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How to Build a Loft Bed

May 5, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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A loft bed that works with an entire system of plans to get your teen more space and storage in their room. Special thanks to Anne for sharing her photos from this plan.

How to Build a Loft Bed

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
How to Build a Loft Bed
Dimensions: 
Fits standard Twin Mattress. Dimensions shown in diagram.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

15 – 1×3 Boards, 8′ Long
3 – 1×8 Boards, 10′ Long (cut one long and one short cut from each)
1 – 1×8 48″ Long (cut 1 short cut from this one)
3 – 1×4 Boards, 8′ Long
1 – 2×2 Board, 8′ Long
11 – 1×2 Boards (Less if you have a bunkie board or box spring), 8′ Long
1 1/4″ Screws
2″ Screws
Wood Glue
Finishing Supplies (Wood Filler, Sand Paper, Paint, Brushes, etc)

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
nailer
sander
level

Cut List

Cut List: 

Cut List for Loft Bed
8 – 1×3 @ 71″ (Inner Legs and Outer Legs)
4 – 1×8 @ 37 1/2″ (Large Planks, Ends)
2 – 1×4 @ 37 1/2″ (Top Planks)
3 – 1×8 @ 80″ (Front and Back Rails)
1 – 1×4 @ 80″ (Top Back Rail)
2 – 1×3 @ 46 1/2″ (Back Filler Piece, Long)
6 – 1×3 @ 2″ (Back Filler Piece, Short)
2 – 1×3 @ 56″ (Front Filler Pieces, Long)
2 – 1×3 @ 7 1/2″ (Front Filler Pieces, Short)
1 – 1×2 @ 80″ (Back, Top Piece)
2 – 1×3 @ 40 1/2″ (End, Top Pieces)
2 – 1×2 @ 75″ (Cleats)
1 – 2×2 @ 76 3/4″ (Center Support)
14 – 1×2 @ 39″ (Slats)
Cut List for Guard Rail
1 – 1×4 @ 61” (Rail)
1 – 1×2 @ 61” (Top)
3 – 1×4 @ 15” (Uprights)
6 – 1×4 @ 2” (Filler Pieces)
Ladder Cut List
2 – 1×3 @ 65 3/4″ Overall (Bottom end cut at 15 degrees off square, top at 75 degrees off square)
10 – 1×3 @ 10 3/8″ (Spacers, ends cut parallel at 15 degrees off square)
5 – 1×3 @ 12 1/2″ (Treads)
2 – 1×3 @ 10″ (Top Spacer, cut to match top sides)

Cutting Instructions: 
Converting to Full Size This bed can easily be converted to full size. You will simply need to add 15″ to all boards that run parallel to the ends. This includes the planks, end top pieces and the slats. Shopping list will need to be adjusted as well.

General Instructions

On a large project such as this one, it is crucial that you build straight and square. To do this begin by working on a clean level surface. Select boards that are straight and free of cracks or other imperfections. Check for square after each step. Predrill and countersink all of your screw holes to avoid splitting the wood and to hide your screw heads. Use glue unless otherwise directed. Of course, you should be safe and have fun! Remember, you can click images for larger views.

Step 1

How to Build a Loft Bed

UPDATE: If you have narrow door opening (or are building the bed in a full size) you may need to assemble the bed in the room or not use glue so that the bed can be assembled and disassembled. The boards shown above in pink are not to be glued to the bed, and will be inserted in the slots on assembly. You will then on assembly use screws to fasten the rails to the bed ends.

Step 2

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Ends

Begin building the ends by screwing with 2″ screws and glue the planks to the inside legs. Center the planks on the inside legs, leaving 7/8″ on either side of the planks. Use the measurements above to guide you. Glue these pieces.

Step 3

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Front and Back Rails
Instead of fastening the front and back rails, mark their positions on the ends, as shown above. You can use one or two screws to fasten each board in place temporarily.

Step 4

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Back Filler Pieces
Measure and cut your filler pieces to fit the back as shown above. You can save yourself quite a bit of time by gluing and clamping these pieces in place. When you fasten the outer leg on, it will secure these pieces with screws. If your nailer is handy, a few 1 1/4″ nails would hold everything in place. You can use glue in this step. The filler pieces will hold your rail boards (the one’s you did not glue down in step 2) in place for now.

Step 5

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Front Filler Pieces
Add your front filler pieces just like you did your back filler pieces. Glue and screw.

