Custom Made Triple Bunk Bed Assembly Instructions


Tools Needed
- Power screwdriver with a phillips #2 medium head bit.
- Adjustable (or 9/16 In.) wrench.
- Hammer.

Optional Items
- Sandpaper.
- Wood glue.
- Paint.

Setup takes roughly 3 hours. It is easiest if you have two people doing it. If you are not sure how to install a piece always refer back to the picture above to see how everything fits together. Please read through the entire instructions to familiarize yourself first before beginning assembly.

You should always check the setup instructions on our web site to make sure you have the latest version. Compare the updated date at the top of this page with the web page updated date. If the web instructions are newer, you should download the newer instructions.

The wood used in your loft will typically have a (good) side and a (bad) side. Before assembly lay all the pieces out on the floor and try to position the wood with the “good” side facing up or out. Take into consideration which side you usually will be climbing up on and place the best rungs and legs on that side.

Pilot holes have been pre drilled into all necessary pieces.

You may want to add soap to the screws, the soap acts as a lubricant and makes driving them into the wood easier.

Step One

Assemble the left ladder. Lay the left front leg and left back leg on the floor with the notches facing up. The rail hole is positioned towards the top of the legs. Note: For added strength you may optionally place wood glue at the base of each notch at this point. Insert rungs into the notches lining them up flush with the front and back legs. Use 2-1/2 In. screws to fasten each rung to the legs. Drive the screws nice and tight. While driving the screws, make sure there is no gap between the rung and the leg. Suggestion, drive the screw half-way into the leg, then unscrew it so it is just comes out of the leg, then drive it all the way in. The screw should recess about 1/4 In. into the rung to make a nice tight fit. Note, due to temperature and humidity differences the rungs may have expanded and may need to be slightly sanded to fit. Now repeat and assemble the right ladder.

Step Two

From the back insert one 5.25 In. carriage bolt into the hole of each back leg. Lay the ladder ends on their backs as shown on right. Lay the back rail between the ladder ends. The back rail is positioned with the shorter side above the bolts and the longer side below the bolts. Place a washer, lock washer and nut on each of the bolts and loosely hand tighten the nuts..

Step Three

Lift the unit to its upright position. From the front insert a 5.25 In. carriage bolt into the hole in each of the front legs. From the inside place the front rail between the front ladder ends, the ledge must be facing inside and at the bottom of the front rail. Place a washer, lock washer and nut on each of the bolts and loosely hand tighten the nuts.

Step Four

Insert the bed slats between the front and back rails, evenly spacing them apart. You can now completely tighten the carriage bolts. Fasten the bed slats to the front and back rails using 2-1/2 In. screws.

Step Five


Fasten the back rail to the back legs with four 2-1/2 In. screws at each end. Fasten the front bed rail to the front legs with four 2˝ In. screws at each end. The Front Rail will be the same as the back rail.  Place your mattress support and mattress on the Triple Bunk Bed.

To save space we suggest you use a plywood platform to support the mattress. We recommend using 3/4" In. 4-ply plywood. The plywood platform needs to be cut to the same size as the mattress. For example, if you ordered a 39 In. x 75 In. loft, you need a 39 In. x 75 In. plywood platform. For the Full (54 In. wide) and Queen (60 In. wide) mattress sizes, you will need 2 sheets. For the Full (54 In. wide) size, the first plywood sheet will be 48 In. wide and the second sheet will be 6 In. wide. For the Queen (60 In. wide) size, you will need a 48 In. wide and 12 In. wide sheets.

If you have a bookshelf, front ladder or other options you may install them now.

Step Six
Fasten the safety rails to the inside of the front legs 2 In. – 3 In. above the top of the mattress with four 2-1/2" screws at each end.

The Triple Bunk Bed is set up exactly like the loft bed shown, in the picture above, except it has three levels instead of one. The other two levels are installed in the same way as the top. The regular base model will allow you to place the bottom mattress on the floor to gain more space. The bottom bunk front and back rails will not have the 2x2 ledge. Some choose to have it raised and it will come with the 2x2 ledge.

