Here's a photo of my son Roland's bed (on the opposite wall of the bed in the first post) Note that the ladder is attached at the foot of the bed, rather than at the head of the bed. You can also see the 10w hallogen lamp in the corner. The lamp has an in-line switch so the kids can turn it on and off.
p.s. The cat on the bed is not included in the plans :0
The bed, from mattress to ceiling, is probably about 30 inches. I measured by 5-year old while he sat on the floor, from the floor to about 6 inches above his head, and used that measurement. This is so he can sit up in bed and read a book.
The ladder is made with 2x4s and 1-inch thick wooden dowels. Its secured to the frame with metal brackets that are normally used to secure wall studs during home construction. The ladder cannot come off for cleaning or storage without the aid of a screwdriver, but there is enough 'give' that it can be lifted up a few inches for vacuuming. Would you like a detail photo?
Hi! I am trying to make my daughter a custom bed for her birthday this month.. I need a bed large enough to hold her full size bed side ways to make a reading room there to housing her 3 ft wide tiger rug.. So, measurements approx. 90"L X 87" W.... Could you send me blueprints to help make my bed sturdy enough to hold her? Thanks so much!
Here is a photo of the rail. It consists of five pieces of wood and two shelf brackets. Flatter brackets work better because they do not push up the mattress. The wood to wood connections are reinforced with screws and glue, the wood to metal connections are reinforced with screws and gorilla glue. The length of the rail is about two feet shorter than the bed. The length of the portions going under the mattress are about 3/4 the width of the bed. Good luck!