Essential Low Loft Bed

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 09/15/2021 - 13:05
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Build your own low loft bed with free plans from Ana-White.com  This is a very simple build, no pocket holes required!  The bed is sturdy and solid, and you can add storage underneath.  Cost about $50 in lumber.  Plan includes step by step diagrams, build video, cut lists and shopping lists.

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Why a Low Loft Bed?

Low loft beds are gaining in popularity because they create more floor space for storage underneath, but are still easy to get in and out of an change sheets and make the bed. 

I also love the low loft bed for toddlers, since the enclosed mattress has a crib-like feel, keeps pillows and blankets on the bed, and is the perfect height for tucking in littles. 

Why Build a Low Loft Bed?

You can save money.  There are many options for buying a low loft bed, but by building your own you can save hundreds (even thousands!) of dollars.  This low loft bed cost about $50 in lumber to make.

You'll get a more durable end product. Our homebuilt option is VERY sturdy, suitable for even young adults. 

You get to customize it. We love that by building it yourself you get to choose your finish and can easily customize the storage options underneath.

And it's pretty easy to build.  Most store bought options you'd have to assemble anyway.  In this well thought out and tested plan, we make it as easy as possible to build your own low loft bed.

Build Video for Low Loft Bed

Don't just take my word for it - watch me build this low loft bed!  It took me about two hours to cut and build this bed.  Painting is definitely the hardest part, but if you prefinish your boards, you'll save a ton of time.

Add on Plans and Customizations

The big benefit of a low loft bed is the added storage space underneath.  We will be adding plans for storage underneath, as well as a bunk bed option.

You can make this bed into a regular height loft bed, but the bottom of the legs will need some supports at the bottom of the legs.

UPDATE: Low Bunk Bed Plans Here

Dimensions
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Fits twin mattress, table height underneath

Preparation

Shopping List
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 4 - 2x6 @ 10 feet long
  • 2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 5 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long (for bed slats)
  • About 70 - 2-1/2" long self tapping wood screws (star bit #8 recommended) - for main construction, can be as long as 3"
  • 40 - 1-5/8" long self tapping wood screws (star bit #7 or #8 recommended) - for screwing slats down only
Cut List

TIP: Prefinish all 2x4 and 2x6 boards before cutting. 

  • 3 - 2x6 @ 75" - cut first 
  • 4 - 2x6 @ 41" - cut from leftovers after cutting the 75" pieces
  • 1 - 2x6 @ about 55" measure and cut to fit - cut from leftovers after cutting the 75" pieces
  • 7 - 2x4 @ 45" - legs / ladder sides
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 18" - ladder rungs
  • 2 - 2x2 @ 75" - cleats for slat system
  • 10 - 1x4 @ 38" - slats

Cutting Instructions

Cut boards according to cut list using a chop saw or miter saw. 

A circular saw can be used instead, but straight cuts are very important to the overall success of this project, and it is hard to get straight cuts with a circular saw.  If you have to use a circular saw, a square cutting guide is highly recommended.

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Drill
Miter Saw
General Instructions

Once this bed is finished it will be too large to fit through standard doorways.  You can either assemble in the room and paint in the room, or assemble in a workshop/outdoors and paint, and then partially disassemble to bring into the room.

Another option is to prefinish all the 2x4s and 2x6s before cutting, and then cut and bring the pieces into the room and build in the room.  A final touch up coat of paint will be needed, but it will be minimal.

Instructions

Step 1

Build two of the ends by attach the legs to the 41" 2x6 boards.  Leave a 4" space between the two horizontal slats.

These screws will be removed if dismantling later on.

Step 2

Attach the longer 2x6s to the two leg sets, with screws on the inside at a slight angle into the back side of the leg.  I recommend three screws for the lower boards that will support the mattress.  Only two are needed for the upper 2x6 as it does not support the mattress.

Additional screws from outside are recommended, but can be added on final assembly.

Step 3

Build the ladder as shown with the longer screws.

Step 4

Determine what side the ladder should be placed on the bed.

Attach the final 45" 2x4 to the back of the ladder on the side that will not be attached to a bed leg.

Step 5

Attach the ladder to the bed with screws from the back side.

The double legs on the ladder are designed to increase strength and durability of the ladder and bed.

Step 6

Attach the remaining 2x6 at the top from the inside.

Step 7

Attach 2x2 cleats to the inside of the bed, flush to the bottom of the bottom 2x6s.

Step 8

On final assembly add the cleats to the insides of the bed.  Screw down with the shorter screws, two screws per end.

Step 9

To disassemble, remove only the end 2x6 boards.  This will break the bed down into two main flat panels, and four end pieces.

Project Type
Room

Comments

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Mon, 09/20/2021 - 12:02

nice project, would like to see plans for a higher loft twin bed. thanks

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