Tips for Constructing Bunk Beds and Lofts

Bedroom with bunk beds, large window, and dark carpet
  • 2-8 hours
  • Advanced
  • 100-300
What You'll Need
Power drill
Paint brush
Measuring tape
Wood screws
Wood adhesive
Sand paper
Paint or varnish

Bunk beds and lofts are a perfect solution for teens’ and kids’ rooms to add a sleek, modern element. They help to economize on space as they can be fitted in small sized bedrooms to accommodate two or more bed spaces. They also come in handy in creating more floor space, which can be used to set up study spaces or playing areas. Find useful tips for constructing such beds below.

1. Have a Clear Plan

Start by accessing some of the resources available in the household. The amount of space available in the kids’ room can be a good guide in determining just how big the beds should be. Measure the size of the room as well as the ceiling height. Since loft beds are tall, getting the vertical measurement of the space can help one to determine if they are the best beds to add in the room.

Be sure to leave enough space for movement. There should also be enough room for someone to sit comfortably on top of the bed. A vertical height of eight feet from the floor to the ceiling is adequate for such additions.

2. Construct the Bed

Built in bunk beds

Check out different styles and designs one can use to make a bunk bed or loft. To make it attractive, consider looking at some of the bed design plans available on the Internet. Choose a design that is a good fit for the amount of space available in the room.

3. Shopping for the Materials

Most of the materials needed for the construction can be bought at a hardware store. Instead of buying expensive tools for the one time project, one can consider renting them out for a fee.

4. Safety Precautions

Loft beds are long and it is wise to use a ladder when taking measurements, setting up the bed and putting it in position. One should exercise care when working in a confined space. It is advisable to work in an empty room. This removes clutter in the working area which can help in preventing accidents.

Do not let pets and kids in the room. Always keep it under lock when not working on the project.

5. Finishing Up the Construction

bunk bed with drawers in an otherwise empty room

Depending on the materials used in the construction, one can fashion the bed to come up with an appealing finish. Bunk beds and lofts can serve as beautiful furniture if they are finished in an attractive way. Take care of the texture of the wood or metal by making sure it is smooth.

Start by using coarse sandpapers and finish up by using fine sandpaper. Brush off the particles, wood dust, and other debris before applying a primer. Do not hesitate to paint the loft with bold colors. It helps to make the room bright and interesting. Be sure all beams and hardware are secure before using the bed.