Step 6

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Outer Legs Pieces
First unscrew the rail boards that you loosely screwed in step 2, and remove. Then, using 2″ screws and glue, predrill and countersink your screws as you fasten the outer leg boards to the inner leg boards. If you are staining or leaving natural, I highly recommend using a measured bolt pattern or screwing from the inside of the legs on this step.

Step 7

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DO NOT FASTEN in the gaps left for the rail boards. Test fit your rail boards to make sure they fit in the opening. The diagram above shows how the rail boards should be removable.

Step 8

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Back, Top
Using 2″ screws, fasten the back top piece to the tops of the legs. The back top piece will be flush with the outside of the legs, but not the inside. Do not use glue. This board will be removed to move the bed through a doorway.

Step 9

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Top, Ends
Using 2″ screws and glue, fasten the top end piece to the top of the ends, as shown above.

Step 10

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Cleats
On assembly, fasten your side cleats to the side rails, flush with the bottom edge. Use 1 1/4″ screws. Then fasten your center cleat to the end planks, flush with the bottom of the 1×8 plank, using 2″ screws and NO glue. Center the support on the plank.

Step 11

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Slats
Position your slats with approximately 4″ gap between the slats. TIP: Cut 2 1×2 scraps at 4″ and uses as a spacer between the slats as you are assembling. Screw the slats down with 1 1/4″ screws. For extra support, you can also screw a couple of the center slats from the outsides of the 1×8 rails using 2″ screws.

Step 12

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Guardrail
Use 1 1/4″ fasteners (nails would work just fine) to build your guardrail. Fasten from the inside to hide holes. Then add the 1×2 top, keeping all outside edges flush.

Step 13

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Guardrail Attachment
Attach the guardrail to the bed as shown above. From the inside, use 1 1/4″ screws. Don’t use glue so you can remove it.

Step 14

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Ladder
So cutting the top of the sides is going to be a little tricky. Think of it this way, you are leaving a 15 degree angle on the top of the board, then trimming off the top 2 1/4″ to remove the sharp pointy end. The best way to do this is FIRST cut your top angle at 75 degrees off square (leaving 15 degees on the board). You will need to use a jigsaw or circular saw. Then snip off the top 2 1/4″ at a right angle (90 degrees) from the back of the top (where the leg rests against the bed. THEN measure down the leg 65 3/4″ and cut your 15 degree angle on the bottom of the leg. Then use the top as a pattern when cutting the top filler pieces. Construct your ladder as shown above, using 1 1/4″ screws when joining the filler pieces to the leg sides, and 2″ screws to join the treads to the leg sides. Don’t forget your glue. See an exploded view below.

Step 15

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Step 16

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Assembly
The boards shown in pink above are removable and are not glued down. You should be able to slide the boards out of the notches to disassemble the bed and move. Slide the boards back into the notches to assemble and use 2″ screws to screw from the outside of the leg into the rail boards. Also screw the back top to the top as show above. In this method, you should be able to easily assemble and disassemble the bed without destroying the finish.

It was time.

I just needed to find THE time.

With a super active preschooler, it's difficult to commit to large plan posts like this one.  Because I never know exactly how much time I have to work, when I will get interrupted, or when I will have to quit mid mouseclick.  It's heartbreaking listening to Grace say "Mom, you always promise you are coming to bed, but you don't."

So I try and post shorter plans, plans I know I can finish in an hour.  But every now and then, I just gotta go for a bigger plan.  And this one is quite large.

And all I'm asking for in return?  How about some plum high gloss?
image from Ohdeedoh
Turquoise would be fabulous too!
image from Ohdeedoh
Or you could paint just the ladder this vibrant pink.  Love that pink, it reminds me of my wedding cake.
Yes, the cake is leaning.  But that's what happens when it's a DIY cake (cake made by my sister, Esther, we decorated it with DIY flowers between the ceremony and the reception).  And a DIY wedding dress (told you I can't sew).  But that's all I could afford at the time.  And it never occurred to us to go into debt over a wedding.
Now I've just got new inspiration for my color hungry office makeover!
We are a looooooong way from done here, and this space is needing some color.  I can't wait to share the plans from my new favs, the credenza and the chunky sneaky storage console desk.  Now how did we go from loft beds to weddings to offices?  Back to the loft bed.
image from DecorDIR
You could skip the painting all together!  I love this!

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I want to make this bed for

I want to make this bed for my daughter! The only thing I can see wrong is that when we move to a bigger house (it will happen eventually, at least I hope), there is no way to get the bed out the door, so we would have to leave it.

posted by Melissa (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-05-05 23:00

Melissa, you have a really

Melissa, you have a really good point! What you can (and probably should) do is to attach the rails to the bed with screws (and not glue). Then you can assemble and disasemble. It would be like assembling an IKEA bed (or even the Pottery Barn Teen bed that this bed is inspired by).

