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Kid-sized reading loft and desk

March 9, 2011 |
posted by hillarylouise
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Kid-sized reading loft and desk
About This Project

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!

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
$125
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
Pine boards and plywood for the desktop.
Finish Used: 
Sherwin-Williams ProClassic white followed by Minwax Polycrylic.
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Ana White's picture

You are Just too talented!

I've always just loved this photo so much. Great style AND beautiful work!

posted by Ana White | on Wed, 2011-03-09 21:05
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Daisies and Crazies's picture

Whoa!

Um, this just might be the coolest build I've seen in my life. I foresee much custom work coming your way, hillarylouise! :)

Cindy

posted by Daisies and Crazies | on Thu, 2011-03-10 10:57
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pueblomom's picture

Awesome

This is so stunning. I love the idea of a reading nook.

Dani from CO

posted by pueblomom | on Thu, 2011-03-10 11:21
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Tamila's picture

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !!!

This is amazing...I want to bookmark it to build one for us later!

posted by Tamila | on Thu, 2011-03-10 11:26
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Thanks!

Thanks, you guys. I'm so glad you like it. The loft has been in our house for about three months now, almost four, and she still loves to get cozy up there and read.

http://friendly-home.net

posted by hillarylouise | on Thu, 2011-03-10 11:37

Love this idea! It doesn't

Love this idea! It doesn't have to be bed sized. Just a cozy place to read.

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-03-10 14:35
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Great idea

Wow, that's a really good idea.  NEVER would have thought of that myself, but I bet she loves it!

Jenny

posted by Jenny Anne | on Wed, 2011-03-16 21:31
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Beautiful!

What a wonderful idea!  Would you mind sharing the dimensions you used? 

posted by Jenniqua | on Sat, 2011-04-23 12:55

I think it ended up being

I think it ended up being about 30" deep and 40" wide. We built it to fit between the wall and the window. The height is the same as the plan.

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-04-23 12:59
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Thanks!

Appreciate the quick response!  I might have to make a go of this.  So creative of you.

posted by Jenniqua | on Sat, 2011-04-23 13:15
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great idea:)

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"?

posted by lmh1632 | on Mon, 2011-05-23 16:24

loft cushion

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. :)

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-05-23 19:07
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Great idea:) I was thinking

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:)

posted by lmh1632 | on Mon, 2011-05-23 21:47

cushion

A crib/toddler bed mattress might work too?

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-05-24 00:07

Reading Nook

PERFECT!
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.

posted by Tumaini Rivera (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-06-05 16:32

Congratulations

An honorable woman of immense strength of will and generous soul. Your life story is an example to millions of people. Thanks for all you have taught, demonstrated, or simply poured as a form of love. Congratulations and a hug on the size of Brazil. Thank you!

posted by Carlos Brasil (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-04-30 13:48

reading loft and desk

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!

posted by Tangela Day (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-07-14 13:44

footboard

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

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-07-15 16:03

Wow!!

This is fabulous!!

posted by Kellie (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-10-26 15:45

That is an awesome

That is an awesome construction, I also want to build one like that. I'm also thinking about improving it with some
staircase design.

posted by milkyway | on Sat, 2013-03-23 05:00

That construction looks

That construction looks really nice I would also like to have one like that. But instead of building it I would better buy it from a distributor.

posted by milkyway | on Sat, 2013-03-23 05:16

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