Are you struggling with the small bedroom blues like we were? We needed to figure out how to comfortably fit our two girls into a small bedroom, and I think you might be interested to find out how we solved our space issue.
DIY Built-In Loft for a Bedroom
Before, we tried out this loft bed from Amazon, but it just didn't work well and took up too much floor space.
I came to the conclusion that the only way to get the most out of this space, was to customize a loft bed for the bedroom. First, we measured the total width of the room for the length of our loft. The width is 37" to accommodate a twin size mattress.
Next, I built a frame out of 2x4 lumber to act as the general support for the loft. I made sure to frame in a spot for the ladder as well.
This frame was then mounted to the wall. I attached it with 3.5 inch screws at every stud. There were 10 studs in all so this loft is well supported. If you are building a loft for larger people such as adults or older children, you may upgrade your lumber to 2x6s'. However, this loft can support an adult without flexing.
I covered the frame with 1/4in plywood to create a floor and then attached 12" 2x4 pieces to the side to support a railing.
1x4 lumber attached to the 2x4's created a sturdy railing to keep kiddos from taking a tumble. I chose to stain the railing with Varathane's golden oak, and paint the rest of the frame white.
To cozy up the space a bit I used stick on carpet tiles.
I absolutely love this loft and how it frees up the floor space in this bedroom.
It has also added a cozy play area and reading nook that is a favorite retreat.
Be sure to check out the video and blog for the full tutorial.
Check out the video tutorial!