Dimensions given will accommodate an Extra-Long Twin mattress with 1' extra on every side.
We are making these lofts to take to Iowa State while living in a Dorm. We will be able to put a desk or sofa underneath. A loft is a great way to gain floor space; so much more room for activities!
After a full school year of sleeping on this loft I have made many drastic improvements, mainly that it now accepts the frame provided by the school. This new version can be found here. Thanks all for your support!
Step 1: Materials
These lofts are made entirely of dimensional lumber, bolts, and screws.
Miter Saw (power)
Cordless Drill with Screw bit
Corded Drill (opt.) with 3/8" drill bit
18 3/8" Carriage Bolts
18 3/8" Flat Washers
18 3/8" Lock Washers
18 3/8" Nuts
Small box of 2-1/2" Deck Screws (torx opt.)
8 - 2x4x6'
8 - 2x4x8'
3 - 2x6x8'
Step 2: Cut Your Wood!
8 @ 72" uprights (6')
1 @ 88" back bottom brace
2 @ 78" inside slat rest
4 @ 44" ladder/ side brace
6 @ 44" Slats (can replace with 2x6)
2 @ 88" main horizontal support
2 @ 44" top end braces
these dimensions are about 8 inches too long and 4 inches too wide
I would also recommend like a flat piece of plywood in the corners to stabilize
Step 3: Assemble Uprights
Step 4: Assemble Main Beams
Step 5: Uprights + Main Horozantal Support
Step 6: Front + Back
Step 7: Add Bottom Bracing
Fasten with screws.
Step 9: After Thoughts
These lofts were very stable on their own, but we brought these braces anyway, so i put them to use
Another thing we did is get automotive cup holders from walmort, and they fit perfect; great for holding beverage, or put an empty cup in it and hold your cell phone, ipod, or keys.