3D Plans – Loft Bed
The four drawings below should give you an idea of just how simple it is to build this bed.
|This sketch shows the necessary parts and the frame under construction.|
|This image shows the plywood being placed on the frame.|
|In this sketch, you can see the completed boxed frame being bolted to two of the 4x4 posts. Note that you must use two bolts and they need to be a minimum of 4 inches long. 4.5 inch long bolts would be preferable. You need two bolts at each post so that the bed posts do not fold under
|Here is the completed loft bed with the ship's ladder. Trim the ladder for length if necessary. With a little bit of ingenuity, you can see how you can install drapes or short curtains on a rod between three of the posts. This will allow the person in the loft to have some privacy. I had the same thing on my loft bed while I was on the USS George Washington!|
3D Illustrations by Marty Hovey
Received these pictures and the following emails. The first one is from Dona Lopez, TX. The second is from Tom Koenig, PA.
"Well it's not really a question, I used your instructions for the loft bed for a "While you were out" style Christmas surprise for my daughter, and I wanted to share the results with you.
I customized it a bit with a desk and a different type of ladder system due to extremely limited floor space, her room is about 10 x 10.
I'm a mom with basic woodworking skills, did it all in three days with only my 20 month old son to help (he's a whiz with the cordless drill lol)!
Thanks so much for the instructions, my daughter was completely floored! By the way the green was her idea!
"Just thought I would share a photo of the loft I just built. Your help was great. I used lots of molding to dress up the 2x lumber. Everything from Lowes, nothing fancy.
I also used rope lighting with remote control to light up the platform around the bed. I recessed the mattress as you suggested but used 1"x 4' angle iron." - Tom K.
Tom also posted this comment regarding his loft bed.
"When I made a loft for my 12 year old daughter this past Christmas I dressed up the 2x lumber with molding. I topped the 2x6 bed frame with a bullnose and cove molding and then put a small dental molding beneath that. I also used a small stop molding on the lower part of the 2x6 to give weight to the lower part of the beam. For the legs I used the same base molding on the bottom of the 4x4s as I have in the entire house. Then I put a small crown at the top of each post. It doesn't make it furniture grade, but it really steps it up from painted lumber."