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Do you have someone you know who that is moving into a dorm room at Iowa State? In this age of crowded space, it seems that there isn't enough room for everything! Lofts provide a convenient way to maximize the space in your room, lifting your bed off of the floor to create usable space for other furniture and accessories. This loft is tall enough to comfortably accommodate an average adult seated in a desk chair.
Lofts are permitted in all residence halls where a loft bed is not already provided as part of the standard furnishings. Currently, the halls at Iowa State University where a loft bed is provided are Barton, Birch, Buchanan, Eaton, Freeman, Linden, Lyon, Martin, Maple, Roberts, Wallace, Wilson and Welch.
For building purposes, bed frames are typically 80" long x 36" inches wide and will fit a twin XL mattress. This can be made for under $100 which is cheaper than renting!

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Step 1: Step 1: Gather Materials

You will need the following set of tools, hardware, and lumber before you begin building the loft.

Tools:

Power Saw
Cordless Drill with Screw bit
Torx Wrench

Hardware:
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 optional)

Lumber:
21-2X4X6’
4-2X4X8’


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<p>So, i just completed a build using your write up as a reference. I must say there are a lot of inconsistencies in your write up. your CAD drawings, and some pictures show the mattress supports on the inside of the vertical legs, and some on the outside. the cuts in the write up are for suspending everything around the outside of the legs. No dimensions outside of what cuts to make. This was not a big deal, just used to seeing dimensions. The support for the matress rails, plywood(Outside of one mention) and the safety rail were not mentioned. </p><p>The cuts outlined above do not account for the safety rail to be installed. I will have to add this on. So I took the 78&quot; 2x4's which are for the safety rail, ripped them down to 2&quot; and cut them to 75 1/4&quot; to install into the support rail to hold the mattress supports. This allows the mattress to sit down into the support and maybe the safety rail will work once this is done. Not sure yet as I have not completed that portion. </p>
<p>THIS DESIGN IS GREATE FOR MY NEEDS!!!!!</p><p>I allready have a basic pine wood bed base and my son has been pushing me to buy him a loft bed, instead I can use his allready existing base, make the frame with lumber and VOILA!!!! will post pictures once i make it, as a 2 job DAD will take more than one weekend but i will make it.</p>
<p>hcasarrubias - I'd love to see pics &amp; instructions when finished. My daughter has a wooden twin bed that she wants made into a loft. She desperately needs more floor space.</p>

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