15 DIY Loft Bed Plans

Illustration of a loft bed

Illustration: The Spruce / Alex Dos Diaz

These free loft bed plans will help you build a beautiful bed that will be a keepsake for your child or grandchild for generations to come.

A loft bed is a bed that's accessible by stairs or a ladder that has room beneath it for a desk, fort, storage, or a play area. It gives a small room more space and the child will truly feel like the king of his castle.

All these free loft bed plans include step-by-step instructions, diagrams, photos, videos, and sometimes user comments so you can have a successful and fun building experience. This is a great intermediate woodworking project that will really test your skills.

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    How to Build a Loft Bed

    A loft bed with a ladder and hiding space

    The Handmade Home

    This is a simple free loft bed plan but has additional details like a curtain and rope ladder that you can include/exclude to your own taste.

    Though you can change the cuts and details yourself, the plan, as is stands, makes the entire bed a length of nearly 11 feet and a little over 3 feet wide.

    Images, written instructions, and a list of supplies are shown with this plan.

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    Junior Camp Loft Bed with Stairs

    A wooden loft bed with stairs

    Ana White

    Believe it or not, you can build an awesome camp loft bed for just $50 in supplies. It's great for a tight space and the unique stairs give you more wall space. It only takes two hours to build.

    There's a complete shopping list, tool list, general instructions, diagrams, and color photos to help you build it.

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    Kids Clubhouse and Loft Bed

    A white loft bed with a ladder

    Build Something

    Sincerely, Marie Designs has designed this free loft bed and kids clubhouse plan for Build Something that you're going to love.

    Written building directions with color photos, a list of tools and materials, and a list of parts and cuts will help you build this bed in no time.

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    Fire Station Loft Bed Plan

    A firetruck loft bed

    Ana White

    This bed is perfect for kids interested in firefighters. Room under the bed may be used for a platform bed or even a dresser.

    With a few changes to the plan, you may even be able to incorporate a pole on the other end of the stairs for another fire station touch.

    As with all of these free bed plans, you can see a shopping list, tools list, cut list, and detailed, step by step picture and text instructions for building the loft bed.

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    Loft Bed Plans

    A wooden loft bed with a ladder

    Afloat

    This loft bed plan from Afloat.ca is also very simple and should be easy to put together. It's a simple but sturdy loft bed that you'll be able to pass down for generations.

    You're told the exact supplies you'll need to complete this project, and there are plenty of detailed instructions to walk you through it.

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    DIY Lego Loft Bed Plan

    A loft bed with a desk and LEGO storage

    The House of Wood

    As shown in the picture, this plan has lots of storage, and room for a desk below the bed.

    A link to a PDF is shown at The House of Wood, where you'll have access to the materials and cut list, plus illustrations and measurements for each part of the project.

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    Junior Loft Bed

    Picture of kids playing around a loft bed
    Lowe's

    This plan lets you build a modern loft bed with easy stair access, a twin bed on top, and enough empty space below for a table, toy box, or seating.

    A video overview can be watched to see how the bed will be put together, but there are also detailed step-by-step instructions with pictures for cutting the parts, assembling the bed, and making the stairs.

    You can also find a full list of the required tools and materials.

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    Loft Bed Plan With a Small Bookcase and Desk

    A loft bed with a desk and bookcase

    Ana White

    Use this free loft bed plan to build a relatively cheap, space-saving bed, desk, and bookcase combo.

    This plan includes a list of tools and materials that you need, as well as all the instructions for putting it together.

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    The Micro Bus Bunk Bed and Playhouse

    A bus loft bed

    Instructables

    This is a very interesting loft bed because while it's similar to the others in this list, it's also much different. It's designed to look like a retro bus, so the while the top is used as a bed, the inside is a playhouse.

    This bunk bed plan details all the lumber, hardware, and tools, and accents that you'll need to complete the job. Illustrations and actual images are shown to help you along the way.

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    Little Cottage Loft Bed from Ana White

    A cottage style loft bed

    Ana White

    Similar to the one from above, this free bed plan is also from Ana White and looks similar to the fire station, but is instead designed as a cottage with three large windows.

    All the tools and materials that are required are clearly listed, and the instructions are laid out in just over 20 steps with images.

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    Twin Low Loft Bed Plan

    A simple wooden loft bed

    The Design Confidential

    The loft bed plan includes nothing fancy - it's simply a twin bed raised high enough to make room for storage below it.

    The estimated cost for this loft bed is $100 to $150. The list of tools, lumber, cuts, and materials you need are listed on the website, as well as very detailed, color-coded images and written instructions.

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    Loft Bed With Bookshelf Ladders

    A DIY loft bed with a bookshelf ladder

    Instructables

    This free plan will help you build a DIY loft bed that features two ladders, one to climb on and one to shelve your favorite books.

    This free plan includes building instructions, color photos, and diagrams.

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    DIY Loft Bed Plan

    A loft bed with a desk underneath

    Black & Decker

    Black and Decker has a free plan for a DIY loft bed that is attached on two walls and then has a simple ladder going from the floor to the bed. It's a streamlined design that saves as much room as possible. 

    The free plan includes a cut list, materials list, color photos, and written instructions. 

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    Modern Loft Bed

    A modern loft bed with a bed underneath

    The Home Depot Blog

    The Home Depot has a DIY loft bed plan that puts a modern spin on a usual traditional project. The loft is built above the bed shown in the photo, creating a cozy place to sleep with a custom headboard.

    You'll find a materials list, cut list, written step-by-step directions, and color photos. 

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    Low-Budget Loft Bed

    Boys in pyjamas using digital tablet in bed
    Sydney Bourne / Getty Images

    Follow these very detailed steps to build a loft bed with a desk. This plan tries to cut the overall cost by using different lumber and positioning it against the wall for special support.

    The plan is in 5 steps, so be sure to use the links at the bottom of the page at Renovation-Headquarters.com to find the other parts.