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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 the bolts for effect. I spent about 50 hours on the project, half of which was for selecting and sanding the boards.  It was fun to build, and the bed is very sturdy.  She loves it!

Thanks,
Rameen

View this bed and many, many more in our Customer’s Photo Gallery!

FREE Priority Mail Shipping on Hardware Kits!

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 price you pay. Period.

We ship via USPS Priority Mail, which is 2- to 3-day delivery anywhere in the United States. We typically ship the next business day after you place your order. So, if you order your hardware kit on Monday, we’ll ship it on Tuesday and you’ll have it Thursday or Friday–just in time for assembly on the weekend.

Tall Loft Bed Hardware Kit

When we can, we ship the same day you place your order which means you get your hardware even sooner. We ship from Wilmington, North Carolina, so the closer you are to Wilmington, the sooner you will receive your order. Customers in North Carolina and South Carolina often receive their order the next day.

Also, our prices are about half of what you will pay at your local hardware store or home improvement center–probably even less. Compare our prices to the $110 to $120 you’ll spend at your local hardware store:

Hardware Kit for Tall or Medium Height Loft Bed – $54.99
Hardware Kit for Tall or Medium Height Bunk Bed – $59.99
Hardware Kit for Short Height Loft Bed – $49.99
Hardware Kit for Desk Accessory - $14.99

Click here to order your hardware kits now!

How to Use Existing Dorm Room Springs with Your OP Loftbed

One of the questions we’re often asked is, “My dorm requires us to use the existing bed or bed springs if I build my own loft bed. How can I do this?” Our usual answer is:

Instead of using plywood for a mattress platform, you will use the existing springs instead. You will need something to support the springs, so build two more center mattress supports and install them near the head and foot of the bed. This will give you three supports for the existing springs. Be sure to measure your springs before fabricating the pieces of your loft bed to make sure that they will fit inside the mattress supports. For a twin OP Loftbed, the springs must measure less than 74″x37″. For a twin extra long OP Loftbed, the springs must measure less than 79″x37″. It’s also possible to make your loft bed a little bigger to accommodate springs that measure more than this.

Another option would be to just set the springs from the bed in your room on top of the mattress platform. You could possibly use a router and create slots in the mattress platform for the legs of the existing bed to go through as well to decrease the amount of unused space between the springs and the mattress platform.

These are just a couple ideas. Brian in Ohio decided to replace the mattress platform entirely with the existing bed springs and bolt the springs to the legs of the OP Loftbed. He sent a number of pictures to show us how he did it. You’ll find them below, just click on a picture to enlarge it.

If you are going to use this method (or even the previously mentioned methods) you will want to carefully measure the bed springs before you begin fabricating the parts of your loft bed. With this method, you want the bed springs to fit snug inside the legs of your OP Loftbed–a good tight fit is important to reduce shaking of the bed.

A Girl’s Loft Bed with Ladder and Lighted Workspace Underneath

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 for my 8 year old daughter Claire and she (and all of her friends) love it. I built a simple ladder (thanks google for the ideas) to make it easier for her to get up top (a plunge router and a good protractor made that job straight-forward). I also got inspired to hard-wire in two LED under-counter lights that I purchased at Lowes along with some lamp wire and a male plug. One light over the couch on one end and one over her desk at the other end. They actually produce very nice light (I was uncertain about using LEDs). I hid the wires using thin plastic conduit that had an adhesive backing and I painted it the same color as the dark purple frame. I’ve never installed lights like that before, but it turned out to be really simple. My wife added a curtain with a cheap $5 dollar rod we bought at Walmart to help hide the computer and give her a little hide-away.

I used a two-tone purple paint scheme with dark purple on the main frame features (legs and side-boards) and an almost white-purple (same as her walls) for the supporting cross members to make the cross members disappear a little in the background and make the frame stand out (and make the room look less full because it’s such a large structure in her small room). Originally I was going to stain the bed, but I used a soft pine wood and I just couldn’t get the stain to go on light enough and I had problems w/ blotches – even used wood conditioner to prevent this. So I gave up and painted. Ultimately, I am much happier that I painted because I think it works better with the colors in her room. The other important thing I learned: use shellac to cover up those knots! I could see them bleeding through the primer the day after I primed them. After I applied shellac, no more bleed through.

It’s a simple design, but I’m impressed with how great it looks and how sturdy it is (it’s build like tank!). My son is now convinced he needs one too :-)
Thanks!
Gary

Thanks for sharing these photos with us, Gary. You did a wonderful job and we’re sure many of our other customers will appreciate the tips you shared too.

Click on the pictures below to enlarge them. For more pictures of customer’s loft beds, visit out photo gallery.

A Loft Bed Dream House for a Little Girl

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 food in her little kitchen…
A house in which she can slide down playfully after a long night’s rest.
A house in which she can be herself and have the time of her life along with a room that resembles a humble paradise in a child’s dream. Well, that is what I have created for my little one using only the OP Loftbed, a little imagination, determination, lots of creativity, and most of all, the desire to fulfill a little girl’s dream.

The plans were quite sturdy and very easy to follow! It just took motivation among adding a little flowers, spice, and everything nice to create a unique piece of furniture that is set to make any girl’s dream playhouse a reality. I have never seen my 3 year old girl so happy!”

Wow, Adriana! This is an incredible bed. Thanks for sharing these photos with us!

Click on the pictures below to enlarge them. For more pictures of customer’s loft beds, visit out photo gallery.

