Kids' Bed Slide Setup Step-by-Step

What You'll Need
Power drill
Measuring tape
4 inch bolts, washers and nuts
Wood Screws
2 X 4 inch wood
Pre-fabricated plastic slide

A kids bed slide is one way that parents can make going to bed fun and enjoyable for both children and adults. Put a slide on a child’s bunk bed or loft bed for an exciting and fun addition to a kid’s room.

Step 1

Measure the size of your child’s room and the space you will have for a slide. Be sure there is enough area between the bed and the wall to allow for the drop of a slide. Measure the height of the bed or loft. Make note of whether or not the bed can be adjusted to different heights to accommodate different slides.

Step 2

Preformed plastic slides are the safest option for use in a child’s room. Purchase a slide at a home improvement store or recreational equipment supply store. These slides come in a variety of lengths and configurations.

Be sure to buy the height of slide that will fit your child’s bed.

Step 3

Make adjustments to the bed height, if needed. If you have a wooden bed, you can build up extra height by adding lengths of 2 x 4 as needed.

Use a drill to make holes for the bolts. Bolt the wood pieces securely to the bed frame.

To attach a slide to a metal frame bed, you will need to bolt a piece of 2 x 4 lumber to the bed. Use a metal bit to drill through the frame under the mattress. Do not try to install a slide attached to a round metal pole.

Step 4

Install the slide according to manufacturers directions. Generally speaking, you will use two smooth headed bolts at the top of the slide. Drill through the 2 X 4 to attach the bolts. Tighten securely underneath the slide.

Step 5

Secure the slide to the floor with 2 inch wood screws. This will cause minimal damage to carpets and it is necessary for the safety of your child.

Step 6

Apply pressure to the slide to ensure that it is secure. Instruct your child to use proper safety precautions.