I’m having trouble getting all the washers on the bolts. What can I do?

This rarely happens, however some lumber seems to be just slightly thicker than others. Although it is close to 1-1/2″ thick, it can be just slightly thicker. Sometimes the lock washers can be a little thicker, or the bolts can be a little shorter. In all these cases, we’ve found a few things that seem […]

Can I use carriage bolts instead of the hex head bolts?

Some of our customers have successfully used carriage bolts when constructing their OP Loftbed loft beds or bunk beds, but we don’t recommend it. When used in softer woods, like pine, the wood will ‘strip out’ allowing the square portion of the carriage bolt head to lose its ‘bite’ into the wood. This can keep […]

This bed doesn’t shake at all! I can’t make it move! What’s the secret?

Good solid engineering! The OP Loftbed loft beds and bunk beds are designed by an engineer who has spent a lot of time designing metal structures for dust collectors that weigh several tons and that must be able to endure high winds. He applied those same engineering concepts to our wood loft beds and bunk […]

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How Did OP Loftbed Get Its Name?

The OP Loftbed Name One question often asked is, “how did OP Loftbed get its name?” The story of the OP Loftbed name is a testiment to the quality and sturdy construction of an OP Loftbed. When Charles Cranford’s sister started college, it was incredibly obvious that there just wasn’t a lot of extra room […]


Attention to Detail: One Customer’s Experience

Rameen in Maryland sent us these pictures and told us about the extra work he did to give his daughter’s loft bed the look he wanted. I built this bed for my daughter last year.  I assembled it using locking nuts and 5/16″ 3-1/4″ bolts instead, and used gun blue to blacken the heads of […]

Child’s Loft Bed with Rope Lights, Steps, Whiteboard, and Even Flip Chairs

Robin in Kalamazoo, Michigan built this full size loft bed and added lots of creative accessories. “This is my 6 year olds loft bed. I used the tall-medium, full size loft bed plans. He absolutely LOVES this bed. I attached rope lights around the top and down the stair rail that he can operate from a switch at […]


Customer Pictures of Twin over Queen Bunk Bed

We always encourage our customers to send us pictures of their OP Loftbed creations. We’ve just added a couple of new pictures to our photo gallery. We’ll let the builders tell you about them in their own words though. We moved our family of 3 into a one bedroom apartment entirely voluntarily on a mission […]

Video Showing How to Add a Hanging Desk Under Your OP Loftbed

You remember the terrific video from Farrin Abbott and Mariela Huber of Copycat Films in Chicago, where they shared their experience building an OP Loftbed, don’t you? Well, if you missed it, click here to check it out. It’s OK, we’ll wait. We’ll, they decided to design their own hanging desk for all that video […]


5 Advantages of Lofted Beds

  While there’s certainly nothing wrong with a good old fashioned regular bed, a lofted bed can offer many advantages that traditional beds simply cannot. If you’re considering adding a lofted bed to your home or dorm room, here are some great reasons to do so. Advantages of Lofted Beds More space for small rooms. Getting […]

2008-2009 Scholarship Winner – A. Keller, Virginia Commonwealth University

What personal characteristics are most important to you in a Presidential candidate and why? I think that a Presidential candidate should be trustworthy, caring, intelligent, and humble. All of these qualities are things that I would look for in a best friend. My best friend fits all of the above qualities. And although sometimes we […]