How to Make a Platform Bed Into a Loft Bed


Do you have a regular bed that you'd like to turn into a loft bed for more space? Follow these easy steps.

Things You'll Need

  • PVC Pipe
  • Saw
  • Plywood
  • Various assorted hardware
  • Determine the type of bed you have. If your bed is made for bunking, such as mine was, then it will have a male connection (peg) at the top of the bed posts, and a female connection (hole) at the bottom of the bed legs. If this is the case, obtain a PVC adapter that is roughly the same size as the peg, as shown. You may have to put a couple adapters together to get the right size. If you have a bed that is not meant for bunking, and just has flat bottoms to the legs, or perhaps wheels, then just obtain a coupler meant for 4 inch PVC pipe.

  • Connect the adapters or coupler to the end of a piece of 4 inch PVC pipe. Cut the 4 inch PVC pipe to whatever length you wish. This will define the ultimate height of the loft bed. Repeat three times to get four bed risers.

  • Attach a toilet flange to the bottom of the 4 inch PVC pipe. Then, using some spare bolts or perhaps construction adhesive, affix the flange to a square of 12" x 12" plywood. This will be the base for your bed riser.

  • Now paint your bed risers and you are ready to go!

Tips & Warnings

  • Measure twice, cut once. Go slow and take your time. Diligence will be rewarded with a higher quality finished product.
  • Always be careful when using power tools. Use appropriate safety measures, such as gloves and safety goggles.

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