For those of you with small door openings, you will need to assemble the bed in the room.

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-05-05 23:05

My wedding cake was a smaller

My wedding cake was a smaller version of yours, with pale-pink edged roses. Mine also had a bit of a lean, because it was also home made-- I made mine myself. :)

posted by ShezAGeekess (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-05-05 23:31

Ana, thanks for your awesome

Ana, thanks for your awesome projects and all the hard work.
I have awarded you with the sunshine award along with other friends of mine (the only exception is that I don´t know you personally) who inspire me to be creative and have fun!
Keep up the great work :)!
Love,
all the way from Germany!

posted by Krie (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 01:07

For not being able to sew, it

For not being able to sew, it looks pretty darn good. I also made my own wedding dress, 'cause I'm in agreement with you; you shouldn't go into debt for a wedding.

posted by Tru (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 02:41

Are you still using the

Are you still using the Youngster's mood board to redo your office?

posted by Kana (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 04:39

YYIIPPPEEEE!!!! This is the

YYIIPPPEEEE!!!! This is the bed that I have been waiting for to make for my son!!!! I will be making it this summer. WOO HOOO!!
Since you already have all the hard work done, when you have time (yeah right) could you show us how to put a desk insert in? I think that after looking at your other projects I could wing it but.....
Thanks for everything.

posted by Jess (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 05:05

OH WOW!!! Did I say WOW?!

OH WOW!!! Did I say WOW?! That is awesome Ana!! You ROCK! I don't know why I never thought of this but my 2 little ones share a room and bunk beds didn't work. I need to change my build plans!! Thank you sooooo much, we love u and appreciate all you do!! Oh and your wedding pictures are great! I love knowing that I'm not the only person who didn't go into debt for my wedding. We DIY'd the entire thing! Do you ever feel overwhelmed when you go to a wedding? Some have GOT to be pocketbook nightmares. Anyway, thank you so much for sharing and I thought your dress and cake were beautiful! You obviously CAN sew, you just have no confidence...right? ;)

posted by Branwen (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 05:56

Awesome!!! Both of my girls

Awesome!!! Both of my girls have been asking for loft beds for the past two years. I'm going to be making each of them a full size bed sometime in the next few months, just need to decide WHICH bed plan of yours to use!!!

Couldn't agree more about going into debt for a wedding. I didn't make my own weddig dress, but we did keep the whole wedding inexpensive and had a family friend make our cake.

Seriously cannot believe you made your own weddig dress (thinking you couldn't sew well) and it turned out that beautiful!!! You look beautiful in that photo!!

PS: I've heard it's recommended to fasten loft beds (top heavy) to the wall for safety. is that true, or does the ladder help with some of that?

posted by Jennifer (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 07:02

Ana, another fabulous plan

Ana, another fabulous plan you've blessed us with!!! Thank you. My DH is currently building the simple bunkbeds from your plans and is excited to receive confirmation about using the 1x2 slats versus the bunkie board. I think he's caught the building bug - he wants to go buy more wood so we can outfit the house with projects you've made possible for us to make ourselves.

How to thank you?

posted by Heather (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 07:05

omg!!! I was at a friends

omg!!! I was at a friends house recently and her oldest 2 share a room- they both have beds like this (that she probably paid an arm and a leg for) with desks underneath. I immediately started thinking about how cool it would be to have a bed like that for my oldest... Its like you read my mind! Thank you!!!

posted by Megan (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 07:16

Hi!I read your blog and love

Hi!

I read your blog and love it :) I just wanted to let you know I am having a Mother's Day giveaway on my blog. Come play :)

xoxo,
Gwen

posted by Gwen (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 07:26

YES! I was planning on

YES! I was planning on designing/building (and no, I don't know what I'm doing!) a loft bed for my daughter--we're moving her out of her brother's room into her own this summer, and it's TINY. I thought about doing the playhouse bed, but due to the size of the room, I think I'll do this one and hang some gauzy, princess-y fabric around the bottom of it:). And I'm all over the bright colors!!

posted by Kirsten (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 07:27

Your dress was beautiful,

Your dress was beautiful, Ana! And I LOVE your office chair - where did you get it??

posted by Heather Ann (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 07:58