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 the head of the bed. I built stairs to ease the climb up and down. Flip chairs under the bed for extra seating or an extra sleep space. l mounted lights under the bed as well and I covered the X braces with dry erase board. This was lots of fun to make. My son had great fun decorating it with Mario decals and I think this bed is sturdy enough to hold a car!!! Thanks for the great plans!”

Excellent creativity and craftsmanship, Robin! Thanks for sharing these photos with us!

Click on the pictures below to enlarge them. For more pictures of customer’s loft beds, visit out photo gallery.

Winter 2012 Scholarship Now Open!

We’re pleased to announce that we have opened the Winter 2012 OP Loftbed Scholarship Award! The deadline is January 31, 2012 and the questions this time are:

  • Tell us about the greatest life lesson you’ve learned so far.
  • If you could change one of your personality traits what would it be? Why?
  • If you could have one song play every time you walked into a room what song would it be? Why?
  • For what thing should a holiday be added as a national day of celebration each year?

Visit our scholarship area to submit your application now! Note:Submissions must be made using the scholarship form at this link. Please DO NOT respond to this notification or comment below with your answers.

Customer Pictures of Twin over Queen Bunk Bed and Full Size Loft 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.


Twin over Queen Bunk BedWe moved our family of 3 into a one bedroom apartment entirely voluntarily on a mission to simplify our lives.

Your OP Loft Bed plans made it work wonderfully (no tripping over eachother in the 10 x 12 bedroom with floor space to spare)! We looked at traditional bunk beds, I’m not sure I’d be comfortable climbing up there for story time. This way, we got to keep our current mattresses and have something we’re comfortable climbing on and sleeping under.

We made it out of cedar because it was surpisingly cheaper than pine. We used carriage bolts with the heads spray painted black to soften the edges (for asthetic and safety purposes). We put a flat clear coat on as a finish and added one handle, horizontally at the foot of the mattress.

Our original plan was to slide our mattress under length-wise, but in the chaos of the move, I forgot to mention that to the carpenters (my husband and his father). It would work if we ditched the box spring and opted for a futon base, since the queen sized mattress is flexible enough to addapt to the missing inch.

I’m sure you can imagine our son’s favourite way to get OUT of bed with such a handy landing pad.

Thanks for being awesome! :)

~Laurie in Milton, Ontario


Joe in Austin, TX

See images of my son’s new full size loft bed. Bought the full size medium height plans and me, my wife, and son finished in about 3 weekends. Most time spent on it was staining and adding two coats of polyurethane. Built the short leg pieces a little taller than plans due to my son has a 13″ pillow top mattress. Then had to raise the guardrails up some too. It makes his small bedroom have more space and he loves hanging out underneath it.

~Joe in Austin, TX

Summer 2011 Scholarship Now Open!

We’re pleased to announce that we have opened the Summer 2011 OP Loftbed Scholarship Award! The deadline is July 31, 2011 and the questions this time are:

  • Most clothing has a label with instructions about how to best care for the garment. If you had such a label for how you should be cared for, what would it say?
  • What song best describes your life? Why do you feel it describes your life well?
  • What would you like your life legacy to be?
  • If you were going to tag a bridge, what would you paint on it?

Visit our scholarship area to submit your application now! Note:Submissions must be made using the scholarship form at this link. Please DO NOT respond to this notification or comment below with your answers.

Winner of the Summer 2010 OP Loftbed $500 Scholarship Award

OK. Everyone is probably used to our judges taking much longer than we usually anticipate to choose a winner. However, everyone is also in agreement that it’s always well worth the wait to select the best applicant. The judges have finally reached a consensus on the winner of our Summer 2010 Scholarship. We want to thank each of you who participated for challenging us with your responses and also for your patience while we selected the winner.

The winner of the Summer 2010 OP Loftbed $500 Scholarship Award is E. Brodsky. Our winner a graduate student in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. Her answers to the questions were as follows:

E. Brodsky Winner of the Summer 2010 OP Loftbed ScholarshipIf you knew you couldn’t fail at any one thing, what would you do and why would you do it?
I would start a nonprofit organization to train people how and why to live more environmentally sustainable lifestyles. I care deeply about the health of our natural resources, and feel strongly that if the world shifts toward more environmentally sustainable practices, the health of humanity, society, and the global economy will follow. Teaching people how and why to make responsible environmental choices as citizens and voters would be the most effective way for me to cultivate widespread change. No one has said it better than Baba Dioum: “For in the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.”

Tell us the funniest true story that has ever happened to you.
I was working as a sea turtle research technician in Costa Rica, and living in a rustic field camp. One night, while getting ready to brush my teeth, I set my toothpaste down on a shelf outside the kitchen. I pulled my toothbrush out of its case and went to grab the toothpaste, but when I spun around toward the shelf, I almost stepped on something: an armadillo! The poor little creature was right at my feet, and I almost kicked it like a kickball, right into the research camp! We shared a moment: the armadillo looked up at me, and I at it, both frozen with surprise. Then, as quickly as it had appeared, it ran away.

If you were going to start your own scholarship program, what questions would you ask of the applicants and why would you ask those questions?
What have you done to make a difference in the world? What makes you unique? What would you like people to say about you at your funeral? Without specifically asking about academic, extracurricular or professional achievements, the first question would allow applicants to exhibit their individual strengths and passions. For the second question, applicants could comment on their background, personal obstacles, or interests; however they chose to answer, their response would reveal their personalities and creativity. I read the third question in the book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, and I find it extremely provocative for reflecting on one’s goals and values. These three simple questions would very effectively uncover the distinct qualities of each applicant.

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