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My son wanted a loft bed and Ikea wanted a lot of money for something… something … something that I didn't think much of. As it had been a while since I had done anything (especially large) I looked around and found the Loft Bed Plans on Ana Whites site where the end result did not look like it was made out of 2×6's.

Most of the wood I got from Home Depot (I really need to find a lumber yard around here) and followed the plan (except where I messed up a little). My daughter wants one now and there are a few things I will be doing different with her's.

The plans are designed for hand tools and a skillsaw and drill. As a result the posts are built up from 3 - 1×3" boards. This is fine except the plans have you connect the header/footer to a board and then add the other two. This makes squaring up the posts more challenging then it needs to be and the whole thing unwieldy. I think for my daughters I will build up the posts first, this will let me be more consistent in sizing and then use pocket screws for the header/footer and plugs since it will be painted. Instead of screwing the bed box portion into the end posts I will use bolts so the whole thing will be easier to disassemble and move. Right now it will be a pain.

I started this in the fall on the side of the house (because garage a mess) and then it rained so it sat in the garage partially finished until this spring when I cleaned up and finished it up.

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Very nice job on that bed. That last shot says it all. What a satisfied customer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Nice job.

I've made two lofts based upon ideas that I cribbed from a plan that a friend bought on the internet. In his work racking was a problem, but I avoided this by adding a piece of half-inch plywood to the side destined to ride the wall. The piece is maybe a foot wide and spans/connects the legs. You cannot even see it, and the result is an absolutely rock-solid loft bed.
 

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@fuigb - this thing as is, is rock solid. Ultimately I will be adding a 'cabinet' to be used as a Nerf armory on the side with the wall. We'll use screening for the doors instead of panels for effect (note, my daughter is demanding the same thing) and figure out some sort of locking setup. He also wants a desktop top added for working on and building 'stuff'.
 
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