Thank you for another amazing

Thank you for another amazing set of plans Ana!!! And thank you for sharing a bit of your life with us also. I am finding myself so connected mentally to other women on the internet these days and it's stories like this that are giving me that feeling. Yesterday I followed some of your sponsors links and spent the whole day being inspired by other brilliant women.

posted by Urban Dragon (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 08:15

LOVE IT! My husband is

LOVE IT! My husband is thinking of attempting to conquer this for our kids' room! We just never have enough room in there! As we are huge budgeters (not a word) how much would you guestimate this costs? (guestimate apparently isn't a word either)I am so impressed! My husband just showed me your blog a few days ago, and I can only aspire to the DIY skills... and I thought I was handy!

posted by Monique (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 08:35

Oh my gosh Ana! I was JUST

Oh my gosh Ana! I was JUST talking to my step son about building this! I said, "I could probably build you a loft bed to stick your bed under, but I would have to wait until Knock Off Wood makes the plans."
Isn't that so ironic?

posted by Brittany@Superwoman (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 08:48

the wedding cake looks

the wedding cake looks gorgeous and it looks spiraling not leaning. and i agree a wedding is one day a marriage is alot longer! and the dress looks great too if you hadnt said it was home made i would never know!Its designer one of a kind!

posted by Keri-Anne (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 09:35

STABILITY! I don't think this

STABILITY!

I don't think this plan has it... There's no cross bracing!

I don't think those stacked 1x3s with simple wood screws and a little glue would be strong enough to handle lateral shear for anything other than a docile 10 year old or smaller...

Please be careful with this plan.

posted by AllenKll (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 10:31

I love your wedding dress!!

I love your wedding dress!! Simple but perfect - I sew and that's better than I think I could do!

posted by So Bella (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 10:43

Thanks all! Hi Allen, this

Thanks all!

Hi Allen, this bed is actually inspired by this bed from Pottery Barn Teen http://www.pbteen.com/products/girls-stuff-your-stuff-loft-bed/popup/mor... and is very close dimensionally (and this bed is also made of pine boards) to this bed, which also lacks cross supports.

However, if you would like to make your bed stronger and more stable, cross bracing would definitely help and would be easy to add. Also, like the Design DIR photo shown in the post, adding more rails will help considerably.

I find myself on a balancing act between overbuilding and creating a plan that is too expensive or too difficult for a non-woodworker to build, yet also creating projects that are sturdy and last longer than a comparable piece from a retailer.

And for those of you standing by to add desks, bookcases and other "accessories" for under the bed, by attaching, like done in this bed http://www.pbteen.com/products/girls-sleep-and-study-loft/?pkey=cgirls-b... will only create more stability.

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 10:44

Just a note regarding

Just a note regarding stability: my dad built me one that looked just like this when I was in my 20's and renting a 9x9 room in a house. The only difference is it looks like the braces around the bottom were up a foot or so higher and the ladder was flat against the bed. Oh, and he just used single 2x4's for the legs. It was perfectly stable enough for me as an adult. And, like someone else said, you could always attach it to the wall if you were worried about it.

Thanks for the plan, Ana!

posted by Kirsten (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 12:42

Awesome plan as always! Your

Awesome plan as always! Your office space would look so good with some hot pink photo frames up on the shelves....

posted by Catherine Hansen Peart (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 12:42

I have wanted to have a loft

I have wanted to have a loft bed for my teen boy for several years now. The money is always what gets in the way.... now I think we can make it happen. What a great project this will make for our summer vacation which starts in just a month.

I want to create a double size version, so THANKS!, for the included instructions. I also want a desk underneath, would that be a short under one hour project for you to draw up??? (I'm hoping so!)

posted by Jennia Hart (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 12:49

Are the 1x2s 8 feet?

Are the 1x2s 8 feet?

posted by Jen @ Sunshine4Teachers (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 13:47

I just discovered your blog

I just discovered your blog last week from a friend who posted about building a bookcase from one of your plans. I have already taken over a corner of my husband's shop to make my very first project (from your coffee table design with the flip up top).
No joking, last night as we were watching tv I showed him a picture of the PB Teen Sleep & Study Loft & said, "I want to build this for Wesley next. I just need the plans." It's like you read my mind, or at least my comment on the Flickr suggestion page where someone else had posted a picture of the PB bed.
Thanks a million times over, Ana!
I've always been a crafter (scrapbooks, quilts, knitting) & have wanted to build furniture (like my awesome mom who has built me a cedar chest, a nightstand, among other things) - I just never had a 'recipe' to go by.
Thank you for sharing your talents.

posted by Mindy (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 14:14

HOORAY!! Thankyou Thankyou!!

