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How strong is pvc pipe? Answered

 I'm trying to build a bed loft type thing similar to this

I'm thinking about using pvc pipe though because its cheaper/easier, but my only worry is if it will  hold weight. I want to put a hammock on the bottom (occasionally 2 people so ~250lbs) and a piece of plywood on top to make a shelf. 



not strong enough to use that design. you will need additional crossmembers and vertical supports to accommodate the weight. you will probably spend less using the iron pipe since you will only need the amounts shown in the IBLE vs. the cost for the additional PVC you will need to make it structurally sound.

How strong is pvc pipe and how deep should it be in the ground

You'll need to use a well braced design with it, not only because the PVC's weaker but it's also much more flexible, so you'd have a lot of rocking.

It might not be easy to build a bed out of PVC in terms of price, because you'd be using more pipe...