If you’re short on space, this loft bed could be the solution. Combining a desk, hanging space, shelving, and a place to sleep, it gives you everything you need in a bedroom. You could even use the second top shelf as a “bedside table”.
This bed also has a mattress-ready slat system, eliminating the need for a Bunkie board.
Now isn’t that a clever use of space? This design is perfect for those who lack space and requires functionality.
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The design can be easily modified to suit your needs. You can extend the desk to full width under the bed if you need a wider workspace? This design also allows the easy addition of storage space as you require.
What other modifications would you make if this was yours?
- 4 pcs – 2″ x 6″ x 10′ Construction Timber (carefully selected)
- 6 pcs – 2″ x 4″ x 10′ Construction Timber (carefully selected)
- 3 pcs – 2″ x 10″ x 10′ Construction Timber (carefully selected)
- 3″ Deck Screws
- 1/2 sheet – 1/4″ Plywood
- 1 1/2 sheets – 5/8″ Plywood, construction grade
- 1 sheet – 5/8″ Plywood, one side sanded
- 4 1/4″ x 6″ Lag Screws with Washers
- Wood Filler
- Circular Saw
- Orbital Sander
- Tape Measure
- Stud Finder
- Cordless Drill
Here are the general dimensions for my loft bed. Adjust measurements as needed :)
Saw the 2×6 to the following lengths. Note: construction timber is far from perfect. You’re better off to buy too much lumber and cut out the worst bits (knots, damaged areas) – the offcuts are good for firewood, and you’ll have a nicer loft bed.
Cut these 11 pieces with square ends:
5 x 400 mm, 5 x 486 mm,1 x 962 mm
Cut these 3 pieces with parallel ends at 14 degrees:
1 x 1900 mm, 2 x 1462 mm
Saw the 2×4 to the following lengths, all with square ends:
2 x 2032 mm, 1 x 1200 mm, 2 x 964 mm, 1 x 362 mm, 1 x 162 mm
Cut six pieces of 1/4″ plywood to 250 x 486 mm, and cut some of the good 5/8″ plywood into six strips 20 x 486 mm. Fill all the holes and imperfections in the lumber with wood filler, and sand. You’re ready to assemble the frames.
Note: check these dimensions will fit your mattress! The design could accommodate a bigger mattress (double, queen, king) no problem, but you might like to use 2x6s in place of the 2x4s in the frame. Bonus: you’d get a much wider bookcase! There are slight design changes for the loft bed #2, but from here on I’ll just describe the cloud bed (#1), for simplicity’s sake. The construction is also the same for both. Check the plans for the details.
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