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Loft Bed?

I am looking for plans to make a loft bed for college. I need pictures, and/or step by step instructions. It would be most efficient if there were some way to make shelving and a desk for underneath. Thanks to all who reply!! :)

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bamboo furniture making

Am wanting to build an "Island themed bed" for my 9 yr.old daughter.Am thinking of a bamboo loft bed,since bamboo is so strong.Is there anyone that might have some input?Thanks!

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How do you loft one of those beds with the built in drawers on the bottom??

I'm starting grad school in the fall and opted to live on campus. I haven't lived in a dorm in over 6 years--the lack of space is daunting to say the least. I would like to loft my bed, but the bed provided in the dorm is one of those extra long twin beds with built in drawers on the bottom. How do I construct a loft for a bed like that? 

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How might I make a loft bed where the bed height is adjustable?

I want to make a loft type bed for my daughter, with a desk / dressing table underneath. However, she is still quite young, so I dont want the loft bed too high at night. I want to be able to move the bed platform up and down to a high 'out of the way' position for use in the day and a low position for sleeping (sort of  'just above the desk top position') But I obvioulsy need to be able to move the bed up and down on a daily basis, so I need something to achieve this. I am looking at what mechanisms people might think suitable - tracks with linear actuator or gas struts perhaps? with obviously some sort of locking device. Any ideas guys?

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how do you make a loft bed out of pvc pipe? For a girl? A somewhat girly one?

Okay, I don't need it to be pvc pipe. Just pipe. By girly, I mean the bed has to lean toward the feminine side, as the person who will be using it is extremely feminine.  

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Help me make a murphy bed in my loft!

I am the proud new owner of a work/live loft! Yay! Now I need a place to sleep and stow my bed during the day. I saw the following bed here: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-toggling-bed/step7/null/ It's pretty nifty! I want to use this basic idea for my bed, but I need to address several points: Bed needs to suit a memory-foam bed and box-spring. Total weight: Around 175 lbs. Bed needs to be easy to fold against the wall. The plans above use a lightweight screw to accomplish this, and I think I need something more heavy-duty. I plan to build in a couple of sassy extras such as mood-LED-lighting, as well as a booklight into the frame. I've been lurking here on Instructables for... geez... and embarassing number of years at this point, and now that I have a twee amount of cash and my own pad, I can FINALLY break free of my Ikea-days and move on to projects like this. Help me out with your knowledge of things like hinges, supports, and folding things, Instructables community!

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Does anyone have plans for a Queen size loft bed?

I'm looking to build a loft for my queen size bed to make more room in my apt, does anyone have plans? thanks

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Making coolest self-raising loft bed for kid - please help with hardware!

Hi everybody.  I am going to make a loft bed that will raise automatically when my kid gets out of it.  What I'd like to do (please see attached files) is suspend the bed via pulleys and cables attached to one weight.  The weight would be just a pound or two (trimmable, of course) more than the frame, mattress, bedding, etc. so it will raise itself until the weight hits a stop leaving the bed a few inches from the ceiling.  If necessary some friction could be used to keep the speed reasonable.  At night it should pull down quite easily, and I believe that with this layout, it should come down evenly regardless of where it is being pulled.   I had wanted this to "float", but since it is going to be in a corner anyways, I may run a couple tracks down the wall with hardware to guide the bed and keep it from swinging. The big question I have is how to fasten this to the ceiling.  It is drywall with joists above.  Offhand I'm guessing the bed will be say 110 pounds, so about 225 pounds hanging from the ceiling with the bed empty.  I'd like to have an extra, what, 500 pounds wiggle room?  Worst case scenario, two 150 pound people sitting on the end of the bed...  I mean I can explain that this is a one person only contraption, but I REALLY don't want it coming down regardless of what gets thrown at this thing. Any ideas, criticisms, feedback, will be so greatly appreciated.  I think this could be really awesome, and I know it will make my son flip out!  He's got a very small room, and this will free up so much space. Thanks again.  John

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new bed.. ideas?

