My kids are getting bigger and they need more floor space in their rooms. We’ve decided loft beds might be the way to go. Get the beds up in the air, create some desk space under the bed, and free up some of the rest of the floor space. I’m in the early design / concept phase right now. Some of my criteria include: - fits a standard single bed mattress- strong enough to hold a full size man, say 200+ lbs- robust joinery, kids / teenagers can be tough on furniture- knock d...
I put together some concept drawings to solicit some feedback from my kids. Here’s one concept with a desk shelf, cork board, and cubby shelf. I had other ideas with no desk just a bean bag and a small table, others with whiteboards on all back sides and the desk across the front, another with a corner desk only. Using sketchup works well, I can rotate, add, subtract, all pretty painlessly, and get real time feedback as to what looks good, and what gets no interest. I think I&...
My daughter is now two and a half and my wife and I have another on the way so…. time to move the little one out of the crib, the only problem is that she doesn’t like the toddler bed that was passed down to her because she is afraid of falling out of it….so what do I, well I am building her a loft bed that is 4’ off the ground, makes sense right? Yea, I thought so too. I decided on a loft bed after seeing a few with play areas built under them, and decided tha...
I have several projects in the works right now. I will be working on several at the same time but where most of my attention will be is with this loft bed. My boss presented me with a sketch of what she wanted. Some SketchUp time later she approved a design for the project. Here is what we came up with. The entire build will be recorded. Thanks for watching!
Well my grand concepts finally gave way to practical realities. I wanted to build a bed with minimal to no mechanical fastener that would knock down to a bundle of sticks, easily strapped to the top of a car for when I tossed the kids out into the cold cruel world. I futzed with a bunch of different concepts and built some prototypes, nothing was sticking. So eventually I cried uncle and went with the standard glue and screw and fixed rail ends. Now I’m finally making some progress....
Well after way to long working on this bed I finally finished it and my daughter loves it. It probably would have been much simpler to just use smaller posts instead of glueing the three 2×6’s together and then cutting them down or to not have ripped all of the 2x material down so that…well they didn’t look like 2x material but I am really happy with the results. With the head and foot boards mortised, glued, and lagged together they are really strong. I notched ...
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