A loft bed is a bed on a raised platform that allows you to use the space underneath your sleeping area to increase the size of a room. In small studio apartments or small bedrooms, loft beds allow you more floor space and can allow you to add a sitting area underneath the bed. In many college dorm rooms, loft beds are used as a way to make it possible for two people to share a room; allowing them to put their desks and dressers under the bed.
Size and Location
The first step to making a loft bed is determining the size and location of the bed. It may seem overly simple, but many people overlook very important details, such as whether or not there is a ceiling fan in the room that might be dangerous to someone in the bed. Also think about where the poles for your loft bed will end up in relation to the rest of your room. It is usually wise to construct it against a corner, so that only one support pole will be an obstacle in the room, with the other three poles up against adjacent walls. This way you don't dodge poles whenever you walk around in your room.
You must not cut corners when building the frame for your bed. You want your four main corner support beams to be large 4x4's that will be able to reliably hold the weight of whoever is in the bed. Build a bed frame out of 2x4 planks, and attach the four 4x4 poles on the outside of the frame at the corners. You'll want to connect all your pieces with bolts and screws, not nails, to make the bed stronger. This will also make it easier to disassemble later. Consider using metal corner braces to keep the legs straight and sturdy.
The next step is construction. When constructing a loft bed, many people don't realize that you will probably have to construct most of the bed in the room where you want it. Unlike other bed frames, a loft bed does not easily come apart because it needs to be strong and support the weight of a bed and the people in it. Cut your wood to size, stain it and paint it outside. You can probably construct any railings (if you plan on having them), your ladder, and maybe even parts of the frame in pieces outside of the room. Putting all the pieces together and getting the mattress on the bed must be done in the room where the bed will be.
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