Ok so its time I finnaly got a new bed. I've already though about some cool ideas of what to do with it and I wanted to see if anyone would want to contribute aswell. My first idea was to take the legs from my loft bed and put them on the corners of my normal bed. so essentially a normal bed with 4 large post at the corners, from there I would to stretch some sort of canvas or muslin at the top attached to each one of the corners and use https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Projector-on-the-Cheap/ to project whatever I want onto the screen whie I lay down. Another idea I had was to take 2 sets of computer speakers I have and place 1 on each corner of the bed then attach them to a radio which I could use to play music through fm transmiter plugged into my laptop. I already have acumulated most of this stuff around my house so it shouldn't be too hard, but before I make any more steps into the project I'd like to hear your opinions on this.

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Help/suggestions/advice for loft bed at a height of 2.50 m !

Hello everybody, my name is Susanne. I recently moved into a very small but very high apartment in Barcelona. The ceilings in the entire apartment still have the original beams and are approx. 4.50-4.75 m. I am looking for suggestions/advice/help on how high to build. I have been doing a lot of research online already and have been unable to find any loft bed at a height of more than 2.00 m but would love to hear from anybody who has ever had a similar project or can think of a good way to work with height as oppose to space. In addition, I cannot seem to be able to find pictures let alone plans of platforms large enough for a king mattress and then some. I am really looking forward to any suggestions you might have!!!!All the best from beautiful Barcelona, Susanne

Question by SusanneBCN  


Design Software?

I want to create a loft bed with a desk underneath. I want to make an amateur 'blueprint' for my loft bed. Any good free software. I have windows xp. :) Any tutorials you can find on the program, too?

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What are the thoughts on multiple instructables?

I plan on building a wooden loft bed for a very small room in my house I like to call an office. I live about 45 minutes from the nearest town in a small house on the lake so I want to make one for my small office so I can still have the space of an office as well as a spare bedroom for visitors. Anyways, there are a few instructables on loft beds and I plan on making one that will be much more functional and better (not that the ones on here are bad) my question is, should I make it an instructable? it will have more features to it, like a shelving unit built in and a built in loft night table. but basically it will be very similar to others. what do you think?

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I need a way for my dog to climb up to my loft bed from the floor-can't find a long enough dog ramp

How can I turn my Loft Bed wooden ladder into a climbing ramp for my small 19 pound dog to climb up into the loft bed? I have a nice wooden ladder to the loft bed, but the wooden rungs are about 10" apart -too far for my small dog to climb up that 45 degree angle Any ideas? OR ideas for a long enough dog ramp/stairs  (I do not see any long enough for sale anywhere that would reach a loft bed ---and not be too steep.)  The longest ones I have seen available seem to reach from the ground to the tailgate or the back of a truck or the like.  I thought of adding a layer of carpeting to the loft bed ladder, with possibly some kind of strips for my small, agile 19 pound  Mini Eskimo mix dog. She is usually cautiously timid of unstable situations or  obstacles in her way, although she jumps easily from the floor to regular height bed.  Also, I guess i will need to be able to lift up or off whatever dog climbing material I put on it, so that I can  convert it back to something I can climb up into the loft bed too! Unless I build something (maybe from sturdy shipping boxes covered in carpet (I have plenty of carpeting that I could cover a series of large rectangular somehow strung together and that would be flexible (kind of like a roll-out fire-escape ladder is flexible) the rectangular boxes when sealed are quite strong and light weight, and  that would be light weight enough to flip up or down, but I need help on the engineering part of designing and constructing something from boxes or long pieces of carpeting or or from the human  wooden loft ladder to make it more dog-friendly.  Any ideas, or am I just an unrealistic dreamer?

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Where can I find cardboard tubes?

I want to make a chair out of cardboard tubes for under my loft bed, but I'm not sure where to find the tubes at. I'd like to get tubes at least 2-3" wide, up to maybe 4". Any help is appreciated!!

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How strong is pvc pipe?

 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.  Thanks

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Murphy Bed Challenge - concrete wall?

I am moving into a former jeweler's office loft. Awesome! Not so awesome:  everything was built for MAX security. This means these jewelers installed concrete on walls around their safes.  This includes my new "bedroom" which is on the other side of a 10 foot safe. I am attaching a pic with some notes on it to show you the challenge I am having. Since I wanted to  use a murphy bed, I found this tutorial here: https://www.instructables.com/id/A-Murphy-Bed-Installed-Sideways/ However, I do not have a murphy bed frame with which to do this. My bed weighs about 100-ish lbs and is a queen sized memory foam bed. For the masonry/concrete issue, I am considering mounting the murphy bed to the floor, as shown in the aforementioned tutorial. Here are my concerns:  1) How do I drill into concrete and masonry? What tools are best for this job? 2) Since I don't have a murphy bed frame, how do I properly build one? 3) Can I get shocks or springs going on this thing to make it easier to fold into the wall? 4) How can I get the folding-action just right? This room is SMALL, it only really is going to fit my bed.

