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 […]

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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 […]

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How to Use Existing Dorm Room Springs with an OP Loftbed

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 […]