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Loft Bed Building Plans You Can Easily Try Out Yourself

Loft Bed Building Plans
Making a loft bed at home is not that difficult. One can build a nice piece of furniture that is both comfortable and useful for children. The details presented below should help those who seek information on how to build a loft bed.
Shashank Nakate
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2018
Loft beds or bunk beds are a type of home furniture meant for saving space. These beds also help enhance the appearance of a room. There are many designs and loft bed building plans that one can use to save space and also for enhancing the appearance of a room. Bunk beds are commonly used in kids' rooms. Since loft beds ensure maximum utilization of floor space, such type of furniture can also be found in army garrisons and ships. Let us begin with the basic information about loft beds and proceed to the plans used in their construction.

What is a Loft Bed?
It is a type of bedroom furniture which consists of two frames of beds, stacked one above the other. These beds are placed in small spaces and therefore, prove to be of great use in prisons, ships, garrisons, etc. The framework of these beds is such that it is supported by four pillars and which has 2-3 'floors'. The topmost bed has a railing in its design to avoid a fall. Two types of loft beds are the 'standard bunk bed' and 'twin over full'. Design of the standard bunk bed incorporates two beds one above the other, while the latter has a somewhat similar design except for the full size bottom bed and twin size upper bed. You can also design loft beds in such a manner that they offer storage space. This way, you can also get rid of drawers and other furniture items that take up space in your kid's room.

Loft Bed Building Plans
The loft beds are built using various design patterns and materials. Most loft beds are made of wood; however, metals can also be used in their construction. A typical loft bed building plan would create space for two persons, which is comfortable enough for sleeping and studying. The details given below should help in carrying out plans for building a loft bed.

How to Build a Loft Bed?
Let us have a look at the procedure used in constructing a loft bed that covers a floor space of 48 x 78 inches. In order to construct a loft bed, minimum height of the ceiling should be 8 feet. If it is more than 8 feet, the headroom would be a comfortable one. Mattresses used for loft beds need to be 38 inches wide and 76 inches long. Now let us find about the materials used in the construction of these beds through the list presented below.
  • One sheet of 3/4 inch thick plywood with 4 x 8 feet as dimensions.
  • Four pieces of construction-grade with 8 feet length.
  • Three pieces of 1" x 3.5" lumber boards that are eight feet long.
  • Drywall screws & lag bolts.
  • Three pieces of regular lumbar with dimensions 2 x 6 x 8 inches.
To begin with the process of building loft beds, one should cut the first two pieces of 2 x 6s to a length of 78 inches and remaining two pieces to 37 inches each. These four pieces should be joined to form a box with dimensions 40" x 78". Drywall screws must be used to secure these pieces together. After the box is constructed, a plywood should be cut and fitted properly to match the size of the box. The 4 x 4s should then be cut at a length of 44 inches. Two of the 4 x 4s must be positioned in such a manner that they remain 78 inches apart and their outer edges stay parallel to each other. The platform should be tilted on the posts in a manner that top portion of the plywood touches the lines on posts. These posts should then be connected to the platform with lag bolts. The next step in this process is that of lifting the frame and positioning it properly. A ladder proves to be useful in entering the loft bed with ease. The 2 x 6s are used to build steps for the ladder by placing them between the posts.

One can decorate or embellish the loft bed in many different ways. Loft beds help utilize the space in an efficient manner. One can make use of these plans for constructing a nice and comfortable bed for kids at home.