Update a Bunk Bed With Paint and Drapery Panels

Add designer flair to a kids' room by transforming a basic bunk bed with ceiling-mounted hardware, floor-to-ceiling drapery panels and a fresh coat of paint.

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Give a kids' room some personality with this designer bunk bed upgrade perfect for a tween or teen room.

Materials Needed:

  • wooden bunk bed
  • HVLP (high-volume, low-pressure) paint sprayer
  • regular or tinted primer
  • drop cloth
  • lacquer or exterior latex paint
  • universal Allen wrench
  • drill
  • fine-grit sanding block
  • sealable plastic sandwich bag
  • stud finder
  • drapery panels
  • ceiling-mounted drapery hardware
  • wall-mounted drapery hardware
  • drapery hooks
  • drapery rings

Determine Measurements

With bunk bed intact, measure the width and depth of the bed as well as the distance from the floor to the ceiling. These measurements will determine the height and width needed for drapery panels as well as ceiling-mounted and wall-mounted hardware.

Dismantle Bed

Using a drill or universal Allen wrench, disassemble the bunk bed.

Tip: Keep all bolts, screws, nuts and washers inside a sealable plastic sandwich bag to avoid losing them while the bed remains disassembled.

Remove Existing Finish

Before paint can be applied, the existing finish of the bed needs to be removed. Set up bed in a well-ventilated area with drop cloth protecting floor surface. To remove the finish, use a fine-grit sanding block along all surfaces of the bed.

Tip: Ensure an even, clean finish removal by moving the sanding block back and forth with the grain. When used against the grain, scratches are likely to occur.

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