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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!

Click here for part one of this DIY Loft Bed build!

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 Two

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! Click here to download the full set of free plans!

Tools

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

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
  • 1 1/4" Pocket Hole Screws
  • 2 1/2" Pocket Hole Screws
  • 1 1/4" Wood Screws
  • 3" Wood Screws

Instructions

Cut List

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

Assembling the Desk and Shelves

  • Cut the front shelf trim pieces to size and drill 1 1/2" pocket holes on each end. Attach them to the leg supports with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws and wood glue.
  • Cut the front desk trim piece to size and drill 1 1/2” pocket holes in each end. Attach it to the leg supports with 2 1/2” pocke hole screws and wood glue.
  • Cut the short shelf pieces to size and drill 1 1/2” pocket holes in both ends. Attach them to the leg supports with 2 1/2” pocket hol screws and wood glue. The pocket holes on the bottom pieces will face in and the rest will face down.
  • Cut the short desk pieces to size and drill 1 1/2” pocket holes in both ends. Attach them to the leg supports with 2 1/2” pocket hole screw and wood glue. The pocket holes on the bottom pieces will face in and the rest will face down.
  • Measure and cut the plywood for the shelves. Drill 3/4” pocket holes around all edges and attach it to the shelf trim with 1 1/4” pocket hole screws. The plywood should be flush with the top of the trim.
  • Measure and cut the plywood for the desk. Drill 3/4” pocket holes around all edges and attach it to the shelf trim with 1 1/4” pocket hole screws. The plywood should be flush with the top of the trim.

Assembling the Ladder

  • Cut the ladder pieces to size. Drill 1 1/2” pocket holes on both ends of each rung. Attach the rungs to the ladder legs with 2 1/2” pocket hole screws and wood glue. Attach the ladder to the loft bed with 3” wood screws, from the back of the leg supports and into the ladder.

Attaching the Slats

  • Cut the cleats to size and drill 1 1/2” pocket holes at both ends. Attach one to each side of the bed with 2 1/2” wood screws and 2 1/2” pocket hole screws and wood glue. Attach the center cleat with 2 1/2” pocket hole screws and wood glue.
  • Cut the slat pieces to size. Even space them out across the cleats and attach them to the cleats with 1 1/4” wood screws.

The Finish

  • Now just fill your exposed pocket holes, sand it down and add a finish! Make sure to share your builds with us on social media and use #shanty2chic so we can share them too!
    Happy Building!

19 Comments

  1. Nicole on June 5, 2021 at 1:38 am

    Any way I can get plans scaled up for a California king size bed?

  2. David on May 9, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    I can’t find the part two plans to print off. It just prints the part one plan.

  3. Shelter4GreenDeal on March 4, 2021 at 4:46 am

    This is the best loft DIY example. Thank you for providing the plans. Highly appreciated.

  4. Andrea Quenette on February 4, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Hi! I’m in the process of building this loft for my daughter, but I am hoping to get the printed version of part 2. When I click the link, it just opens the Part 1 plans a second time. Can you help me? My kiddo is so excited.

    Thanks!
    Andrea

    • Heather Wood on May 5, 2021 at 10:36 am

      Any idea what the weight capacity of this bed is?

  5. Elaina on January 17, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    Is it possible to get plans for this but in twin size??

  6. ADam on January 15, 2021 at 10:29 am

    Both links are for part 1, can you please correct part 2’s plans.

  7. Thomas Wood on January 12, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Are there plans for part 1? The comments indicate that they are missing and assuming you are aware of it. How do I get them?
    Nice work btw. The details and step by step are best I have found.

  8. Maureen on January 9, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    Is there a printable of part 1. When you click for the printable it gives the cut list but then only part two plans. We have all the lumber and our daughter is so excited for the build! Thanks so much for creating something so great for pandemic school!

  9. Mandy on January 6, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    Are there plans for Part 1 of the build? The plans listed above are for the desk and the shelves and the downloadable plans have the materials and cut list for Part 1 but do not include instructions for how to assemble the initial build such as how far down to place the 2×10 on the legs. I know it explains certain parts in the video but it would be great to have the written version as support. Thank you so much for providing these plans I am super excited to try this for my daughter who wanted an expensive PB loft bed as well.

    • Mandy on January 18, 2021 at 9:53 am

      Thank you for updating the plans! So excited to try this out. 🙂

  10. Sbjames on January 5, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    This is great! What size bed is this for?

    • Nate on February 5, 2021 at 12:03 pm

      Full Size

  11. Sandra on October 27, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    This is the best loft DIY example. Thank you for providing the plans. Is this a full size or queen size?

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

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

  13. 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?

  14. 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.

  15. 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?

  16. 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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