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13 DIY Loft Beds You Can Construct Today (With Pictures)

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If you’re a Pinterest lover, you probably see many different creators’ content, producing the most adorable setups in their home environment. If you’ve wanted a new loft style bed but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for pre-manufactured furniture, we have some DIY options available for you.

Here are seven most fabulous DIY beds you can construct on your own with the right supplies.

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The 13 DIY Loft Beds You Can Construct Today

1. Adventures in DIY Loft Bed by Adventures in DIY

Adventures in DIY Loft Bed
Image Credit: Adventures in DIY
Materials: Sandpaper, wood
Tools: Hammer, saw, drill, wrench
Difficulty Level: Moderate

The Adventures in DIY Loft Bed is a really attractive choice. This is a very space-efficient bed with twin and full-sized loft choices. But to get the plan’s full details, supplies, and everything else, you do have to purchase this on the website.

For your convenience, it has a list of FAQs you can review before you commit to buy the plan. So, if you look it over and it has the appeal you’re going for and your household, we definitely think the plan is worth the cash.

2. Jenna Sue Design How to Build a Loft Bed by Jenna Sue Design

Jenna Sue Design How to Build a Loft Bed
Image Credit: Jenna Sue Design
Materials: Lumber, plywood sheet, beadboard sheet, quarter round trim, tongue and groove boards joist hangers, wood screws, bolts, finishing nails
Tools: Drill, saw
Difficulty Level: Difficult

We thought the Jenna Sue Design How to Build a Loft Bed was a super unique piece. It physically attaches to the wall to create a floating experience. I can look fantastic in several decor settings, and you can personalize it to your taste. You can also choose to add a ladder to really spice it up.

The floating design is something you’ll have to efficiently secure to the walls. So it might require a bit more building knowledge than some others. So if you’re an inexperienced builder, you might want to choose another plan unless you have an experienced person on hand to help.

3. Ana White Camp Loft Bed by Ana White

Ana White Camp Loft Bed
Image Credit: Ana White
Materials: Swivel casters, screws, plywood, 2x4s, and 4x4s
Tools: Drill, chop saw, table saw, drill saw, jigsaw, Kreg jig
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Check out Ana White Camp Loft Bed if you want something sturdy and unique for a child’s room—or even your own. It is extremely attractive and perfect for proper spaces. The creators say that you will spend between $50 and $100 on supplies, which we think is an outstanding deal.

It’s a very solid furniture piece that you can add to any room with a ladder, making it totally accessible to get up to the top bunk with no issue. This can easily double as a fun little play place for kids and a super cool place to sleep.

4. Start at Home Décor DIY Twin and Queen Bunk Bed

Start at Home Décor DIY Twin and Queen Bunk Bed
Image Credit: Start at Home
Materials: Lumber, shiplap, finish molding, pine, wood filler nails, screws, caulk, wood fill
Tools: Paint sprayer, circular saw, drill, speed square, X-acto knife
Difficulty Level: Difficult

The Start at Home Décor DIY Twin and Queen Bunkbed is a little different than some others on our list. But this can be a real lifesaver if you have multiple children sharing a room. The queen portion of the bed will tuck underneath the loft portion of the bed.

A ladder leads up to the top with a safeguard railing all the way around. This is a very efficient way to save space in a multi-person bedroom. If the room is big enough, you can do what is done in the stock photos and put a desk on the opposite side.

This entire setup might be a little bit more expensive than many others on the list, but if you could benefit from this type of setup, it could be worth every penny.

5. Modern DIY Loft Bed by Ryobi Nation

Modern DIY Loft Bed
Image Credit: Ryobi Nation
Materials: Gauge nails, pencil, square head screws, sandpaper, wood glue, paint sprayer, polyurethane
Tools: Finish nailer, random orbital sander, circular saw, impact driver, palm router, tape measure, pocket hole jig, square
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Beds often take up a great deal of space in a room, making it seem cramped and lowering your storage availability. If you have high ceilings and issues with space, consider this modern DIY loft bed that will enable you to literally elevate your comfort.

Building this loft bed will require you to have intermediate woodworking skills; however, the plan is thoroughly explained, so even beginners can try to execute it if they have the needed tools.

The finished loft bed looks quite modern, but it also adds warmth to the space, making it more appealing. You can design the bottom however you want to; just add furniture and enjoy your new favorite space!

6. Kids’ Funhouse DIY Loft Bed by Kreg

Kids’ Funhouse DIY Loft Bed
Image Credit: Kreg
Materials: Wood boards, bolts, washers, nuts, screws, Kreg screws, brad nails, paint, wood screws, large flush mount hangers
Tools: Circular saw, miter saw, clamps, Kreg pocket hole jig, drill, nail gun, sander, tape measure, air compressor, socket wrench
Difficulty Level: Advanced

Imagination is an important aspect of childhood, which is why it’s our responsibility to foster it in our kids. There’s no better way to wake up your kiddo’s imagination than building a fantastic kids’ funhouse DIY loft bed.

This loft bed will be aesthetically pleasing in any home, as it looks like a small house with available play space underneath it. You can paint the boards to match your child’s room or even make customized changes, like a slide.

Once you make the bed, you can add various decorations that your child likes, such as lights, stickers, or drawings. Decorate the space below with toys to create a playroom, or use it for extra storage.

7. Kids’ Fire Station DIY Loft Bed by Ana White

Kids’ Fire Station DIY Loft Bed
Image Credit: Ana White
Materials: Wood boards, plywood, wood screws, finish nails, pocket hole screws, wood glue, wood filler, paint
Tools: Tape measure, square, pencil, Kreg jig, drill, circular saw, jigsaw, brad nailer, sander, drill bit set
Difficulty Level: Advanced

If you have children who love firefighters, you can turn their room into a fun fire station by creating a kids’ fire station DIY loft bed. The finished loft bed looks fantastic and offers plenty of free space underneath for storage or playing.

