After searching in vain for the perfect loft bed, we finally just decided to make one ourselves. We wanted one that would be comfortable with our 8-ft. ceilings, but that would also leave lots of space underneath for our 8-year old to hang out. He has a pretty small room, so we only wanted a bed with an upright ladder that does not take up further floor space. We ended up combining our favorite features from many different beds.
After so many people asked if we could tell them how we did it, we finally decided to draw up our plans for anyone else who thinks this is the perfect loft bed too! Our twin loft bed only took a few days to make, and cost under $75 for materials! (Not including paint, should you decide to paint yours, like we did.) If you would like a copy of our very detailed plans, which include lots of diagrams and photos, we are selling them for $10 via paypal, to go towards our kid’s college fund. : )
You should get your plans pretty much as soon as you order them – yay! One thing: you will get an email that might look like spam, which will include a link that might look like more spam. It’s not! It’s from “e-junkie” which is the service I’m using to send out the plans to you.
Click here for answers to the most common questions I’ve been getting about the loft bed.
And click here to see a variety of photos you’ve all sent in of beds made from these plans.
NEW! If you are looking for a FULL-sized version of this bed, here are the twin plans converted to full for you.
!! BREAKING NEWS:
I have just been alerted to quite possibly the best thing ever invented for us loft bed people: ZIP ON SHEETS. How did I not think of this? Gets good reviews, so I just I ordered a sheet plus base set in gray, and if I end up liking, I’m going to order one extra top sheet. It’s no secret that getting the sheets on the mattress of a loft bed is no joke. I will report back if this makes life easier in that regard. If anyone has used these, please comment with what you think.
Check it out. The “base” stays on permanently, and you just zip off the top sheet for washing. No more trying the get the corners shoved down in impossibly tight spots. YES!
(So yeah, I love this product! I have zero affiliation; they have no idea I exist. Just letting you know, these are AWESOME!)
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239 thoughts on “Build our loft bed!”
Hello. Do your plans have a materials and cut list?
I just finished making bunk beds adjusted from the plan for my girls. I made a few adjustments like adding some 2x6s in front of the side rails to help hold in the mattress with some pocket holes to hold in the mattresses. I also found it more efficient and cheaper to use 2 10 foot 2x6s to make 6 slats instead 11 2×4 slats. I would be happy to send a picture if desired.
This is great info – thank you for sharing!!! I will add it to the FAQs page, too…..
Are these plans still available?
Do you think a futon will fit under the bunk bed?
Depends on the size of the futon. Did you see our FAQs page? One of the questions is: What is the size of the area under the loft bed? The twin is roughly 41″ wide x 76″ long x 55″ high. The full is about 57″ wide x 76″ long x 55″ high.
It’s bolted, not glued, so yes it can be taken apart for transport.
You really should update this post. I don’t know where you bought supplies for $75, ours cost $260 I feel ripped off. I could have bought a pre made bed for that amount, and saved myself the hassle and work of cutting all the pieces and building this bed. I do not recommend.
Hi there JB.. I am so so sorry that your costs were so high. My sincerest apologies. I know that prices must’ve been at the low side when we built ours, several years ago now. I did post on our FAQs page about this. I said: “We made this bed several years ago now, and I have learned that lumber prices do fluctuate widely, like the stock market. It does seem that prices are on the high side at this time. We used bottom of the barrel knotty pine boards and just looked for the straightest ones we could find. Be sure to check prices before you commit in case this blows your budget.” Also, Ed G. posted in the comments below, from 12/29: “Our cost was about $100 in premium lumber and $40 in hardware. Primer and paint was another $40.” So it seems prices have fluctuated greatly even in the last several months…. But again, my sincerest apologies for the aggravation this has caused you…..
I don’t think there is anything to apologize for. People undertake projects at their own risks. That means that prices varying from region to region and everyone must decide if the project is worth the time and expense of engaging in it. Someone feeling ripped off obviously made an errorenous and uninformed decision. That is not your fault. We are all responsible for the actions we take. If we don’t do our homework and investigate if the project is financially and personally feasiable, then that is our fault. You did well. I don’t believe you owe any apologies.
