Full Size Loft Bed (February 2013)

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Project by JSB posted 02-10-2013 04:15 AM 27055 views 9 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I guess this is my contribution to Get Woodworking Week.

How to build a loft bed. This is for a full size bed. Everything you need to build it as well as the SketchUp file for you to modify as needed is here. The footboard side is a full ladder. All slats are 2×4s with a small rabbit to fit in a sub rail. The headboard side has 3 shelves below with a plywood back to add lateral support. The frame is mounted at 5’ off the ground. I still have to sand everything and round some corners but the build is essentially done. I used a lot of scraps for this but total cost should be around $120 depending on location. A shopping list, all diagrams, the SketchUp file, and 6 videos covering the build.

Please use included diagrams to verify shopping list before you purchase materials.
2X4X8 Q3
2X4X10 Q9
2X6X8 Q4
2X6X10 Q1
2X6X12 Q2
2X8X10 Q2 OR 2X8X16 Q1
2-1/2” KREG SCREWS Q78

Link to the SketchUp file:

Link to the diagrams for those who do not have SketchUp:

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-- Jay -

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#1 posted 02-10-2013 06:58 AM

My daughter has been begging me to set something like this up for her. Your timing is great and I like the setup a lot. How did you wind up finishing it? Painted?

One other bit. I noticed you had some sort of quick change on your drill going back and forth from the countersink to the driver. That’s slick! What/where did you get that setup? I can’t tell you how much time that would save me. I’m constantly switching back and forth (so much so that I have my cordless and corded usually set up separately to accomplish sort of the same thing) I’d love to have a quick change rig like the one you’ve got.

Nice work Jay. Thanks for the post and the link to the sketchup. That’s a huge help!

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#2 posted 02-10-2013 11:29 AM

Good job as usual. These are very practical for small rooms.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 02-10-2013 01:47 PM

Patooie – The finish will just be a clear lacquer. I have yet to do it. The quick change chuck is something that came with that particular Black and Decker drill. It was purchased in 2005 and I have yet to see another B+D drill to have it. I suppose because its a great idea but horribly executed. The chuck sticks 50% of the time and is no where near center. It wobbles significantly. I believe there are a few other products out there that can be used with any 3/8 hex or chuckles driver. Check out your local box store.

-- Jay -

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#4 posted 02-10-2013 02:06 PM

A nice build

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 02-10-2013 04:00 PM

great loft bed.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#6 posted 02-11-2013 02:22 AM

Very nice! My boy has a small rom and I have been wanting to build him one of these for a while now. Thanks for sharing!

-- A person of integrity never speaks of it...he walks in it...

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#7 posted 12-01-2016 01:40 PM

I built this in a full size for my grandson. I made a few changes and added a fold up desk to one end.

Thanks for the plans it was a great build.

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