Little Cottage Loft Bed

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Little Cottage Loft Bed
By Ana White Created 2011-04-12 05:51

        Submitted by Ana White [1] on Tue, 2011-04-12 05:51 About Project A totally buildable playhouse loft bed that can be easily assembled in rooms.  Features cottage styling, open ladder, full railings, three large windows and a doorway. Freestanding.    Author Notes:  I drew this plan up a few months back, but I just felt it unfair to post yet another girly bed. But after seeing Jeff's Amazing Firetruck Bed . . .  [2]it now only seems fair to post this bed!   

DimensionsDimensions:  Dimensions: Fits twin sized mattress      Materials and ToolsShopping List:  10 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long 7 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long 11 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long 11 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long 2 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long Slats or Bunkie Board      2 inch screws   2 1/2 inch screws   3/4 inch finish nails   1 1/4 inch finish nails   1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws   wood glue   wood filler   120 grit sandpaper   primer   wood conditioner   paint  


1x4 @ 17 1/4" (Front Window Bottom Trim. have fun.1x6 @ 21" (Ladder Side.1x6 @ 28" (Front Planks) 1 .1x6 @ 15 3/4" (Ladder Top) 4 . Planks) 9 . Be safe.1x3 @ 43 3/4" (Back Spacers) 2 .1x3 @ 15 3/4" (Ladder Rungs) 2 . Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold.2x2 @ 21" (Ladder Side. Check for square after each step. ends parallel) 1 .1x6 @ 37 1/2" (Window Side Planks) 4 .2x2 @ 47 3/4" (Doorway Sides) 2 .2x2 @ 75" (Long Railing Tops) 4 .1x3 @ 18 1/2" (Window Side Top Trim) 1 .Little Cottage Loft Bed Published on Ana White (http://ana-white.1x3 @ 16 1/2" (Long Railing Ends) 3 .1x2 @ 25 1/2" (Front Wall Trim) 2 . it is always a good idea to cut as you go.1x3 @ 71 1/4" (Legs) 1 . and ask for help if you need it. Good luck! .1x2 @ 15" (Rails) 1 . It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section.2x2 @ 37 1/2" (Window Side Top) 5 .    General Instructions Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. Always use straight boards.1/8" Paneling to fit Gable end  2 . ends tapered in) 2 .1x4 @ 27 1/4" (Window Trim) 1 . Ends Tapered) 2 . Top) 10 . Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects. free of imperfections or debris.1x3 @ 27 1/4" (Front Window Spacers) 8 .1x6 @ 80" (Long Rail Bottoms/Bottom Support) 2 .2x2 @ 75" (Cleats) Slats for the mattress or bunkie board      Cutting Instructions: For a project of this size.1x6 @ 27 1/4" (Window Side Vertical Planks) 6 . Work on a clean level surface. It is also a good idea to grab a few extra boards in each size.1x2 @ 78" (Gable End Trim) 1 .1x2 @ 37 1/2" (Window Side Trim) 2 .1x2 @ 40 3/8" (Both ends cut at 20 degrees off square. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws.1x3 @ 17 1/4" (Front Window Top Trim) 2 . as dried glue will not take stain. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly.1x2 @ 21" (Ladder Side Trim) 1 .1x4 @ 18 1/2" (Window Side Bottom Trim.2x2 @ 24" (Doorway top) 2 .com) paint brush    Tools: measuring tape   square   pencil   safety glasses   hearing protection   Kreg Jig™ [3]   drill   circular saw   nailer   sander   staple gun   level   countersink drill bit    Cut ListCut List:  50 .

   Step 2     With your ladder side rails done.Little Cottage Loft Bed Published on Ana White (http://ana-white. keeping the back side flush. Fasten the rails to the top and bottom. The top is a 2x2. Little tricks like this can save you a ton of time. attach the legs and the 1x6s with pocket holes as shown    Step 1     This is for the ladder side.    . Try placing a 3/4" thick board under the rails to bring them up to flush with the 2x2 as you fasten. Remember that all boards on the back side are flush. Use glue and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. and the bottom is a 1x6. Mark out all the rail spacings as shown above and predrill holes with a Kreg Jig™ [3] set for 3/4" stock.