HOORAY!! Thankyou Thankyou!! I am SO looking forward to this..it may be a month or so before I can get to it, but my son will LOVE it!! It will open up some floor space for playing in his room too, so that will be GRAET! Thanks!!

posted by Ashlee (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 18:26

THANK YOU! I've been waiting

THANK YOU! I've been waiting for these plans and hope to help my hubby build them for 2 of my 3 kids. I think I'm going to add a book case to one end and a cork board to the back because we're always looking for more storage and a space to display artwork.

posted by Katie (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-06 19:24

Thank you, thank you, thank

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I was planning to redecorate my daughter's room while she was away at camp a month or so from now, and I was reeeeeeally hoping you would have the plans for this up before then. Yay! I'm so excited! Now I need to go find the money for the lumber... (while doing the happy dance!) You rock, Ana!

posted by Janey (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-05-07 20:34

Funny that you said plum high

Funny that you said plum high gloss! I made a loft bed for my two oldest about 5 years ago... one of them was high gloss purple :) The other was bright green. I think you would have liked them! Wish I had your plans then too, would have helped a LOT !!

posted by Crazy Easton Family (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-05-08 15:37

I love this, we're in a small

I love this, we're in a small place, hopefully temporarily, but even without that, kiddo needs a big girl room with plans to have (yikes) friends over sometime. We're thinking of a bed like this, put a futon under it, so its a bed when needed, a reading or tv watching couch when not, a desk on one side and yes, maybe bookcases (or a dresser) Question? is there any way to make steps as opposed to a ladder?

posted by Creating for you (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-06-08 06:51

Thank you so much for the

Thank you so much for the plans, Ana! My husband made two beds for our twin boys. They are 3, so we made the legs shorter. They LOVE the beds!!! My husband is also a 'beginner', but he had no trouble at all. Here is a link to our blog to see his wonderful work (thanks to you)!!
http://hagenandmason.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-new-beds.html

posted by Hagen and Mason (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-06-15 18:38

Do you think it would be easy

Do you think it would be easy to make this for a full size mattress on top or would it need to be twin?

posted by Leslie Stanfield (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-06-16 07:32

Hi Leslie, you can easily

Hi Leslie, you can easily convert to a full size. There is actually a paragraph in the plan that talks about how to customize. Good luck with your project!

Hagen and Mason, love your new beds!

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-06-21 00:09

Are there plans to make this

Are there plans to make this into a bunk bed? If so could you post or link to post or make them, since you apparently have TONS of spare time? :)

posted by specialbekah (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-06-24 07:17

I'm starting this bed today!

I'm starting this bed today! We're doing a modified loft bed and playhouse loft. I want the longterm usefulness of the loft bed and the front ladder--the alcove we're placing it in can't accommodate the side ladder on the playhouse loft. But...I want the cuteness of the playhouse front design! Therefore, the plan is to modify the playhouse loft facade to get a gap for the ladder. It may not be ideal, but hopefully it will work!

Thanks for the ideas!!

posted by Sharon (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-07-04 07:42

Hi Ana!Your blog is awesome!

Hi Ana!

Your blog is awesome! Thanks so much for creating it. I am wondering if you have any or know of where I could get plans to build a loft bed that has stairs that are drawers instead of a ladder. I am looking to build something similar to Berg furniture's Utica collection. I can't find plans for anything like it anywhere? Any ideas?

Thanks!

Kelly

posted by Kyle and Kelly Jones (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-07-18 09:22

Find plans?

Kelly,

Did you ever find plans for a loft bed with stairs? I love the Berg bed you mention, but it's quite pricey.

Lori

posted by LoriR (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-12-04 12:39

This looks awesome! Does

This looks awesome! Does anyone have an idea of how to modify it for a double loft? (An "L" shaped one?) Thanks!

posted by Frugal Momma (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-08-06 11:38

Thank you for this plan! I

Thank you for this plan! I want to make this for my son but first need to prove to my husband that I'm not insane - so I bought the wood yesterday to make the simple kids' bench. If that goes well, this loft bed is next!

posted by Jenny (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-08-10 06:56

Love the plan and would love

Love the plan and would love to build for my son, just wondering if you have any plans for a set of small stairs that could be built for this. I would love to do what you do!!

posted by Tania (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-08-12 03:12

Oh My GOODNESS!!! This blog

Oh My GOODNESS!!!

This blog has become my favorite. I love love love love all these projects.