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New house, living in loft, need furniture, help?

I'm moving into a new house. Decided to move into the loft. Basically, it's the V of the roof, like an attic. I can just barely stand in the center, but I expect to do little more in there than sleep, use the computer (at a desk, IE sitting), and poo (there's a bathroom, weird, huh?). I can use an air mattress, so that's easy. Now I just need ideas for a cheap desk (I'd put the computer on the floor, but I sit for hours, because I'm a lazy-ass and a nerd, so it's gotta be comfy) and a way to store clothes (lotsa shirts, socks, some pants, regular stuff) without big-ass bulky dressers. Everything has gotta fit in an attic-style hole in the ceiling and go up a ladder. Ideas?

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Dog Stairs

I would like to make stairs for my dog to get onto my bed but the thing is I sleep on a loft. Is there any way to make colapsable dog staircase/ very slanted ladder?

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looking for universal frame website

I have been searching for several days trying to find a website. It is a framing system that is used for loft beds, pedal cars, and any number of things. I think it is a .org. It uses holes in square members and the way it is bolted together is very strong. Help!

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Ideas to recycle/upcycle ceiling fan?

I have a ceiling fan/light in good shape (had to be removed to accommodate a loft bed) and would like to recycle its parts. A search turned up little (wall art and an umbrella stand, not much more). Any ideas?

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Need a small amount of help for a homeproject

Hi creative people, I am in need of a bit expert knowledge or good ideas. This is my attempt to make my first homeproject and instructible as I see this idea as being a fun and cool project to use the space I have in my apartment. I have two bed lofts (I'm not sure this is the correct word for it though), my project is about connecting the two lofts so it is one piece together as well as making a way to get up there. I will write the instructible when I have finished the project with a little help (hopefully before the end of may) My problem: I have attached two pictures, the first picture shows the two bed lofts with beams connecting them together, I want to cut a big piece of wood to lay on over the beams filling all the space from the furthest end of the picture to the third closest beam to the camera. Between the second and third closest beams I'm going to build a ladder for easy access (I thought about making a climbing wall as that could be fun and very different). In the second picture you can see the beams, there is a small distance aproximately ranging from 4,5-7 cm from the beam to the top of the metal. I want it to level with the two sides, the big problem here is that one side of the beam is 4,5 cm from beam to the top and the other 7. The difference in distance is different for most beams. Is there any way /materail/idea I can use to make it level while still having approximately 1,9 cm space left? I added a bad paint picture for reference (black is support, red is the board/slab of wood to lie on) I hope you can help as I'm kinda of stuck on this detail to make the project perfect. Regards Droqles

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hi could somebody plz tell me how to redecorate my bedroom

I moved into it about 5 years ago it was my sisters old bedroom I share it with my 17 year old brother its light purple none of the furniture needs to be replace but I'm thinking of making a cool loft bed and making a chill out zone underneath it so could anybody help plz drop me a comment

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Setting up a new apartment, what would you do?

Greetings all, I am soon to move to South Korea and will be sharing a bachelor with my wife on her ESL teaching contract.  I would like to see how many instructables we can take advantage of while there and want to get input from this totally awesome community and what they have used/would suggest to use. Our Goals: - Reduce energy use - Increase healthy environment/food/liquid intake - make best use of small area - nothing permanently altering structure of apartment. Example: The first problem we have to overcome is the problem of a single bed.  While it is easy to say 'just go out and buy a double or an air mattress'.  The problem is that we have to keep the original bed and have zero storage space.  The idea that I found which could potentially help through the use of a Loft Bed instructable which would help us 'lift' the single bed out of our way and allow use to effectively use it for any guest that may stay over as well as get a bigger bed into the apartment. I also saw a really neat instructable using Tesla CD-Turbine and thought maybe there may be some useful electricity to be gained since there is no water bill. Also any number of various LED projects for lights and such. I used this instructable for water filtering at home and will do so while in Korea. Any other ideas would be welcomed!

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