Thanks for the support, Deliadee! I looked into this a little further, and lumber really is a fluctuating commodity. You can check if prices are up or down here, before deciding to build…!
Just bought plans, cant wait to build!! Love the style and hopefully not too hard!
THANKS! Report back how it goes! ; )
With your plans can you take the bed apart to move it? Or once it’s built, you can’t take it apart again?
I want to buy the plans ASAP, but I am hoping the bed can come apart if needed.
Yes! It can be taken apart and reassembled: )
Thank You! I’ll be purchasing the plans now and building 3 of these in the next week! ?
I am very interested in buying the plans and was wondering if the height of the bed in the plans is high enough to accommodate a crib underneath?
Yes! All of our frequently asked questions can be found by clicking here. But to save you a click, here is the answer to your question: What is the size of the area under the loft bed? The twin is roughly 41″ wide x 76″ long x 55″ high. The full is about 57″ wide x 76″ long x 55″ high.
Does this fit a XL Twin or would we need to modify the length to fit?
It’s just a standard twin bed. If I were modifying, I would google or measure the length of your XL twin, and yes, adjust as necessary.
Great plans, thanks! We are putting it together this week over the holiday break. We have a couple of ideas for improvement: The slat supports are missing from the preliminary cut list on page 2. Not a huge deal, but I think this would be helpful to have everything on one cut list. Also we decided to use floating tenons to join the two boards on each corner leg (instead of 45 degree screws). This should make it even stronger but may not be an option for everyone if you don’t have the right tools. Our cost was about $100 in premium lumber and $40 in hardware. Primer and paint was another $40.
Hi Ed! Thanks so much for your feedback. I do see the slats as step E on page 2, so I’m wondering if I am misunderstanding your suggestion. If so, please do get back to me! I really appreciate it and would love to update the plans if you found a way to make them better! Also, I’m very happy to see that lumber prices are down and that your costs were back down to around the prices we paid when we made ours several years ago. I know for a while there, lumber was getting pretty expensive. So, thank you so so much for sharing!!
It appears from the photos that a king size bed could fit perpendicular under the lofted bunk, is that a correct assumption?
Thanks for your question! The area under the full-sized version would be roughly 57″ wide x 76″ long x 55″ high. You can get more answers here.
Hi, I am having issues finding how to order these plans: please help!
So sorry you are having trouble! You can click here for full sized, or here for twin. Thanks for asking!!
I ordered the plans. But I somehow missed the link to download the plans. Can these be emailed to me?
Are the plans still available?
Yes, they are! Thanks for asking!
Just bought the plans and I am about to head out to the hardware store. I’m looking forward to this project 🙂
Yay!!! Have fun – it’ll be great!
Are plans still available?
Just ordered the plans. I plan on making a full size version. Looking at material costs at Home Depot, including hardware and a couple quarts of finish, material cost is more like $200+. All I can guess is that wood prices have gone up a bunch in the last few years, which wouldn’t surprise me.
Thank you for bringing this up – it’s an important point! We made this bed several years ago now, and I have learned that lumber prices do fluctuate widely. It does seem as prices are on the high side at this time, if your estimate is accurate – yikes. (Although I did not include any type of stain or paint in my numbers, as that step is optional). We used bottom of the barrel knotty pine boards and just looked for the straightest ones we could find. But yeah, be sure to check prices before you commit in case this blows your budget. Thank you!
I would like to order plans, however, I don’t see where to place my order!!
It’s towards bottom of this page: http://diy4you.me/we-made-a-loft-bed/
Hey Jeff! I just ordered the plans, and I am also planning on making a full size version. How many inches wide did you end up making the boards, to fit the full size bed? I’m just curious and want to double-check my own measurements,before getting wood and cutting. Thank you!
still selling the plans to this? If so, any chance you’d have them for a full/double size instead of the twin!? Thanks!
Yes – we are still selling the plans, but sadly, no, they are just for a twin. If you look at the photos page, you’ll see many easily converted the plans to full sized. You can do it!! ; )
Hi there, I live in New Zealand I was just wondering if your plans are still available & also are the plans done in inches, centimeters or millimeters, very cool loft bed, thanks so much for your time.
Kind regards Antoinette ?
