How to Build a Loft Bed – Cutting and Drilling Instructions

For Tall and Medium Loft Bed

Here are some detailed cutting and drilling instructions to fabricate the pieces that will make up your OP Loftbed. Since only minimal woodworking skills and tools are required, almost anyone can build the entire bed in about 10 hours.

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Tools Needed

Circular Saw
Circular Saw
Drill
Drill
7/16" Drill Bit, 1/8" Drill Bit, #2 and #3 Phillips Driver Bits
7/16" Drill Bit,
1/8" Drill Bit,
#2 and #3 Phillips
Driver Bits
Tape Measure
Tape Measure
Combination Square
Combination Square
Pencils
Pencils
9/16" Wrench
9/16" Wrench
Pliers
Pliers
Wood Chisels
Wood Chisels
Hammer
Hammer
Clamps
Clamps
Wood Glue
Wood Glue

Safety Equipment Required

Safety Glasses
Safety Glasses
Ear Plugs
Ear Plugs
Gloves
Gloves

Optional Tools

drill press
Drill Press
Miter Saw
Miter Saw
Table Saw
Table Saw
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Cutting and Drilling Instructions

Step 1

Measure and cut all pieces

Step 2

Measure and mark locations for drilling holes

  • Measure and mark locations for drilling holes. Most of the individual measurements are on pages 4 and 5 of the purchased plans. Always double check all measurement against plans.

Step 3

Make the miter cuts on the ends of the mattress support pieces

  • Make the miter cuts on the ends of the mattress support pieces. Set the circular saw (or table saw) blade to 45 degrees.

Step 4 - Circular Saw Method of Cutting Notch

Cut the inside notch on the mattress support pieces

  • Cut the inside notch on the mattress support pieces.

Step 4 - Table Saw Method of Cutting Notch

Cut the inside notch on the mattress support pieces

  • Cut the inside notch on the mattress support pieces.

Step 5

Assemble the Legs

  • Use a 1/8" drill bit to predrill the pilot holes in the 2x4 leg piece. Use the 1/8" diameter holes in the 2x6 leg pieces as a guide.

Step 6

Cutout the lap joint in the X-braces

  • Cutout the lap joint in the X-braces Temporarily assemble the bed to locate the lap joints on the x-braces.

Step 7

Assemble the center mattress support

  • Assemble the center mattress support. To make the center mattress supports, glue the center pieces together and draw them together with #8 x 2" flat head phillips wood screws.

Step 8

Assemble the shelf

  • To make the shelf, attach each of the two side pieces with #10 x 3-1/2" flat head phillips wood screws.