DIY Project: How to Make a Loft Bed for Your Dorm Room


A cool sample loft bed for your dorm room.

Sample loft bed for your dorm room.

Let’s face it…dorm life is a sweet and sour experience that, if missed, is well, missed. Aside from the unknowns of roommates, privacy, and noise control, we do have the ability to add sugar to the situation and design a dorm room to accommodate most of our needs.  One being, ironically, to increase the space of a very small space.  The average square footage of a college dormitory is approximately 12′ x 19′, and with two people, that’s pretty tight.  Solution?  Create a loft for your bed to increase the space for a study or sitting area. Sweet.

Follow these straight forward instructions, courtesy of eHow, along with our DiggersList “Things You’ll Need Listings” for discounts on supplies.  Grab a buddy, or invite your parents for a DIY visit to your school, and have “lofts of fun” with this project.

Here’s what you’ll need:

• Plywood

Circular saw

Power drill

• Lag bolts 1/4 inch X 2 1/2 inches

Orbital sander

• Stain or paint

Tape measure

Step ladder

Here’s what you do:

Click in here for full instructions.

There are lots of version you can build.

This is a sample for your little ones…pre-college days.


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Written By Skaie Knox

Decor/Design/Repurposing nerd and DIYer, brand ambassador, freelance writer, and the editor-in-chief for HomeJelly. Skaie is also a signed and published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). She was voted "Class Clown", and is a rescue dogs crusader.