A DIY Suspended Loft Bed
My 9 year old really wanted a loft bed in his bedroom, and I decided to try my hand at building a suspended loft bed. It turned out to be exactly what he wanted, and it wasn't nearly as difficult as I thought it would be- although I can't emphasize enough that if you attempt this build, you must take extreme care. Use high quality materials and build into the wall studs.
This is an in-depth process-for full details, be sure to check out the blog post!
I should start off by saying, it would have been a lot easier to build the frame first, then attach it to the wall. But I was building this by myself and wouldn't be able to lift the frame myself, so I had to build the frame to the wall.
I started by attaching 2X6's to the walls with 5 inch lag bolts into the studs. I used 3 lag bolts on the longest 2X6 and 2 lag bolts on the shorter one.
Then I screwed the front 2X6 into the wall and the back 2X6. I had my son hold it in place while I screwed a screw hook into the end of this 2X6.
The screw hook on the end of the front 2X6 is for the chain suspension. Here, you can see that I originally used a metal cable, but I changed to a chain later. The chain is rated for 800 lbs.
We also hung a screw hook on the wall, of course, to suspend the chain. Determining where to hang the upper eye bolt was some trial and error (involving raising and lowering the chain with the level on the 2X6 until the 2X6 was perfectly level). Read the blog post for more detail on this!
The next few steps are so easy! I used 2X4's and joist hangers to build the base of the bed...
And cut a piece of plywood to fit for the top.
Then I sanded it down to prepare for painting...
And now my boy has a blue suspended loft bed! I added a side rail, although he doesn't really need it for sleeping- the mattress is a twin and I purposely made the bed bigger than he would need. The side rail is really there for when he is just hanging out up there.
The bed is super sturdy. It hasn't budged an inch since it was built.
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