east solution screw the screws you want to use into some cardboard and spray heads with black aerosol paint
QUOTE=53flattie;1316299]My daughter likes to sleep on the top bunk, but we don't always use the ladder. In fact, we usually DON'T put the ladder up because it gets in the way when you're going into the bathroom.
So, she climbs up by stepping on the bottom bunk, and climbs down the same way. No biggie - right? She'll 11 years old and I'm not too concerned with her falling... Been doing it this way for 18 months, and no issues.
Well, not exactly. I noticed that the cabinet doors under the bottom bunk looked really strange during our trip for Labor Day. Looking closer, I found that the top of the cabinet panel had completely separated from the metal frame-work behind:
As with everything else, the cabinet is held to the aluminum sub-structure with smooth "nails" about 1" long. There's no way they would hold very long when installed through aluminum...
I pulled out the nails, then drilled and countersunk some #8 sheet-metal screws in the same holes.
Wish I could have found screws with black heads, but Home Depot didn't have any...
Just an FYI to other owners. Either reinforce the bottom cabinet, or make sure your kids use the ladder.[/QUOTE]