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.


Skaie Knox

Written by Skaie Knox

Decor/Design/Repurposing nerd and DIYer, 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.


  1. Austin Mark on February 1, 2013 at 9:30 am

    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 on February 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      Thanks Austin for the comment!

  2. Holly Ayers on August 24, 2013 at 4:03 am

    How much did it cost you?

    • Skaie Knox on August 26, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      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!

  3. Danny on September 7, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    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

  4. whispywind on January 16, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    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

  5. rosie on November 12, 2014 at 1:55 am

    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 on November 12, 2014 at 11:58 pm

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

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