We have VERY small bedrooms in our home. We decided to loft our daughters bed to create more "play" space and some fun cottage charm...
Then my husband built a box to fit her twin sized mattress using 4 1X8 boards and 2X4's running across to support the mattress. We covered the under side of the box with painted pine beadboard to create a "ceiling".
Later, we drilled a hole through the box and the railing to add a XL bolt and wing nut to lock the railing in a safe position.
We added painted metal handles...the railing is not used for support when climbing up and down the ladder.
We used a stacked drawer shelf, a mini dresser and a vintage suit case for toys and doll clothes storage.
These hanging planter baskets work great for her collection of stuffed "friends". They are close for "cuddling" but up off the bed for easier bed making.