These loft bed plans are fabulous.

My husband has been given notice. Either he shares the garage & lets me buy the woodworking tools I want or I'm divorcing him. Ha! ;)

posted by The meanderings of a history hound (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-08-23 19:51

Hi Ana, What are your

Hi Ana,

What are your thoughts on putting a storage bed underneath the loft? Something we could remove later, and put in desks/book cases if we preferred.

posted by teamstan (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-09-10 06:22

Hi! The only thing I would

Hi! The only thing I would recommend is adjusting the width/height of the loft bed to the dimensions of the storage bed. There should be plenty of headroom as the storage bed is only 15" high (approximately). Good luck! Ana

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posted by Easton Women S Wht Pink (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-09-17 06:11

Hi Ana, Is there any worry

Hi Ana,

Is there any worry about the stability using just screws? Someone suggested using wooden dowels, but drilling two holes exactly right seem rather daunting. What are your thoughts? I'd hate for screws to snap. Thanks!

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posted by Green Baby Nursery - Constantly Split Testing To Make You Mo (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-09-22 15:12

So wait... do these

So wait... do these dimensions make a twin or full size bed?

posted by tyler (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-11-26 17:55

Hi Ana, This loft bed plan

Hi Ana,
This loft bed plan is awesome! But I think what would make it even that more awesome is if it had a slide ladder to get up into the bed. I had been looking at prices on these types of beds for my son but they are outrageously priced. I found a website that people submit written instructions to IKEA's pictograph instructions, and one of the manuals they had was for a loft bed with a slide. I thought that just the slide/ladder part added to this bed would be SO cool. (And not to mention more affordable than those super fancy over priced slide beds.) So please if you could, if you have time that is, create a plan for this optional add on slide/ladder to your already awesome loft bed plan. <a href="http://www.ikeafans.com/forums/ikea-instructions/21448-vradal-loft-bed-slide-instructions-annotated.html" Thank you so much!

posted by Sandra Clark (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-12-19 03:47

Ana, Thank you so much for

Ana, Thank you so much for this loft bed plan. My son wanted a desk for Christmas and his room was too small for one. I looked at this loft bed at PB and it was just to expensive. I came across your plans and we decided to make it for him. It turned out great.
Thanks again,
Jennifer

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posted by Jennifer (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-12-28 17:59

[...] used this plan from Ana

[...] used this plan from Ana White’s site.  She is awesome and her plans were spot on with the directions and measurements!  The best part [...]

posted by A New Bed for the Boys « Mommyinthemountains (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-01-02 21:12

This project is great. I

This project is great. I build a similar model for my children last year when we moved to Florida. When we searched for condos for sale in South Florida we wanted to find one without furniture because we wanted to decorated it ourself.

posted by nicolae | on Mon, 2013-01-28 16:58

I know it says how to make it

I know it says how to make it a full but I am not sure which ones to add 15 inches to. Has anyone done this so that they can make it more clear for me? Thanks in advance!

posted by Angela Deutsch (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-01-03 17:03

[...] to-do list for Jason.

[...] to-do list for Jason. Luckily he LOVES messing with all those tools and stuff in the garage! So here’s the plan he used, and he built it for about $170! Another tip, call around for wood prices before you buy [...]

posted by Girls Room Pictures « Underhill Family (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-02-07 23:06

I have been looking for a

I have been looking for a loft bed for my son and the only one I found that was solid wood was from Ikea. It's $300 + the gas money to go pick it up over 2 hours away. My Brother-in-law made on for my niece so I asked my Sister if he had plans. Her response "Does Ana White have plans for one?". DUH! I didn't even think to look here and you have just what I want! Yay!
A few of the comments talk about stability. I've read a million reviews for store bought loft beds and everyone of them use just screws to put the bed together.

posted by sleeplessmom (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-02-13 08:18

Excellent plans

Just finished making this for my 12 year old daughter. She loves it. Thanks for the plan. 

posted by David (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-03-28 17:15

Couple of questions:  1. 


Couple of questions: 

1.  Will Lowes or Home Depot cut the boards for me if I provide them the cut list?

2.  Can this be built to be disassembled and reassembled when  we move into a new house in the future?

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-03-29 08:59
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1. Yes they will. We had to

1. Yes they will. We had to have them cut some of our wood because we didn't have the right tools to cut the bigger pieces. They are supposed to charge you per cut but you may find a nice worker that will do it for free. The guy that helped us was nice and didn't charge us.

