I dreamed of a loft style bed when I was a kid. Well I’m making those dreams come true except it’s for my own kids. I built this clubhouse loft bed for my kids and they are smitten.
A DIY tutorial to build a clubhouse loft bed for kids. Kids will look forward to bedtime with this raised clubhouse style fort bed with free plans.
There’s just so much to love about a loft bed I don’t know where to start. First off I built it myself so that’s a major bonus right there. And second I teamed up with my friend Ana White to bring you free plans for the clubhouse loft bed.
That’s three happy campers right there peeking out the windows! I was inspired by Pottery Barn’s Eli Fort Bed.
But it comes with a giant price tag and it’s too tall for our cape style home 8′ ceilings. And that’s why I DIY. I even added the SURFBOARDS sign to complete the knock off.
The sign is fairly simple compared to building the clubhouse loft bed. And to see how I made the sign click here. But I happen to think that underneath the loft bed is the best part.
And when you close the curtains it’s a secret hideout.
For the curtains I made straight panels that are 2 times the length of the span between the loft legs. Then I attached the curtains with simple rods hooked through giant screw eyes underneath the bed.
And I used a navy and white chevron cotton fabric (source here).
To keep the hideout tidy I added some curtain tie backs with velcro to make it easy for the kids.
Step 1: Cut 2″ wide strips of fabric and a pair of velcro pieces for each tieback.
Step 2: Press fabric strip in half and then press raw edges in. Then straight stitch closed and stitch on velcro at opposing ends.
Step 3: Using a washer and pan head screw attach the tieback directly to the loft bed leg.
The tiebacks are essential to keep the curtains held back. It’s much more tidy and opens up the space below the clubhouse loft bed for free play.
The little red stool is an older project but my kids use it all the time.
This clubhouse loft bed was truly built for my son so I made him a special ‘no girls allowed’ sign.
But as soon as my girls saw it they went to make their own ‘NO BOYS ALLOWED’ sign. For more details on building the loft bed check my follow up post here. And for the free plans to build your own clubhouse loft bed check out Ana’s site here.