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Loft Beds For Kids And Adults

Updated on May 6, 2010

Whether you're a parent trying to optimize the space in your child's bedroom or an adult urbanite who wants to carve a little more living space out of your square footage, a loft bed can help you make the most of your floor plan. A loft bed will raise your sleeping area up off the ground so that you can utilize that extra space. Think of a bunk bed that doesn't actually have a bottom bunk. Your newly liberated area can become a quiet study nook for the kids or a small home office for adults. This is also a fabulous way to create extra storage room in a cramped apartment. The possibilities are only limited by your creativity.

For children there are all kinds of whimsical designs to spark the young imagination. Some beds are even built around a theme. Choose a castle for your little princess or a tent bed for a budding outdoorsman. If you'd prefer something your child can grow into instead of something she'll grow out of there are more sophisticated designs available. Some beds even have built in desks and shelves to help your teen get ready for that important chemistry exam. You'll also find loads of storage space for books and school supplies.

If you're an adult you may be afraid that a loft bed will give your apartment that oh so undesirable summer camp feeling, but never fear there are plenty of grown up beds to choose from. A lot of these beds have a sleek stylish appeal that fits perfectly with modern décor. Your new bed doesn't have to be a twin either. Loft beds come in a variety of sizes all the way up to King.

Check out these stylish loft beds.

If you've decided this type of bed is the answer to your small space woes, you'll certainly find many options to choose from, but as you make your decision keep in mind some of these important safety considerations. 

  • Not all loft beds have a safety rail, and for adults it probably isn't necessary, but if you're selecting a bed for a child choose one that has a safety rail the entire length of the bed.
  • I hope it goes without saying that your bed should be freestanding.  If you have to lean your furniture against the wall to keep it stable, it's unlikely to support an active child or a full grown adult. 
  • Choose a bed that has an integrated ladder or stairs so that you have a way to easily and safely get into your bed.
  • Measure the height of your room before you buy a bed.  If you don't have at least 33 inches of headroom from the top of the mattress to the ceiling the setup will be uncomfortable and difficult to get into.

Keep these specifications in mind and you can find the perfect loft bed for your home without sacrificing any safety measures.  You're going to be amazed by how much space you gain with you new bed.


If you're good with a set of tools, these plans will help you craft your own loft bed.

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