Build your own low loft bed with free plans from Ana-White.com This is a very simple build, no pocket holes required! The bed is sturdy and solid, and you can add storage underneath. We love it with totes for inexpensive, easy storage! Cost about $50 in lumber. Plan includes step by step diagrams, build video, cut lists and shopping lists.
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- 4 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long for 45" tall bed OR 3 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long for 32" tall bed
- 4 - 2x6 @ 10 feet long
- 2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
- 5 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long (for bed slats)
- About 70 - 2-1/2" long self tapping wood screws (star bit #8 recommended) - for main construction, can be as long as 3"
- 40 - 1-5/8" long self tapping wood screws (star bit #7 or #8 recommended) - for screwing slats down only
TIP: Prefinish all 2x4 and 2x6 boards before cutting.
- 3 - 2x6 @ 75" - cut first
- 4 - 2x6 @ 41" - cut from leftovers after cutting the 75" pieces
- 1 - 2x6 @ about 55" measure and cut to fit - cut from leftovers after cutting the 75" pieces
- 7 - 2x4 @ 45" - legs / ladder sides OR 31-3/4" for shorter loft bed*
- 2 - 2x4 @ 18" - ladder rungs
- 2 - 2x2 @ 75" - cleats for slat system
- 10 - 1x4 @ 38" - slats
*32" legs are cut at 31-3/4" to fit three cuts on one 8 foot long 2x4 board
Cut boards according to cut list using a chop saw or miter saw.
A circular saw can be used instead, but straight cuts are very important to the overall success of this project, and it is hard to get straight cuts with a circular saw. If you have to use a circular saw, a square cutting guide is highly recommended.
Once this bed is finished it will be too large to fit through standard doorways. You can either assemble in the room and paint in the room, or assemble in a workshop/outdoors and paint, and then partially disassemble to bring into the room.
Another option is to prefinish all the 2x4s and 2x6s before cutting, and then cut and bring the pieces into the room and build in the room. A final touch up coat of paint will be needed, but it will be minimal.
Attach the longer 2x6s to the two leg sets, with screws on the inside at a slight angle into the back side of the leg. I recommend three screws for the lower boards that will support the mattress. Only two are needed for the upper 2x6 as it does not support the mattress.
Additional screws from outside are recommended, but can be added on final assembly.
You can also pre-paint or stain.