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spindaddydad

07:44AM | 12/05/05
Member Since: 12/04/05
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hey Ian,

ran across your post. This is exactly the idea we had for a bed in our son's bedroom. Bolted to the wall on two adjacent sides and supended from the wall.ceiling on the other two by chain or cable. Did you ever make this bed? and if so how did it turn out? Did you run across any unexpected situations?

Thanks,

Frank Wilkins

SPIELEO

09:37AM | 08/28/06
Member Since: 08/27/06
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I would like to know if anyone ever constructed bunk beds that hang on the wall and fold up when not in use?

Mark Hammond

07:57PM | 08/30/06
Member Since: 05/09/01
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Having a studio apartment, I once built a king sized loft bed out of full 2"x10" inch clear pine for the box part of the frame. I am a 200 lb. adult so it needed to be fairly strong. The posts were 4"x4" of the same clear pine and the upper corners were braced at a 45 degree angle with 24" 1"x6" pine. Now here is where the strength comes in. The deck of the bed that held the mattress was held in place by (I know), 2"x4"s of the same clear pine. They acted as the bed slats. They were set in place on edge into regular joists hangers. The same hangers that you would use on a house when building a deck. They were covered with two sheets of 1/2" plywood layed side by side for easy removal. The whole bed was assembled with 3/8" lag screws and bolts. We are all adults here so I will say that the bed easily held two adults and was easily dis-assembled when moving. It was later given to a friend who cut down the legs to a standard height bed. MJH

wackedgreen

04:38AM | 07/11/07
Member Since: 07/10/07
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i want a hanging bed in my room but i wanted to know about how much it would cost? the cheapestbut best quality materials? and every material needed? if any one can help that would be great

soniahg

07:25AM | 02/13/08
Member Since: 02/12/08
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Did you ever made your hanging bed?

fivelbbass

08:48PM | 03/06/08
Member Since: 03/06/08
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I made two such beds in for my two boys (ages 5 and 3 1/2) for the room that they share. The room was barely big enough for them, their beds, dressers, toys, etc. This was what I came up with, based on a similar free standing design that I designed in college. It took about $150 and seven or eight hours for two beds, rails, and ladders. Way cheaper, and way cooler, than bunkbeds! When the rail is off and the bed is made, the cable is nearly invisible, giving a illusion of beds floating about 30" from the ceiling.

For each bed:

1) Mount two 2x4s in a corner -- one was 72" in length, the other was about 32" (the length and width of the mattress). Screw these into the wall studs using 3 1/2 inch screws.

2) Cut a piece of 3/4" plywood slightly larger than the mattress; nail it to the 2x4s from above, and secure it from below using angle braces.

3) Drill a hole in "outside" corner for a large eye bolt, fender washer, and a block of scrap wood, and a nut.

4) HERE'S THE COOL PART. Secure a 3/8" steel cable, with plastic coating, about 5 feet long, to the eye bolt using two cable clamps, and put the other end through a small hole in the ceiling.

5) Take a piece of steel pipe (Mine was left over from a plumbing home improvement job) and put it over the rafters in your attic, perpendicular to the rafters. The piece of pipe that I had was 1" pipe; I tacked it down with some little pieces that I have no idea what they are called, but look like half circles with flat parts with a screw hole. Wrap the cable around the pipe and secure it with two cable clamps.

6) the bed can be leveled by adjusting the clamps, or by turning the eye bolt. It helped to prop the bed to the exact height while I was in the attic so that I didn't need to make massive adjustments once I got back downstairs.

After the initial construction, I framed the rest of the plywood w/ 2x4s, which makes it a little stronger. My kids LOVE them. I've been up there with all three of my kids (I also have 2 year old daughter) at once (about 250 lbs total) and the bed didn't even budge an inch -- it's rock solid. The cable alone is rated for 800+ lbs.

