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  • julianwhettam commented on makendo's instructable Loft Beds With Bookshelf Ladders2 years ago
    Loft Beds With Bookshelf Ladders

    It could well be possible to make a loft bed for such a room thatwould help maximise space. If you used Makendo's design you'd have tomodify it a bit, or there are other designs around too, including oninstructables.com.3 x 1.13 metres (9'10" x 3'8") is small, but as long asthe door is at the end of the room and any window can be accommodatedsafely, a loft bed could be a boon, as you could double up on some ofthe floor space (at a cost of decreased headroom under the bed, ofcourse). You have to decide if that's worth it, but I've just madeloft beds for my daughters and it's really increased floor space forthem to play on. And they don’t need much headroom!I’ll try to describe the kind of thing you might do – atyour own responsibility.- If it's for a child who...

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    It could well be possible to make a loft bed for such a room thatwould help maximise space. If you used Makendo's design you'd have tomodify it a bit, or there are other designs around too, including oninstructables.com.3 x 1.13 metres (9'10" x 3'8") is small, but as long asthe door is at the end of the room and any window can be accommodatedsafely, a loft bed could be a boon, as you could double up on some ofthe floor space (at a cost of decreased headroom under the bed, ofcourse). You have to decide if that's worth it, but I've just madeloft beds for my daughters and it's really increased floor space forthem to play on. And they don’t need much headroom!I’ll try to describe the kind of thing you might do – atyour own responsibility.- If it's for a child who's still not very tall (e.g. a childunder 10), it could be worth considering a shorter mattress, e.g. 5'or 1.5 metres, so you can make the bed a bit shorter and leave moreof the room with full headroom.- I would suggest the bed platform going across the whole 1.13metres width, which gives a bit of extra space to put things at theside of the bed, and maybe have some bookshelves on the wall next tothe bed.- You could simply use 4x1 inch timbers (or 4x2 if you prefer) onall 4 sides, fixed securely onto the wall on 3 sides. If the wall isbrick, use big rawl plugs or frame screws. For stud walls, find wherethe studs are and screw through into them. You want probably want atleast 3 inches of the screw in the wall in that case. Make sure yourfixings are adequate! Ask someone if need be.- I suggest you use a sheet of 3/4" (19mm) plywood for thebase. It’s really strong, and will give strength to the structure.If you don't have a suitable power saw, you could get yourtimbermerchant to cut it to size for you, but check the anglesfirst. (Just remember to leave an inch or so (2.5cm) of spare spaceall round the mattress, otherwise it'll be a bit tight putting thebedlinen on.)Simply place the ply on top of the timbers you’vescrewed to the wall, and I suggest you then screw and glue theplywood to the supporting timbers.- For the 4th side, i.e. the open end which isn’t against awall, screw and glue the timber across the end of the ply wood. Isuggest doing this one on top of the ply, or fixed on the edge of theply and projecting upwards, to increase headroom and hold themattress in. This timber doesn't need to beattached to theother side timbers if you use the plywood I suggested. (If you likeyou could screw and glue a piece of 2x2 under the ply, then fix awider plank (e.g. 7-9 inches) across the end, with 2 inchesprojecting below the ply and 4-6 inches above.)- You could make a ladder like Makendo's, but at most only halfthe width of the bed, because you need a wide enough opening to walkthrough to get into the space under the bed - so just a ladder, notbookshelves too.- The ladder could be angled or vertical - see Makendo's answer toa question about that. His ladder is pretty substantial, but 4x2timbers should be ample.- You could add another cross timber half way along the bed, likein Makendo's design, to help keep the plywood flat. Screw and glue itto the bottom of the ply. 2x2 or 3x2 ought to do it, I guess?- That's about it! Finish by sanding, to smooth and to round sharpedges, and then oil, varnish or paint. Add a desk, floor cushions orwhatever underneath, and probably a light or two. I do recommenddoing a Google image search for "loft bed" or something, toget ideas. Makendo's design is a great reference, though. I found ithelpful to check out my plans for my daughters’ beds with a friendwho’s more knowledgeable than me, and he made some very usefulsuggestions.

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