Farmhouse Loft Bed for Double Mattress, Not too low, not too tall!

Submitted by DirtSquirt on Wed, 11/30/2011 - 12:31

We couldn't find a mid-height, double loft bed for our daughter that we liked that wasn't ridiculously expensive, so we decided to build one ourselves! I found some awesome plans on this website and played around with a few until I created exactly what we wanted. I mostly used the Full Size Farmhouse Bed plan but also used some aspects from the loft bed plan for the guardrails and the bottom rails. Then we went out and bought the wood and started building! This is really the first thing that I have ever built (my husband has never built anything either) and it turned out so well. I think it is gorgeous and I am so proud of it! This is my first brag post so forgive me if I am doing it wrong! Lots of instructions on how I built it below, so scroll down if you just want to see the pictures.

I used Google Sketch-Up to build the bed first and to tweak the plans. Below I will explain some of the changes that I made.

- I actually did not trim anything off of the ends of the head board or foot board as shown in the Full sized bed plans. I just built the bed to be as wide as 8 x 1x8s and adjusted the plan accordingly. I figured that if I had to climb up there to change the sheets, the extra room around the mattress would be appreciated. The 1x8s that I used were 7 1/4" wide.

- I bolted a 2x4 to the 4x4 posts right under the foot board and headboard panels for the side rail supports to sit on. I wanted it to be extra strong as the bed was going to be up high and I figured the bed would take a lot of abuse from the kids.

- The siderails were made from a 2x10 glued and screwed to a 2x4. The 2x4 sits on top of the 2x4s at the bottom of the headboard and footboard panels and is screwed into the 4x4 posts. The 2x10s are also screwed into the 4x4 posts.

- Since the mattress would be sitting up higher on the headboard and footboard than in the original plans, I added 3" to the length of the 1x8s used in the panels.

- I had planned to make a slatted base out of 1x4s to support the mattress so I also placed 2 x 2x4s on edge lengthwise down the middle of the bed to support the slats. Those 2x4s are also supported on top of the 2x4s at the bottom of the head and foot boards. The inexpensive 1x4s here are very rough on the one side which I did not want touching the mattress or for the kids to get splinters from while playing under the bed. The nice ones were super expensive at around $18 for a 14' board. It turned out to be less expensive and much less work to buy a queen sized slatted bed base from the big Blue and Yellow inexpensive furniture store here and trim the ends of the boards to length with my mitre saw. n even bigger bonus is that the wood is already finished and didn't require anything further than screwing it down to the supports.

- I made the height of the area under the bed 45" (just tall enough for DD to stand under for now) and adjusted the length of the 4x4 posts accordingly.

- I assembled the bed into different large pieces before bringing it inside. The headboard and footboard are 2 solid sections that cannot be taken apart. The side pieces are made to be able to come off if we ever need to move the bed.

- I couldn't find any really good instructions anywhere on how to build a ladder or to change ladder plans to suit our needs so I built it after the bed was built. I found it easier to envision this way and to figure out the angles. I build the ladder out of 2x3s.

I have the Google Sketch-Up plans for the bed (minus the ladder) if anyone is interested, but as I said before, I am not an experienced builder so I do not think I should post them here. Maybe someone can use them as a base to create their own plan with though. I found Sketch-up to be a very valuable tool as I actually "built" the bed virtually before ever touching the wood. It helped me figure out what order to put things together in and also allowed me to perfect my design before making any cuts. It still took many trips to and discussions with people at my local Orange store to figure out what kind of fasteners to use and where to use each type. I brought printouts of my plans so that they would be able to help me better.

A couple of finishing touches that I did:

- I sewed some pretty curtains and hung them from aircraft cable and eye hooks under the bed.

- The back of her dresser was exposed under the bed and did not look very nice so I created a magnetic wall by screwing some inexpensive metal sheets meant for ducts to the back of it. I have temporarily covered all of the exposed edges with pink patterned duct tape but plan to trim it out at some point.

Hope you like it!

Estimated Cost
$500 - $600
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used
I sanded every piece of lumber starting with 50 grit sand paper down to 120 grit until each one was smooth. Then I filled in any large knots with wood filler, sanded and then primed. I sanded the primer down again to get rid of the brush marks and make it smooth. I did all of this before cutting the boards to length as I figured it was easier to work on fewer long boards than on more short boards. This prep work definitely took the majority of the project time.

After the bed was assembled, I put the first coat of paint on the back of the headboard (to test it out where no one will see), I found I didn't like how the paint was sitting in the gaps and seams so we went around the entire bed and used Dap Alex Paintable Caulk to fill them in. We didn't fill the gaps in entirely as we wanted to keep the texture, we just filled them in enough so that the paint would sit on top of the Dap instead of flowing right through in some places. Then I painted the entire bed. I left the side guardrails off and painted them separately before installing.

The paint used was Benjamin Moore's Advance in Pearl finish. The colour is a warmish white called Polar Bear. BM's Advance paint is a water-borne alkyd paint so (from what I was told) it acts like an oil paint but cleans up like a latex paint. I do not have any experience painting with oil-based paints. I originally tried to roll the paint on with a foam roller as advised at the paint store but I did not like how the finish looked. Again, it was just the first coat on the back of the headboard that no one will see. It left lots of tiny little bubbles in the paint. I eventually settled on rolling the paint on with a microfibre roller and then brushing it out with a natural bristle brush. You can see still the brush strokes, but they are fairly subtle and I actually like how they look. It only took two coats and I love how the finish looks. Painting with this paint probably took a little longer than if I had used another type of paint as you need at least 16 hours between coats and then 3-5 days for it to cure. Hopefully it turns out to be as durable as advertised and it was worth it. It was also quite pricey at $70/gallon here in Alberta but I only used just over half of the can so I will be able to use the rest for the next project.
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Thu, 12/01/2011 - 05:27

I can not believe you tackled this for your very first project! You should be so proud as it came out beautiful! Your daughter must be thrilled!!!

