Hanging Loft Bed

Introduction: Hanging Loft Bed

About: I'm a student at Iowa State University and I run College Info Geek, one of the web's biggest college blogs. Sometimes I get crazy ideas involving trips to Home Depot.

This year is my junior year in college, and I've just started a new job as an RA. Since I'm an RA, I get a single room. This would be awesome, except for my room is super tiny. To make room for a couch in this tiny room, I set out to make a bed that doesn't take any floor space away from the walls. This is what I came up with!

If you're curious about how I built it or want to build your own, I wrote an in-depth tutorial at my website. Check it out and let me know what you think!

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    Design is the greatest gift we have for the purpose of conquering adversity. When you take a need, compounded by difficulty, add in various limitations, you have the need for innovation. What you have is the ultimate example of the term, 'Necessity is the mother of invention!' In so doing you more than doubled your usable space, created room for future improvements and incited envy in those who behold your efforts. All in all an amazing transformation to a room that normally attracts ire due to the lack of cleanliness. I can see hanging my dresser and wardrobe from the frame work as well and all the time maintaining a clean room. Add a good hepa air filtration system and you have a very healthy living quarters . Damn good job, the finest example of dorm living I have ever seen!

    I saw a loft bed design a few years ago where they had done a similar design, but instead of having the bed fixed in height, it was on a platform that was attached by cables to the frame and could be raised and lowered as necessary via a winch. I don't remember if it was an electric winch or one of the hand winches like you see on boat trailers. It had a similar frame system that went around the perimeter of the room and the builder would raise it up the the ceiling during the day and then lower it to normal bed height at night.

    Looks cool, but would be helpful to put the steps on Instructables. Let me know if you have any questions about how to do that!