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DIY Loft Bed

Learn how to build this DIY Loft Bed with free plans and a how-to video by Shanty2Chic!

I belive this DIY Loft bed is the fourth bed that I’ve built for my 9-year-old daughter! She asked to move to my oldest sons room and she specifically asked for a Loft Bed with a desk underneath. With the new remote learning going on, I thought it was a great opportunity to get her excited for learning at home! So, I got busy designing and building! This is a massive project but it’s an easy build! I have broken it up into two parts. Today I’m sharing part one and will guide you through until the frame assembly! Watch the video below for Part 1!

Such a huge piece of furniture but the price is amazing! I spent about $300 on all of the lumber and essentially go three pieces of furniture in one! A desk, set of shelves and a bed!

Click HERE to jump to the free printable plans!

So, let’s get to building!

How to Build a Loft Bed

Tools:

Supplies:

Front and Back Assemblies

Step 1

Cut the back assembly pieces to size and drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes according to the cut list.

Attach the pieces together with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. Note the 2×10 board should have pocket holes facing the back.

Step 2

Cut the front assembly pieces to size and drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes according to the cut list. Attach the pieces together with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Side Assemblies

Step 1

Attach the back assembly to the studs behind the wall with 3″ wood screws. Attach the side assemblies to the back assembly with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Step 2

Cut the desk side assembly pieces to size and drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes according to the cut list. Attach the pieces together with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. The outside of the horizontal pieces should be flush with the outside of the legs.

Building the Loft Bed Frame

Step 1

Attach the back assembly to the studs behind the wall with 3″ wood screws.

Step 2

Attach the side assemblies to the back assembly with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Step 3

Attach the front assembly to the side assemblies with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Your loft bed should look like this now!

I’ll be back with the second half of this Loft Bed soon! Make sure to share your builds with us on social media and use #shanty2chic so we can share them too!

Happy Building!

DIY Loft Bed – Part One

Learn how to build this DIY Loft Bed with Free Plans and how-to video by Shanty2Chic! Perfect for remote learning and so much bang for your buck! I spent about $300 on the lumber and was able to build 3 pieces of furniture in one! Get the full set of free printable plans including the full supply list and cut list here!

Tools

  • Table Saw (optional)
  • Miter Saw
  • Drill
  • Kreg Jig
  • Brad Nailer

Supply List

  • 4 2x10x8 Pine or Common Board
  • 14 2x4x8 Pine or Common Board
  • 11 2x2x8 Pine or Common Board
  • 12 1x4x8 Pine or Common Board
  • 2 3/4"x48"x96" Hardwood Plywood

Instructions

Cut List

  • Cut List 1
  • Cut List 2
  • Cut List 3
  • Cut List 4

Front and Back Assemblies

  • Cut the back assembly pieces to size and drill 1 1/2" pocket holes according to the cut list. Attach the pieces together with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws and wood glue. Note the 2×10 board should have pocket holes facing the back.
  • Cut the front assembly pieces to size and drill 1 1/2" pocket holes according to the cut list. Attach the pieces together with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Side Assemblies

  • Cut the shelf side assembly pieces to size and drill 1 1/2" pocket holes according to the cut list. Attach the pieces together with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws and wood glue. The outside of the horizontal pieces should be flush with the outside edges of the legs.
  • Cut the desk side assembly pieces to size and drill 1 1/2" pocket holes according to the cut list. Attach the pieces together with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws and wood glue. The outside of the horizontal pieces should be flush with the outside of the legs.

Building the Loft Bed Frame

  • Attach the back assembly to the studs behind the wall with 3" wood screws. Attach the side assemblies to the back assembly with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws and wood glue.
  • Attach the front assembly to the side assemblies with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws and wood glue.
  • I'll be back with the second half of this Loft Bed soon! Make sure to share your builds with us on social media and use #shanty2chic so we can share them too! Happy Building!

5 Comments

  1. Julia D King on October 24, 2020 at 10:06 am

    Fantastic job showing all the details here. Best I’ve seen!!

  2. Frank Brown on October 19, 2020 at 10:02 am

    I can’t download your complet free plans for the loft bed(cut list and drawerings).
    This this has happened once before. I have access to only page 1 of the plan lists.
    I have been signed up for your list for 5+ years.
    Have you had ice cream delights from Beth Marie’s Ice Cream parlor?

  3. Kathlein Knox on October 15, 2020 at 4:04 am

    This Loft bed is gorgeous. How would I scale it up to a queen? My daughter is wanting a loft bed, but we have a queen size mattress.

  4. Dawn on October 14, 2020 at 8:58 am

    I’ve been searching for a loft for my daughter and this one is perfect! Is there a way to scale down for twin? Also, can the ladder be installed on the other side?

  5. angi on October 14, 2020 at 7:25 am

    hey girl hey, this is awesome!!! do you have to have plans or know of some frat plans to have a slide? of course a lowe version of this

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