2. There are some pieces that are not glued in order to make it easy to disassemble. However, with ours some of those slats were a super tight fit. Not sure if we could get it apart. So just watch out for that. If the fit is not tight it shouldn't be a problem to take it apart again.

posted by rlcollins3 | on Fri, 2011-07-22 18:47

Yay!

I'm so glad I saw this!  You know...shipping to Northern AK is super expensive, so I'm happy to find this! 

My daughter needs a loft bed because she has the smallest room and needs room for her piano and desk!

I spent exactly $48 on my wedding dress, made my girls dresses, made the men's Kuspuks, went to Burlington for their shirts, pants and ties and we all wore mukluks.  My homemade wedding cake was leaning just a bit, but that's OK. 

posted by Maija (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-03-29 16:24

Yay!

I'm so glad I saw this!  You know...shipping to Northern AK is super expensive, so I'm happy to find this! 

My daughter needs a loft bed because she has the smallest room and needs room for her piano and desk!

I spent exactly $48 on my wedding dress, made my girls dresses, made the men's Kuspuks, went to Burlington for their shirts, pants and ties and we all wore mukluks.  My homemade wedding cake was leaning just a bit, but that's OK. 

posted by Maija (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-03-29 16:24

Loft bed - full sized

Do you have the plans for this but for a full sized bed instead of twin?

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-04-04 12:24

weight limit

Hi, I'm a college student and am considering making a loft bed using these plans. What I need to know though is how much weight can it safely hold. I weigh 130 but i imagine my 160lb roommate will at some point end up sitting up there with me. Can this bed support nearly 300lbs?

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-04-04 16:42
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Wow, maybe won't have to adapt cabin bunk plan!

I had seen the cabin bunk bed plans, and was thinking of adapting them to do a loft instead, but these seem much simpler!  Thanks!

posted by Gem | on Thu, 2011-04-07 08:41

Can you make a loft bed in

Can you make a loft bed in Queen size? (With out it falling apart)I gave my daughter a queen size bed and promised my husband I won't change her mattress until she moves out. Then now her birthday is coming up and she wants a loft bed more then anything. Help!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-06-02 16:40

Would it work to use the ends as a ladder if..

If I were to add more of the 37 1/2 in boards to the ends would they hold up to use as a ladder? Would it make the bed tippy at all when being climbed on? I would then make both side rails go from end to end instead of the space for the ladder. In my mind it would give the bed more support too but I have never built anything like this bed. My husband is doubting my ability but I want to prove him wrong! The ladder seems beyond my capability though. Thanks!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-06-07 14:44

What type of wood do you use?

It might sound stupid but what type of wood do you use?

Thanks

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-06-09 20:16
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Dimensional lumber

Most people make this just using the regular dimensional lumber you can pick up at the home center or lumber yard. It's likely to be pine, but could be generic white wood, which is probably spruce or hemlock (which is actually red and smells bad).

posted by claydowling | on Thu, 2011-06-09 22:48

Just wondering if you could

Just wondering if you could update the shopping list for the full-size bed? It says to add 15 inches, but I'm not sure which ones from the shopping list that would be. Thanks!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-06-15 14:48

Twin Bed Loft

Anna,
Thanks for your site and assistance here. One question before my husband and I move forward with this. Our youngest son will be using this loft in his small room to create more space. He is almost fourteen years old. He is 6' tall and still growing and is over 240 lbs. The pediatrician says he will wind up around 6"4" and about this weight. I can figure out how to make the bed long enough and get a longer twin set up. My / our question is this, do you believe this loft will be sturdy enough to support our son? He's a big guy and I'd hate to see the desk under it and lap top and books get ruined.... oh or him get hurt. We also don't have the funds to spend money buying one so this option would be great if it will work. Thanks and God bless.

posted by Schaeferjrcs (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-07-08 14:07
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Beefing up the design

The 2x2 support in the center I'd worry about a little bit. You can beef that up to a 2x4 and it should be fine. If you're really concerned, putting a 3/4" piece of plywood over the slats will also add a lot of support by distributing the weight more evenly, but the 2x4 center support beam should really be enough.

posted by claydowling | on Fri, 2011-07-08 14:18

Cost for this project

Do you know an approximate cost for the loft bed, bookcase, desk and small bookcases? Also, I was hoping to close in the end bookshelf by creating drawers for a dresser. Do you have any suggestions on that?

posted by Tara Byrd (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-07-14 23:22
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Loft Bed with Bookcase

