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Old 06-20-2003, 10:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Build a bed loft for a Dorm room

well my roomie next year and I are thinking about building lofts for our beds... and i was wondering if anyone had any advice... it does have to be very stable... and not shake much when ariekitten and i are havin fun... :-D cuz i wanna put a big piece of plywood under for a desk... and i cant have my computer shaking too much...

i found this site which looks like a pretty solid design... anybody got any other pointers?

http://www.oploftbed.com/index.php
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Old 06-20-2003, 12:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I built a loft bed when I was in college - it really helped with creating extra room in the room.

I basically had a steel frame already that clipped into drip-in "L" brackets on metal head and foot boards.

So I got 4X4's and made similar "L" brackets out of angle iron with a drill and grinder. Then I bolted these brackets to the 4X4's and put ladder braces (similar to the pics on your site) on the ends, and a big "X" brace across the back. Then my existing steel frame slipped into the new much taller head and foot boards.

Then I just used my regular desk by sliding it inderneath the bed.

Here's a link for plans that include an end desk, and bookshelf, and you can
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http://www.bhg.com.au/home_improveme..._bunk_bed.pdf/$FILE/200104_bunk_bed.pdf
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Old 06-20-2003, 02:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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that link isnt working... it has "..." in it...

as for the desk... i dont want to use the regular school desk... their WAAAAAY too small i cant put a computer on there and still have room to work... so im gonna put my computer on the desk under the bed... and then use my other desk to do writing work...
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Old 06-25-2003, 04:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hmm, my college sold loft kits during move in for $60. Generally the easiest way to go. The were sturdy enough, but you had to tighten them once in a while.

Just don't climb up there when you are drunk. I lost a printer because of that.
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Old 06-26-2003, 10:37 AM   #5 (permalink)
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yah... my college doesnt sell any such kits... but we can make them however we want... long as they are free standing
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Old 06-28-2003, 10:58 AM   #6 (permalink)
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For $40, you can have mine.

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You'll have to pick it up, tho
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Old 06-28-2003, 07:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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does your college have metal frame beds?

it's not that big of a deal. get 2 2x6's the exact width of your dorm room, and 4 2x4's the proper height. get 4 short lengths of chain.

make 2 wooden frames. you don't need any bracing material because the walls of the dorm room will keep it from falling over. use the beds as the cross members, and use the chains on each corner of the beds to hold them up.

i'd suggest you build or buy your computer desk separately, for optimal flexibility. i'd actually suggest just getting a DIY desk kit from wally-world for the lease amount of hassle.
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Old 07-02-2003, 08:38 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I need to look into this further as well. The second bedroom in my condo is more of a den/office - and franly with a double bed and computer system in there you can't move. Putting the bed up in the air is the *only* solution.
 
Old 07-02-2003, 08:46 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I just checked out the OP Loftbed site and their stuff looks good. I'm contemplating ordering the plans for one right now.
 
Old 07-11-2003, 06:48 AM   #10 (permalink)
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The best loft I saw during college days was a double loft. If you and your roomate can get together and do it, it's definately the way to go for space and sturdiness. You start with a post in each corner of the room, and attach them along the ceiling with four more boards, so you have a square frame on four room height legs. On the two long edges, you'll build a frame for the bed hanging from your initial structure. after that, just slap a couple supports diagnally from the base of the 'basket' to the supporting legs of the loft. Sorry I don't know board sizes here. This took most of a day to build, with 4 people working. They brought all the materials and did everything from cutting to assembly on sight, which seems the easiest way to go for this loft. Well worth the work though, as a typical dormroom will be left with room for 2 desks, a couch, larger than avg fridge, and enough room for a small entertainment center.
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Old 07-13-2003, 08:45 PM   #11 (permalink)
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hmmm well im pretty sure were still planning to build the lofts...

money is a big limiting factor... i shouldnt spend more then $60-$70 and even then my mom would prolly get on my case about it... im thinking something pretty similar to the op Loftbed...

since i have almost no tools im gonna have to see if the hardware store can cut everything to size for me... and even drill holes and whatnot...
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Old 07-14-2003, 07:15 AM   #12 (permalink)
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you might want to try a different approach. when we wanted space we bought a large hammock. it rocked! you can get a canvas or string one. i slept like a babe and when you're done you just unhook from one wall and "you got space!"

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Old 07-16-2008, 03:28 PM   #13 (permalink)
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You probably will not have to spend more than about $50 for a good loft. Lumber will be about $40 and the hardware will be about $10. I didnt really know what I was doing so I bought a plan. I bought one from these guys and it worked out pretty well: http://www.campusloftbeds.com/loft-bed-plans-c-24.html

I also ended up adding a shelf to it like this: http://www.kaboodle.com/reviews/bunkpal-bed-shelf-4 which came in pretty handy for the alarm clock.

Just make sure you tighten everything down really good. I didnt have very good tools and the bed was kind of wobbly near the end of the year.
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Old 07-16-2008, 03:56 PM   #14 (permalink)
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haha... wow... this is an oooooold thread

I'll go ahead and tell about my loft...

my roomate and I figured out some plans to build the lofts, a mix of things we had seen online and thought would work together well. He talked to a friend of his that worked construction to get some lumber for cheap. When my roomate went to pickup the lumber his friend asked him to come look at something. His friend had welded up 2 lofts out of 2 inch square steel tubing... These things were solid!

my roomate and I drilled them and bolted on 2x4s to make ladders up one side.

the bottom of the frame was 6 feet up and the top of the mattresses probably about 7 from the ground.

We used the lofts for 4 years and never had any issues... they stood up to everything I could dish out

after we used em, we sold them to a couple of freshmen in the same dorm... I'm sure they could last a loooong time!

I'll see if I can find a picture to post
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:34 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Wow! Way neat! So glad to hear your solid lofts are still floating around. Pity to waste good construction.
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Old 12-18-2010, 08:08 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Real Lofts for Dorm Rooms

I know this is an older thread but I've been looking for some discussion on using true lofts as living space. It seems like the term "loft" has been watered down to encompass a newer apartment. Thought I'd share this article on the difference between true lofts and the way "loft" is used now. How cool would it be if a university renovated an historic building and students lived in real lofts.
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