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DIY a Fire Station loft bed, inspired by Pottery Barn Kids Firehouse Loft Bed. This bed features solid wood construction, clever use of materials, and easy panel design for moving and storing. Features ladder that can be placed on either side, an open back and wide entryway. Create extra room in your child's room on the tightest of budgets by making your own Fire Dept Loft Bed!

Fire Station Loft Bed

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Fire Station Loft Bed
Fire Station Loft Bed

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About Project

Author Notes: 

Well, it isn't as cool as Jeff's Firetruck bed

With of course real working lights and storage stairs ...
But every Fire Truck needs a Fire Station, and I hope this Fire Station Loft Bed delights a child somewhere this Holiday season.

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Fire Station Loft Bed
Dimensions: 
Fits Twin mattress.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

14 - 1x3 Boards @ 8 feet long
3 - 1x8 @ 8 feet long
10 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x4 @ 10 feet long
1 - sheet 3/4" plywood, 8'x4'
slats not accounted for in cut list
2 1/4" or 2 3/8" screws (about 50) for assembly

2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws
wood glue
wood filler
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
jigsaw
nailer
sander
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

2 - 1x3 @ 79 1/2"
2 - 1x8 @ 79 1/2"
44 - 1x2 @ 15 1/4" (Railing)
4 - 1x3 @ 15 1/4" (Railing)
10 - 1X3 @ 73" (Legs)
1 - 1x6 @ 79 1/2"
2 - 1x3 @ 42 1/2"
1 - 1x3 @ 38"
1 - 1x8 @ 38"
2 - 1x3 @ 9 1/4"
2 - 1x8 @ 9 1/4"
4 - 3/4" Plywood @ 48" x 9 1/4"
2 - 3/4" Plywood @ 48" x 22 1/2"
2 - 2x4 @ 74 1/2"
Slats cut at 39 1/2"

TRIM (Full Side)
2 - 1x6 @ 6 3/4"
2 - 1x3 @ 6 3/4"
2 - 1x3 @ 49"
1 - 1x2 @ 38"

TRIM (Ladder Side)
2 - 1x6 @ 9 1/4"
2 - 1x3 @ 9 1/4"
2 - 1x2 @ 9 1/4"
1 - 1x8 @ 18"
4 - 1x3 @ 18"

TRIM (Front)
1 - 1x2 @ 74 1/2"
2 - 1x3 @ 16 1/2"
2 - 1x6 @ 16 1/2"
2 - 1x4 @ 49 1/2"
2 - 1x2 @ 11 1/2"
1 - 1x8 @ 34 1/2" - cut arch shape out

General Instructions

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!

Step 1

Fire Station Loft Bed

This bed is shown built with PureBond Formaldehyde Free Plywood in Birch. You will need one sheet of plywood, cut carefully as shown above. Make sure you consider the saw blade width as you cut. Cut, measure, cut, measure and so on. Save the scrap piece to use as a decorative front.

Step 2

Fire Station Loft Bed

You will need to build two of these. Mark the tops and bottoms as shown in diagram. Drill Kreg Jig pocket holes on each end of each slat, as shown in diagram. Attach with pocket holes and glue.

Step 3

Fire Station Loft Bed

Take one of the completed railings and attach it to 1x3 legs with 1 1/4" finish nails and wood glue. Then attach the bottom 1x6 to the bottom as shown in diagram. Take a diagonal to make sure the back is square and adjust if necessary - this is very important to ensuring your bed is square.

Step 4

Fire Station Loft Bed

Now simply fill in the empty spaces with 1x3s and 1 1/4" finish nails. Keep the outside edge flush to make the legs look like solid blocks. This completes the back, set aside.

Step 5

Fire Station Loft Bed

Build the full side railing as shown above. Also use a jigsaw to cut an arch shape from the bottom 1x8 as shown in diagram.

Step 6

Fire Station Loft Bed

Attach smaller pieces of plywood to bottoms of the 1x8 as shown in diagram.

Step 7

Fire Station Loft Bed

With pocket holes facing up, lay the panel down on top of 1x boards, to raise 3/4" above your work surface. Attach sides with either 3/4" pocket holes and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws or 2" screws or finish nails from outsides and glue.