There's more nuances to this. (How high is it off the floor? How did you make the rails? How did you make the ladders?) Reply if you want photos or more information. I'm happy to share. Good luck!

p.s. I saw this post prior to making the beds, but with no info -- I hope this helps you out!

dreama333

09:15PM | 03/07/08
Member Since: 03/07/08
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Hi,

your plans sound exactly what im looking for. would pics be available or a lil more detailed intstructions would be helpful. thanks in advance for your help.

fivelbbass

07:06AM | 03/09/08
Member Since: 03/06/08
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Here's photo of my son John's bed. Notice that you can't see the steel cable that secures one corner -- it's not really "floating" in the air!
4845 photo of hanging bed

jgll60

03:10PM | 03/09/08
Member Since: 03/08/08
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That bed is too cool. My daughter is looking into getting a loft bed and when I showed her the hanging bed, she said she wanted that instead.

Her room is very small so this is a perfect solution. Thanks for the pictures. Jenn

Jenn

fivelbbass

07:39PM | 03/09/08
Member Since: 03/06/08
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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
4847 loft bed alternative

robngina

06:53AM | 03/27/08
Member Since: 03/26/08
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We had to modify it slightly as it wasn't going in a corner but your design was perfect for what we wanted to do. As is was to be a spiderman room, we added a web shaped rope ladder :)
4855 we borrowed your des

tschavez

05:11PM | 07/24/08
Member Since: 07/23/08
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This is such a great idea. I'd like to know how you made the ladder and if it is able to be taken on and off (for storage). Also how high is the bed and your ceilings. My boys would love this.

fivelbbass

05:23PM | 07/24/08
Member Since: 03/06/08
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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?

fivelbbass

05:25PM | 07/24/08
Member Since: 03/06/08
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love it! using two cables was a good idea for those that don't want the bed in a corner.

anjsantana

07:24AM | 11/02/08
Member Since: 11/01/08
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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!

anjsantana

06:05PM | 11/16/08
Member Since: 11/01/08
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Hi! I have a king size platform bed. I am wanting to add 4 legs to make it into a loft bed for my daughter's birthday!!.. Could you tell me how to stabilize this with the four legs?
4980 king size loft bed

fabfive

05:13AM | 12/18/08
Member Since: 12/16/08
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i would like to know more about the rails. i have five children... so we need to get a little creative with our four bedroom home.

fivelbbass

09:19AM | 12/31/08
Member Since: 03/06/08
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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!
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sinclair80

07:06AM | 02/20/09
Member Since: 02/19/09
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fivelbbass, your design is very nice! Can you give details of how you attached the cable to the bed frame? What type of bolt did you use and how did you attach it to the frame? Thanks!

stephanielsandoval

08:06AM | 04/16/09
Member Since: 04/12/09
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I love the bed you designed! My husband and I will be moving to our very first house, we have two boys who will share a room and this would save so much space and they would love this. Do you think you could email me plans or ideas? stephanielsandoval@yahoo.com

element1013

04:49PM | 05/17/09
Member Since: 05/16/09
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i want to make one for my room and if you could tell me about how much it would cost i would be very happy

fivelbbass

09:23AM | 05/18/09
Member Since: 03/06/08
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Cost was one reason that I decided to create/invent hanging beds in the first place. Regular bunk beds were $400+ just for the frame.

Each hanging bed cost approximately $60 for the wood and hardware. The largest portion of this was the 3/4" plywood, which sells for approximately $35 for one sheet. I had the plywood trimmed at the lumber store (free!) and used the excess for the rails.

Good luck -- feel free to email with questions!

jrichardson30

08:29PM | 07/26/09
Member Since: 07/26/09
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I was thinking of doing a loft for my boys (9 and 6) then found this post about hanging beds...and that was all I had to see. I set out figuring out how to make my own beds and then realized with a little tweaking, I could use their existing bunk beds. After all, we were trying to do this room make-over for as little $ as possible. The only lumber I had to buy was 3x1"diameter dowels I used to make the ladder. Yeah, I ended up with some pieces of wood that had unused holes from existing hardware (like on the side rails if you look closely) but it all came together very well, considering I was using the wood from a set of bunks. It took about 6 hours and I needed an extra set of hands only a few times. I followed the others in using 3.5" screws to attached 2 sides to the wall and used 1/8" coated wire for the hanging portion. Everything else is pretty simple. I think I spent around $50, which isn't too bad.

jrichardson30

08:31PM | 07/26/09
Member Since: 07/26/09
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Here is the finished product. Email if you have questions!
5070 picture of the beds

fivelbbass

02:48PM | 07/27/09
Member Since: 03/06/08
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nice work on the bunk bed conversion project! that took some guts to cut apart the existing furniture, but the result and the look on your kids face are worth it.