Ok so our youngest needed some extra space in his room. We decided to go with this style bed. Saw the project and decided to tackle it. We made some adjustments to it. We made the end of the bookcase magnetic and left the back of it off. This allowed him to access his books from both sides. Here are some pictures. (and yes I know some of them are sideways. Thought I could fix them once I uploaded them.)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rebeccac3/sets/72157627257887354/

Enjoy!

posted by rlcollins3 | on Fri, 2011-07-22 18:41

Plans for Bookcase

I love the idea of a bookcase on the end. Do you or anyone have the plans or the materials and cut list for this addition?

posted by Denver (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-02-25 10:11

Bookshelf Plans

Some bookshelf plans for this loft can actually be found on ana-white.com.

http://ana-white.com/2010/06/plans/what-goes-under-loft-bed-how-about-bi...

Hope this helps!

posted by WannaMakeA LOFTBED (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-08-07 00:23
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Ladder treads strong enough?

I am almost finished this build, and the last thing I have to do is the ladder. Have those of you who have built this using 1x3 found that they are strong enough? I am concerned that they may bend. But I really don't want to use a 2" board, it just looks so thick compared to the rest of the bed. I would love feedback!

posted by hook Fam | on Sun, 2011-07-24 11:38
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My husband and I are both

My husband and I are both able to climb on the ladder. Should not be a problem.

posted by rlcollins3 | on Sun, 2011-07-24 13:09
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Thanks!

Thank you, I took the plunge and it seems to be working quite nicely.

posted by hook Fam | on Sun, 2011-07-24 15:54
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Thanks!

Thank you, I took the plunge and it seems to be working quite nicely.

posted by hook Fam | on Sun, 2011-07-24 15:54

weight

whatis the maximun weight load for this bed ?

posted by Bob Kennington (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-08-12 12:37

Cost?

I was also hoping that someone who had made this plan (preferably as a double) would be willing to share how much it actually cost them in materials. I would really like to build this, but it definitely depends on the price.

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-08-16 12:22
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Figuring cost

The cost will vary widely based on when and where you acquire your materials. Lumber is a commodity which varies by both time and location. So what I pay for materials will be nothing like what you would pay for the same materials.

You can take your materials list and price it out at the local lumber yard though.

posted by claydowling | on Tue, 2011-08-16 12:31
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Ladder for shorter bed?

We are planning on making this bed for our daughter but are planning on making it lower. For the ladder, is it just as easy as making it shorter as well or will it change the angles? If I make the bed 12 inches shorter, do I just make the ladder 12" shorter too or is there a formula to use to figure out the new length? If I wanted to make the ladder on more of an angle how would I figure out what length to make it? If I increased the angle so that 20 degrees was left on the board at the top instead of 15 degrees, would the spacers also be cut at 20 degrees? If not, how would I figure out the angles? If there is a better place to ask this question or if anyone has any great links to where I could learn these things, I would love to know.

Thanks!

He may wear the pants, but I wear the toolbelt!

posted by DirtSquirt | on Wed, 2011-08-24 14:44

cost

I live in north east Ohio. I just got back from Lowes and purchased all the materials for $74. Tha included a rope light to string on the underside and some wood filler.

My brother is coming over this weekend to help me put this together for my three year old. we are so psyched to have these detailed plans. thanks

posted by Wayne (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-08-24 20:41

Queen Size?

How would I go about making this into a queen sized bed? And after that point would it still be stable enough or would I need to increase the width and depth of the legs?

posted by AJ (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-08-27 18:42
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Well, I guess it's time to

Well, I guess it's time to call for the furniture removal San Diego guys to take the old stuff away and make room for a new loft bed. It seems so easy to build and I really want to use this tutorial for a good purpose.

posted by kally | on Thu, 2011-11-24 13:18

how much weight?

I'm thinking of making the loft. How much weight can it have on it? Like if i had a friend on it. So around 250 pounds?

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-11-25 16:26
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Weight limit

We are getting ready to build this for our two children, but my husband is concerned about the weight limit.

posted by ashinshaw | on Wed, 2011-11-30 09:36

I want to build this bed

I want to build this bed badly BUT in a full size. What would be the differing sizes on my supply list and cut list? Please advise!! Thank you for the great idea and inspiration!
I really think I can do this!

posted by Annee (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-01-04 03:11

adjustments?

In the photo that there is a book case in, with it all in white I couldn't tell if the bookcase is the leg, or if there is a bookcase just sitting inside of the loft..... if it is the leg, which I would prefer, are there alternate plans to adjust the construction?

posted by Lanie (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-01-11 22:19

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