Thanks, Antoinette! Yes – plans are still available, and sadly, we are still using inches here. ; )
I just bought the plans!! I am super excited to build this!! This is the nicest one I have seen in a long time. My son will be thrilled!!
Wow – thanks for the nice compliment!!!
I’m interested in purchasing the plans for the loft bed, how do I go about doing that?
Right here: https://diyloftbed.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/we-made-a-loft-bed/ : )
Can these plans be converted to a full bed or do you know if anyone has converted them to full size?
Yes – many have converted plans to full-sized! Check the gallery page for photos: http://diy4you.me/loft-bed-photos/
Are the plans still available for purchase?
YES! ; )
Hi I am just wondering if you are still selling the plans for the DIY loft bed that you have posted above? My daughters room is very tiny and I think this would be a great solution to providing more space for her. Thank you!
We are still selling the plans!! Thanks for asking!
You still sending info on that bunk loft bed ? I’m thinking of building one for my 2.5 year old son
Thanks for any info
I see you made this back in November 2012. Can I please get the plans? I basically want to make 2 of these and place them together in an L shape
Yep! Just click the link in the posting. ; )
Hi – Do you think the wood could be primed and painted prior to assembly? Great design!
Yes! Please see the plans. Step 7 is an optional step of priming/painting before Step 8, which is Assembly. ; )
So is this black or blue?
It is wood-colored, until you paint it. Then it is whatever color paint you use. ; )
Do you still have the plans?
Yes we do!!
Thank you so much! My husband and 11 year old daughter are almost finished with construction and will be painting it soon. So happy we found this and you’re still selling the plans! We searched effortlessly for a loft bed that a) we didn’t hate and b) didn’t cost $900. You’re a couple of life-savers 🙂 Pics to follow as requested!
YAY!! Thanks for the feedback!
Hi! I’m thinking the answer is yes since you just responded last month, but can I still purchase the plans? The hubs and I are loving this one the best of all we’ve seen 🙂
What Kind of wood did you use?
Pretty sure just plain old pine!
love this bed….i don’t want to buy it untill i know how high it is? can you tell me the dimensions? specifically the height?
Thanks! You can find the dimensions here.
DO you include a bill of materials with the purchase of plans?
If you are asking if the plans come with a list of materials, the answer is yes, of course! ; )
Just ordered your plans, love the wall the bed is up against. Did you do that yourself and do you have a full picture?
Here is our info on the wall: https://diyloftbed.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/the-wall/ 😉
I’m looking for this exact style plans, but for a queen size. So hard to find! I’m NOT great at such things, and don’t feel capable of song the conversions on my own. Has anyone already done this, and if so are plans available?
We do not have plans for a queen (or a full) but both of these sizes were made via our twin plans, and you can see photos on the gallery page! http://diy4you.me/loft-bed-photos/
Are you still selling these plans?
We would like to try to build it this weekend while daughter is out of town as a surprise, is there any faster way to pay so we can get started?
I can send right now! ; )
what tools are required?
Hi Christie! You can find the tool list here: http://diy4you.me/loft-bed-faqs/
Happy New Year ! Do you still sell the plan? You did an amazing job ! Looks GREAT.
We are still sending out plans! ; )
I want to purchase the plan but I need to know the dimension of the bed. Height, width, length. Also height on the inside. Please and thank you!
Look here: http://diy4you.me/loft-bed-faqs/
Awesome. Exactly what I was looking for. Are the plans still available?
Are you still selling these plans?
Just curious on time period on recieving the plans after purchasing?
Usually within a day, unless we are traveling – which does not happen as often as I’d like!
Just purchased the plans — can’t wait to get started, my daughter will be over the moon with her new bed!
Hello, I purchased your plans a while ago and I wanted to let you know that it turned out great! I actually included it in an article I wrote about Kids bedroom re-dos for West Michigan Woman magazine’s web site. Here’s the link and photos. Thanks again! http://westmichiganwoman.com/spaces/item/1144-kids-bedroom-updates-that-are-easy-on-the-wallet-3
Wowza! What a great article—Thanks for bringing it to my attention!!!
Hello! Are the plans still available? Also I was wondering if there was a way to make this a bunkbeds? I have three boys in a room and would love to find a bunkbeds plan and your bed looks amazing!
