This will give you an overview of how to make a sturdy wooden deck inside your apartment. Yes, you read that right, *inside your apartment*. We didn't have enough common area space, so we decided that this was the way to get more - build a deck out over our entry stairwell. It was really wasted before, so just like the wetlands in the Bay area, we "reclaimed" some space....

Step 1: Rule #1: Get your roommates to do all of the hard work

That's Nathan, chiseling a piece to fit. And in the second picture, he's attaching 2x8 boards to the 2x8 pieces that we sunk into the wall with masonry bolts. The third shot is from earlier, when we had only attached the 2x8 to the wall. Go Nathan!

The long pieces are hung at the ends with sheet-metal braces.
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hahaha, the guys face in the last picture is hilarious
Hi, Very nice job.....Question....how did you anchor the 4x4s to the subfloor...I'd like to build one but 8-10 ft off the ground....but im not sure how to anchor the 4x4s....or just free stand it...thx...jojo
I have 2x4's running along the floor, and I sunk long screws through them into the floor. Then, the 4x4's are cut very flat so that they sit on top of the 2x4's, and I put some nails through them at an angle down into the 2x4's, to keep them in place. Nearly all of the load-bearing is in the downward direction, so the nails are really just to keep them from slipping side-to-side if they get kicked or something.
Nice construction. Makes me wish I had taken pictures of all of the lofts and decks we built while attending univeristy for our dorm rooms and then in our apartments when we lived off campus. Also, I'd call this more of a loft than a deck since it appears you're building out over a large height. The third story apartments in our current apartment complex all have lofts to reclaim the space left with raised ceilings.
DUDE ! I hope you put some railings up along the side so you don't fall off your bed and down the stairs !!!!
nah, no railings.. we used it more like a couch, so most of the time there was nobody sleeping on it anyway. I don't think we had any falls, even at parties!
very cool. You've got me feeling a bit inspired.
Wow, this makes me want to build a loft in my bedroom! Very nicely done!

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