This is an advanced project, so you need to be skillful to make it; however, as long as you stick to the instructions, you shouldn’t have any problems. If you’re inexperienced, it might be good to get someone to help you or choose an easier loft bed design until you perfect your skills.

You could also build this loft bed but paint and decorate it in other themes besides firefighters; from superheroes to unicorns, anything that your kid likes could work!

8. DIY Floating Cloud Loft Bed With Bookshelf Ladders by Instructables

DIY Floating Cloud Loft Bed With Bookshelf Ladders
Image Credit: Instructables
Materials: Construction lumber, deck screws, plywood, lag screws, wood filler, paint
Tools: Miter saw, circular saw, orbital sander, jigsaw, router, tape measure, square, level, cordless drill, stud-finder
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Loft beds can be both beautiful and functional, so they make great additions to kids’ rooms. They can maximize and decorate the space while adding more practicality to it. If you want to build a loft bed for your child, consider making this DIY floating cloud loft bed with bookshelf ladders.

This loft bed will make your child’s room dreamy and comfortable, so ensure that you have the required tools, such as a miter and circular saw. This is an intermediate project with straightforward instructions, so with a bit of work, even beginners should be able to execute it.

9. Kids’ Cottage Loft Bed DIY by Ana White

Kids’ Cottage Loft Bed DIY
Image Credit: Ana White
Materials: Wood boards, screws, finish nails, pocket hole screws, wood glue, wood filler, sandpaper, primer, wood conditioner, paint, paintbrush
Tools: Tape measure, square, level, Kreg jig, drill, circular saw, brad nailer. sander, staple gun, drill bit set
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Kids love nothing more than having a playful bedroom where they can spend time with their friends, study, play, and get a good night’s sleep. So, if you have a child who wants a fun room with a loft bed, consider making this kids’ cottage DIY loft bed.

It provides plenty of sleeping space and looks extremely beautiful, resembling a small cottage. You could use the space below the bed to create a playroom, turn it into a closet, or add a desk to make a study area.

10. Junior DIY Loft Bed by Lowes

Junior DIY Loft Bed
Image Credit: Lowes
Materials: Lumber, screws, connecting nut and bolt, paint
Tools: Circular saw, jigsaw, cordless drill, driver bits, drill bits, framing square
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

If you have a family with kids but lack excess free space, creating this fantastic junior DIY loft bed may be a good idea. This intermediate project is affordable because it doesn’t require many tools or materials.

The finished loft bed has a set of durable, kid-friendly stairs that will enable your little ones to reach the bed easily. It also has plenty of free space underneath the bed for creating a play area.

You can decorate the bottom with toys, furniture, or anything else that your child likes. Include your kid in the final decoration choices to turn this project into a bonding experience.

11. Dreamy DIY Loft Bed by Fashion by Mayhem

Dreamy DIY Loft Bed
Image Credit: Fashion by Mayhem
Materials: Wood boards, paint, lag screws, joist hangers, plywood, wood screws
Tools: Miter saw, drill, driver, impact driver
Difficulty Level: Easy

Loft beds can often be expensive, which makes many people avoid getting them for their kids. But what if you could build a dreamy DIY loft bed for just a few hundred dollars?

By following this excellent loft bed plan, you can create a peaceful sleeping oasis for your child at an affordable price. This is a straightforward project with detailed instructions. If you have older kids, they can participate in decorating the loft bed and the area beneath it.

12. Sliding Barn Door DIY Loft Bed by Jen Woodhouse

Sliding Barn Door DIY Loft Bed
Image Credit: Jen Woodhouse
Materials: Sliding barn door hardware set, top mount hangers, fence brackets, carriage bolts, split-locking washers, flat washers, plated cap nuts, roof panels, ridge cap, wood fasteners, wood screws, pocket screws, brad nails, wood glue
Tools: Tape measure, level, pencil, drill, brad nailer
Difficulty Level: Advanced

If you want to create more space in your bedroom and are up for a challenge, consider building this amazing sliding barn door DIY loft bed. This project is not for the faint of heart, though; it requires a skilled woodworker who knows how to handle various tools and materials.

The finished loft bed is beyond beautiful. The rustic, charming design combined with interesting barn doors makes the whole room stand out, while the space below has enough room for playing, storing items, or adding furniture. The design of this loft bed is kid appropriate but also modern, making it quite attractive.

13. DIY Closet Loft Bed by Bigger Than The Three of Us

DIY Closet Loft Bed
Image Credit: Bigger Than The Three of Us
Materials: Wood boards, screws, nails, foam pad, hardwood, plywood, fence brackets, angle brackets
Tools: Level, tape measure, jigsaw, hammer, drill, miter saw, air compressor, nail gun, stapler
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

In small homes, finding enough space for your clothing can be challenging, especially if you are part of a multi-member family. Fortunately, there are various clever ways to increase the available space in your home and make it more functional.

If you want to increase your closet space and still have enough room for a bed, consider building this DIY closet loft bed. It has a hanger for hanging clothes, a comfortable bed, and a sturdy ladder to reach it. There’s additional storage at the top, which is convenient for people with stuff that doesn’t have a designated space.

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We hope we gave you some great options that take complete care of what you’re looking for. You can choose the loft bed you want to build based on your experience level and the overall aesthetic. Every bunk bed on the list is completely customizable.

You can stain, paint, woodburn, or leave the wood untreated. The choice is yours. But one thing is for sure, creating a loft bed in any room can really open things up and become much more space efficient.

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