Loft Beds – How To Build One

Loft Beds - How To Build One

Ever dreamed about having your own loft bed?

You’re not alone. A loft bed has many benefits, and it’s certainly not reserved for children. 

Why is a loft bed so great?

A loft bed is basically a raised bunk bed but it doesn’t have a lower bed attached to it. It creates more space underneath it in this way for furniture or storage.

If that sounds interesting, you’ll love a tutorial on how to build your own loft bed.

Read on to also discover more about these versatile beds.

How To Build Your Own Loft Bed

Wooden DIY Loft Bed

The process to build your own loft bed isn’t that easy, but it’s something that’s a great project to do in your spare time.

And just think: you’ll have a stunning loft bed by the end of it.

With that in mind, let’s see what steps are involved in making your own loft bed, courtesy of Tomorrow Magazine.

This loft bed design is made of wood and it’s quite simple to build if you have some DIY experience under your belt.

It’s also a great place to start if you’re making a loft bed for the first time.

If you want to add more designs to it, you can use it as a foundation for the loft design of your dreams.

Get The Right Tools And Materials

You’ll need the following tools:

  • one piece of plywood – it should be 4 x 8 x ¾-inches
  • four pieces of wood – 4 x 4 inches, and 8 feet long
  • four pieces of wood – 2 x 6 inch boards, that are 8 feet long
  • six pieces of wood – 2 x 2 inch, 8 feet long
  • Drill
  • Level
  • Wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Measuring tape
  • Nuts
  • Screws
  • Lag bolts


Step One

  • Build a box with the use of the 2 x 6-inch boards.
  • Drill pilot holes in the boards so that the nuts and screws can go into them.
  • With the use of nuts and lag bolts, connect the planks of wood with a wrench.
  • Attach the plywood on the top of the loft frame with drywall screws. This will basically support the mattress.

Step Two

  • Now you have to attach the legs to the frame, so drill holes into the bed frame.
  • Connect the 4 x 4-inch posts (that are eight feet long) on each side, with the use of nuts.
  • If you want to check that your legs are all level, you can use a clamping device to secure them in place before you go ahead and drill. This can help you when drilling to prevent mistakes.

Step Three

  • When the legs have been attached to the frame, you’ll need to attach rails. So, put the loft bed in an upright position and connect the 2 x 2-inch boards all across the legs. You’ll need to use your drill as well as the screws and lag bolts for this one. These will be stairs that lead up to the mattress.

That’s it! Once you’re done, check all your screws and bolts to ensure that they’re securely in place.

Loft In Thought: Things About Loft Beds To Think About

Now that we’ve looked at how to build your own loft bed, let’s look at some important things to consider about loft beds before you go ahead and purchase or make one.

Can Adults Use Loft Beds?

Grown Ups Using Loft Bed

Although loft beds are often thought to be for kids, they can be used by adults.

In fact, they’re a fantastic option for you if you want to save more space in your bedroom, such as if you living space is really tiny.

Unlike standard beds that can be large and take up a lot of floor space, since a loft bed is elevated it prevents a loss of floor space from occurring.

You can also clear up tons of space for other furniture, such as a desk, or storage. This is the perfect spot to put cabinets and drawers.

How much space can you really save by choosing a loft bed instead of a standard bed?

You save up to 30 inches from the floor, but this can go up to 60 inches. That’s a lot of space for you to store your items.

Now, if you think about how a double bed is 54 inches by 75 inches, that’s a lot of floor space that gets eaten up by it, and which a loft bed can prevent from happening.

If you love the idea of having more storage space, you’ll be pleased to know that you can also find sophisticated loft bed designs that feel more like they’re meant for adults.

For example, loft bed frames that are made out of metal or brass keep things looking chic, while painted loft beds that come with shelving and dressers included create an elegant piece of furniture for your bedroom.

Space and storage aside, maybe you’ve always loved the idea of having your own loft bed.

In which case, you should go ahead and have one! It’s never too late!

Are Loft Beds Dangerous?

Two Girls On Loft Bed

Loft beds can be dangerous for young children, and this is largely because of how high they’re off the floor.

However, you can make a loft bed safer for children by installing railings all around it and ensuring that there are no large gaps in it that children can fit through.

Railing aside, the loft bed should have a ladder which is stable and secure.

The mattress should also fit snugly in the loft bed to prevent kids from getting caught in the gaps between the frame and mattress.

It’s important to prevent accidents when standing on a loft bed, such as because there could be a light fixture too close to one’s head.

The loft bed should therefore always be placed in an area of the room where it isn’t close to other furniture and accessories.

When you first bring a loft bed home, make sure that you’ve checked it’s all screwed and bolted securely. This can help to prevent risky situations from occurring. 

How Much You Can Expect To Pay For A Loft Bed

Toddler Loft Bed

Not really into DIY?

You can buy a loft bed, and it doesn’t have to burn a hole through your pocket.

The frame for a loft bed can cost between $150 and $2000, so there’s a wide range of options depending on what you’re looking for and what you can afford.

When purchasing a loft bed, you’ll have to take into account various factors, such as how big it is, what material the frame is made out of, and if it comes with other accessories, such as a guardrail.

Loft beds that are made out of wood instead of metal are usually more expensive.

You also need to take into account the mattress that you will use on the loft bed.

Some loft beds don’t come with mattresses included, which means you might have to spend money on buying a separate mattress if you don’t have one ready for use.

Related Questions

How much will it cost to make your own loft bed?

Since you have to buy all the items and materials, the cost to build your own loft frame can be between $200 and $1000, but it will depend on the materials that you’re using, such as if you’re choosing wood or steel for the frame.

Which is better to use on your loft bed frame: metal or wood?

Metal looks more modern than wood, but wood creates a warmer atmosphere in the bedroom.

If you’re making your loft bed yourself, you’d probably do better to choose wood unless you are experienced when it comes to welding metal.

What mattress can you use on a loft bed?

You can use any mattress you like on a loft bed, but make sure that the measurement of the mattress is correct as you want a nice snug fit between the frame and the mattress.


Loft beds are an interesting way to give your bedroom a complete makeover.

They not only save space so that you can store other furniture and possessions without feeling cramped in your room, but they also give you a chance to integrate them with other furniture.

In addition, sleeping at an elevated position can be beneficial to you if you like not sleeping on the floor.

In this article we’ve looked at how you can build your very own loft bed, as well as featured questions you might have about loft beds in general.

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