This step by step diy woodworking project is about playhouse loft bed plans. This article features detailed plans for building a beautiful loft bed that can also be used as an indoor playhouse by your kids. Work with good judgement and don’t forget to take a look over the rest of the related plans, as there are many designs and woodworking projects to select from.
Work with attention and don’t forget that a good planning will save you from many issues and it will keep the costs withing the total budget. Invest in high quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar. Drill pocket holes before inserting the galvanized screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Add waterproof glue to the joints, in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure.
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Playhouse Loft Bed Plans
- A – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 69” long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 43″ long, 2 pieces – 76″ long BED FRAME
- C – 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 76” long CLEATS
- D – 16 piece of 1×4 lumber – 40” long SUPPORTS SLATS
- E – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 43’x47 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 52 3/4″x76″ long PANELS
- F – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 20” long, 2 pieces – 25″ long, 2 piece – 36″ long, 1 piece – 29″ long, 1 piece – 43″ long, 1 piece – 9 1/2″ long FRONT TRIMS
- F – 1 piece of 1×3 lumber – 43″ long, 2 pieces – 20″ long, 2 pieces – 15″ long SIDE TRIMS
- F – 1 piece of 1×3 lumber – 43″ long, 2 pieces – 20″ long, 2 pieces – 25″ long SIDE TRIMS
- G – 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 76″ long, 2 pieces – 43″ long, 2 pieces – 26 3/4″ long RAILS
- H – 50 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 9 1/4″ long BALUSTERS
- H – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 69″ long, 5 pieces – 19 1/4″ long LADDER
Building a playhouse loft bed
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the frame of the playhouse bed. As you can see in the diagram, we recommend you to build the legs out of 2×2 lumber and the frame of the bed out of 2×6 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the slats and secure them together using 2 1/2″ screws.
Make sure the corners are right-angled and plumb the legs with a spirit level, before inserting the galvanized screws. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth.
Next, fit the 2×4 cleats to the frame of the bed, as described in the diagram. Cut the components at the right size and secure them to the frame using galvanized screws. Add glue to the joints and use a spirit level to make sure the components are horizontal.
Afterwards, attach the 1×4 support slats to the cleats, in order to create a perfectly horizontal surface. Place the slats equally-spaced and secure them into place using galvanized screws and waterproof glue.
Continue the project by building the front wall of the playhouse loft bed. Therefore, mark the cut lines on the 3/4″ plywood sheet and make the cuts using a circular saw. Smooth the exposed edges with fine-grit sandpaper. Drill pocket holes along the side and top edges and secure the panel to the frame using 1 1/4″ screws.
Don’t forget that you need to attach a piece of 2×6 lumber to the top of the panel, between the legs, in order to get a professional result. Make sure the corners are right-angled before inserting the screws.
Continue by building the side wall. Take accurate measurements and make the component out of 3/4″ plywood. Drill pocket holes along the edges and secure it to the frame using 1 1/4″ screws. Leave no gaps between the components and add glue to enhance the bond of the components.
Build the opposite panel in the same manner described above, but paying attention to the information shown in the diagram. Fit the panel to the opening and secure it into place with 1 1/4″ galvanized screws.
Fit the 1×3 trims to the front panel, as described in the diagram. Use finishing nails and waterproof glue to lock the components into place. Leave no gaps between them and add glue to enhance the bond of the trims.
Fit the 1×3 trims to the side wall, as well, using the techniques described above and the information from the diagram. Secure the trims into place properly, otherwise the playhouse loft bed won’t have a professional appearance.
Last but not least, fit the trims to the ladder wall. Make sure you secure the trims properly to the wall and leave no gaps between the components. Add glue to enhance the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth.
Building the railings for the loft bed is a straight forward process, but make sure you take accurate measurements and lock the components together tightly. Build the rails out of 1×4 lumber and the balusters out of 1×2 lumber.
Drill pocket holes at both ends of the components and lock them together using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth.
Use the techniques described above to build the side railings, but make sure you adjust the dimensions of the components accordingly. Otherwise, the components won’t fit into place.
Fit the railing also to the ladder wall. Make sure you leave a decent opening, as to have access to the loft bed. Make sure you drill pocket holes along the bottom edge of the bottom rail and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the bed frame. It is essential to create a rigid structure between the components.
Building the ladder for the loft bed is a straight-forward process, but you need to take accurate measurements to get a professional result. Build the components out of 1×2 lumber.
Align the edges with great care and secure them into place using galvanized screws and waterproof glue. Fit the steps to the vertical supports and secure them into place with screws, after making sure they are horizontal.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the woodworking project and to protect the stand from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain. Fit the playhouse bed frame to your kids’s room.
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