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 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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Depending on your woodworking skills, and the tools you are using, expect to spend a good 10 to 12 hours in the shop.