DIY a PVC RV Bunk Bed Rail to Contain the Kids for Bugout

There are always those times when you just need to apply good old fashioned ingenuity.

Here is how I designed some PVC RV Bunk Bed Rails to keep my kids from tumbling out of bed!

Shopping around, I was unable to find the exact type of RV Bunk Bed rails, to suite our situation. I searched high and low, I Googled, and I spent hours on Pinterest. I saw a couple ideas regurgitated over and over again.

I opted to build my own.
PVC Bunk Bed Rail Supplies
For each rail you’ll need:

  • 2 PVC Elbows
  • 2 PVC T’s
  • 2 L-brackets (I found some beefy ones)
  • 4 bolts
  • 8 washers
  • 4 split lock washers

PVC Pipe for the uprights and the crossbars, I used 2 different sizes, but you can use a single size for simplicity.



Measure twice and cut once. This seemed to be my hard learned lesson for the day. The hardest part is affixing the L-brackets to the PVC Pipe.

The PVC connections (the 90 degree elbows and the T’s) take about 1.25 inches of PVC pipe inside them, so test fit and measure before you cut. In the above photo I measure and then traces around the washers to ensure I would have enough space and drill holes in the optimum places (for me it was 1.5 inches and 4.5 inches on a 5.5 inch leg section).

I fastened the PVC to the L-Brackets:


Insert the L-bracket into the PVC Pipe and line up the hole in the L-bracket with the holes I drilled in the PVC Pipe.

Then I put a washer on the bolt and inserted it into the hole in the PVC Pipe and through the L-bracket, added another washer, split lock washer and the nut (the 2nd washer, split lock washer and nut are concealed within the PVC Pipe).


Now all I have to do is screw the L-brackets down under the RV bunk bed mattress, or affix them to a piece of plywood and then lay the RV mattress on top of the plywood, so I can remove them quickly if needed.

7 thoughts on “DIY a PVC RV Bunk Bed Rail to Contain the Kids for Bugout”

  1. This is fantastic. My 6 year old just fell out of his upper bunk last week and split his eyebrow open (after safely sleeping in it for several previous trips). Like you, I have searched high and low and can’t find something that fits our narrow opening. Even I can craft this! Thank you!

  2. Do you have photos of the final installation? We have a RV bunk railing problem too. Our bunk mattress hangs over the bunk platform about 2-3 inches and there is a tiny lip on the platform so somehow I have to level out the platform and extend it so that the L brackets reach around the mattress. I’d love to see your final installation.


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