This step by step diy project is about loft bed frame plans. I designed this simple loft bed that will accommodate twin size mattresses. This twin size bed features a sturdy and simple design, and it is made out of lumber. This is a cool bed because you can make the most of the space, since you can add an desk or storage shelves under the bed surface. As always, my woodworking plans come with step by step diagrams and full Cut / Shopping lists, so you can build this chair in a few hours with basic tools and materials you can find at most DIY stores.
It is essential to choose the right materials before starting the construction and the assembly of the bed. As you will see in the project, you need to choose durable lumber with a nice appearance, such as pine, cedar or redwood. Make sure the components are in a good visual condition and choose professional tools when adjusting their size. Take accurate measurements and join the components with glue and screws.
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Building a twin loft bed
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The first step of the project is to build the side frames for the bed frame. Therefore, use 2×4 lumber and cut the components, as shown in the diagram. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the horizontal components and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them to the legs.
Also, you need to align the edges flush and make sure the corners are square.
Next, we need to attach the 2×4 boards to create the headboards. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the slats and insert 2 1/2″ screws to assemble the headboards. Fit pieces of 2″ wood between the vertical components, to create even gaps.
Attach the 2×4 uprights to the front and back of the frames. Align the edges flush, add glue, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place. We need these extra 2×4 pieces to add more support to the corner posts. Countersink the head of the screws.
Also, assemble the loft bed by fitting the side rails to the end frames. Drill pilot holes through the rails and secure them to the frames with 2 1/2″ screws. Use a spirit level to make sure the rails are perfectly horizontal. Use a speed square to make sure the corners are right-angled.
Attach the apron to the bottom of the loft bed. This 2×4 piece will add extra-strength to the frame of the bed.
Use 1×2 lumber for the bed frame cleats. Cut the cleats at 76″ and then secure with the rails. Drill pilot holes through the cleats and insert 1 5/8″ screws into the rails. Add glue to the joints, as well.
Next, attach the 1×4 boards to the two bunk beds. Place a 2 1/2″ wood block between the slats to create even gaps. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock the slats to the cleats.
Use 2×4 lumber for the guard rails. Drill pilot holes at both ends of the rails and then secure them to the back legs with 2 1/2″ screws, as shown in the diagram.
Add an extra 2×4 to the back of the loft bed to make sure the structure is sturdy and stable. Use a spirit level to plumb the post, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place.
Fit the 2×4 ladder support to the front of the bunk bed. Plumb the support vertically, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock it to the bed frames.
Add the 2×4 guard rails to the structure, as shown in the plans. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws.
Drill pilot holes at both ends of the steps and secure them to the supports with 2 1/2″ screws.
Fill the holes with wood plugs and then apply wood putty. Smooth the edges with 120-220 grit sandpaper and apply a few coats of paint / stain. Make sure you round or smooth all exposed edges.
This bed is designed for a twin size mattress. You can build this bunk bed in a weekend. See free plans for a queen size farmhouse bed HERE.
This is a simple farmhouse bed frame that you can build in a few days. I also have Premium Plans for this bed, a full PDF file that also comes with a cut layout diagram (shows you how to cut the components from the materials, so you get minimum waste). See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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