Updated on April 10, 2015
Planning the Loft
I am building a loft in the study. We have 10 foot high ceilings, which gives me a good amount of headspace to work with. I’m planning to put my desk in the loft, and have the guest bed under. That will allow us to still maintain a good guest suite for the grandmas, a good office for when I’m working from home or working on my own projects, and still have space for our growing family.
I went for a queen sized bed on top, 60″x80″. That also happens to be the perfect size for my desk and chair. So, I have the option to use it as a loft bed too.
I didn’t find any DIY loft study plans. Everybody tends to do the bed on top. I studied several of those DIY loft bed plans and made some adjustments. And here’s the plan I have.
Oh, first, a word about the design tool: I drew all these diagrams up using Google SketchUp. I tried several (free) tools before working with SketchUp. The rule of thumb was that I had to be able to get a handle on the program within an hour. SketchUp was the only one that passed that test. It was that or a mechanical pencil and paper. (I am not affiliated with Google or SketchUp in any way.)
The plan is to build a frame and plunk it on 4 posts. The posts will have cross-pieces between them for stablization. I’ll lay boards across the frame to be the floor of the loft. And I’ll build some free-standing storage stairs to get up there.