Step 8

Fire Station Loft Bed

Add trim as shown in diagram, using 1 1/4" finish nails and wood glue. This completes the full side, set aside.

Step 9

Fire Station Loft Bed

On the ladder side, construct two panels as shown above.

Step 10

Fire Station Loft Bed

With pocket holes facing upward, elevate 3/4" using 1x boards and attach sides with either pocket holes or 2" fasteners and glue.

Step 11

Fire Station Loft Bed

Followed by trim.

Step 12

Fire Station Loft Bed

And then add the ladder pieces to create the ladder. This completes the ladder side panel, set aside.

Step 13

Fire Station Loft Bed

For the front, use the remaining top railing and attach to the large pieces of plywood. You may wish to cut the windows out prior. Use 1 1/4" pocket holes through 3/4" pocket holes to attach. Note that the windows are not exactly centered on the panels, with the smaller margin to the outsides.

Step 14

Fire Station Loft Bed

Lay remaining 1x3 legs on top with outside edges flush and glue and nail down with 1 1/4" finish nails.

Step 15

Fire Station Loft Bed

Fun step time for trim!

Step 16

Fire Station Loft Bed

With your scrap piece of plywood cut out a decorative gable end, with window, and trim with 1x2s. Attach above doorway to railing with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue. This completes the front panel, it's time to assemble!

Step 17

Fire Station Loft Bed

From the insides of the bed, use 2 1/4" screws to attach panels to each other, keeping outside edges flush to create the illusion of a solid leg. Screws should be every 6-8 inches, from bottom all the way to top. Predrill holes.

Step 18

Fire Station Loft Bed

You can actually do this on the ground before assembly - add 2x4 cleats to front and back panels. This will create considerable strength and give you something to set your bunkie board or slats on.

Step 19

Fire Station Loft Bed

When it comes to slats, you should always refer to the mattress recommendations or use a bunkie board. Make sure you screw slats down if you choose to use slats. To further beef up the bed, add two more 2x4s running parallel to the cleats on either side of the ladder (for example, you wish to create a full size loft bed).

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

The K Word

November 10, 2011 |
posted by Ana White

Momplex Stats

Money Spent So Far: 
$55,000 + Cost of Property
Time Spent So Far: 
1080 Hours on Site + TONS of Thinking and Planning

Shall we talk kitchens?

I've been promising you that we will make real kitchens for the Momplex, and blogging the tutorials and plans.  Every since the day I spent $7000 on cabinets for a 10x10 kitchen, I've been tossing and turning at nights, thinking, I could have made my own cabinets.  I've been thinking I could have made my own cabinets much easier, much simpler ... because it was quite a chore just installing the cabinets.
On the Momplex, we have two kitchens, and we will be building the kitchens.  I can't loose any more sleep over the K word.

Needs Roof

You know as well as anyone that the Momplex is a long way from that step.  First we need to get the trusses up, sheathed in plywood, then insulation bats stapled to the underside of the trusses, and all windows covered .... and then we can put heat in the fully insulated Momplex and start thinking about things like paint colors and types of flooring.

Ceiling Lights

But in order to staple the insulation bats to the underside of the trusses, we will need to run our electrical for ceiling lights in the ceiling framing.  And in order to do that, we need to know where the lights go ... and because I'm picky about light placement, in order to do that, we will need a solid layout of the kitchen and dining spaces ... right away.


Tell me I'm not alone in my quest for perfectly placed kitchen lights.  It DOES matter if your ceiling lights are positioned correctly over your island, your chandelier is over your dining table .. right?
I've narrowed the kitchens down to three options.  Keep in mind each unit is designed to support one mom, but both Mom's have big families and like to entertain.  This wall will be the main storage for both kitchen and dining room, so we will need to maximize space and storage.
The K Word

Option 1: The W 

With the most cabinets and counter space the double U shapes will offer the most storage. I love the idea of a banquette backing the kitchen cabinets like this one from my Pinterest Board:
The dining nook will actually look more like a U shape but of course only windows on one side ... remember, we have to worry about heat loss up here in Alaska.

