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Loft Bed Small Bookcase and Desk

June 27, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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Convert space under a loft bed into storage and a desktop space. Simple plans even have a spot to hide a cpu!

Loft Bed Small Bookcase and Desk

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Loft Bed Small Bookcase and Desk
Dimensions: 
Fits under the twin loft bed

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1 – 1×4, 6′ Length
3 – 1×12, 8′ Length
1 – 1×12, 6′ Length (Desktop)
1 – 1×3, 8′ Length
1/4″ Plywood
2″ Scews
1 1/4″ Screws
Wood Glue
Wood Filler
Finishing Supplies

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

Cut List

Cut List: 

4 – 1×12 @ 29 1/4″ (Bookshelf Sides)
4 – 1×12 @ 24 1/2″ (Bookshelf Shelves)
1 – 1×12 @ 26″ (Small Bookshelf Desktop)
1 – 1×12 @ 67″ (Large Desktop)
2 – 1×3 @ 24 1/2″ (Footer)
2 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 26″ x 30″ (Backs)
2 – 1×4 @ 29 1/4″ (Desktop Legs)

General Instructions

Work on a clean level surface. Check for square and use good straight boards. Predrill all screw holes with a countersink bit. Be safe and have fun!

Step 1

Loft Bed Small Bookcase and Desk

BUILD THE BOX
Build the box as shown above using 2″ screws and glue. Build one as shown above, and the other without the top attached.

Step 2

Loft Bed Small Bookcase and Desk

FOOTERS
Attach the footer as shown above, using 2″ screws and glue. Inset the footers 1/2″ and also keep the top edges flush. The bottom edge will be just shy of meeting the ground.

Step 3

Loft Bed Small Bookcase and Desk

BACKS
Attach the backs to the bookcases. You may need to wait to attach the top in the next step to the second bookcase before adding the backs. Make sure you fasten to the shelves too. Use glue and 1 1/4″ nails.

Step 4

Loft Bed Small Bookcase and Desk

LARGE DESKTOP
Attach the large desktop to the top of the second bookcase, and the legs too. Use 2″ screws and glue.

Step 5

Loft Bed Small Bookcase and Desk

ASSEMBLY
After you have finished the bookcases, use 1 1/4″ screws to screw the desktop legs to the small bookcase and the loft bed legs. Also recommended is to screw the small bookcase to the front loft leg and to the large bookcase.

I hope everyone had a productive and enjoyable weekend.  After 50 pages on my book proposal last week and my husband using 25 gallons of paint and primer up on our garage last weekend, we felt the need to NOT work on Sunday.  So I am just returning from a day of watching kids play on the beach, jet skiing and intertubing, fishing, and eating - you know, lake stuff.  Much needed lake stuff.

And I don't really consider drawing plans up for you work, because I love designing furniture, and I love seeing your photos (wow, thanks so much for sharing tons of photos on our facebook page!) but once in a while, it's nice to be away from the computer. And once in a while, it's nice to eat one too many smores.

Today, we are going to finish up the loft bed plans by adding two small bookcases and a desktop.  I actually designed this plans so that it's really one small bookcase, with a longer top on one of the bookcases.

These bookcases are actually very similar to the Willy Bookcases here.  But I wanted to design bookcases specifically for the loft bed, plans that work with a large bookcase to make for smart storage in your teens room

We already have plans for the loft bed and the large bookcase, so these smaller bookcases are the final pieces to the loft bed collection.

And here is from Casey, shared on our Facebook Fan Page

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Trying to decide if I should

Trying to decide if I should shorten up the bookcases and the desk if I'm going to take 8" off the loft due to a lower ceiling. Which would be better, less headroom or a little lower desk? Book cases will be fine either way, it's just sitting at the desk doing homework comfortably that I worry about?

posted by Building Hope (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-06-28 05:44

Thank you so much for posting

Thank you so much for posting the rest of the Loft Bunk Collection!!! I am so excited to get this made for my son's room! I've already got the wood for the bed and large bookcase! I'll post pics when it's done :0)

Many Thanks!

posted by Christine (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-06-28 09:51

thank you so much for this

thank you so much for this complete set! I have plans this summer to build the whole set for my daughter's room. will post pics when it is done. We may be combining it with the cubby bed for a shared bedroom so you have done us two big favours. thank you again.

posted by shanley (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-06-29 10:00

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posted by Loft Bed Small Bookcase and Desktop Plans — Ana White | Home (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-11-13 11:20

Hey, i am a teenage girl and

Hey, i am a teenage girl and i found it easy (with a little help from dad) to build this loft bed.
I added a large mirror to the wall behind and put fairy lights around it so that is is like a really cool vanity. I also turned one of the bookshelves into a chest of drwaers so that i can store my makeup there! I added plywood in the shape of giant polkadots, varying in sized to make it a little prettier and so that it would fit in with my overall colour scheme. Thanks so much, my room is only 250cm by 210cm so this made a big difference to the space i have in there. Very effective for saving space, i would reccomend this for any teens room.

posted by randomlittlelady (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-12-10 21:22

vanity under loft bed

randomlittlelady, I would love to see a picture of your bed. This is exactly what I plan to do for my 12-year old daughter's room and would love to see one with an actual vanity underneath. Could you please post a picture? It sounds great! Congrats!

posted by lrae | on Wed, 2012-09-12 20:33

Does this plan have any

Does this plan have any dimentiions change if I was building the loft bed as a full instead of a twin? My daughter is the oldes but as the only girl with two brothers she gets the smallest bedroom so this helps alot with space.

posted by shdvl (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-01-27 22:08

bed for William

What do you think of something like this for William's room?

posted by Alana Cummings (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-12-30 18:20

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