Kid-sized reading loft and desk

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About This Project

Pine boards and plywood for the desktop.

This project is a modified version of Ana's loft bed. We shortened it and made it a bit more narrow to fit our space and because we only needed a place for our eight year old daughter to read and work, not a place to sleep. We also added a desk to the bottom, making it a full-service work station for our elementary school girl!

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Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Sherwin-Williams ProClassic white followed by Minwax Polycrylic.
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Um, this just might be the coolest build I've seen in my life. I foresee much custom work coming your way, hillarylouise! :)


My daughters bedroom is upstairs and has a small loft area outside it that overlooks the living room and I had been trying to come up with a way to maximize the space and this is the perfect thing! I had considered the loft bed but the area isn't deep enough, it is long enough but there are windows on the back wall and it would stick out too far. This I can put @ the end opposite the door to her room. I'm just wondering what you are using as the "mattress"?

Well, the "mattress" is a good story. First I went to Hancock Fabrics to get foam to make a mattress. Appalled by the $70 price tag for the foam I'd need, I went to Costco to get a dog bed which I was pretty sure would fit perfectly. Costco had switched to round beds for the summer, so I went home, dejected, and sewed a box cushion out of sheets from Goodwill. I filled it with 1" foam leftover from another project and a bunch of styrofoam shipping peanuts between the two pieces of foam. Not a typical cushion, but it seems to be working fine. :)

Great idea:) I was thinking about a dog bed actually and since I can't sew is probably how I'd go! I do own a sewing machine but I can't even thread the thing let alone sew LOL:)

I am was looking for this! I am building my daughter a loft bed and I want it to look as simple as this. Thank you for posting.

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I recently purchased a wooden twin size bed frame from a Habitat for Humanity store for $25 and repurposed it into a reading window seat for my boys' room. The side and support rails became the sides and legs and the headboard became the seating portion. I'm thinking I may build a drawer and add some casters to add some additional storage space underneath. I still have the footboard leftover. I'm waiting for that "lightbulb over the head" moment to decide what to do with it!

I bet you could make a cute kids' bench out of the footboard, with the footboard as the back? Your window seat sounds great!