Loft Bed

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Project by SirFatty posted 05-12-2012 12:48 PM 3382 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago, my youngest son wanted to have more floor space and a larger desk in his somewhat cramped bedroom. We decided to build a loft bed similar to what you would see in a college dorm room.

It was built with 2×4s, 2×6s, carriage bolts a piece of plywood for the mattress to rest on. It was also wired for power with surface mount fixtures and BX for an industrial look. It was wired so that when he climbed up into bed, he could turn off all the desk lights. Not shown is the headboard/bookshelf/cubby.

The last picture show’s my oldest son helping out, doing some of the wiring.

Just a couple weeks ago, we converted it into a regular sized bed, and the wood from that is being repurposed into some panels and I build the “simple desk” project with it.

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#1 posted 05-12-2012 02:41 PM

I appreciate seeing your last picture of your son doing his own wiring – that is a skill that is getting lost and it’s nice to see you teaching it to our next generation!

The loft bed looks really nice – VERY industrial look.

Great job on all of it – especially involving your son in his own project! :-)


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#2 posted 05-12-2012 06:56 PM

i like it a lot,nice to see son involved

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#3 posted 05-14-2012 12:44 AM

Thanks for the comments. I fully agree about involving my sons. I know a lot of what I know, and certainly got my “do it yourself attitude” from my dad.

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#4 posted 05-14-2012 12:00 PM

Great job, it’s always nice when you can get the next generation involved.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 05-15-2012 09:10 PM

HAHAHAHA! I like that you wired it up. That’s hilarious, and very clever.

I love this bed. After undergrad, I built two beds with my dad, and they were both made with 2×6 construction pine. My last one even has beetle kill! It’s sturdy, and should last long after he gets tired of it (before I went on a diet, I weighed in at 312 lbs, and I could jump up and down on it with my wife sitting there, and it wouldn’t even rock back and forth). Great job, and awesome project.

-- Laywer by day, Carpenter by later in the day.

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#6 posted 06-29-2012 04:43 AM

Looks good. I built one similar for my son. An added thought, as he got older, I built matching bookcases for on top of the desk, they are about six inches up. And the part he really liked, between the two bookcases, I installed a cork board.

-- Chris-Woodstock, Illinois

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#7 posted 06-29-2012 12:23 PM

Hi Chris,

That’s a good idea. I had made drawers and shelves that hung off the 2×6 running along the back, they are not in the picture though. The bed has since been dismantled and lowered. It sits just 6” off the ground.


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