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Loft Bed Building Plans

Shashank Nakate Feb 18, 2020
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 here should help those who seek information on how to build a loft bed.
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 bedroom furniture with two frames of beds, stacked one above the other. These beds are kept in small spaces and prove useful in prisons, ships, garrisons. 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

Loft beds are built in many patterns and materials. Most are of wood but metals can also be used. A typical loft bed building plan would make space for two people comfortable to sleep and study.

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 out the materials used to construct these beds:
  • One sheet of 3/4 inch thick plywood with 4 x 8 feet dimensions.
  • Four pieces construction-grade with 8 feet length.
  • Three pieces 1" x 3.5" lumber boards that are eight feet long.
  • Drywall screws, lag bolts.
  • Three 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 its size. The 4 x 4s should be cut at 44 inches. Two 4 x 4s must be positioned such that they are 78 inches apart and their outer edges are parallel to each other. The platform should be tilted on the posts so 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.