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How to Build a College Dorm Loft

Updated on February 18, 2013

Building a College Dorm Loft can be Easy, Even if it is just a Kit

If you currently reside in, or have ever stayed in a College dorm, you know how difficult it can be to get comfortable because of the size of the room. Even if you have enough room, it is difficult to have any privacy.

Space saving ideas for College dorms can be creative. Depending on the dorm rules for your particular College, many now allow either the construction or use of dorm loft beds.

Dorm loft beds can be constructed from your own materials and plans, or you can buy kits and manufacture your own. In either case, they will not only allow you to maximize the space, they can be quite decorative or artsy. These lofts can give you comfort that you need and the privacy that you require.

This site shows several examples and also highlights some plans and kits that are available.

Have fun and please leave some comments!

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Crowded Bed
Crowded Bed

Dormitory Space Saving

I didn't live in a dorm when I went to College. I already had a family and also felt that the dorm life was not conducive to a quality education. I guess it all depends on how you look at it.

Although I did not stay permanently in a dorm room, I have visited some and also slept in some when I was visiting a friend in College.

I remember how small they were and there were a lot of people packed into an area, not much bigger than some people's bathroom. It reminded me of those old dares where you tried to see how many people you could get into a phone booth or a Volkswagen.

While different Universities, Colleges and schools have dorm rooms of different shapes and sizes, they are all small.

The biggest concerns that I have read about dorm rooms is to make them more like home, so you will feel comfortable, comfortable beds, or the biggest concern, privacy.

Dorm loft beds provide the student with all of these. You can climb up onto the bed, slap on your headphones and you will feel much more at home. If it is quiet, you don't even need the headphones.

In this website, I have collected several variations of the dorm loft bed and some have plans. Some of these you build yourself and some are made from kits.

Please take your time and browse through the selection of beds and let us know your favorites.

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Dorm loft
Dorm loft

Did you like this dorm loft with the Navy style bunk?

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Dorm loft
Dorm loft

What are your thoughts on this pine dorm loft?

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Way More Than A Bed On Stilts: Build this 21st Century Loft Bed Yourself - Erik Johanson

Dorm loft
Dorm loft

How do you feel about this metal dorm loft?

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Dorm loft

This dorm loft is a little more primitive, would it work for you?

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Dorm loft

Do you prefer this white metal look dorm loft?

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Dorm loft

This is pine, but has a redwood look. Do you like this model?

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Dorm loft

How do you like this white wooden dorm bed with a little privacy curtain?

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Dorm loft
Dorm loft

Do you like this kit, even though it is a little more expensive?

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Dorm Loft Bed with Work Station

Coaster Loft Bed Full Size Work Station
Coaster Loft Bed Full Size Work Station

I really like this dorm loft. It is metal but also is very pleasant to look at.

While some of the other dorm loft beds may be obtrusive and may not be allowed in all dorms, this one is aesthetically pleasing and should easily pass any approval process at your institution of higher learning.

 
Dorm loft
Dorm loft

These girls look comfortable, would you be?

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Dorm loft

A very simple model with basic construction. Is this something you would use?

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Please let us know How Your Bed Turned Out - If not, please just share a comment! Thank you.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @carolweez: Thank you for visiting. I am glad that some of the ideas may be of some use to someone.

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      carolweez 4 years ago

      Some really cool space savings ideas here, I need to show this lens to my husband.

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @vetochemicals: Yes, I like the way that these help you get more available space. Thanks for the visit.

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      Cindy 5 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      I like a lot of these, looks like this railing above needs some tweaking and of course my favorite is the most expensive. Still, gotta love more space in a dorm. xoxo