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While the directions are relatively clear and designed for the beginner woodworker I do believe the picture is a bit misleading. The directions have you place the plywood directly on the back of the upright 2x4's and place another 2x4 above the plywood. After doing that I do not see how the finished product will look as nice as the one pictures. There is just no way the plywood panels will look like your cabinet doors at home or the pictures in the ad. Also, no matter how much I searched around, I could not find a picture that could be blown up so that I could actually see a better finished product. Even the pictures in the directions avoid showing how the panels should or will look, though they did show all the other construction steps in nice detail.
So while I do believe the photo is a bit misleading, with a little bit of extra effort and additional knowledge I do believe you can adapt the plans to create a really quality piece of furniture. Measurements would have to be adjusted and you would may need a few more tools then suggested. So in the end purchasing this set of blueprints (mine had color), would save you some time and effort and gives you a good start on building a quality bunk bed.
We ordered this on the 14th of Jan., they shipped on the 17th and we received it on the 18th. Great communication from the buyer. When we opened the plans, they were very well laid and very descriptive. I can no wait to get started building this, as they also put in the exact number of materials for each size of bed and there is also color pictures and it shows exactly how it is to be done. We will definitely order from them again for any other woodworking projects. Thank you so much!!
I received the plans fairly quickly. I was really excited to start the project. The plans were detailed and clear. It does look like a person with basic wood working skills could pull this off. However, I didn't realize the cost of materials. I live in Hawaii and found a used bunk bed like this selling for $900. I though it would be cheaper to build it. After checking out the prices at my local hardware store, it looked like the cost of materials would easily go over $700. That's not including the cost of the mattresses. My wife and I decided to go with a cheaper alternative for now and save this project for another day. I'm still looking forward to building it in the future. It looks like a fun project.
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As I said, I ordered the plans but I decided not to build it. I only spent an hour or so looking at the plans, and because of the materials used, I decided this wasn't the design for me, although don't let that sway your opinion, it's just my personal preferences. The plans cut lists from standard twin to a king size, so they are very versitile in that regard. The materials are mostly 2x4's with a number of other pieces of dimensional lumber. I did see at least one measurement error on the width of a dimensional piece as 1"x12"'s are 11-1/4" wide not 11-1/2". It would also be nice if they included a cut guide for cutting the plywood and mdf in the most efficient manner, but that's a minor criticism. Some of the drawings are crude and the font used in the plans make them difficult to read. As another reviewer mentioned, the photos on the sites and even in the plans are so low resolution that you can't get a good idea of what the finished product would look like. And unlike some other reviewers, I didn't receive my plans in a few days, it took 1.5 weeks after I received a notice that they were being shipped before I received my plans.
In summation, I think the build would be a rustic looking build, and if that's what you like, that's cool, but it's just not me.
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The picture is a fancy super cool looking bed, but keep in mind that all you are paying for is a set of plans to make a bed. The sellers do make this clear in the add, but you need to read it carefully as the picture can make it confusing. You care not buying anything but the plans themselves - no wood, nails - nothing else.