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 […]
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 […]
Our bunk bed plans do include safety rails. These rails are adjustable in height, and you can make double rails if you so choose (the picture here shows how one customer added two extra guard rails on each side. The rails are also designed so that they can be placed on the inside or outside of […]
The density and type of lumber you use will have a big effect on the weight of the bed. Any accessories you add will to. On average though, a an OP Loftbed Tall Height Bunk Bed – Twin Extra Long will weigh around 350-pounds.
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 […]
Because of the high degree of engineering that went into the OP Bunkbed, each bunk should be able to easily support 400 pounds. However, we can not guarantee this because we have no control over your craftsmanship, or the quality of materials that you use.
If all the pieces have already been cut, drilled, and minor assemblies, such as the legs, have been assembled, expect to spend about an hour assembling your loft bed.
Depending on your woodworking skills, and the tools you are using, expect to spend a good 10 to 12 hours in the shop.
If you are wondering if the OP Loftbed will fit in your particular room, here are the overall (outside to outside) dimensions for each size: Twin: 46″ Wide X 83″ Long X 90 3/4″ Tall Twin Extra Long: 46″ Wide X 88″ Long X 90 3/4″ Tall Full: 62″ Wide X 83″ Long X 90 […]
There is a 20% restocking fee for returned hardware kits. We do not pay for return shipping.
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 […]
No one likes paying extra for shipping. You add something to your shopping cart and then when you check out you find the price is much more than you were expecting. We’re happy to announce that we now provide free Priority Mail shipping within the United States! The price on our web site is the […]
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 […]
Gary in Texas built this OP Loftbed for his daughter. He added a lot of extra touches and shared a lot of details and tips. We’re happy to share both Gary’s craftsmanship and tips with our readers. He says: This was my first significant wood working project, but it turned out great! I built this […]
Adriana in Beaumont, California sent us these pictures of a highly customized OP Loftbed. A lot of creativity, hard work, and love went into this build and they did a great job! She wrote: “What kind of little girl doesn’t want to have her own little house? A house in which she can play with […]
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 […]
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 […]
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Joanna wrote to tell us about her experience building loft beds for her four sons: Hi, I live in Arlington Heights, IL. I am a 48 year-old cheapskate of a Mom with a great deal of determination and a slight knack for handiness. We live in a home with very little storage space and have […]
This summer, Brian in Virginia built an OP Loftbed for his son Lyle. Brian did an excellent job building the loft bed and Lyle loves using it in his room. Lyle also loves watching a children’s television show on PBS called FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman. Well, eagle-eyed Lyle spotted an OP Loftbed in the 5th […]
Beverly Smith–a 2nd grade teacher at Coral Canyon Elementary School in Washington, Utah–sent us these pictures of the OP Loftbed her husband built. She uses it in her classroom as a reading loft. She tells us, “The 2nd graders can’t wait to be rewarded with time in the loft (either up or down, it doesn’t […]
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It has been a while since we’ve posted anything on our blog about the pictures our customers send us of the OP Loftbeds they build. We always post them in our photo gallery when we receive them. If you haven’t visited the photo gallery in a while, you might want to do so. This is […]
If you could send a postcard back to yourself 3 years ago, what would you say? Hey! Cheers to making it! Here’s some advice for high school: Do what you want to do, be who you are, and don’t change for anything. Eventually, you’ll realize that Dr. Seuss is always right, “Those who mind don’t […]
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 […]
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 […]
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Robert in New York wrote to tell us, “I built an OP Loftbed bunk bed several years ago, and have not yet seen the fastening method I used. In place of wing nuts, I used “tee” nuts. Shorten all bolt legnths by 1/2 inch, and everything fits. The best part, no protrusions to catch things […]
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When most people think of bunk beds, they think of those shaky, wobbly twin-size beds they had as a child. But grownups sometimes need bunk beds too and often a twin size just won’t fit the need. That’s OK here at OP Loftbed because we offer bunk bed plans that can accommodate full size (or […]
Farrin Abbott and Mariela Huber are filmmakers in Chicago. In their production company, CopyCatFilms, the duo documents their adventures from DIY craft projects to hilarious comedy shorts about the cats that cross their path. They call this series of films Obtuse, and episode two details their adventures building an OP Loftbed. It’s a wonderfully made […]
How do you add an extra 50 square feet of floor space to a small apartment? Well, build a king-size OP Loftbed, of course! Paul in Minnesota built the bed you see heare and he wrote to tell us. “I went with the king sized loft so I could put two twin mattress up there […]
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