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Old 09-02-2007, 09:20 PM   #15
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Newest Addition: Convert-A-Bunk Ladder/Support (Part I)

The Convert-A-Bunk is rated by Bigfoot to hold 50 lbs. My son is 75 lbs. and with me sleeping beneath, the thought of him plummeting down in the middle of the night is not a comforting thought

1 -3 step marine gunwhale ladder
4 -1" metal conduit clamps (painted to match interior)
1" metal closet rail cut into 4 pieces (extra one I had kicking around)
4 -3/4" PVC straight connector fittings
1 -5' plastic shower curtain rod cover (cut to fit over closet rod pieces & also takes up slack in fittings - may also install over the other metal parts of the ladder later on)
2 -plastic 'feet' for ladder base (used the ones that came on the ladder standoffs)
1 -19" piece of pine (stained to almost match - just used what I had on hand)

The weight of the fold down portion of the bunk sits on top of the ladder and is transferred down to the floor. The ladder is easy for my son to climb up to bed and allows full access to the kitchen, bathroom and closet.

The fittings on the fold down bunk are just acting as guides, not holding the ladder weight. The fittings on the couch/bed part are attached to a small length of pine which was screwed onto the existing pine bed frame. This piece does not interfere with putting the lower bed back into couch position and actually helped to sturdy up the existing leg on the pullout couch which was quite wobbly and already repaired by others. I added an L bracket between the new wood and the leg to add more strength also.

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~ Part II is not complete, but I will be adding a wood support along the front edge of the bunk beneath the existing support (where it sits against the wall near the door) to beef that up a bit more.
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Old 09-14-2007, 05:30 AM   #16
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Lainey, I'm always amazed at the inventiveness of our membership and you rate right up there with some of the most talented! What great ideas. Please keep us up on everything you're doing with your BF!


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Old 04-08-2015, 10:46 PM   #17
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I know this is an old post but that's a good idea and looks so neat to!

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