Stairway Loft

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Project by Chris Davis posted 02-19-2010 02:56 PM 7766 views 65 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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This is a loft that was completed in February 2010. Lately the stairs on the bunk and loft beds have been very popular in the imported kids market. I had a customer that want me to build a custom one. They couldn’t find the stair loft with a desk, chest, and bookcase. So this is what I came up with.

It is made from Red Oak with a Gun Stock stain from Minwax. It is finished with two coat of Pre-catalyzed lacquer. The finished size is 101”w x 42”d x 64”h.

The feature that I like is the drawers under the stairs. Why waste space. If it is like my kids room you can never have enough drawer space. Where do they get all those cloths? Another feature the customer requested was a keyboard tray that had sides so it could be used as a pencil drawer. Also to keep the little one off the very top, I cut a 1/4” groove at the top stairs to where a panel can be inserted and block off the upper section.

Here are some raw video footage of the build:
Barrett Cut/Rip
Barrett Banding
Barrett's Chest
Barrett's Bookcase
Barrett Desk pedestal
Loft Side Layout
Barrett Loft Sid
Barrett's Stairs
Barrett Siderail

Here are some building pictures:
Loft Stairs
Cutting the arch for the stair sides
Bookcase building
Chest being built

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#1 posted 02-19-2010 03:14 PM


This is a fantastic project. I do not know of any child who would not love this design. All the neat spaces and outstanding use of space. Really excellent!

-- Richard

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#2 posted 02-19-2010 03:29 PM

I love this! You should get into this business full time. Could prove to be superlucrative. After all, there’s a child born every few minutes. This is outstanding!

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#3 posted 02-19-2010 03:51 PM

Very nice design, and more importantly its practical.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 02-19-2010 04:02 PM

I wish it was only full time. lol. Right now it is about double time (70 hours/week)

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#5 posted 02-19-2010 04:18 PM

that’s a great looking bed, desk, dresser, etc… very nicely designed and constructed….

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#6 posted 02-19-2010 05:50 PM

This looks like an excellent project. I know there is a big market out there for this kind of furniture. Too oftern this type of stuff is cheaply built. Yours looks very well done. I believe you could make a lot of money with this design.

-- Mike

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#8 posted 02-19-2010 06:33 PM

Wow, Talk about practicality, it doesn’t get any better.
Beautiful work Chris.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#9 posted 02-19-2010 06:51 PM

Holy cow that’s an awesome bed! Great job! If my kids had the room I might have wanted to do something like this.

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#10 posted 02-19-2010 07:00 PM

Nice design! I really like the built in stairs. Great job!

-- Dennis,!/MpleGrvWoodwrks

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#11 posted 02-19-2010 07:16 PM

Oh … how COOL!!!

This is the kind of project that should have been on one of the HGTV shows.

Really nicely done!

-- -- Neil

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#12 posted 02-19-2010 11:42 PM

Is that a bunk bed or an appartment. LOL Great job Chris.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#13 posted 02-20-2010 12:58 AM

Just to echo what everyone else is saying, this is a great design, don’t have any children yet but when I do I may be looking at making something very similar (assuming I have the skill by the point)

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#14 posted 02-20-2010 01:50 AM

That is fantastic!!!

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#15 posted 02-20-2010 01:53 AM

very cool!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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