They are still available! ; ) I do not have plans for making the loft into a bunk, however a few people sent photos that they put a bed (twin or double) perpendicularly underneath.
Are plans still available?
Hi, just ordered my plans via your paypal link.. thanks for the write up!
Just ordered the plans! Thank you!
What’s the height under the bed? I’d love to make this for my tall daughter. 🙂
Check our FAQs here for that answer and a bunch more: http://diy4you.me/loft-bed-faqs/
I hope you’re still sending this out. I just donated! Thank you
I love this bed and think it will solve my problems of only having 8ft high ceilings like yourselves. Quick question though before I buy, how high is the clearing under the bed? Just want to see how it will work if I want a small desk under it. Lastly, how detailed are the plans? I’d need the paint by numbers, step by simple step approach. Thanks!
Check our FAQs here for that answer and a bunch more: http://diy4you.me/loft-bed-faqs/
I love it! The whole room looks awesome, but we’re especially loving this loft bed. I think it will work perfectly in my son’s room. Thanks so much for posting. =)
Plans are still available? I love this bed!
Yep!! And thank you!
hello how do i purchase plans
There is a link at bottom of this page: http://diyloftbed.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/we-made-a-loft-bed/ Thanks for asking!
How many hours did this take? We are not handy, so I’d have to hire my handyman to do it. How much do you think the materials are? The loft is BEAUTIFUL. Thank you so much. My 9-year-old daughter is dying for a loft.
Hi there! I so totally should’ve kept track of the exact hours, but I did not. We finished whole thing in a weekend, not killing ourselves. Didn’t work sun up to sundown or anything like that. And that didn’t include painting, since we primed, that had to dry, then I think two coats of the black.. Sorry I can’t be more exact!!
Just curious if your plans are for a twin or full size mattress. For the cost, this idea is much more affordable than anything we have considered AND looks great!!!
This is a twin….
Are you still selling the plans and how quickly do you send them?
Yep – still selling the plans. And you get a download link pretty much instantly, depending on your internet speeds. : )
How long did it take you to build? Any special tools needed?
A weekend to build and a few days during the week to paint. No special tools. Saw, drill…..
Just purchased and so excited to get plans to make one for each of our two kiddos!!!
Just ordered. =) Can’t wait to get the plans.
How high did you make it? we are thinking of making one but are worried about are 8 foot roof being to low :/
Our ceilings are 8-ft, as well!
Hi there. Love your loft bed! How hard would it be to adjust the plan to fit a double mattress?
Not sure how hard it would be, but several have done just that! You can do it! ; )
Are plans for this bed still available?
What are the dimensions of this bed?
The dimensions are about 44″ wide x 73″ high x 80″ long…
How high is it under the bed? I just want to know if my daughter would be able to stand up underneath
The measurements can be found here: http://diy4you.me/loft-bed-faqs/. We built it to perfectly fit my 8 yo son, but if you have higher ceilings than we do (ours are 8′), you can easily adjust the plans up higher if you prefer.
Hi! Love the bed! We are looking to build a loft bed for our daughter but need it to fit a full size mattress. Would your plans be easily modified to make wider?
Lots of people have let me know they’ve done it!
We actually bought these plans and built a bed. We also added the ladder on the other side in case we need to put it on other wall. Posting pics in about 5 min. The plans are awesome, extremely detailed with pics. Very easy to make and cost us 150$ Max.
Yay – love to hear this!
Just purchased plans and can’t wait to build!!!!!! Will post pics as soon as it gets done.
What color and brand of paint did you use for your loft bed? Will purchase plans via cc tomorrow….can’t wait to start project this holiday weekend.
Hi there! I used Kilz Latex primer, tinted gray. Code on top says: B 1Y BG. Might make sense to someone!
Then for the black, I used Benjamin Moore Natura in eggshell. Can says Base 4 513 4x. I had it colored to Black Beauty.
Thanks for asking!
Hi, I´m from Argentine . I love this Loft bed and i want to make it for muy tall teen daugther. Are you still selling this plans! Thanks
I purchased the plans, went to a couple of different places to get the supplies and have 2 questions regarding what to get:
1- For the 2-1/2 screws, did you use the #8 or #10 size 2-1/2″ screws?