The top bunk headboard can be positioned at either end an you will climb up and use any side.

The Youth Safety Rails are installed on both levels as shown. The base model comes with one rail on the top bunk and one in the middle. If you choose to upgrade you will get additional rails.

The Triple Bunk Bed comes with a short vertical ladder on the front (long) side that is used to climb up into the middle bunk. It may be installed on the left or right side. The rungs can be installed on the outside of the 2x4 or the inside to give it a cleaner look.

The Triple Bunk Bed is now complete. The loft should be tight and not rock in any direction. If it does rock, try the following: Did you use a power screwdriver? Make sure you drive the screws nice and tight. With the 1-1/2 In. thick wood, the screws should be recessed about 1/4 In. to make a tight fit. Try un-screwing them one at a time and re-tightening them. What direction does it move? When standing at the front (long rail side) does it move left to right or front to back? If left to right then the screws in the front and back rail should be tightened. If it moves front to back then the rungs in the ladder ends need to be tightened. You can also place some wood glue inside the notches before inserting the rungs. This should give you a nice tight fit.

Included in this Shipment

(4) Rails (2x6 w/2x2 ledge) (Will Be (6) If you choose to have the bottom Bed Off the floor)
(2) Rails (2x6 without the 2x2 ledge for the bottom bunk)
(4) Posts With Notches 83.5 In. Tall For The Regular Bed
(4) Bed Slats (twin 37-7/8 In., full 52-7/8 In., queen 58-7/8 In.) For The Regular Bed
(8) Ladder Rungs (twin 44 In., full 59 In., queen 65 In.) For Regular Bed
(2) Short Ladder post 2x4x48 In. Tall
(3) Short Ladder Rungs 2x4x24 In
(6) Carriage Bolts 3/8 In. x 5.25 In. 
(4) Each 3/8 In. Washers, Lock Washers, Hex Nuts 
(48) 2˝ In. Drywall Screws Note: 

The sizes you receive may be different if you choose to make your bed different than the standard beds. 



National Homestore warranties its products for as long as you own the merchandise. During this time we will repair or replace defective components that we consider defective due to materials or workmanship. We will not replace components due to user misuse, modification or improper installation. In the event components are damaged due to user misuse, modification or improper installation, National Homestore will replace components upon owners request and expense.

Components that are warped, damaged or missing during shipping will be replaced by National Homestore. In some cases to expedite this process we may ask the customer to purchase the replacement components locally and you will be reimbursed for actual replacement costs.

Safety Guidelines

The Wooden College Loft Bed was designed utilizing the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) safety guidelines for bunk beds. The loft was designed and intended to be used for college student use, the loft should not be used by children under the age of 6. If modifications or alternations are made it must conform to the CPSC Document #071 requirements.

Since National Homestore cannot control the quality of the assembly nor modifications made to the Bunk Bed, we will not be held legally liable from any accidents, injuries or property damage resulting from the use of our loft.

Because of the very nature of sleeping on an elevated surface, there are obvious and inherent risks involved due to falling. This risk is enhanced when consciousness is limited or impaired due to sleep, lack of sleep, illness, consumption of alcohol, taking medications, inhalation of smoke/fumes or similar factors. The loft is an all natural wood product and will burn when fire or sufficient heat is present. Elevated beds may also create obstructions or impediments that increase the hazards encountered in a fire or other emergency by hindering evacuation or fire suppression activities. Customers who choose to use our Triple Bunk Bed shall be deemed to have assumed all risks of accidents, injury and property damage associated with their use.

As a general safety precaution do not place the loft near any window, door, closet, fire/smoke alarm or ceiling fan. All college residence halls have specific requirements regarding the use and placement of lofts and students are required to follow all college requirements. The safety rail must be in use at all times.