jennifer2268

09:25AM | 07/28/09
Member Since: 07/26/09
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I love this idea my boys room is barely big enough for them and I am planning on this for a weekend project. I can't wait to get it done. My question is about your mattress. Is it just the mattress or do you have the box springs on the hanging platform also?

bwhawaii

03:19PM | 07/29/09
Member Since: 07/28/09
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Aloha,

Just a quick note to say, "THANK YOU" for a great idea. I have foster/adopted kids and my girls and I were looking for a way to fit in one more bed in their room and this matches our idea perfectly! Thank you for solving the problem of how to safely secure it off to the ceiling.

This "invisible" hanging bed posting is the best on the Internet. Great job! We'll publish photos when we're done. Mahalo! (Thank you!)

fivelbbass

03:26PM | 08/04/09
Member Since: 03/06/08
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I used only the mattress without the box spring. The mattress should have enough support from the plywood alone.

maryb123

08:01AM | 09/02/09
Member Since: 09/01/09
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I'd Love to see photos.

doug seibert

04:31PM | 09/02/09
Member Since: 08/10/02
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There are photos throughout the thread....locate posts with a green square next to them......

"......measure Once.....cut Twice....

throw that one away and cut a new one...."

jennifer2268

06:39PM | 09/02/09
Member Since: 07/26/09
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Thanks so much for this idea my husband and I did this bed in one day for less than $100 bucks. Great great idea. It has made so much more room in our boys bedroom
5085 great idea

fivelbbass

01:12PM | 09/04/09
Member Since: 03/06/08
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nice work on the hanging bed - i like the rail - does it come off or do you have to work around it when you are making the bed?

your son looks HAPPY to have a unique bed and more room to play :)

bwhawaii

12:58AM | 10/05/09
Member Since: 07/28/09
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Here is the rough finish of the project (Yes, I think I overdid the cables, but I just waned to be certain it would't fall on anyone!) :-) We are currently gutting and redecorating the room, will post full pix of the bed when that is done as I don't have any of finish status.

Thanks again for the great idea. Best ever!
5091 rough finish

dakotalane

09:03AM | 11/21/09
Member Since: 11/20/09
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I would love to see a pic of the underside of your floating loft bed. We are getting ready to put up a couple for our boys. I have been planning this for a few months and located your post/instructions. Thank you so much.

fivelbbass

10:14AM | 12/01/09
Member Since: 03/06/08
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The 3/4 inch plywood platform has an edge made of 2x4s all the way around it, two of which (a long side and a short side) are anchored into the walls. There are no other supports. The mattress distributes the weight evenly. The original hanging beds that I made two years ago are still in great form and show no sagging or warping of the platform.

luns78

12:09AM | 06/23/10
Member Since: 06/22/10
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I read your post on the beds you made and I have to do this for my daughter!I was wondering if you could send anymore possible tips or suggestion that might help out. I would love to see any pics you have of this project too. Ive only made a few small projects with wood, so any additional info will be extremley helpful. Thanks!

smarsher

01:35PM | 06/28/10
Member Since: 06/27/10
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Ingenius idea, fivelbbass! We'd love to make this bed for our son's room. Do you have more detailed plans or photos you could send us? Looking for details on how you secured the cable to the bed. I saw the post with the photo of someone else's "rig", but it didn't look as tidy or discreet as yours. Email: smarsher @ gmail.com. Thanks!

onetwothreee123

04:41AM | 08/01/10
Member Since: 07/31/10
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This project is GREAT! You must be very creative. I was wondering if I could hang my teen's bed from all four corners and not use the 2x4 braces. What do you think?

fivelbbass

02:39PM | 08/16/10
Member Since: 03/06/08
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I think you will need to beef up the strength of the system that hangs over the rafters in your attic or ceiling. The weight of the bed needs to be spread evenly across the rafters/joists in the attic. You might consider using a larger diameter and longer length steel pipe or even a fence post to loop the steel cables over.

bwhawaii

01:25AM | 08/18/10
Member Since: 07/28/09
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A slight underside pic
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mangosli

