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DIY LOFT BED

  • August 17, 2018

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There is only so much you can do with your Twin XL. You can outfit it with the finest comforter set and fluff it up with pillows, but that doesn’t help the fact that it sits low to the ground and takes up some valuable floor space. Move in and move up with the DIY Loft! Now, you have space for more people, more seating and more sanity in knowing you’re just a little bit further from that strange stain in the carpet. We got you!

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      MAKING THE LEGS Using one of the 2x6's and one of the 2x4's that have been previously cut at 70", make a butt joint by gluing and nailing it with the 16 gauge brad nailer. The 2x6 should be nailed along the edge on top of the 2x4 forming an "L" shape. Make sure it is flush on both ends and along the side you are nailing. Repeat this step 3 more times to form all of the legs. TIP: Use the trim router with roundover bit on all sides & sand legs thoroughly with 80/120/150 grit sandpaper.

    2. Step: 2

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      MAKING THE BOTTOM OF THE BEDFRAME To form the bottom frame use the two 2x6's cut at 79" and the two 2x6's cut at 39". Butt the 39" board up to the end of the 79" inch board using glue. Then screw through the end with the 2 ½" screws using the impact driver. This step should be repeated 3 more times, forming a rectangle with all joints glued and screwed. TIP: The final dimensions for the bottom frame should be 42" wide x 79" long outside to outside.

    3. Step: 3

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      NAILING THE SLATS Take the two boards cut at 1 ½" x 1 ½" x 38 7/8 and attach them to the inside end of the 39" board with glue and 2 ½" nails. Be sure it is flush at the bottom. Next, take the 2 boards cut at 1 ½" x 1 ½" x 72 3/8" and attach them to the inside of the 79" board with glue and 2 ½" nails. Be sure it is also flush at the bottom.

    4. Step: 4

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      INSTALLING THE SLATS Take the 1x6's cut at 38 7/8 and space them evenly apart on top of the nailers previously installed. Use glue and 1 ¼" screws to attach the slats to nailers. This will be what the mattress sits on. TIP: After slats are installed use trim router with roundover bit on all edges. Sand thoroughly with 80/120/150 grit paper.

    5. Step: 5

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      SPACER BLOCKS Take the 20 2x4's cut at 6" and drill two pocket holes on one end and one pocket hole on the other end (All holes should be on the same side). On the top edge of the bottom frame make a mark every 5 ¾', leaving one end open with no marks. These marks will be where the spacer blocks sit. Using the impact driver with 1 ¼" screws attach the blocks to the top edge of the bottom frame with glue on the previously drawn marks. TIP: Use trim router with roundover bit on all edges. Sand thoroughly with 80/120/150 grit paper.

    6. Step: 6

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      TOP RAIL To form the top rail use the two 2x6's cut at 79" and the 2x6 at 39". Make a butt joint with the 79" board and the 39" board using glue and 2 ½" screws. Repeat this step for the other side. After both sides are joined flip the bottom frame over on top of the top rail and use glue and 1 ¼' screws with the impact driver to join together. Making sure all spacers blocks are flush and evenly spaced. TIP: Before attaching top rail to bottom frame use trim router with roundover bit on all edges. Sand thoroughly with 80/120/150 grit paper.

    7. Step: 7

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      ATTACHING THE LEGS AND LADDER TO FRAME With the bed frame upside down attach the legs to the outside of the frame on each corner (2x6 side of the leg on the long side of the frame). Using glue and the impact driver with 2 ½' screws, screw through the inside of the frame into the leg. Make sure the top of the leg is flush with the top of the frame. Repeat this step for each leg. After legs are attached, take the four 42" 2x4's and attach them evenly spaced at 8 ½" from the bottom of the legs going up. Using glue and the impact driver with 2 ½" screws, screw through the inside of the legs into the 2x4 ladder boards. Take the last 42" 2x4 and attach it to the inside of the opposite side the ladder, even with the bottom ladder rung. Use glue and the impact driver with 2 ½" screws, screw from the inside of the bed.

    8. Step: 8

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      FINISHING Flip entire bed over and sand once more with 150 grit paper using an orbital sander. Make sure all edges and corners are rounded over and smooth. Wipe entire bed down with tack cloth or microfiber towel to remove dust. Then use the finish of your choice, either brush or spray on.