2- Neither place had the 1-5/8″ screws. Should I go a size up (1-3/4″) or a size down (1-1/2″)?
Let’s see. 1-our 2-1/2 screws don’t specify 8 or 10. Husband is guessing either would work. 2- the 1-5/8″ screws, I guess you can go larger so long as they aren’t so long that they poke thru the wood.
Perfect bed. We built this for my son this past fall. We even painted it blue. It is exactly what I needed/wanted. My son has a small room and 8 foot ceilings. We did not want a ladder and I wanted to make sure he could climb out without having to go over a railing. We also added a L shaped desk underneath. Best $10 I ever spent
Wow – thanks so much or the feedback and great compliments! So happy you like it!
Hey, Just sent payment of the plans! I absolutely love this its the perfect blend of what I am looking for in a loft bed!
Is there a way to make the height even taller? We have 10′ ceilings so something slightly higher would work even better for us. Also, can you make it so it fits a queen bed?? Your design is beautiful, simple and has a slight modern touch to it. Love it!
You can adjust the plans however you like. We just made it up as we went along. I can’t tell you exactly how to make it taller or into a queen, but you can probably figure it out as you go….
This looks like a great option for smaller rooms! The upright ladder is a great idea. Could you tell me the final size so I could make sure it will fit in our daughter’s (smaller) room? It sounds like this will fit a standard twin mattress then (39″ x 75″). Thanks!
Hi there! It’s approximately 44″w x 79″ l x 72″ tall.
I just got your plans, did you post any video. on YouTube, thank you.
What a great idea! Unfortunately, it did not occur to us to film it as we went along.
I am considering buying the plans for this but curious if you have suggestions on turning it into an L shaped loft. I am sure there would be a secure way to do it, just not sure how. Any ideas?
Also, what did you use to sand the wood prior to painting?
I apologize, I have no ideas on how to turn it into an L-shape – though people have told me that they have done just that. If anyone sends photos if this I will post!
I’ve been searching for the perfect loft bed for my 9 yr old son and I’ve FINALY found it!! I love your bed!! I just purchased it with my card. I’m going to adjust for a full size bed. Hope the plans come ASAP as I’m excited to get started!! Thanks.
We are in the process of sanding and getting ready to put the bed together. Did you paint or stain the bed?What color did you use?
Hi there Tracie! I used Kilz Latex primer, tinted gray. Code on top says: B 1Y BG. Might make sense to someone!
Then for the black, I used Benjamin Moore Natura in eggshell. Can says Base 4 513 4x. I had it colored to Black Beauty.
Hope this helps!
We have been looking for a loft bed for our son for months. We were excited to find your design on Pinterest. We love it! Just paid via PayPal. Look forward to getting the plans and getting this project going! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
Is it possible to have plans sent today or tomorrow am if Paypal authorization is submitted today? I have family arriving from out of state tomorrow to help with this project and we just found your design moments ago in lieu of another design.
Thanks for your consideration!
Yes! I believe if you use a credit card, paypal sends approval right away. If you do it now, I can get plans right over! ; )
Are you still sending plans over with Paypal?
Would like them- and fast (we have gone through 2 loft beds is the past month and neither are cutting it for me so I’m finally deciding to build one- you guys look like you have a solid bed!!
We are still sending plans out daily!
Thank you so much for sharing this! I just ordered the plans and will start shopping for wood as soon as I get the materials list with the plans. Forgive me if you’ve already said this elsewhere, but what type of wood did you use or would you recommend?
We used pine. ; )
LOVE THIS I sent payment through paypal lat night and cant wait to get started can you email the PDF asap ! thanks
Is there a weight limit for this bed?
Not officially…? But our whole family of 4 can be up there with not so much as a creak or budge!
I bought your plans a while back and am just finishing painting the wood. Love love love your plans. I love your back wall too. What is it made from?
Thank you! Here is everything I can tell you about the wall: http://diyloftbed.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/the-wall/
Hello, will this plan work out for a queen size? Thank you
I’ve had many people say they planned to convert to a full, but none so far have mentioned queen. I’m still waiting to hear back from anyone who has made a full-size version. Anyone???