07:54AM | 09/19/10
Member Since: 09/18/10
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We followed your general plans and made two floating platform beds for our two six year olds. We couldn't be happier. They have so much more space and now we don't have to worry about them fighting about who gets the top bunk!
5150 thank you so much

mangosli

07:57AM | 09/19/10
Member Since: 09/18/10
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We put Ikea Expedit shelving underneath one of the beds.

mangosli

08:08AM | 09/19/10
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sorry
5152 photo attached

mangosli

08:09AM | 09/19/10
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This is the bed on the opposite wall
5153 second bed

mangosli

08:12AM | 09/19/10
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We decided to box out the beds for two purposes...one for added security/safety. We thought the kids would be scared if it was more open. Secondly, it hid the wire clamps!
5154 pic with ladder

mangosli

08:19AM | 09/19/10
Member Since: 09/18/10
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My husband installed under cabinet lighting under both beds. It's so nice at night. Next we just need to install lighting up top now.
5155 pic with under cabin

kyhome

05:58AM | 10/19/10
Member Since: 10/18/10
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These beds are fantastic! I'm in the process of building one in my son's room and was wondering if anyone had a picture of the clamps or info on how much weight the eye bolt they used can hold? Would it be possible to use a U-bolt drilled down into the frame? I was thinking of using 4 1/2 inch hex heads to hold a U bolt in place. I'm using 2x6s instead of 2x4s and have plastic coated steel cable that can hold over a thousand pounds but the biggest eye bolt I can find is rated for 360 pounds. I want to make sure it's strong enough to handle the additional weight of the 2x6s. Thanks.

lisa111

04:36PM | 01/08/11
Member Since: 11/25/10
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Ha, I just wrote an article that featured a secret bed that folds up into a 14" thick wall. I never thought about beds supported by cables, nice thread here!

jmetzger1

10:27AM | 04/17/11
Member Since: 04/17/11
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I saw photos of the bed you made for your son on-line & have been searching for weeks for the instructions and/or the place to purchase it. I understand you made them several years ago but wondered if you might still be able to provide some feedback. I just found your discussion here however, I am unable to view any photos you had associated with your posts. I was hoping to see how you have the under-supports constructed as well as the rails.
Have the beds been able to "grow" with your boys? Do you still find the beds appropriate three years later? I would like to know that this bad can be used into his teenage years.
Also, there is some debate here as to the type of wood you have used. If you could please explain, I would appreciate it. I see some other people in the past asked that you email them more detailed info/plans. If you are able & willing that would be great. email is jmetzger1@fuse.net

I love love love these beds you made & am very excited to be able to do the same for our son. thanks! jessica

jlswalker

04:52PM | 05/18/11
Member Since: 05/18/11
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Would love to see the picts (not showing up online). We want to make 2 beds with railing suspended like this with bolts into 2 side walls for our 2 boys, 5 and 7. Can you send whatever picts/details you have??

Thanks so much!!

Jennifer Walker
jennshawnwalker@msn.com

starritt

08:33PM | 05/24/11
Member Since: 05/24/11
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I would love to see photos if you have them. i have triplets and trying to cram them all into one little room is not working so well. rita.starritt@gmail.com

starritt

08:35PM | 05/24/11
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i cant see the photo? rita.starritt@gmail.com

starritt

08:35PM | 05/24/11
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i cant see the photo? rita.starritt@gmail.com

auds

08:05AM | 06/24/11
Member Since: 06/10/11
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Hi there
love all the ideas about hanging loft beds,but would really love to see pics.
Could they be sent again in a format for viewing please.
Thanks Audra

Alen B.

12:11PM | 07/18/11
Member Since: 07/15/11
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What an innovative idea. This will also save some space along with giving a new experience to the children. I'll think something like yours during my next home improvement. Though I'm in a fix about the stability of the chains from the roof.

anabean

04:06PM | 01/03/13
Member Since: 01/03/13
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for some reason I can't see the picture of the beds, sounds wonderful

shani29tn

07:24PM | 06/19/16
Member Since: 06/19/16
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Any chance you still have the plans for the hanging bed? Would you share them? We are wanting to make one for my daughter.
thanks!

BV012913

04:57AM | 09/19/16
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BobbieRamirez

06:12AM | 03/12/18
Member Since: 03/12/18
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Nice work done


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