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Thu, 12/29/2011 - 19:51

Could you please send me the plans. I would love to look at them.


Fri, 05/03/2019 - 04:15

Hello DirtSquirt,

My granddaughter just asked me to loft her queen bed and loves your plan. Is it still possible to get the plans you made up so I can modify for queen.  Thank you


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Sun, 12/11/2011 - 01:34

I have been googling some many website for a full size loft bed and came across this one at 4am Sunday. Can you please send me the mesurements and plan for this bed. I would love to build it just the way you did.


Mon, 12/12/2011 - 23:09

If you know how to use Google Sketch-up, I could send you the plans that I made up. All of the measurements are on there if you know how to use the tape measure tool.


Fri, 01/05/2018 - 21:53

hi I know this is a old post but can I get the plans? My husband needs the direct directions. [email protected] also look into we transfer, you  can upload big documents up there and just post the link then people don’t have to bug you all the time they can just download it. Hope that helps you.

thanks for your time.

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Thu, 12/29/2011 - 14:34

I LOVE this bed. I do not know how to use google sketch-up but we are wanting to build the farmhouse into a twin loft bed and the plans you used would definitely help us figure out how. If you could send me your plans Id really appreciate it and Ill somehow figure out how google sketch-up works. Thank you so much for sharing!

Megan Schaeffer (not verified)

Fri, 05/11/2012 - 15:04

Can you please send me your plans we are trying to do almost this exact thing for our twins!!!

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Fri, 12/30/2011 - 08:55

This is great. I know that you have had many requests but would you also send me the plans? I can use sketch-up and/or regular plans.

I. Carter (not verified)

Wed, 01/04/2012 - 13:15

I love your project!! Could I get a copy of the plans as well? Thanks!


Thu, 01/05/2012 - 21:53

I did send plans to those who included an address, but I'm not sure how to get them to the rest of you!

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Mon, 01/16/2012 - 11:24

your loft is so great, and looks beautiful, exactly what my 13 year old wants, she has a very small room. could you send me the plans as well? great job!!!!

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Mon, 01/16/2012 - 11:24

your loft is so great, and looks beautiful, exactly what my 13 year old wants, she has a very small room. could you send me the plans as well? great job!!!!

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Thu, 01/19/2012 - 10:27

Any chance I could get your Google Sketchup plans too? We are moving soon and want to do something like this for both of our kids. Thank you! [email protected]

Lisa Chavez (not verified)

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 08:22

I LOVE THIS!! Can i please get the plans sent to me as well?
[email protected]

Thank goodness for your post on here, we are planning to start building on Friday and I couldnt have found it at a better time! =)

Allyson O (not verified)

Sat, 02/04/2012 - 20:05

What an awesome bed! I am trying to build something like this for my 8 year old. Could you sen d me the plans? [email protected] Thanks,

Ryan Mitchell (not verified)

Mon, 02/06/2012 - 06:50

Could you please send these plans to
[email protected] ?

I love it!. I have been looking for loft bed plans that are of mid height for a while.


G Quintilio (not verified)

Mon, 02/06/2012 - 21:15

Congrats on your project! It looks like something that would cost $1000 ++ at any store. I too would like a copy of the plans. I'm envisioning a distressed and stained version for my son. Thanks! [email protected]

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Wed, 02/15/2012 - 16:19

Actually just purchased a floor sample loft bed for our son today...having 2nd thoughts because it seems I browsed Ana's site...and WOW! This is WAY better - love the design. Am hoping you could please send the plans our way too...we are all so envious! Thanks! [email protected]

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Mon, 03/26/2012 - 16:16

THANK YOU SO MUCH for sending the plans so quick. We ended up building the bed, but in twin size for our son....took us about 3 weekends to finish....and it's incredible! I don't know how to post a pic here, but thx so much Marcie....we ended up building a forward facing bookshelf too bc once we got this huge bed in, there was not enough room for his standard bookshelf

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Wed, 05/20/2015 - 00:20

I am trying desperately to get my hands on the google sketchup plans for the original full size loft bed. could you please send to me as dirt squirt doesnt respond anymore

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Mon, 02/20/2012 - 15:40

This bed is so beautiful, it is exactly what I was looking for. My husband and I have never built anything before, but with the right directions I think that we could totally manage this project. Could I please get a copy of your plans so that we can make this bed for our 13 year old for her birthday. Thank you so much.

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Mon, 02/20/2012 - 15:46

I would love to have a copy of your plans. This bed would be perfect for my daughter. Thanks so much


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Mon, 02/20/2012 - 19:47

I have sent the Sketch-Up files to all those who have supplied some way to contact them. I'm sorry that I can't send them to those with no contact info. :( I feel badly if you are waiting for them...

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Tue, 05/19/2015 - 01:40


I am looking for the plans to this bed as well. I created a comment on your post but i am not sure if you received it as the post seems quite old.

[email protected].

I am new to this and there is no way I could build that bed without the plans and instructions.

I am also new to google sketchup I am shocked that you were able to do this plan up in it. I downloaded it and couldn't even draw a line never mind a 3d bed plan?

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Wed, 05/20/2015 - 00:21

Please send the google sketch plans for the farmhouse loft plans I understand dirt squirt is no longer replying and I desperately want to build the bed for my son