I'm currently in the process of designing/making a loft bed (bunk bed
without the bottom bed) and have been looking around the web for ideas.
I'm familar with most of the common construction methods - I've made a
regular bed in the past, after reading Jeff Miller's 'Beds: Outstanding
Projects from America's Best Craftsmen'.
I've come across one design I really like the look of and would like to
try and make something similar - see
I can see how they join the side rails to the legs (carriage bolts or
special hardware - this is visible in the pictures), but can't figure
out how they join the cross members e.g. the end/head rails to the
legs, steps on ladder to side rails, etc. There doesn't seem to be any
visible connection from either side i.e. no exposed screw heads, etc.
and they couldn't be screwed & plugged since the joint would have to be
knock-down for transport. Also, since the cross rails at either end may
be used as a ladder, the joint must be extremely strong!
After looking at above picture, does anybody have an idea how these
joints are constructed?