Do you already purchase things from Amazon? If so, your OP Loftbed purchase is now easier than ever! On the checkout page, simply click the “Pay with Amazon” button. After you log into your Amazon account, simply select your shipping address (if your item has to be shipped), select your payment method, and click the […]
The OP Loftbed was originally designed for college dorms where students would set it up at the beginning of the year, take it down, take it home for the summer, set it up in their room at home, take it down at the end of the summer, take it back to school, and repeat the […]
The OP Loftbed is a free-standing loft bed and DOES NOT have to be attached to the wall. It’s designed to be incredibly sturdy and stable with almost no shaking at all. I have seen a 350-pound man get on top of one and try to shake it and it wouldn’t move at all.
The type of wood you use will vary depending on where you are located. The type of wood that is used for the dimensional lumber (i.e. 2x4s and 2x6s) that is used for framing houses in your neck of the woods should be just fine. We are based in North Carolina, where pine is plentiful […]
We’re proud to announce that we’ve just redesigned the OP Loftbed web site. The new web site provides many features that we’ve wanted to add to the site for a very long time. Here are just a few: You’ll have a great experience on every device–your desktop and laptop (Windows, Mac, or Linux), tablet (iPad or […]
Our loft 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 […]
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 Loft Bed – Twin Extra Long will weigh around 300-pounds.
Because of the high degree of engineering that has gone into the design of the OP Loftbed loft bed, it should be able to easily support 400-pounds. We have seen a 350-pound man climb into one of our loft beds and try as hard as he could to shake it, and it wouldn’t budge, so […]
Because of the high degree of engineering that has gone into the design of the OP Loftbed bunk bed, it should be able to easily support 400-pounds. We have seen a 350-pound man climb into one of our loft beds and try as hard as he could to shake it, and it wouldn’t budge, so […]
Depending on your woodworking skills, and the tools you are using, expect to spend a good 8 to 10 hours in the shop.
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 bunk bed.
If you need to different height, we suggest you buy the plans for the size that has the height adjustment as close to the height you need, without going over the height you need. Tall Height: 60-1/2″, 63-1/4″, or 66″ above the floor Medium Height: 44″, 46 3/4″, or 49 1/2″ above the floor Short Height: […]
Many colleges don’t allow students to take the school-supplied bed or bed springs out of the room and some require that they be incorporated into the design of any loft bed that is used. Here are a few options for how to accomplish this with your OP Loftbed loft bed: Option #1: Instead of using plywood […]
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 […]
One of the questions we’re often asked is, “My dorm requires us to use the existing bed or bed springs, how do I use existing dorm room springs with an OP Loftbed” Our usual answer is: Instead of using plywood for a mattress platform, you will use the existing springs instead. You will need something […]
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 […]
If 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 […]
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 […]
Tell us about the coolest object you’ve ever found. Time had delicately aged the smooth paper turning its once white surface to wine. The letter crinkled under my touch. The writing was old. Written with an elegance that could have only been penned decades ago, back in a time when penmanship was an art to […]
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 […]
Which celebrity would you most like to see as President of the United States and why? Dr. Stephen Hawking. Choose a genuine genius for a leader. I’d vote for a candidate who likely has a better grasp of the universe than anyone. As a symbol of perseverance, Dr. Hawking is unparalleled. His disability has proven […]
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 […]
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 […]
We’ve been way behind posting pictures and testimonials from our satisfied customers. In our photo gallery, we can’t post all the good stuff everyone has to say, but here on the blog, we can post every unedited word. Here is the latest batch from the past two weeks. Dear OP Loft, This twin high loft […]
I recently stopped by my local Lowe’s Home Improvement Center to do a little pricing. I realize that lumber and fasteners are commodity items and prices can vary greatly from one day to the next and from one geographical location to another. But I was interested in what it would cost the average person in […]
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 […]
If you could trade places with someone for 24 hours, who would it be and why? I would trade places with my evil twin. I don’t really have an evil twin but I always wanted one. But then again, if I were to have a twin, maybe I would be the evil one and the […]
Imagine that you have just found out that you have 24 hours left to live. Tell us what you plan to do in your last day on earth. I would buy all the Loftbeds that I could afford. Then I would tie them all together with pretty pink ribbon and attach 7 wheels to the […]
In 100 words or less, write something that will make the judges laugh out loud. Aunt Mable has a dog, Tiger. I noticed Tiger seemed to have less hair than when I last saw him. I asked Aunt Mable, “What’s going on with Tiger?” Tiger had been scratching a lot lately and she had been […]
Tell us about the best gift you have ever given someone or that someone else gave to you. What was the gift? Why was it special? I received a tool set as a high school graduation gift, and it was really how I made friends in college. Students bring computers, chairs, televisions, bookcases, and beds, […]
For just a few dollars you can purchase a closet rod or extendable shower curtain rod and install it under your OP Loftbed. This will add extra clothes storage space and still leave room for a desk or chair. If you don’t have much closet space, as is the case in most dorm rooms, this […]
Tell us about your most embarrassing moment. Recalling it couldn’t possibly be as bad as when it really happened. At a youth group event, we were building structures from wooden posts and rope. I was sitting on the floor of one of the structures (6 feet above the ground) attaching it to the posts when […]
What is the best thing that you have done for someone? I volunteered for the Special Olympics. The athlete I was assigned to was an adult that was wheelchair bound with limited verbal and motor skills. At the beginning, she was unable to repeat the Olympic oath, so I held her hand and said it […]
The pictures below show how one customer added metal handles to his OP Loftbed to make it easier for his six year-old son to climb into and out of the loft bed. Handles such as this can be purchased at your local home improvement store.