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.

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The frame is 2×6’s around the outside with 2×4 crossbeams 16″ apart.

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For the flooring, I’ll use a combination of 1×12’s and 1×10’s to get the full 64 inch coverage.  I’ll probably put a mat or rug over that.

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The posts will be 4×4’s, with 2×4’s as the cross-pieces.  I’ll put the cross-pieces about half-way up.

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For the stairs, I’ll just use 2×4’s as the frame, and 1×12’s for the panels and the step.  I’ll put a 1×2 strip at the back of each step; that will give me something to attach a hinge to so each step will also open for a bit of understep storage.

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