Source: bhg.com via Ana on Pinterest

And of course the kitchen itself would be a U shape with everything right within reach

Source: google.com via wynne on Pinterest

BUT it's not all good ...  the dining area will be difficult to expand on, and there are two corners in the kitchen cabinets, and me no likey corners.  

So that's Option #1: The W.  What do you think?
The K Word

Option #2: The Double L

This option is much like the first, expect we open up the space and place a small island in it.  The kitchen will be an L shape, meeting up with an L shaped banquette.  

Source: tipjunkie.com via April on Pinterest

This kitchen layout would be very very similar to the Momplex kitchen ... notice the perfect lighting?

Source: Uploaded by user via Ana on Pinterest

The island could be made smaller and floating

Source: flickr.com via Ana on Pinterest

Darling!

And the banquette would be more like this one, a simple L shape with chairs on the open sides. 

Source: bhg.com via Ana on Pinterest

Again, perfect lighting.  With the Double L shape, we scrap some corners and add an island. The banquette seating will be more accessible and the space more open. But we loose some storage. What do you think of the Double L?

The K Word

Option #3: Straight Line

This one is my favorite because I feel like it enables the greatest opportunity for expansion.  When it's just the Mom's, the simple kitchens will be easy to store and no corners mean easier access to everything.  When the house get's cozy with visitors at the Holidays, the space can accommodate a larger table with ease.

What more do you need than a pantry, stove, sink, dishwasher and fridge?

 

And a great island of course!

Source: bhg.com via Ana on Pinterest

The island could be much longer because of the missing L part.  Stools could be added to the island for kitchen company.

And we could continue on with more cabinets, for more storage in the dining space.

Or a dining nook surrounded by cabinets.

So what do you think?

posted by Ana White
We all love handmade gifts for their quality, their uniqueness, and the specialness of knowing someone put their precious time into making that gift. Be it a quilt or a bench, a dollhouse or some new mittens, it's all the more special when it's made with love.
This Christmas I have a special challenge for you. A challenge that you may already do, a challenge that your family and friends can participate in. 

The Challenge

I challenge you to not only handmake a gift for someone you love, but to make two of that gift, and donate the second to someone in need.
If you are making a doll bed, grab a few extra sticks of lumber and make two.  If you are making a pair of mittens, buy a little extra yardage and make two.  The work in handmaking a gift is in buying the supplies, planning, and setting up a workspace - making two of one thing is a doable goal for most any busy mom.  And you can involve your children through the whole process.

Beyond Building

Not a builder?  You can still participate - whether you sew or knit or crochet or whatever your creative outlet may be.  
U Create
I've teamed up with Kari from Ucreate to provide you with amazing tutorials beyond building.  Here's just a tiny tiny sample of tutorials she posts:

Why I'm Doing this Challenge

Remember when I made Grace the Dream Dollhouse?  
Grace and I decided that we would donate the dollhouse to her preschool so all the children can enjoy it.  It was a difficult decision for a four year old, but we considered how much more use the dollhouse would get, and how many of the children do not have mothers who build toys.  The joy and excitement in the preschooler's voices and smiles has inspired this challenge.
Where to Donate
I know some charities may only accept new in box store bought gifts or cash  :( but there are many many charities that recognize the value in handmade gifts.  Some charities accept handmade gifts to resell for cash at Holiday Bazaars, some donate directly to people in need.  Check out Handmade for Charity, Crafting for Charity, or consider selling your item on Etsy and donating the proceeds to a local charity.  

Accept the Challenge

To accept the Make Two Challenge:
1.  Blog about accepting the challenge, using the graphics below, linking to this post url.  Once your post goes live, link it up in the link list that follows.
2.  Not a Blogger?  Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, or anywhere else saying "I'm In!"
3.  Or you can just leave a comment saying "I'm In!"
4.  Challenge your own family and friends to join in and put their time toward handmaking a gift for not just loved ones, but those that are in need.
5.  In December, I will post a "Share Your Make 2 Challenge" post with a link list so you can link up again with your completed projects.

Who's In?

And look who's already joined in!  If you are in, link up to the blog post committing yourself to the Make Two Challenge!
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