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
Cordless Drill with Screw 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
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Step 2: Step 2: Measure and Cut the Wood
A good suggestion is to also cut off a half a centimeter before measuring so you have a nice good end on the finished product. Also, if you want a finished look to the loft and with smooth edges, see image below to chamfer the edges.
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
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