Bunk Assembly & Maintenance

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Thank you for shopping with us at the ‘Bunkhouse’. We have done our best to deliver this product to you in good order and condition. From this point on, it is in your care.

** NEW!  Where available, we have added an Assembly Instruction link to a pdf on each Product page to help you. Go to your product page to view!

Supplementary Instruction for Bunk Assembly & Maintenance
Parts

Each bunk has a parts list which you can check against to make sure all parts for the bunk including hardware have been supplied.  When beginning assembly the time to check the parts for possible damage or possible factory defects. It is best to check first than put the bunk up and then have to replace a part.

Assembly **Check out the new Assembly Instruction links on each Product page

In general, as you put the bunk together it is better to leave bolts finger tight until all the bolts are in place. Once all in place, systematically firm all bolts using the Allen key provided. NB. Put the Allen key in a handy place as it will be needed again.

Maintenance

After the bunk has been in use, say for a week, check all bolts again, especially bolts holding side rails to the head and foot ends. NB. Some bunks may have wooden plugs supplied to cover up the bolt heads. Do not use these until you are happy that the bolts are firmly tightened and checked.
With timber bunks, because of our humid climate the timber swells and contracts moderately from summer to winter. A good practice is to check the firmness of the bolts periodically and certainly at least twice per year.

Tips

  • When building up a bunk in a bedroom, a lack of space may be a problem for the job. We suggest that you build the bottom bunk bed first. Then place the dowels or metal rods supplied (that join top and bottom bed together) into the tops of the bottom bead head and foot end. 
  • Next place the top bed ends in place on the appropriate head and foot end. You will then be able to complete the assembly process without bending down needlessly and will have more space to complete the job. When completed, the top bed is already in place and without a sore back.
  • Watch for barrel nuts that do not sit down correctly in the hole provided. Some sawdust may be there and need scratching out.
  • A bit of Vaseline or hard soap on the threads of the bolts before you start helps when doing up.
  • If a bolt seems stiff whilst screwing in using the Allen key you may be cross threading the nut. Stop, back the bolt out and extract the nut. Make sure the nut and bolt engage properly before trying again. A bit of hard soap or Vaseline on the thread can help.

Also, remember some bunks are made for young people. Adults standing, sitting on or laying down on a bottom bunk bed together with a child in the bed and including the weight of bedding are asking a lot from the side rails, they may break if you chose a bunk that is of a lighter weight of wood. Fixed ladders help to strengthen the bunk and care has to be exercised if the bunk is used as single beds. Adults especially take note:  Siderails on a bunk or a bed should not be sat on or stood on.  They are the greatest point of failure.