How to Build a Loft Bed

Mr. Magic is the bomb.

He just build our daughter a loft bed.

With no plans. Just an idea and some muscle and I could not be more thrilled!!!


He started by measuring her mattress out and making the “frame” for the mattress to lay on just slightly larger.

Yes I held my breath while he worked next to my truck. OMGosssssssssssssssssssssssssssh we need a shop!


How to Build a Loft Bed | Jennifer Allwood

Then he covered the frame in plywood.


How to Build a Loft Bed | Jennifer Allwood

Next, we had picked the only corner in Ava’s bedroom that the loft bed could go in.

We measured her sitting on the floor criss-cross-applesauce to see how much room she needed for her head to clear the ceiling when she was on bed.

And then we put the brace up lower than that.


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Total transparency. At first we planned on NOT having a “leg” under the loft bed and having it secured from the ceiling. You can see more of what I am talking about on our Facebook LIVE HERE. 

It was MORE THAN secure….. we just didn’t like how that board across the ceiling felt when you entered the room. It felt heavy. So we resorted to plan B.


How to Build a Loft Bed | Jennifer Allwood

Plan B was us putting a pole under the floating corner of the loft bed. And then we removed the board from the ceiling. Either would have worked, but this was prettier.


How to Build a Loft Bed | Jennifer Allwood

Mr Magic built a “frame” around the outside both to make it look more finished and to give the mattress something to “sit in”.



How to Build a Loft Bed | Jennifer Allwood

Next we needed a way for her to get up into the bed. 

Mr Magic had this old painting ladder in the garage for years. He literally cut it to size and we used it and I am OBSESSED with how it turned out.


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He did secure the ladder to the floor because:

  • #ohAva
  • #SwingingFromTheChandeliers
  • #AccidentWaitingToHappen

And I covered the rungs of the ladder in fur because #cantstop, #wontstop and also….it’s softer on her feet. Lol.

You can watch me adding the fur HERE.


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After that, Mr. Magic put these wood pieces up on the sides (notice we used pre-primed wood to make life easy) to make safety rails ….


And then he ran a piece of wood across the top to make a safety rail.

You can see it well in this pic. 

And yes, that’s my beautiful 65 year old momma who climbed up in Ava’s bed with her! So fun!



I shopped for this new bedding and decorated with these cute swags and we called it done.

Didn’t he do amazing???? Next post up is the entire room reveal!!! Stay tuned!



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  1. Denise Delellis
    Denise Delellis
    September 7, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Gorgeous!!! Can I borrow you guys to help me decorate my house? Please!!!!!!

  2. Kolein
    September 9, 2017 at 7:05 am

    It’s so adorable!!! Great job! I imagine her going to sleep so happy each night! You guys ROCK – together!!

  3. Barbara Zambrano
    Barbara Zambrano
    September 12, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    This is fabulous! Love it! How do you make up the bed? Need a live on that too. Lol

  4. Debra
    September 13, 2017 at 11:35 am

    It’s adorable! Great job for hubbie on the bed and you for the decorating.

  5. Luis Santana
    Luis Santana
    March 5, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    Excellent job with the loft! I tried to fi d the link with instructions but couldn’t seem to find it or be able to click into it. I was curious as to the type of wood used, wood/screwsizes etc. I can’t wait to give it a go. I will definitely share my results with you guys.

    March 22, 2018 at 8:32 am

    I cannot seem to locate the link on the instructions to build this. Where are they located? I would like to build this for my daughter

  7. Rachael
    May 3, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Is this a full sized bed?

  8. Daysi
    May 5, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Great bed – my 8 yr old is in love with it . Can you forward instructions – can’t seems to find them

  9. Natasha
    June 28, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Should it matter what type of wood we use? I won’t be able to paint or spray paint inside, it would be outside. I want to do a full size or maybe a King size. Also would you guys happen to know what kind of screws I should use? And what precautions should I make or how can I make sure it’s strong because my daughter likes to act like a wild animal and would need it to be able to hold strong. I’m 180 and sometimes will have 6 of my nieces and nephews sleep along in a sleep over. Or for whenever my sister domes to sleep over that’s an additional 140 added with my weight.

  10. Christy
    December 19, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Can you tell me where that bedding is from and the name of it. Thanks

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