Playhouse Loft Bed with Stairs

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Keywords: 
playhouse loft bed, purple bedroom, diy kids room, bed with stairs, bunk bed stairs, bunk bed storage stairs, loft bed storage stairs

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About This Project

I built this bed for my twin daughters right after Christmas. It was the first big wood project that I've ever attempted in my life. I was surprised at how easy it was to build and how great it turned out! It looks much harder to make than it actually was. We plan to eventually put a second twin mattress under the bottom, but for now that space is a playhouse. I put carpet on the storage stairs by cutting up a rubber-backed bathroom rug and using the pieces to cover each step. I hung Christmas rope lighting inside the play house. It took me about 2 days to construct the bed and about a week to paint and finish it (with 6 children under foot-otherwise could have been much faster!) Fun project and EASY plans! (Thanks Ana!)

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Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
used the Disney princess paint colors (lavender outside, pink inside) from Home Depot
Estimated Cost: 
just under $300

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We plan to build this for our girls as soon as the snow is gone and we can work outside! I love the colors you picked! This is just how I hope ours turns out, thanks for posting all the pics!

This bed is absolutely gorgeous. I'd love to make this version, with the stairs. But can only find the plans for the playhouse loft bed with ladder? Anyone know where the plans for this version went? Thanks :-)

http://ana-white.com/2010/09/easy-playhouse-loft-bed-with-storage-stairs
Here is the link to the stairs, however you have to use the plans from the one without stairs to build the front wall and the side wall without the stairs, you also need the shopping list from that plan. I just printed them both out. Get the Kreg jig and a kreg clamp and then the rails will be easy. Any other pocket hole jig will make things harder. Speaking from experience. :)

What did you use to support your mattress? I can't find anywhere online how many or how far apart the slats should be. I have the 5 walls built and am getting ready to assemble. Thanks!

Was wondering how long it took everyone to make there bed. I will be starting next weekend

Where could I find the rug in the picture?

My daughter's house isn't big enough for each of her children to have their own rooms. Since they can't share a room the littlest one sleeps in the livingroom. But she's getting older now, 3, and wants her own personal space to play in. This playhouse bed would be perfect for them. They could build it in their livingroom and put it in the corner right where her bed is now, but she'd have her own personal play space under her bed. Sure it would be nice for her to have her own room, but at 3, this would certainly be a great idea for everyone involved.

My daughter's house isn't big enough for each of her children to have their own rooms. Since they can't share a room the littlest one sleeps in the livingroom. But she's getting older now, 3, and wants her own personal space to play in. This playhouse bed would be perfect for them. They could build it in their livingroom and put it in the corner right where her bed is now, but she'd have her own personal play space under her bed. Sure it would be nice for her to have her own room, but at 3, this would certainly be a great idea for everyone involved.

This would be perfect for my daughter who will be 5 next week. Do you guys build and sell these because I have no Idea how to make one myself.

Hi. my husband is just about finished building this bed, and now it's time for me to paint it. Just wondering how you painted it for a nice finish. Did you use rollers or brushes? Any tips on technique?
Thanks!

Hi. my husband is just about finished building this bed, and now it's time for me to paint it. Just wondering how you painted it for a nice finish. Did you use rollers or brushes? And tips on technique?
Thanks!

You have probably already figured this out, but the painting was the longest part of the process! I used rollers for the walls and stairs but had to paint the trim with a brush. I assembled the unfinished bed in the room and painted it there once it was assembled. If I had to do it again, I'd probably paint it first before assembling it in the room.

How cute is that? Your daughters must be really happy with this kind of bed, it's the dream bed of the little princesses. Amazing! Every time I enter your site I find something that surprises me only in nice ways. I want this bed for my daughter but I am a bit worried that building that stair will give me some headaches. I sure hope it's as simple as you say it is.

I was wondering if you had a pattern or instructions for the curtains you made for the playhouse window. They are adorable.

Thanks! I didn't use a pattern for the curtains. I just made the ruffles and attached them to a piece of coordinating fabric.

Hello, I'm looking for the original plan for the loft bed. I see the plans for the steps but I am unable to find the loft plans. Can someone please tell me where to find the plans? Thanks!

My husband would like to build this for our grandaughter, do you have the dimensions on this project? Very cute!!

I was wondering if anyone knows if you buy the wood for home depot will the cut it you will i have to rent the tools and do it myself. I dont know how to use alot of the tools so Im trying to find somewhere that will just cut to wood if I give the measurements

How did you attach the bath rugs to the stairs? Are your storage stairs? If so how does that work when you cover them??

Thanks!

How did cover the stairs with the bath rug?? Are yours storage stairs?? If so how does that work with them opening??

Thanks

Where can I find the plans for the whole bed?

I just used a staple gun to attach the rug to the tops of the stairs. They're storage stairs so the lids each open and I wrapped the rug under the edges a few inches on either end so there are clean edges.

This bed is gorgeous, I would love to make for our daughter.
Three questions:
1) I can't find the add on plans for the stairs, would you please send a link or tell me where to find?
2) Are there any plans to convert this to a full size bed instead of a twin?
3) Has anyone added a slide for getting down?

Thank you in advance for your help?

This bed is gorgeous, I would love to make for our daughter.
Three questions:
1) I can't find the add on plans for the stairs, would you please send a link or tell me where to find?
2) Are there any plans to convert this to a full size bed instead of a twin?
3) Has anyone added a slide for getting down?

Thank you in advance for your help?

Absolutely love this bed. We would love to build this for our daughter.
Three questions:
1) Can you send me a link for the stairs add on?
2) Are there plans to convert the twin to a full size bed?
3) Has anyone constructed a slide as an option for getting down, and if so would you please send plans?

I have boy/girl twins and would like to make 2 coordinating loft beds. How would u suggest tweaking the plans/decor to make the boy version more masculine? Ty for sharing your work for us viewers...

That looks lovely, I would have something like this for myself if I wasn't too old for that, your girls are really lucky! How is the carpet fixed on the stairs? Could you remove it at any time? I know that having kids means that your carpets will get dirty quite often, it would be troublesome to have that carpet cleaned if you won't be able to remove it but it's also dangerous to leave it on the stairs if it's not properly fixed on them.