Custom Made Bunk Beds with Steel Frames
Having posted an image of this simple Kee Klamp bunk bed idea previously, and because of the interest it received, I decided to go into a bit more detail about its design and show how simple it is to create.
The bunks main attraction to people seemed to be its convenience. It creates extra storage in the room by allowing shelving to be installed underneath the frame. This frees up more space, which would be very convenient in considerably smaller bedrooms.
Along with its convenience, the Kee Klamp bunk bed is aesthetically pleasing, and also has a strong element of fun about it for the kids. This should eliminate most arguments about what time bedtime is supposed to be at!
1. Tube Size
First thing to note regarding the design should probably be the size of the tube. We use 33.7mm industrial strength tube to ensure that the frame is of sufficient strength to carry the required weight. This helps to ensure that the bed frame is heavy duty and long lasting, which will easily support not only the real kids, but also the bigger kids who may want to try it out…
2. Support Tube
There is one tube upright included for support, while the rest of the frame is held in place by Type 61 flanges. By installing these fittings to the wall first, this should make the rest of the assembly easier. To do this, simply determine the height of the bed frame, and using a level, gently mark with pencil on the wall where the fittings will be going.
3. Place the Fittings on the Tube
Once this is done, and the fittings are screwed to the wall, the main tube can be assembled to contain the necessary fittings, ensuring to slide the fittings onto the tube in order with where they are going to be required. Fittings included here are Type 10 single socket tees, Type 45 crossovers and a Type 15 90° elbow, which creates the end return to the wall.
4. Attach Frame to Wall Flanges
The horizontal tubes can then be attached to the necessary fittings. These tube lengths can be any size, depending on the required width of the bed frame. Once these are connected, the partially completed frame can then be lifted into place, and the tube ends aligned with the wall flanges which have already been fitted (help will likely be required with this bit). The upright tube can then be inserted underneath the frame and into the Type 10 fitting. This upright needs to be the required height of the bed, and should contain a Type 62 fitting for fixing to the floor. The upright will hold the frame in place, while the wall flanges can then be tightened to hold the tube in place.
5. Bunk Bed Ladder
The amount of rungs on the ladder depends on the height of the bunk bed, but in most cases 3 or 4 rungs will suffice. The ladder above is created using 6) Type 10 fittings, and is held at the top by the Type 45 crossover. Type 77 plastic plugs are inserted into the bottom of the ladder to close off the tube.
6. Safety Rail
The safety rail which exists as a barrier to stop anyone falling, can be configured in a number of ways, including running around the full perimeter of the bed, leaving just a gap for access and egress. In this example, the rail stops halfway down the bed, but is more than sufficient in protecting against a fall.
Create Alternative Projects
This project is just one such design which can be created with Kee Klamp fittings. Alternative bed frames can easily be achieved to suit their surroundings, where the design and bed size can be altered. All it takes is imagination. After that, Kee Klamp takes care of the rest.