Little Cottage Loft Bed
A totally buildable playhouse loft bed that can be easily assembled in rooms. Features cottage styling, open ladder, full railings, three large windows and a doorway. Freestanding.
10 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
50 - 1x2 @ 15" (Rails)
This is for the ladder side. The top is a 2x2, and the bottom is a 1x6. Mark out all the rail spacings as shown above and predrill holes with a Kreg Jig™ set for 3/4" stock. Fasten the rails to the top and bottom, keeping the back side flush.
Try placing a 3/4" thick board under the rails to bring them up to flush with the 2x2 as you fasten. Little tricks like this can save you a ton of time.
With your ladder side rails done, attach the legs and the 1x6s with pocket holes as shown above. Remember that all boards on the back side are flush. Use glue and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.
Now it's time to start constructing the ladder. Attach the ladder top trim and the remaining leg as shown above.
And now the ladder rungs.
Depending on the quality of your 1x6s, you may wish to add a pocket hole screw in the center of each 1x6, joining 1x6s to each other.
Finally, a little trim tacked on with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue will give the bed a finished look. When you do trim, it is always a good idea to measure and cut as you go for the tightest fit.
Set the ladder wall aside.
Now build the window side railing as shown above, in the same manner as the ladder side.
And add the legs and the horizontal panel boards.
Now measure and cut the vertical panel boards as shown above. Fasten in place. From the leg, attach the panel board with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue.
Some window trim. Attach with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue.
You don't have to do the trim in this manner - use your imagination and be creative! Attach with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue.
A little trim will finish up the window side of the bed.
You will need to build two of these, one for the front, and one for the back.
To both of these railings, attach legs as shown here.
To the back panel, attach a base support as shown above.
And now fill in the legs as shown above. Use 1 1/4" finish nails and glue. This completes the back panel.
On the remaining panel attach boards with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue. Use pocket holes to attach the door trim in place as shown above.
Now add in the vertical panels as shown above. You may need to cut these to fit.
Use your Kreg Jig to build a triangular frame as shown above. Then tack 1/8" beadboard paneling to the back with 3/4" finish nails or brad nails and glue. Then attach the gable end piece to the front of the bed with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue as shown above.
Time for window trim. Same as the side window, use 1 1/4" finish nails and glue.
This bed is easy to assemble in the room. Simply move all four panels into the room, and screw the walls together as shown above.
Attach cleats to the inside of the bed as shown above with 2" screws and glue, every 6-8".
Finally, lay slats across the cleats as recommended by your mattress, or use a bunkie board. If you use cleats, screw your cleats down with 2" screws.