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Xist 05-16-2013 11:42 AM

Loft bed with a normal ceiling
I just moved from my own apartment to a room in a duplex five blocks from where I have classes. I did not have enough time to go through my stuff and get rid of everything that I do not need, plus I have all of my Army stuff, so I searched on-line and it seemed like a loft bed was ideal.

I did not realize they are so tall!


My ceiling is perhaps an inch higher than my 4'x8' campaign sign, on its end.

Do you think that I would be okay cutting off a foot or two? I just want to make sure that I do it right!

gone-ot 05-16-2013 02:22 PM

Heat rises, so it's gonna be HOT up there during summer heat, but conversely it'll be nice & cozy during the COLD winter nights.

Sporty Modder 05-16-2013 04:05 PM

Just remember, measure 2x (or3-5x) and cut once.

Xist 05-16-2013 04:23 PM

Old Tele man, I did not even wear a jacket this past winter, but I need to keep fans running to avoid sweating. I think that I am going to start wearing my noise-canceling headphones to prevent headaches.

I figured that I would need to mount fans up there.

Xist 05-20-2013 04:08 AM

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Cutting off the legs was the easy part! I actually did look at the "instructions," but there were not any, and I am not sure how much it would have helped, since it was already partially assembled, which may have made it more difficult. At first I assembled the outer frame, which would have been fine, had the bunk not been completely assembled. Everything fit together with bolts and glue-in dowels, so I would attach some part, then need to loosen the bolts, pry the sections apart, and then make the new one fit. There was some irony in purchasing a furniture because I needed space, yet hardly had the space necessary to put it together. Another person would have been a great help, too.

I have not been up there yet, though.

Now that I have room to work, I am going to organize my stuff. I did not throw away and recycle enough, but there are many things that I plan on donating. It is just nice to be able to walk around my room!

I am also posting other projects that I had: The kitchen floor, which still needs more work, the shower that I share, which is not finished either, and the refrigerator.

I would have renewed my World of Warcraft subscription over that, had I the time. It took hours!

I was scrubbing the door when I learned that black mold was trapped under the seal, which I needed to remove, and that was a nightmare.

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 05-20-2013 05:03 AM

Now you made me also consider to get a loft-bed...

Xist 11-29-2013 03:53 PM

Hey guys, just a quick update! I have successfully used the loft bed for six months without it collapsing and killing me, which I consider to be a success! :) I bought some metal shelves on a Lightning Sale through Amazon and used it and some spare lumber to mount a box fan to blow at my feet, but the bed has always creaked, although not enough to cause... alarm... just concern.

I keep thinking of different ways of bracing it, but I always decided that not failing school was more important. One guy bought the same bed, drilled holes in the posts, and ran cables. I do not know how much that would cost, but I do not like the idea of trying to strengthen the bed by putting holes in it. I would make wooden crossbraces if I did not think that it would take too much time. I ended up just looping the ends of a cargo strap across opposite corners and tightening! I have only done one end so far, but it is rock solid!

This is the cable solution: IKEA Hackers| Clever ideas and hacks for your IKEA

MetroMPG 11-29-2013 05:05 PM


Originally Posted by Xist (Post 401318)
Hey guys, just a quick update! I have successfully used the loft bed for six months without it collapsing and killing me

By this time you've probably jammed enough stuff underneath it that would break your fall in the event of totel structural failure. :) No need to worry!

jakobnev 11-29-2013 05:45 PM

Did you acquire more crap to fill out the rest of your room yet? ;)

jameskshaffer 11-30-2013 02:52 PM

wow. looks nice. good job

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