My husband purchased the plans last night via PayPal! We are anxious to hopefully start the project this weekend!!
Hi:). Could you tell me the length of this loft? We are thinking of putting a queen bed perpendicular underneath the loft, but want to make sure it fits:)
Hi there! The bed is around 78″ long.
Hi! I love your design. A quick question, is the bed assembled with screws or bolts? Thanks!
We used carriage bolts.
Am a single mom with very little knowledge about making things. Closet I’ve come was “assembling” my daughter’s crib 🙂 Any chance I could purchase one already made or request that of you? This is a great solid design!!!
Ha! Thanks for asking! If we hadn’t gotten so many requests for this, we could consider it! There’s no way we could build so many.
Thank you! I can’t wait to start this. I could not find a loft bed I liked for a reasonable price! Love this!!
Hi I was hoping to talk to you about purchasing the blus prints for this ASAP 🙂 if you could pls email me thx!
Hi there! There is a paypal link right there in the post….
Yes I would love these plans
Love the design it is chimp simple, but I have one problem. The ceilings in my son’s room is 7′ 10″. Can you send me a design for a shorter twin loft bed to fit his room. My son is 9 years old so he will definitely need head room to sit up in his bed. Thanks!!!!
All you would need to do is shorten the legs by 2″. Would be a very simple alteration!
Just ordered ours via paypal, for our little boy. We live in England and can not wait to get on with this build and show all our friends, this side of the pond!!! Thank you so much for the inspiration. Lisa x
Just ordered the plans – can’t wait to get started! My son’s going to love this bed 🙂
This looks like it might work for us. I’ve been looking at different plans..my daughter already has a low loft with ladder. I want something higher with no ladder. Please email the pdf once the paypal clears. Thanks.
Looks awesome. Ordering mine today!
Hi..I think we’ll order the plans..looks great and a straight forward build. Curious how long it takes to build? Thanks!
Hi Pete! You could easily get this done in a weekend (or a day if you have a longer attention span!). Ours took a bit longer since I primed (had to let dry) and then painted (two coats, with drying time in between). Your mileage may vary! ; )
Great..thanks. Just sent Paypal through. Will fuel project with a fine microbrew (or 2)..so I hope for some good mileage over the weekend! 🙂
Ours was fueled in much the same fashion and turned out perfectly! ; )
Just ordered, can’t wait!
Send pics!! ; )
We made ours today and our son Cam loves it! Thanks again for the instructions.
How much space between the top of mattress ( we have a 8″ thick mattress) and a 8′ ceiling? Thanks so much. Rick
We have a small house and my daughter has been asking me for one of these for a while!! Thanks for posting on Craigslist!! We ordered the DIY instructions and will get to it asap! We will paint ours pink and yellow to match her room! Can’t wait! 🙂
I just ordered your plans for the loft!! Looking forward to the project…making 2 for my boys’ room. They are all excited! Hope mine turns out as nice as yours!
Wow! i am so excited about this. You are my kind of people. I love projects and as soon as I clear this with my my sister, i hope to purchase your plans and build this for my nephew. I dont think i have any questions, due to the great ones already asked. BTW, brilliant idea to sell the plans. Okay lastly, i am so happy you included your “how to” for the wall. Yes there are several other tutorials, but i think you did it simply and efficiently. This just made my week lol Thank you!
Thanks Beth! You just made MY week! ; )
I love this bed! I almost bought a bed that would have cost so much more and would not have been great quality. What was I thinking? This is fantastic and I can’t wait to get started.
wow – thanks so much!!!Lemme know how yours turns out!
Can you tell me how wide this is? Very small room and trying to decide if we can fit 2 beds. Thanks!!
Hello! The bed is about 44″ wide. Hope this helps!
Hi! I found your loft bed on Pinterest! It’s Perfect! I was wondering a couple of things. Are you still selling the plans and materials list? Also, we are wanting to put this over top of a full bed. (you know, across the head of the full) So instead of using the under area for play, it’d be for the bed we already have. Also, where did you buy your wood? The cost for your supplies sounds great!