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DIY LOFT BED

by RYOBI Nation
Aug 17, 2018
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There is only so much you can do with your Twin XL. You can outfit it with the finest comforter set and fluff it up with pillows, but that doesn’t help the fact that it sits low to the ground and takes up some valuable floor space. Move in and move up with the DIY Loft! Now, you have space for more people, more seating and more sanity in knowing you’re just a little bit further from that strange stain in the carpet. We got you!

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge af89d3ce 5160 4d27 996e b0c74ab240f7

    MAKING THE LEGS Using one of the 2x6's and one of the 2x4's that have been previously cut at 70", make a butt joint by gluing and nailing it with the 16 gauge brad nailer. The 2x6 should be nailed along the edge on top of the 2x4 forming an "L" shape. Make sure it is flush on both ends and along the side you are nailing. Repeat this step 3 more times to form all of the legs. TIP: Use the trim router with roundover bit on all sides & sand legs thoroughly with 80/120/150 grit sandpaper.

  2. Step: 2
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    MAKING THE BOTTOM OF THE BEDFRAME To form the bottom frame use the two 2x6's cut at 79" and the two 2x6's cut at 39". Butt the 39" board up to the end of the 79" inch board using glue. Then screw through the end with the 2 ½" screws using the impact driver. This step should be repeated 3 more times, forming a rectangle with all joints glued and screwed. TIP: The final dimensions for the bottom frame should be 42" wide x 79" long outside to outside.

  3. Step: 3
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    NAILING THE SLATS Take the two boards cut at 1 ½" x 1 ½" x 38 7/8 and attach them to the inside end of the 39" board with glue and 2 ½" nails. Be sure it is flush at the bottom. Next, take the 2 boards cut at 1 ½" x 1 ½" x 72 3/8" and attach them to the inside of the 79" board with glue and 2 ½" nails. Be sure it is also flush at the bottom.

  4. Step: 4
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    INSTALLING THE SLATS Take the 1x6's cut at 38 7/8 and space them evenly apart on top of the nailers previously installed. Use glue and 1 ¼" screws to attach the slats to nailers. This will be what the mattress sits on. TIP: After slats are installed use trim router with roundover bit on all edges. Sand thoroughly with 80/120/150 grit paper.

  5. Step: 5
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    SPACER BLOCKS Take the 20 2x4's cut at 6" and drill two pocket holes on one end and one pocket hole on the other end (All holes should be on the same side). On the top edge of the bottom frame make a mark every 5 ¾', leaving one end open with no marks. These marks will be where the spacer blocks sit. Using the impact driver with 1 ¼" screws attach the blocks to the top edge of the bottom frame with glue on the previously drawn marks. TIP: Use trim router with roundover bit on all edges. Sand thoroughly with 80/120/150 grit paper.

  6. Step: 6
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    TOP RAIL To form the top rail use the two 2x6's cut at 79" and the 2x6 at 39". Make a butt joint with the 79" board and the 39" board using glue and 2 ½" screws. Repeat this step for the other side. After both sides are joined flip the bottom frame over on top of the top rail and use glue and 1 ¼' screws with the impact driver to join together. Making sure all spacers blocks are flush and evenly spaced. TIP: Before attaching top rail to bottom frame use trim router with roundover bit on all edges. Sand thoroughly with 80/120/150 grit paper.

  7. Step: 7
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    ATTACHING THE LEGS AND LADDER TO FRAME With the bed frame upside down attach the legs to the outside of the frame on each corner (2x6 side of the leg on the long side of the frame). Using glue and the impact driver with 2 ½' screws, screw through the inside of the frame into the leg. Make sure the top of the leg is flush with the top of the frame. Repeat this step for each leg. After legs are attached, take the four 42" 2x4's and attach them evenly spaced at 8 ½" from the bottom of the legs going up. Using glue and the impact driver with 2 ½" screws, screw through the inside of the legs into the 2x4 ladder boards. Take the last 42" 2x4 and attach it to the inside of the opposite side the ladder, even with the bottom ladder rung. Use glue and the impact driver with 2 ½" screws, screw from the inside of the bed.

  8. Step: 8
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    FINISHING Flip entire bed over and sand once more with 150 grit paper using an orbital sander. Make sure all edges and corners are rounded over and smooth. Wipe entire bed down with tack cloth or microfiber towel to remove dust. Then use the finish of your choice, either brush or spray on.