Loft bed that can be taken apart

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Project by dgom posted 01-13-2017 10:01 AM 2341 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It was time for my eight year old daughter to get an own room so I came up with the idea to build a loft bed to utilize the available space effectively. Since the bed might be moved into another room in the future it was important that it would be dis-mountable. This was solved by adding pairs of larger than one inch dowels in the ends of all the long rails to be able to screw 110 mm long screws into the cross grain of the dowels to hold the bed together. The short sides are permanently assembled with mortise-and-tenon joints. The ladder to the bed was integrated into one of the short sides to not hinder the usage of the drawer units for the working desk. The slats for the mattress are bought at IKEA (Luröy). The whole bed is made from construction timber (spruce) and then painted white after shellacking all the knots. After screwing all the parts together, the whole construction became surprisingly stable and sturdy, mainly due to the dowels which allowed for using a high torque. I made an initial design in Sketchup to get the measurements about right. Later, the two long rails for the mattress were exchanged for 110×45 mm (all other parts from 45×70 mm lumber). The plan is to paint all the screw heads or add some type of cover to hide them.

My daughter helped a lot during the build and planning. We started at the lumber yard with selecting the right pieces. Then she helped me with measurements, layout and assembly. She enjoyed a lot to paint. I believe that this project was a great learning experience for her and that she now has a better understanding of all the steps that need to be taken before a project is finished. She is extremely satisfied with her new room and proud that she was participating during the build of her own bed.

Below are some detail images from the build:

Templates for layout of the positions in the rails for the dowels. Notice the importance of the grain direction of the dowels! Third from top is about right.

Routing the mortices.

All the posts.

First test assembly of the bed.

The kids enjoy painting.

Detail of the mounted dowels.

The long screws with washers to prevent them from sinking into the wood.

5 comments so far

View Ivan's profile


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#1 posted 01-13-2017 01:20 PM

You realy made those joints strong. I always found very beautiful this combination of bed and working desk. Nice set.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 01-13-2017 02:03 PM

Very cool. Well thought out and executed!

-- Lalen, Texas. "If it looks straight, it is straight" Jimmy Diresta

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#3 posted 01-13-2017 10:14 PM

This is a very nice piece and you’ve really engineered it well. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 01-14-2017 09:17 AM

Thanks for the nice comments on my project!

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#5 posted 01-18-2017 04:42 PM

Excellent design and build. Great job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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