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How To Separate Bunk Beds

Perhaps your children are now older and crave their own space, or the dorms need a grown-up vibe that doesn't include bunk beds. Whatever the case may be, easily convert bunk beds into two beds as outlined in the following steps.


  • Step 1: Use a chisel or putty knife to pry loose the end cap. Remove the connector screws with a screwdriver. Gently use the putty knife to pull a leg away from the extender holding the two beds together. Repeat on the remaining three legs. Slowly lift the top bunk off of the bottom one.
  • Step 2: Unscrew the four screws holding the safety rail in place on the top bunk. Move the parts into the desired room and re-assemble for your newly independent sleeping space.
  • FACT: People began sleeping on primitive beds about 10,000 years ago, during the Neolithic Age.
  • Step 3: Use the mallet to gently undo the joints at each end, separating the headboard and footboard from the railings. Lean the headboard and footboard up against the wall.
  • Step 4: Grip each headboard with the pliers and tap on the exposed dowel with the rubber mallet. Repeat until all dowels are removed.
  • TIP: You'll need two to three people to efficiently dismantle the beds. One can hold the rails and supports while another removes the hardware.
  • Step 5: Pull out the bunkie boards or wooden support slats from each bed. Stack aside for later.
  • TIP: Use masking tape and a marker to label each piece for identification. This helps speed up the reassembly process.
  • Step 6: Strip off the sheets and pillows and remove the mattresses from both the upper and lower bunks. Don't forget to remove the ladder as well. Take them out of the room to free up more space.

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