Bunk Bed Repair, Tips, Tricks and Ideas

Repair tips and ideas for bunk beds

When you buy a bunk bed, you want it to last for years of reliable use. While a high-quality bunk made with durable solid wood is sure to give you years of use, there is no denying that accidents are bound to happen. From kids roughhousing and making scratches to the stripping of screws with wear and tear, it is only natural that the occasional bunk bed repair job will come up. Here are the most common bunk bed repair problems and how to fix them.

Stripped Wood Screw

When a crew becomes striped over time due to the ongoing weight placed on the bed frame, it can weaken the integrity of the bed. When you have a stripped screw, wood can be especially unforgiving. A trick is to take a few toothpicks and place them inside the hole and then try screwing the screw back in place. The toothpicks help create more tension in the hole for a better hold of the screw.


When the surface of a bunk bed frame gets scratched, it is usually an easy fix. If the bunk bed is painted such as a gray, white, or pink color, you can most likely paint over the spot with a color matched paint. If the cut is deeper in the wood, you may need to sand it out and then paint over it to avoid any sharp edges. Even with bunk beds with a varnish rather than paint, this is a quick and easy fix where you simply apply a similar color varnish to the spot where the surface scratch is to fix it up. If you are unsure of what to use for the bed frame, you can usually refer to the owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer for assistance.

Broken Slats

When you buy a quality bunk bed, the slats shouldn’t break but accidents do happen. A broken slat on a bunk bed is a major safety concern so it should be dealt with promptly. While you could attempt to repair this yourself by finding a similar thickness and size of wood at the hardware store, it is best to check with the manufacturer of the bunk bed. The slats are usually tested for safety standards so if one breaks and you replace it incorrectly, you could make matters worse.