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So if you're like me and stuck with a small apartment space, have I got a project for you. My apartment is around 51sq.m or about 550sq.f, which was a lot when I was 19 and didn't own anything, but times have changed and I needed somewhere to store my pirate trunk, and milk crates of stuff that I should have thrown out long ago.

What to do?
I was in Ikea helping a friend buy some stuff for his new apartment when I saw the greatest invention since cheese and gravy hit french fries. I'm talking about the kids bunk bed of course, I had a plan formulated before my friend could say "I don't really think that's a good idea".

After a brief sketch on a post it note on the way home, I had devised a plan for my own elevated bed.

A quick safety reminder folks, power tools are dangerous, and you should probably wear some equipment that protects your eyeballs, and hands. Depending how much you get into it, possibly your junk too.

Enough talk! Let's build!
 
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Step 1: The Masterplan

Ok so this isn't the sketch I did on the ride home from Ikea, I powered this one off at work, but it gives you an idea of what I was thinking.

The idea is that the legs protrude about 15-20cm (6"-8") over the portion that the box spring rests on so that it keeps the mattress from slipping off the frame. The sketch obviously only shows a portion of the bed, with the front legs removed for clarity. All for corners are done the same.

Let's go get some wood!
Birdy Jane7 days ago

I like how well thought out your process was. Thanks for sharing this! It does occur to me, though, that folks who write 'ibles on how to do a thing: are they not equally responsible for a corresponding 'ible on how to undo said thing? ;)

Last year my 10 year old had to have a loft bed, so for her birthday I bought a kit and assembled it in her room. Everything went swimmingly, until it came time for her to sleep in it. She found it too noisy, too stuffy, and WAAY too close to the ceiling. So I joined her aloft and had to agree- it felt downright claustrophobic up there (never mind how annoying this was, due to the kit maker's assurance that bed was proper height for a room with 8 foot ceiling). Considering that the ceiling will only get closer as she grows (I hit my head 5 times for every time she did on the night I slept with her up there), I decided not to fight the losing battle, and let her switch bedrooms by moving into our guest room.

A year later, and I really want our spare bedroom back. All I have to do is make that loft bed 'sleepable'! But I've made zero progress in figuring out how I'm going to shorten those legs without disassembling the entire apparatus. This particular kit included all the bells and whistles: upper-story headboard as bookcase, a desk attached on the ground floor, several other shelving options, including a closet rod at one end) My position as an older, tireder, and weaker (not disabled, just a wimp who gets wimpier with age) than average mom makes me cling all the more stubbornly to my lifelong 'work smarter not harder' philosophy.

If you, or anyone reading this, have any ideas on how I might proceed, I'd sorely love to hear them. If you're as stumped as I am, but you can suggest who I might could contact for some insight, please and by all means, suggest away!

Thanks in advance!

HollyMann2 years ago
Awesome Loft Bed! My dad made one for my son last year and added some railing from 2 by 2s....love it! My son has tons of space to play now too...
ryjuki3 years ago
now you have so much more room for activities! *crash*
ilpug ryjuki2 years ago
I understood that instantly.
tngai2 years ago
solid?
Atradius7144 years ago
Awesome I've been wanting to do this for a while. My Spidey sense tells me the chicks really dig it too;)
Admirabilia5 years ago
Woot!

I had built a frame much like the one pictured in this instructable for my bachelor apt in Toronto a few years ago (about 60 high) and alas have no pictures to document its particular radness... i commend you on your efforts and your apparent lack of cross bracing. I was worried about 'rockin' the bed and developing a squeak... which eventually i did.. but there were many possible reasons for this as my frame included a book shelf built into the side, so lots of places where noise could be made etc.

I used a 2x8 on each corner for the legs and i'm planning to build a bed now that is about 36 high so i'm thinking 2x4s are adequate in this next attempt.

Thanks for posting this and giving me a different perspective before i set out to the home depot tomorow to get my lumber cut!

:)
Happy sleeps
ljtonga5 years ago
spiderman rulez!
Ahnix5 years ago
I like it. I'm going to build one.
hamares6 years ago
i am so gonna make this, i have plan of closing up the bottom with a bookshelf/trap door on the wide side and a media center on the foot of the bed, just need to move crap out of room
weel6 years ago
Do I spy Canadian style square slotted screws? Awesome!
mikeasaurus (author)  weel6 years ago
omg, they've found me!
jgscott9876 years ago
I built one of these in college. Mine had no legs, however. The frame was bolted to two walls, and the outside corner was hung from the ceiling with a heavy chain bolted into the ceiling joist. Worked great and left the entire floor space wide open. I had a sofa and a coffee table under mine.
awesome but I think it would be a little terrifying to sleep in it if it doesn't have legs...
I was a little apprehensive when I cooked up the design, but after building it and testing it with several people hanging from it, I found it to be rock solid.
I also used just a mattress, no box-spring. Much less bulky and just as comfortable.
freakarm6 years ago
Nice. My dorm room mate and i did something similar back in college. Ours were 6' off the floor and at 90 degree angles to one another. Made a hell of a lot more room.
Belcher10356 years ago
Next (much more difficult) Instructable: How to meet girls that would be willing to climb into a bunk bed with Spiderman sheets.
dr_cool6 years ago
dont want to look picky, but with out minimal lateral pole, falling is quite easy...
mikeasaurus (author)  dr_cool6 years ago
read step 8, second paragraph
Pasketti6 years ago
I made something like this for my daughter a couple of years ago. Different materials, but same general idea. The main difference is that I put in some diagonal braces between the legs at the head and the foot to stop the swaying instead of bolting it to the wall. I used 2x8s for the legs, with the bolts mounted horizontally, so there wasn't much front-back swaying.
xrobevansx6 years ago
Why not go up a few feet more and make the under-bed area a place for a futon or other small couch? Maintain the floorspace for sitting....maybe a desk? ...and free up the rest of the room for other stuff like TV...chairs, etc? Essentially it would become a small loft (?) Just ideas... great instructable!
I just re-read #8...Still....I would've opted for higher! I guess I live dangerously!
iKill6 years ago
lovin the spidey sheets