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.

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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.


• Plywood

• Stain or paint

• Lag bolts 1/4 inch X 2 1/2 inches


• Circular saw



Ryobi 18-Volt One+ 6-1/2 in. Cordless Circular Saw (Tool Only)



• Power drill


Ryobi 18-Volt One+ Hammer Drill Kit




• Orbital sander


Ryobi 18-Volt One+ 5 in. Cordless Random Orbit Sander (Tool-Only)




• Tape measure



DEWALT 25 ft. XP Premium Tape Measure



• Step ladder




6 ft. Fiberglass Step Ladder with 375 lb. Load Capacity Type IAA Duty Rating


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.

This post contains affiliate links to the tools and supplies we used in this project. This means we will receive a percentage of the sale if you make a purchase using these links.

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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.

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  • Austin Mark

    Best selection of college bed loft for at best price.In case of apartments, you can convert your study room into living room just by lifting the bed up and enjoy a lot place. Thanks for your

    • Skaie Knox

      Thanks Austin for the comment!

  • Holly Ayers

    How much did it cost you?

    • Skaie Knox

      Hi Holly-if you already have the tools and stain, and look on sites like DiggersList for discount wood, you can probably finish this project for between $60-$100. Good luck!

  • Danny

    Hello Skaie Knox
    I enjoy your work very much….!
    How and where do i purchase the Loft bed at the top of the page? The very first one of champagne color can find it in elitedecore or anywhere else does any one know where it can be purchased.
    It comes factory set for assembly…..
    Thank you kindly

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  • whispywind

    i dont understand the part “1.Cut the 5-inch x 3/4-inch planks to length. On three sides these planks will be 12 inches shorter than the length of the plywood. On the fourth side, you’re going to build a ladder.” can you please explain this means

    • Skaie Knox

      Hi Whispywind. Please refer to the comments section of ehow’s site (link below) for specific questions to the author/builder, Jim Gibbs. There are also some good tips in the comments as well.

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  • rosie

    I’m guessing these photos are just examples…… i don’t see any 6×6 pieces in the photo… and you just cant put any old screw to hold the weight. You must use carraige bolts. Sorry, these are not very good instructions to really build a loft.

    • Skaie Knox

      Hi @Rosie! Thanks for pointing this out. This is an older post that we just updated with new instructions by e-How.

  • ranjang besi tingkat

    Hello! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter
    group? There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content.
    Please let me know. Thanks

    • Skaie Knox

      Sure! We’d love to welcome more readers! Thanks for the kind words and tweet away!

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    • HomeJelly

      Thanks Macey – there has been lots of positive comments…thanks for adding to them!

  • JV

    The bed at the top of this page can be found at

    • HomeJelly

      I LOVE these! Please, let’s chat about the possibility of partnering on a post. You can email me directly at: [email protected].