Built in loft bed plans from Ana-White.com featured on HGTV Saving Alaska
We used 2x4s to span about 8 feet. For longer spans, you may wish to use 2x6s for additional support.
2 Joist Hangers per Stud and screws for hanging joist hangers
Screws long enough to attach 2x4s to studs in the wall (we used 4" screws)
1-1/4" finish nails
2 - 2x4 @ desired width of bed MINUS 3/4" (wall cleats)
Studs are length of bed MINUS 3"
1x6 decking boards are cut same length as wall cleats
1x6 front trim is full width of front of bed (cut to fit)
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Hang wall cleats securely to studs in walls, to as many studs as possible, using 2 screws per stud.
Use joist hangers to hang the studs to the cleats.
For added support, we also attached the back 2x4 to studs in the wall.
1x6 decking was then layed on top of the framing, and nailed down with 1-1/4" finish nails and glue.
The front was then trimmed out with a 1x6 board. We left a slight lip to the top to prevent items from rolling off bed.
A guardrail is also recommended to prevent injury.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.