Loft bed

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Project by Justus posted 05-13-2017 08:48 AM 1628 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Loft bed
The appartment we have here dates back to the 19th century and has a very nice ceiling height of ~ 3.7 m. Thus, there is plenty of room for a loft bed.

The concept was to include a real (if steep ‘n narrow) stair case instead of a ladder and to provide as much storage as possible by surrounding the loft bed with shelves (the classic Ikea Billy, here with birch veneer surface)

The wood used is again the douglas fir deck planks known from my other projects. However, this projects does not use permanent straps to keep it together, rather simple screws are used.

Once the shelves have been carried upstairs and mounted the heaviest part is done. The shelves are set up such that there is a double shelve wall on the left side (two shelves back-to-back), a row of shelves in the back, one wall of shelves on the right side (facing inwards) and one row of shelves on the very right facing outwards.

The stair case is constructed by fastening the deck planks to birch ply wood boards that are cut such that they fit the space left in the back of the Ikea shelves. That is also the reason why the stair case has like a notch in the ply faces – here the sides of the two shelves enter (see second picture). The screw heads are thus hidden.

By the time of posting this project is two years old and in continuous use. The stair case works very well, even two year olds can get up and down without accidents. There are no rails on the sides of the stair case, but the were also not found to be necessary. Since the stair case is so narrow (actually only 54 cm contrary to the design drawings), you can simple wedge yourself with your arms between the sides. Even small children do that naturally.

The lower part forms a very cosy cave and the upper bed is mostly used for reading by my eldest son.

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#1 posted 05-14-2017 12:32 AM

That is a nice loft bed!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 05-14-2017 07:50 PM

Wonderful place for the kids.
A world of it’s own.
Fine work.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 05-15-2017 01:10 PM

Nice job! How about a few more pics of the final product from some more angles!

-- Dennis, WV

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#4 posted 05-17-2017 02:13 PM

Great job! Can I ask what software you used to do your plans?

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#5 posted 05-17-2017 02:16 PM

Hi Dan, thank you for your praise. The drawing was made with SketchUp (Maker Edition). I can highly recommend it for woodworking.

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#6 posted 03-27-2018 07:47 PM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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