It’s been a whirlwind summer so far. I had a crazy 10 days at work to close out June, so when I finally got my weekend off, I had to disconnect and go spend time in my wood-shop. This time around, it was time to build Jack his birthday present… a new Loft-bed.
Now I’ve said several times before that I am not a designer. I usually find my build plans on the internet. I spent a long time looking along with Jack and we really couldn’t find anything simplistic like he wanted so I had to design my own. As you can see by my chicken scratch notebook, I’m no artist… but it worked out
I needed to make sure that the boy wasn’t going to come crashing down in the middle of the night so the four corner posts were obviously a top priority. My grandfather always said to purchase the middle of the road. Don’t buy the cheapest but don’t buy the most expensive either. I followed that advice with a pocket hole jig awhile back but it became very obvious that I need to upgrade to the best. If you need a jig… do yourself a favor and get a Kreg jig. They are the best on the market and certainly worth every penny. I used my new jig to make the posts… and they’re really strong.
The most involved part of my design was the end piece with the ladder for getting up in the bed. For early morning footing reasons, I decided to double up all the ladder rungs 2×4’s. The top 2×6 at the is the frame for the mattress. Once this was built, Jack had to come outside and attempt climbing up and down while I held it up. I’ll admit I had a little fun with him and shook it around a bit, but this part is nice a sturdy.
To finish out build day 1, I got the rest of the mattress frame and the bed slats cut and sanded. We certainly did not have the nest weather over the weekend so I moved it all into Jack’s room.
Day 2 brought along the interesting part of putting things together. I brought Jack back to help me hold the long 2×6 piece in place while I clamped it down in place. It was a comedy of errors watching the 2 of us try to get that done. After a couple “drops” we got it attached and I could go back to being a one man show.
Once I had the frame all completed, I attached a 1×1 piece to each side rail for the bed slats.
I had originally planned on using a sheet of plywood to put the mattress on but decided to go with 2×6 slats. 10 of them attached to the “bed rails” gives his mattress plenty of support.
I made the rails across the top and sides of the bed with 1×3. At this point it’s time to put his mattress on and see what he thinks.
Since I’m NOT a designer, I failed to take into consideration the thickness of his mattress. With it on the bed and him sitting on it, his head is on the ceiling. It was obvious i was going to have to cut some off… Ugh
Day 3 had me bringing out the saw-zaw and jig saw to shrink the bed. I decided to take 8 1/2 inches off the bottom of the bed. It was tedious and very nerve racking but successful. He will no longer smack his head on the ceiling when he wakes up.
Jack chose the blue color, which is officially called “Rushing Stream” from Behr’s collection at Home Depot. I decided to by a paint sprayer with this project. What an incredible tool. I took me 30 minutes to spray his entire bed. I will certainly be finding many more uses for that tool.
Happy 11th Birthday Jack (early). Hope you enjoy your new bed.
Of course Maxwell has already given me plans for how he wants his loft-bed made.
Thanks for reading.