Loft bed Ana, made by people like you, using our design drawing
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Build this special loft bed yourself with our design plan
This loft bed is made entirely from wooden sheets or boards, including the uprights. If you choose plywood (the most widely available material), then you will have an attractive grain pattern. Some parts can also be made from MDF, which is a good choice if you want to paint the furniture a different colour. Note that this bed derives part of its strength and stability from the fact that it is fixed to the wall along its length. It therefore cannot be placed in the middle of a room.
To cut the panels, we recommend the use of a circular saw. You can also ask your wood supplier to do this for you.
We have naturally tried to make the design as beautiful as possible. For this loft bed, we have taken particular account of a few things:
We have tried as far as possible to hide all screws. We also detail how, in some places, you can use dowels to join pieces together, such that you don’t need any screws. If you want to paint the bed, you can neatly hide any remaining evidence of screws with help from some filler. In our furniture makers tips (currently only in Dutch) we describe how you can do this.
We always try to make our furniture as efficiently as possible from standard sized pieces of board. In the case of this loft bed, you can save money by making non-structural parts from MDF.
Finally, the design takes account of the capabilities and limitations of a typical DIY’er and their tools. If you have a hand saw (and in some cases a jig saw) and a drill and know how to handle them, then you should be able to make all of our furniture. If you own professional tools, then it will all be even easier.
As you might have already seen in the photos of finished furniture, it’s really easy to make changes to the dimensions and/or design. The clear cutting list and design drawings help to give you the confidence to make any changes you like.
The manual / design plan and drawings
The downloadable manual is in the form of an A4 booklet for you to print out yourself. At the start you’ll find a list of necessities, such as the wood (board or sheet material), screws (size and quantity), glue and any other parts. Also listed are the tools that you will need and a cutting list with dimensions of all the parts that make up the piece of furniture. Loft bed Ana also has a cutting diagram, which shows the most optimal way to cut the individual pieces from standard sized boards.
Each furniture plan contains a number of relevant tips about choice of material, sawing, screws, glue, sanding, painting, varnishing, etc. When dowels are given as an alternative, there is also a detailed explanation so that you can get started with full confidence.
Finally, there is a detailed step-by-step plan for the construction of the furniture, with clear diagrams and simple explanations. Below are three example pages from the instructions.