Modified Loft Bed

It was time for my younger son's bedroom re-do. He had waited patiently, and was pretty clear in his requests. He wanted color, and dinosaurs. Not just any dinos, but "real" ones--no babyish dinos allowed, said my future paleontologist. Once he saw the loft bed that I was considering for his older brother--he was hooked. We negotiated the paint colors and we were off.

I used the cabin loft bed and the chelsea designs for this bed.
I used the Chelsea bookcases with 2x3s as legs instead of 2x2s (due to quality). This altered the shelf measurements some, but I simply made my adjustable shelves to plan.
The biggest thing to note about the Chelsea bookcase supports is that you need some sort of bracing to eliminate side-to-side wobble. I used a 2x2 and eliminated most all of it, but you need to take this into account!

As for the cabin loft plan part--this was used in the bed portion of the plan. I did used the non-mortising bed rail brackets to attach the side rails for ease of use.

Ladder-Oh the ladder and the angles gave me fits! LOL. I ended up doing a straight ladder and attaching it to the bookcase support. It's fine. Just FYI-don't paint your ladder a light color if dirt bothers you. The rungs are already showing the dirt from little boy feet, so it may get painted again!

I painted the side panels of the bookcases with chalkboard paint. If I did it again I think I would have attached a smooth piece of thin board(the name escapes me right now) and painted that, as the wood tends to catch the eraser some.

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
whitewood, pine ply
Finish Used
I used a rustoleum satin black, a behr cobalt blue paint and primer in one (from the oops bin at orange for $1!) and the green was a Sherwin Williams eggshell (same as the walls).
Recommended Skill Level



Fri, 12/30/2011 - 18:19

I like the idea of using the straight ladder. I built the loft bed for my daughter. I went crazy trying to make the legs match. After a lot of filing I was able to get them relatively close. BTW, nice dinosaurs!