Introduction: Space Saving Loft Bed for a Bookworm/night Owl (NOT IN CHICAGO AREA)

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So here's my situation. I currently share a bedroom with my younger brother, so i only get half a room to myself. Being the creative teen that I am, i just can't let this slide. So here's the idea. If i can't get more floor space to myself, why not utilize the air above me for space? And thus the loft bed idea was born. I found some ideas online, but none really suited my needs as a night-time reader. i like to read in bed. so as such i decided to use my (Officially certified{Yes i have a certificate to prove it}) skills in Autodesk AutoCAD to design my very own. A few things i had to take into consideration:
1: The ceiling is 8ft high, so the bed itself has to be about 5ft or so.
2: I only have about 8' x 3' of floorspace to work with.
3:I need light to read by, a softer light than that of the ceiling fan.
4: as plans for a future project involving space currently occupied by my dilapidated dresser, i decided to incorporate a wardrobe of sorts to the design.
(Entry for the improve your room youth design challenge. please vote for me ^*^)

-=|UPDATE 11/12/13|=-

     I'm currently working on a new and improved version of this design. same concept, just a ton of improvements. thank you all for your constructive criticisms and I'm taking them into account. The bed looks more "Solid" now, and I'll be posting it as a separate instructable and entering it into the contest, so seeya soon. <(^-^<( 

-=|UPDATE 1/21/2014|=-

AutoCAD is being a pain and as a result I've had to scrap al of my progress on this project and start anew as the file got corrupted somehow. Looks like I'm Starting over.

Loft Bed Remake, Take 2


Step 1: A Solid Foundation

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The first thing i needed was a rough frame to start.

Step 2: Dress for Success

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Now as i built upon the frame i thought of different features that would prove useful to me, like a bookshelf and a wardrobe.

Oh and a mattress. I could definitely use a mattress. 

I also took into account that the bed would not sit up against the wall perfectly due to the floorboards. the one's shown in this rendering are 3/8" inch thick.

Step 3: Light the Way

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Now i decided that I'm going to need some light to read by, so why not the mellow light of some RGB mixed LEDs? also added a back to the bookshelf along with lights under the bed for general purpose.

Step 4: Final Thoughts

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     And thats about it. I had a blast designing this one, and it only took about 13 hours spanning 2 weeks to finish. I plan to build this one as well as incorporate a beanbag chair for reading under the bed. I'll be sure to post that as i build it.

     Until next time, Peace out.


choppedupcoconut (author)2013-10-08

*not render

There is an edit button, just for things like this. ^^^^
Just FYI

choppedupcoconut (author)2013-10-08

Very cool.
I personally think it needs some adjusting. I can't imagine the side with the steps would be able to withstand much weight. Having something diagonally rather than standing straight up puts a lot more pressure on the joists, nails holding that side up. I think you would definitely need something a couple of 4x4's or something to bring some of that weight to the floor rather than on the joists.
It would have to be VERY structurally build for that side not to slide out causing the whole unit to go down.
But, this is a very cool design. That's my only critique.
I sure as hell couldn't design something like this 3D rendered. I took construction academy, and I can build just about anything, but I definitely could render this design. good job

Thanks so much for the critique. Yea that's the one part of it that I knew needed improvement. What if i connected a beam as a brace reaching from the bookshelf/ladder to the beam supporting the back corner. Do you think that would fix it?

fionagrace (author)2016-11-08

would you use nails or screws????????

CryoFireProductions (author)2013-12-14

my mouse double clicked and posted the same comment twice XD

Ryhorn12 (author)2013-12-03

Best idea ever except for the fact that I can't do that because my ceiling is about 6 feet high and I can touch it.

that's really low. How does that pass building codes?

It used to be like upstairs storage because my mom uses the attic as an art studio.

ah ok

stormagedon98 (author)2013-11-29

Out of curiosity, what software did you use to design?

AutoCAD 2013.

returnofkrebs (author)2013-11-25

You might find some proven and practical tips for construction from Just a thought.

omg that one looks just like mine XD. much older instructable though. good tips. I'm redesigning the whole thing right now. AutoCAD is being stupid and won't let me edit the file. I have 2014 now and the bed was made in AutoCAD 2013.

Ryhorn12 (author)2013-12-03

For the angled staircase problem, you could still have it angled but support it on the sides and use the space underneath for storage

murphybedhq (author)2013-10-18

Neat design. Like the little cozy lighted area on top of the system :)

Thanks. actually i have a love-hate relationship with the headboard design. as nice as it is i realized that it's not exactly ideal to lean back against if I'm sitting up in bed on my laptop.

incoming design tweaks

Ahh I can see what you mean... looking forward :)

Jolonar (author)2013-10-21

In regards to the whole bookshelf/ladder area, you could bring another support strait down, while keeping the ladder area the same angle (side view /| ). Yes this would reduce the area underneath a bit, but it would solve your support issue and allow you to deepen the shelves, or even put some more shelves on the back side. Wonderful Idea though. You've got my vote. =)

thank you so much ^*^

I'm actually in the progress of doing something similar to the design already.

not only did i bring a beam down /| but i also placed a brace to help it reaching to the back support like so: /|_| so now i have virtually the same space, just with an "L" shape of wood in the back to help keep it structurally sound. like a 3 legged Loft bed

Now the big question is this: I'm I allowed to edit my contest entry with improvements? is that permitted or will i be disqualified? ;.;

legodude2020 (author)2013-10-15

Awesome! Voted!

Thank you ^*^

jim0825 (author)2013-10-09

Looks good. Well rendered and pretty sweet design.

I agree with choppedupcoconut that the angled ladder end might not be able to hold the weight without sagging. You might need to add some bracing at that end. If you have the option (i.e., allowed to put holes in the wall) you may be able to attach a ledger board to the back wall to help take some of the load, but the corner with the ladder might still need some additional support. Depending on the thickness of the mattress board (I'm assuming it's a sheet of plywood) you may also need to add some bracing to prevent it from sagging as well.

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