Loft beds with desks are an excellent choice for small spaces. Loft beds combine a stylish bedroom with a comfortable mattress. To make this loft bed with desk and storage so much more special for your space, add extra storage. Keep the bottom bunk free for more space and add tall bookcases and a gorgeous desk to make this exceptional DIY loft bed even more special! These easy to follow loft bed plans are especially perfect for girls, boys, teens, and adults!
If you’ve never built a loft bed before, then you need a few things. You’ll need plywood for the floor and ceiling, ladder rods, and lag bolts. If your loft bed has drawers, you’ll also need another layer of plywood on top to secure the woodworking lumber to. Drawers are not necessary but can make your desk seem more personal and useful. You will also need two nails of different size to attach the drawer to the ceiling or wall studs.
When you’re ready to build your DIY loft bed with desk and storage, first measure the floor and lengthwise mark where you’d like the ladder to go. Use a level to ensure it is straight. Then use a piece of plywood as a template so that you can accurately cut it out on the required length. Make sure the shelf is level and take the two nails you plan to use for the shelf brackets.
Start by drilling two holes for the screws and holding them in place with metal screws. Drill the same two holes and screw them in. Lay the plywood over the ladder frame, aligning it as needed. Drill holes in the plywood for the end posts and put two brackets there to hold the disk in place.
Push the end posts firmly into the ground and tighten them down with two more brackets. Then attach the drawer using screws. Use one screw per drawer. Drawers can be glued for a better grip. Now you’re ready to attach the desk and storage drawers to the bed frame.
Lay the desk with the shelf and the bookcase on top of the bed. Use two more small bookcases as shelves for the side tables. Make sure they are level and that the tops of the bookshelves are even with the tops of the walls so they don’t tilt over when you open the bookshelf. Lay another bracket over the desk and mark where the screws will be placed.
Drill holes for the large studs in the loft bed frame. Use the appropriate size wood screws and mount the brackets to the studs, making sure they are even. Put the larger furring strip in first and then attach it to the Studs with the wood screws. The next step is to attach the side table and the small bookcase on top of the furring strip. Place the last set of screws in place on the bottom of the loft bed and mark where the brackets should go. Drill those brackets and attach them to the bed frame.
Put a trim board in the bottom corner where the trim meets the wall and use the two brackets as a guideline when cutting the trim. If you do not have a trim board, mark the location where the bottom of the bed frame will be and use a pencil to draw a straight line. Use the two small screws to connect the trim board to the bed frame. Trim the board to fit, urecdure, and tape it down.