Loft Bed Plans Don’t Have to Be Complicated

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Exploded Illustration of a Simple Loft Bed Design.

Loft beds are the end result of changes to the old fashioned bunk bed, which was also a space saver for families with large numbers of children and limited places to sleep them. Families are smaller now, but space needs haven’t changed a bit. We still need and want more space. Bedrooms are smaller in most of today’s homes and children still need play areas and study desks. Loft beds can make the room big enough for the child’s needs.

Anther great feature of the loft bed is that no box springs are required, a mattress will do. Read the rest of this entry

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Working At His Desk Beneath His Loft Bed

Designed to Save Space
Guardrails Make Them Safe

Loft bed plans are a top choice for people to use when they want to maximize their bedroom space. You can choose from a variety of plans and designs that range from the ultra simplistic to those that are amazingly complex.

With a loft bed you are doubling or tripling the amount of floor space in a room by raising the bed frame and mattress from the floor and utilizing additional spaces along the walls and near the ceiling.

When you move your bed from the floor you uncover a great deal of unused space that is now open and available for desks, dressers, play areas or storage space. Since you are creating functional spaces directly under the bed itself you are getting at least twice the amount of use from the same square footage.

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Lower Bed with Storage and Guardrail

Choosing the best loft bed plans for your home environment should be based on the room’s primary occupant. If you are planning on installing a loft bed design in a smaller child’s room you may want to choose a design that is raised only 3-4 feet from the surface of the floor. This will still give you ample room to create a play area or study space under the raised bed.

Smaller kids like the feel and look of a raised bed design but they are also comforted by the fact that the mattress is still at a height that is comfortable for them. You may also want to choose loft bed plans that have additional guard rails along the sides to prevent accidental falls to the floor. A ladder that fits onto the bed frame is also a welcome and necessary part of any type of loft bed plans for younger kids.

Teens and college students tend to favor loft bed plans that are a little more daring in the design. Some of these beds have heights that easily measure 5-6 feet from the surface of the floor.

A desk, dresser, entertainment center, and bed...  an elaborate loft bed design.

Well Designed Loft Bed - Dorm Room Perfect

This taller height is more suited for teenagers and gives them adequate room to create comfortable privacy and study areas directly under the bed.

While many people will choose to purchase a loft bed from a furniture vendor others may want to be a little more creative and construct their own. Some of these loft bed plans are designed so that the bed frame rests on top of two chests or a chest and desk which makes them the simplest of all to build.

There are other designs that are much more complex. You do not have to select a bed plan that is very elaborate if you are planning to build one by hand. All you need is the basic frame. Then once you have this unit in place

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Excerpt from Loft Bed Plans

you can purchase storage units, a computer desk and other furnishings that will fit neatly in the amount of space that is present underneath the bed itself.

Today there are a number of easy to construct designs for loft beds that almost anyone can build in a single weekend. You can build the bed frames and storage units from wood and you will only need some basic hand held tools to get the job done. If you find that you are not very skilled with basic woodworking and home construction projects you can still select the loft bed plans that you like and then have someone else handle the actual construction process for you.

Loft Bed Plans You Really Can Do Yourself


Fall is just around the corner and so is college for good number of our students. If your memory is short

Loft Bed Plans showing how the cupboard and the shelves portion are assembled below the loft bed.

Cupboard and Shelf Assembly

or you have never seen most college dorm rooms for freshmen, you’ll be shocked how small they can be.  Some schools, like my alma mater, have been putting three kids in one room, which in my day, were only for two.  These are the dorm rooms for which loft bed plans were designed.

Loft Bed Plans Modification Tip for the Dorm Room

First cut all your structural members and drill the holes for the lag bolts.  If your plans don’t call for lag bolts, modify them so your bed is held together this way.  Just remember NOT to sacrifice safety when you do modify your plans.  Loft beds in dorm rooms are frequently treated rather roughly, especially by the guys.

Next, with your loft bed plans handy, go through a dry run of putting the bed together.  Do mark your plans so you can follow the order which is best for both the assembly and the subsequent “tear down”.   The reason you do this is for your own sanity.

You will probably arrive with your son or daughter on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon in late August.  You and thousands of other kids and their parents.  All of you will be jockeying for space, the chance to help your youngster get settled, and hauling things back and forth as you move him or her into the dorm.  In a word, its a zoo.

Obviously, in your car or SUV, you will have brought the loft bed with you in pieces.  Believe me, you will thank yourself when all you have to do is whip out your loft bed plans for a quick review, then quickly bolt the bed back

Simple sketch of a single loft bed with a small desk and set of cabinets with a bookshelf hutch on top underneath.

Simple Loft Bed Plan with Small Desk and Cabinet with a Bookshelf Hutch

together, and finish by throwing the mattress up on top.  Bingo! You are done, and at the end of the year, just do the same thing in reverse and you will have the bed for another year or another college freshman.

The plans in the example pictured are in the package of plans offered on this website by our sponsor, Ted’s Woodworking.  There several different designs should this one not fit your needs.  Visit Ted’s Woodworking and see if his loft bed plans would suit your needs.


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