Loft beds are an excellent way to make use of the vertical space in a room. By lifting the bed up off the floor and into a loft position you can free up the space below. You can buy a kit or call a contractor to install a loft bed but if you have a free weekend and are willing to work hard, you can make it yourself. Here are plans for how to make a loft bed:
- Wood 2x4s
- Sheets of ¾" plywood
- Measuring tape
Let's get started!
- Sketch the loft bed plans. Decide upon the size of the bed, twin or full size, and measure the box springs for the size platform you will need. Then measure the height you intend for the loft. Don't forget to sketch in the ladder, rails and supports to connect the loft to the wall studs.
- Build the frame. When you build a loft bed, the frame should include three 2 x 4s for rails on all sides plus two sistered 2 x 4s as support poles. For added support you should also use 2 x 4s to create the slats to support the mattress. You can use just a sheet of plywood but for stability and safety, slats and plywood are better.
- Secure the frame to the wall. Find the studs so you can be certain that the supports are built securely into the wall. Place the loft bed in a corner of the rooms so that three of the four support poles can be attached to the studs. Attach the posts to the studs using heavy duty decking screws. Then attach the back rail of the bed to the studs as well for added stability.
- Create the platform for your loft bed furniture. The frame included the posts, rails and bed slats but now needs some additional stability. Place plywood above the wood slats and secure the plywood to the wood slats. If you are building an attached desk to the loft bed using plywood, now is the time to secure the desk to the frame of the loft bed. Place the mattress and box springs onto the platform.
- Build the ladder. When you build a loft bed, make the ladder then secure it to the bed frame and platform.
- Decorate the bed. Finish the bed with a wood stain or paint to pretty up the room. Then make the bed. Now you are ready to crawl onto the loft bed and take a nap.
Now that you've constructed your loft bed, consider putting the new space underneath to good use. Build a desk or add storage units below the bed. Take advantage of the new space you have created.