Utilitarian does not necessarily mean without care. This bunk bed may be made with 2×4’s and 2×6’s, and pocket screws, but I still have to look at it every day. A few passes with the no.8 transforms each of the endposts from rough and ready, to something a little more refined.
And this is a quick mock-up of the headboard. The footboard will be exactly the same.
I’m still weighing options for connecting the side rails. The original plan calls for hex bolts but that seems a little garish.