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Forum topic by deadherring posted 04-12-2021 05:09 PM 270 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-12-2021 05:09 PM

Hi all,

I’m looking for a set of simple loft bed plans. We are moving to an apt and the bedrooms are small so I’d like to make 2 loft beds for my two boys. There will be a desk under the bed.

Requirements are a ladder (no stairs), and freestanding, so no drilling into the walls, needs to fit a twin mattress. Needs to have enough space underneath for a desk and chair for a 15 year old (i.e not very short for little kids). Needs to be sturdy to support a 15 year old (I’ve seen plans with 1x support legs which seems not sturdy enough).

I’ve looked at the Wood magazine website, youtube etc and haven’t found anything that looks like it could work. Just need something pretty simple and sturdy.

I know it’s a pretty straightforward build but I do best with a set of plans to follow.

Thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 04-12-2021 06:29 PM

Built one many years ago for my son. 5 legs out of 2×6. Bedframe using 2×4s, 2×2 cleats around the inside of he bedframe and 2×4s for ladder. Fall rails out of 2×4s. All bolted together using lag screws. He even took it off to college with him. I may have added some 2×4 stretchers near the bottom on the sides against the walls.

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#2 posted 04-13-2021 02:48 AM

I also built one years ago for my son. One challenge was balancing enough height beneath for adequate desk space vs. extreme claustrophobia and trouble turning over (and making!) the bed.

I started with a freestanding design, but even with corner bracing of the bed to support joints, there was considerable racking on the frame whenever my son climbed into bed. I ended up putting a a couple of lag screws through the frame and into wall studs, which solved the issue. When we moved, filling and painting over the wall holes left no easily discernible trace. Adding plywood to the ends and back- essentially making an open box- would help make it able to be sturdy enough to be freestanding. Good luck!

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#3 posted 04-22-2021 10:13 PM

You might take a look at You may need to adjust for mattress size.

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