Hi there! Yes – still selling the plans and materials list…. I love your idea of putting over a full bed! YOu can buy the wood at Home Depot, or any lumber retailer….
THANK YOU 😀 I just purchased the plans through pay pal 😉
Hi! Do you have a feel for how well the loft will hold up if/when it rocks back and forth? I only ask because my Dad and I put together a loft for college (too many) years ago and after climbing up an down over and over, the joints loosened up quite a bit. I always thought a diagonal cable along the back wall would have kept it together, but you may have a better joint approach than I had (when I was 18!)
Ha! This brings back memories! But I will say, this bed is S-O-L-I-D solid! Both boys (8 and 6) have been using it as a virtual jungle gym and it has not budged. It’s just another reason we decided to build our own. The ikea one was all wobbly and chintzy, imo.
How much clearance (height) under the loft bed?
Hi Tyler! There is about 53″ under the bed. This can be easily adjusted if you wanted to. We have 8′ ceilings, so this gave the best division of space up top and down below, for us.
Is it designed with slats all along under the mattress or is it designed to be used with a bunk board?
Hi again! Plans are for slats, but you can of course make any changes you wish…..
We just put in the payment in PayPal and look forward to seeing the plans soon! A few questions: (1) is it easier to paint each piece and then assemble, or better to paint when it’s done? (2) for a small room, is it better to assemble outside the room and try to move it in afterword, or build inside the room from the get-go? Thanks for any thoughts you may have!
Thanks for ordering! We got the bed assembled loosely then took apart to paint. I’m sure you could paint it once it’s all set to go instead, and that’d for sure save a step! We got it ready in garage, then assembled in the bedroom…. Was pretty easy!
Hi there, we r definitely interested but could u tell me what tools you would need to build this and skill level?
Hi there! The tools we used were: hammer, saw (most lumber places will cut the wood for you, though), drill, and a wrench. Skill level: I’d say pretty much beginner. But I think you’d need two people to do it…. Thanks for asking!
Thanks so much for sharing! I’m planning on making this for my little boy. He’ll be STOKED!
Is there anyway to make this a bunk bed using your plans? I am looking to buy a bunk bed for my 8 and 9 year old but can’t find anything I like for a decent price. Everything is too big and to expensive. I like the simple look of this and that the ladder is at the end and not taking up more floor space.
I had to defer to my handy husband, who says: Absolutely! You would just duplicate top bunk and have it align with bottom step (as the top bunk aligns with top step). So there you have it! Thanks for the great question!
Another question, could you make this bed to where the top bunk is a twin size and the bottom bunk a full size?? My husband is going to be making this and I’m a little iffy on it since he’s basically taking this picture and altering the measurements. LOL Thanks
Hi there! You can certainly alter the plans however you wish…. I do know that some people put a full bed perpendicularly underneath the loft – thought that was a great idea!
Where did you get the sail? That is a fantastic touch!
ha – thanks! It is a curtain panel that came from Ikea, probably 6 or 7 years ago now,though. I have the other “half”, just waiting for a use for it!
Are the desk (dresser?) and table included in the plans, or just the bedframe?
Hi there Andrew! Shown in the photo is a table from ikea, which we later modified for better use of the space (see here: http://diy4you.me/solutions-in-legoland/). Also shown is an old bookcase from – I think – target. So, no – those things are not included in the plans. Thanks for asking!
It looks beautiful, and I would like to buy the design but I have a question first. How tall is it? And can it be made into a full instead of twin easily? thank you
Thank you!! The bed is about 73″ tall. It is shown here with our 8′ ceilings. I know several people have mentioned that they are converting the plans to fit a full sized bed, but I have not yet gotten feedback on how it went. I can tell you that a full mattress is 15″ wider than a twin…. That’s the extent of my knowledge on that!
hi! I’m looking for plans for a loft bed frame for full-sized mattresses. Could you send me that? Or do I just need to make a few minor adjustments to the width of your original plans? thanks!!
Love, love, love it!
It looks amazing! And for such a great price! Love the wood accent wall with the light as well! Beautiful!
Thanks for the kind words, Jen! I also have to thank you for some inspiration: we now have a behind-the-door gift wrap station, thanks to you! ; )
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