Published on July 29th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Child’s Loft Bed

Materials: Mattress, Plywood, Two Ikea TROFAST toy organizers

Description: Position Trofast organizers into “L” shape. Place large plywood sheet across top. Brace plywood sheet to wall by attaching 2×4 cleats underneath– making sure to locate studs in the anchoring wall. Using three lengths of 1x6s, box in the mattress at top, bottom and side. I used L-brackets for extra stability in addition to lots of screws!

~ Jen Coles, Chico

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Jules Yap

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28 Responses to Child’s Loft Bed

  1. Kay says:

    This is probably a stupid question but what did you use for the frame around the mattress? And is there enough space in the bottom for a toddler mattress? I’m moving soon & love this idea!! Think I’ll be going with it :)

  2. Megan says:

    What size is the bed. Do you think the stairs could be put on both ends versus the L shape or would that effect the sturdy Ness of it

  3. Anonymous says:

    I know this article is old-but does anyone know if that is a twin bed or a toddler bed? LOVE this idea!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been looking everywhere for this! I built my kids a double long twin loft bed but am afraid the 4yo is going to slip on the ladder. I was trying to find a short cut to building stairs and this is perfect. I will be adding these (Screwed to a plywood sheet attached to the bed, with hand holds) and then a platform with a small boxed in lasdder at the top for the rest of the 5ft climb. I got the loft bed plans at the Their bed was for double crib mattress though. my kids will finally have a place to play in their shoe box sized room!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Plotting a double bed trofast hack for later this summer. My daughter who has always been in awe of high beds will love it.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The L part seems dangerous for kids that might roll out of bed, but awesome idea.

    For wiggly kids, I’d add a support to the head of the bed and omit the second trofast.

    Thanks for inspiring us

  7. daisydots says:

    Great Job!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I love the name Memphis too, first thing I thought, besides how cool this idea is. Don’t let the negativeinnies getcha down!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I love the name Memphis :)

  10. Unknown says:

    Answers to questions:
    Cleats are attached to studs in the wall.
    The space underneath the bed and between the wall have the Ikea egg chair and reading light (secret space for hiding away and play).
    We never had a problem with the strength of the white Trofast, I stood on it myself many times while building it and I never felt in danger. When I assembled them many years ago, I used glue in addition to just the wooden pegs. I would take this into consideration for older children however. Safety First!
    And yes, my son’s name is Memphis… and we love it.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I am considering doing this with a full bed. I think I would attach the single wall organizer on the wall as a brace, as well as extra storage….just a thought…

  12. Erin says:

    I love this design but what did you attach the 2×4 cleats to?

  13. Jennifer says:

    This totally rocks! Thanks for the ideas!

  14. Anonymous says:

    i bought the white trofast units, the one that looks like steps and ive just noticed a ripple in the wood, it looks like the wood is about to snap so go for pine every time as that looks stronger that the compressed cardboard white one!

  15. Anonymous says:

    we’ve used the TROFAST as steps to my daughter’s (17kg) KURA bed, and as we planned to do this we tested the TROFAST for strength. We decided that the pine version (as opposed to the white) was MUCH stronger and both my partner (70kg) and I (55kg) have had no problems standing on it, so for anyone considering this, I think the pine would be the way to go. good luck!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Love it. I am considering modifying this design with two beds for boy/girl twins, putting his and her Trofast toy containers in place. The weight bearing comment is most useful too. Thank you.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Hi, this looks great. Just for those considering it for a slightly larger child & not planning to add a ‘real’ ladder, my tween (48kg) decided to use the trofast as a step and split the top piece of pine straight through. Not sure that ikea designed them to be weight-bearing.

  18. Ulrike says:

    I’ve been thinking about doing something similar in my daughter’s room. I knew I’d find a good example if I searched this blog, and here it is! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Katihannna says:

    Please don’t tell me that kid’s name is “Memphis”.

    But I do LOVE this bedroom!

    • Anonymous says:

      What they named their child is none of your business. Shame on you for being such an insensitive butthole. Please tell me your real name isn’t Katihannna.

  20. Anne says:

    I like it, but it seems there is some wasted space behind the stairs on the foot of the bed. What do you keep there?

    • ms.amy says:

      The stair space you are referring to has deep bins. Under the bed is a lift style so you can put more toys in there for your child to play with. Id add a children’s kitchen or small table and chairs. My son loves the idea of this bed so…. We decided to build one. In process now!

  21. Anonymous says:

    wonderfully creative and functional — and the steps look a lot safer than those skinny ladders that always come with raised beds.

  22. jo says:

    do you feel i can hack a hack and have it in a 47in size (una piazza e mezza

  23. haniko says:

    I like it a lot!!!

  24. Emily says:

    It will be awhile before my son is ready for something like that but I really like the idea. :)

  25. DJinny says:

    good job! it’ll inspire a lot of people!

  26. That really looks great. Our twins love their trofast… hmmmm. Maybe…

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