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3 DIY Loft Bed with Desks You Can Construct Today (With Pictures)

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If you have a spare room in your house, why not make it useful? Instead of keeping it empty and wasting space, you can turn it into a bedroom or an office. The best part is that it doesn’t cost much. All you need is some creativity and a bit of DIY knowledge. With just a little research, you can come up with several clever ideas for creating an in-demand office from an unused room.

Making the switch from a regular bed to a loft bed is an excellent way to maximize your living space and add a modern, loft-like feel to your bedroom. They’re also ideal if you want additional storage space in your room without building any extra walls. And with our handy guide, you’ll learn how to build a loft bed that’s both cost-effective and stylish.

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The 3 DIY Loft Bed with Desks

1. Loft Bed with Desk and Storage by Ana White

Materials: Wood in various sizes, screws, nails
Tools: Tape measure, drill, electric circular saw, brad nailer
Difficulty Level: Low

One of the best ways to make a small bedroom look bigger is to add storage. You can turn your loft bed into a storage bed by a desk and bookshelves beneath it. Another great way to use a loft bed with a desk installed is to create a small study space. You can use a desk to do homework or to keep important documents or store a laptop if you want to do some online activities. This DIY comes with two plans, one to build the loft bed itself and one to build the bookcases.


2. Ana White’s DIY Loft Bed with Bookshelves and Desk

Materials: Wood in various sizes, screws, nails
Tools: Tape measure, drill, electric circular saw, brad nailer
Difficulty Level: Low

If you have a small bedroom and a child who loves reading books, a DIY loft bed with bookshelves and desk might be the best idea for you. You can achieve this by installing a loft bed above a pair of bookcases. Next, you will need to add a desk beneath the loft bed to create a reading nook. Consider adding shelving units and a few drawers to organize the books and keep everything in place. A loft bed with a desk is a great idea if you love to read during the evening.


3. Loft Bed with Small Desk from Home Depot

Materials: Wood in various sizes, sheet of MDF, screws, tee hinges, bolts
Tools: Drill, circular saw, clamps, tape measure, wood glue, sandpaper
Difficulty Level: Advanced

Adding a simple small desk to a loft bed is another great way to increase the functionality of your bedroom space. You can use the desk to house a few books, laptop, and other work items. This is a great idea if you are short on space in your bedroom and you want to maximize it. You can also add side drawers to the corner desk for more storage space.

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Other Ways to Maximize Bedroom Space

If you don’t want to use loft beds in your home, there are other ways that you can save space. After all, a room that is not used regularly will soon turn into an unorganized storage area that you would rather not look at. If you want your bedroom to serve as a sanctuary from the outside world and give your home a more personalized feel, here are 6 tips on how you can open up space in your bedroom.

Organize and Declutter

If you have a large bedroom that you are not using, you can create more space by organizing and decluttering the rest of the house. Start by decluttering your bedroom, including throwing out any clothes that you no longer wear, any books that are not currently being read, and any magazines that are out of date with current events.

You can also use this room as a catch-all for any other items that you currently don’t have a place for. If you have a smaller bedroom, you can use it as your own virtual closet by storing away clothes that you do not use regularly and using the rest of the house as a virtual closet for your other items. This will make your bedroom feel larger while also freeing up space in the rest of the house.

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Use a Storage Ottoman as an Alternative Seat

A storage ottoman is a great way to create more space in your bedroom without having to do anything too drastic. Rather than using the ottoman as a bed or seating area, you can use it as an extra storage space.

This is especially helpful if you have a small bedroom or a room with a small window. If you have a small bedroom, you may want to consider using the ottoman as a place to store clothing that you don’t wear regularly (or that’s out of season). Alternatively, you can use the ottoman as a seat during summer evenings when you want to sit outside but do not want to sit on the floor.

Make Use of Strategically Placed Mirrors

Another easy way to open up space in your bedroom is by strategically placing mirrors. This is especially helpful if your mirrors are small and provide little visual interest. You can use mirrors to reflect the light from a lamp or bright window to create visual interest. Depending on the size of your mirrors, you can also use them as dividers between your bedroom and other areas of the house. This way, you can use the mirrors to create visual interest and make your bedroom feel larger while using them to separate other areas of the house.

Opt for Stacking Storage Cabinets

If you have a small bedroom and want to utilize every square inch of the space, you can opt for stacking storage cabinets. You can stack them one on top of the other to create vertical storage space. You can also attach a desk in the middle of the cabinets to create more workspace. This is one of the best ways to open up a cramped bedroom.

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Ditch the Bulky Items

When you have a small bedroom (or one that also works as an office), you might be tempted to keep all your stuff in there. But because of the limited space, you might want to get rid of some of the items that are taking up too much space. Try to organize your bedroom with less bulky items, like duffel bags and suitcases, and store all your stuff in another room in the home (ex: attic or basement) so that you can use your room for other things or keep it open.

Take Advantage of the Ceiling Height

In many small bedrooms, there is a high ceiling, which can be used to make more space in the room. Consider detaching the ceiling fan to use the height of the ceiling to hang some shelves in the ceiling space. You can also attach a wall unit in the ceiling space to have designated storage space or simply stack things up along the perimeters of the walls – this way the center of the room stays open, making it appear bigger.

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Conclusion

When you have a small bedroom or you’re looking to minimize the amount of back-and-forth that you have to do when working from home, a loft bed with a desk is a great idea. There are so many ways to do it, and the best way will depend on how much room you have, the loft bed options that you desire, and how big you want the desk to be. It’s always best to start off by taking a few measurements to ensure that you have the space to make it happen.


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