news, and no one should copy it in it’s present form. :-(

    • bell says:

      you’re just worried. When I did this project it was safe and easy and came out great. :)

    • JJ says:

      I strongly agree with comment that the handrail verticals are too widely spaced. Most building code widths for these slats are based on being narrower than the head of a baby to avoid a tragedy. I otherwise I really like your design.

  6. Katey Day says:

    I did this with the expedit.

  7. Kevin Murray says:

    At least in the US, that railing isn’t up to code. Frankly, since it’s likely a smaller child using it, I’d suggest solid, so there is no way a child could slip through or get stuck on any part.

  8. The trofast can only hold you too 20kg or something, so not for adults!

  9. Rita Silva says:

    It only lack’s a slide! ;)

  10. Could’ve made the bed!

  11. i trust the trofast but on the fence on the wardrobe. I would be anchoring it to studs in several places :)

  12. My kid has that TROFAST and regularly climbs on it and let me say if it can survive him it can survive anything!! Definitely strong enough :-)

  13. We also have it but i dont know if it is strong enough to climb (as stairs) ? has someone really try it ? until which years children (or in kg) is the limit ?

  14. Awesome – this would probably make it easier for changing of bed sheets

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Back to Top ↑