Attach the ladder top trim and the remaining leg as shown above. you may wish to add a pocket hole screw in the center of each 1x6.Little Cottage Loft Bed Published on Ana White (http://ana-white.     Depending on the quality of your 1x6s.    .    Step 4 And now the ladder Step 3     Now it's time to start constructing the ladder. joining 1x6s to each other.

a little trim tacked on with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue will give the bed a finished look.Little Cottage Loft Bed Published on Ana White (http://ana-white. When you do trim. in the same manner as the ladder side.    Step 6     Now build the window side railing as shown above. Set the ladder wall aside. it is always a good idea to measure and cut as you go for the tightest Step 5     Finally.    Step 7     And add the legs and the horizontal panel boards.    .

   Step 10     .    Step 9     Some window trim. attach the panel board with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue. From the Step 8     Now measure and cut the vertical panel boards as shown above.Little Cottage Loft Bed Published on Ana White (http://ana-white. Attach with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue. Fasten in place.

and one for the back.    Step 12     You will need to build two of these. attach legs as shown here.Little Cottage Loft Bed Published on Ana White (http://ana-white.    .    Step 13     To both of these railings.use your imagination and be creative! Attach with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue.    Step 11     A little trim will finish up the window side of the You don't have to do the trim in this manner . one for the front.

This completes the back panel.    Step 15     And now fill in the legs as shown above.Little Cottage Loft Bed Published on Ana White (http://ana-white. attach a base support as shown above. Use 1 1/4" finish nails and Step 14     To the back panel.    Step 16     On the remaining panel attach boards with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue. Use pocket holes to attach the door trim in place as shown above.    Step 17     .

Then attach the gable end piece to the front of the bed with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue as shown above. and screw the walls together as shown above. You may need to cut these to fit.Little Cottage Loft Bed Published on Ana White (http://ana-white.    Step 18     Use your Kreg Jig to build a triangular frame as shown above. Same as the side window.    Step 20     This bed is easy to assemble in the room.    Step 19     Time for window trim. Simply move all four panels into the room.    .com) Now add in the vertical panels as shown above. use 1 1/4" finish nails and glue. Then tack 1/8" beadboard paneling to the back with 3/4" finish nails or brad nails and glue.

$200 [9] Children's [10] . lay slats across the cleats as recommended by your mattress. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion.    Finishing InstructionsPreparation Instructions: Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. or use a bunkie board. sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper.        Step 22Step 22 Diagram:  Step 22:  Finally. every 6-8". When wood filler is completely dry. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.      Bunk Bed [4] Twin [5] Bedroom [6] Kids and Toys [7] Advanced [8] $150 . If you use cleats. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. screw your cleats down with 2" screws. Apply additional coats of wood filler as     Step 21Step 21 Diagram:  Step 21:  Attach cleats to the inside of the bed as shown above with 2" screws and glue.Little Cottage Loft Bed Published on Ana White (http://ana-white. [7] http://ana-white.getElementById('PinItButton').Little Cottage Loft Bed Published on Ana White (http://ana-white.innerHTML = count.random() * 99999999). 'pinned').org) .Utils.location.js?r=' + [10] http://ana-white.kregtool.indexOf('?') + 1). var targetUrl = data['url'].getElementById('PinItCount'). var pairs = url.setAttribute('src'.setAttribute('type'.createElement('script').getElementById('CountBubble').com) Cottage [11]   Pin it [12]   var countLayout = 'horizontal' [6] http://ana-white. url = window.appendChild(script) e. for (var i = 0. var alwaysShowCount = false. var pinItCount = document.setAttribute('src'. script.body. // Parse args var vars = {}. script. var countBubble = document.selectText($('.com/js/pinmarklet.random() * 99999999).com/files/anawhite/anawhite. } function receiveCount(data) { if (data['error']) return. 'http://ana-white. } (function() { var pinItButton = document.slice(url.$200 Children's Cottage Source URL: http://ana-white. document.split('&').getElementById('PinItCount').asp [4] [3] Powered by TCPDF (www. i   Bunk Bed Twin Bedroom Kids and Toys Advanced $150 . if (!alwaysShowCount && data['count'] 999 && count 999999 && count 999999999) count = "++".com/category/plans/project-type/bunk-bed [5] http://ana-white. ' [2] http://ana-white.setAttribute('charset'. //script. 'text/javascript').com/category/plans/style/childrens [11] http://ana-white. 'UTF-8'). function pinIt( e ) { // $AW.setAttribute('class'.com/category/plans/room/kids-and-toys [8] http://ana-white.field-field-summary')). var pinItCount = document. var script = [12] [9] http://ana-white.js?r=' + Links: [1] http://ana-white.

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