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Playhouse Loft Bed with Stairs

March 13, 2011 |
posted by purpleheather79
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Playhouse Loft Bed with Stairs
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!)

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

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!

posted by stobrs | on Sun, 2011-03-13 19:12

What you have done is truly

What you have done is truly amazing the playhouse loft bed is so adorable and precious. If you have the right idea and correct product you could make any project a success.

posted by banik | on Tue, 2013-03-26 06:16
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I wanted to thank you for

I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.
see post

posted by Monag111 | on Wed, 2013-04-24 05:24

I would love to do this, but...

How do you get it in the house and possibly up stairs? Are you

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-03-13 20:52

Get it in place

It's built with pocket holes, you can easily disassemble it, take the larger pieces to the room and reassemble.

posted by Ltrain | on Fri, 2012-08-10 10:46
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get it in the house

well, you would put it together IN THE ROOM, not somewhere else - so you don't need to worry about getting it up stairs all together.

posted by marlaandwilliam | on Sun, 2011-03-13 21:47

Can't find the plans for with stairs

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 :-)

posted by TriciaH (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-05-14 17:18
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with stairs plan

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. :)

posted by Trishdish | on Tue, 2011-06-28 13:04

slats

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!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-08-02 13:24

I used 1x3 slats for this

I used 1x3 slats for this bed.

posted by Heather @ It's Twinsanity! (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-01-24 14:53

playhouse bed

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

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-09-26 13:20

Rug

Where could I find the rug in the picture?

posted by AmberBagley (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-09-28 12:56

idea for personal space

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.

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-11-19 13:48

idea for personal space

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.

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-11-19 13:48

PLAYHOUSE LOFT BED WITH STAIRS

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.

posted by TROY WEAVER (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-12-07 15:41

Painting Loft Bed

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!

posted by jlbbrandt (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-12-11 15:30

Painting Loft Bed

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!

posted by jlbbrandt (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-12-11 15:30

You have probably already

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.

posted by Heather @ It's Twinsanity! (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-01-24 14:51

rug next to playhouse

Hi, do you remember where you purchased the rainbow swirl rug

posted by lori bartholomew (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-01-03 20:51

I believe the rug came from

I believe the rug came from Shaw Rugs. The brand is Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen but it is a couple of years old now.

posted by Heather @ It's Twinsanity! (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-01-24 14:49
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How cute is that? Your

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.

posted by dinni | on Sat, 2012-01-14 08:33

curtain

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

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-01-15 21:50

Thanks! I didn't use a

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

posted by Heather @ It's Twinsanity! (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-01-24 14:47

I LOVE THIS FOR MY PRINCESS!!

I LOVE THIS FOR MY PRINCESS!! HOW MUCH IS THIS??

posted by michelle herrera (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-01-20 23:21

Hello, I'm looking for the

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!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-02-26 16:52

Child's playhouse bed

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

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-02-27 14:49

Parts for the bed

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

posted by devanee (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-03-31 07:56

Covering the stairs??

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!

posted by Mandi Monistere (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-04-01 09:28

Covering the stairs??

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

Thanks

posted by Mandi Monistere (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-04-01 09:35

Playhouse Loft Bed With Stairs

Do you have a pattern for this bed? I am very interested in making this for my daughter.

posted by Jessica Ferguson (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-09-21 09:25

Help

Where can I find the plans for the whole bed?

posted by Materd1 (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-10-04 21:22
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Rug on storage stairs

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.

posted by purpleheather79 | on Mon, 2012-11-19 10:28

This bed is gorgeous, I would

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?

posted by Charissa (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-12-10 15:34

This bed is gorgeous, I would

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?

posted by Charissa (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-12-10 15:34

Absolutely love this bed. We

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?

posted by Charissa (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-12-10 15:40

Loft bed for boy

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...

posted by Niki wendel (not verified) | on Wed, 2013-01-16 00:49
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That looks lovely, I would

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.

posted by kally | on Tue, 2013-03-26 09:38

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