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How to Build a Twin Bed with Trundle

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Twin bed with a trundle is one type of bunk bed which is built on casters so the lower bed can be slid in and out. Building this kind of bed on your own is not difficult. There are just few things to put in mind. The first thing you need to do is to measure the mattress that you are going to put in the trundle. If it is twin the trundle should not be larger than that. Besides, the top mattress and the trundle should have at least 4 inches distance.

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Building a trundle is basically like building a large drawer. Before starting the woodworking project, plywood, wheels, heavy duty nails, and staples should be prepared. Good plans and calculations are the keys to this project. If this is the first time to do the project, find step-by-step instructions that you find clear and easy enough to follow.

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Start with measuring the mattress that you will put in the trundle. Make sure that the mattress is not higher than space under the bed so the trundle can be easily slid. Prepare the plywood base which is supposed to have a similar size as the mattress. Add less than one inch to the width and length of the plywood. Don’t forget to prepare 4 pieces of boards to support the plywood.

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Then, create a four-sided open frame using L-brackets and supports and lay the plywood on it. Secure it with heavy duty staples. Then, attach the wheel casters. In order to fit the trundle easily, the wheels should not make it too high.

The trundle now becomes a part of the main bed. You should paint and decorate the trundle to match the upper bed because if they have a different color, the trundle bunk bed will look odd.

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