Kids and their Legos is a never ending quest for organization. I finally built a solution to the Lego storage situation but also incorporated a bed into the space. This DIY loft bed with Lego storage and work space underneath will serve you well I promise.
A DIY tutorial to build a loft bed with Lego storage and work space below. Build a loft bed with ladder incorporated and a Lego play space underneath.
I’m sharing this DIY bed with you today thanks to my fellow buildy blogger Jen at House of Wood. Jen put together the plans for this awesome DIY loft bed with lego storage and work space!
My son was begging for a loft bed and I wanted to make the most use of the space below by designing the bed to fit 2 Ikea Trofast storage towers underneath for Legos. Plus I wanted a Lego workspace where he can leave out his incomplete projects without cluttering up our Family Room.
The work space is very generous, the table here measures 32″w x 48″l. Jen’s plans make use of the entire width under the bed. Our table is slightly narrower because I used a scrap piece of plywood. Also this leaves a bit of space on the ladder side for feet to poke through when climbing up the ladder.
I put felt on the bottom of the table legs so it easily slides out into the room for more maneuverability.
Speaking of the ladder, this was all Jen’s idea to incorporate the ladder into the side rails – isn’t she a genius?!! Perfection I tell you. No bulky ladder sticking out into the room or blocking the work space but rather this super slick and smart built-in version that’s solid as a rock.
Two things I must tell you:
1. We have low 7′ ceilings (86″ to be exact) and there’s not much clearance up there. My tall 7 year old son cannot sit up in the bed but he actually likes it that way. So measure your ceiling height before you consider this bed.
2. Wobble. Yes this bed does wobble a bit, not enough for me to be worried at all but once I cut down the height I will be attaching a 2×4 horizontally to the studs in the wall behind the loft portion then securing the bed directly to the 2×4 for stability. You could also sister up another 2×4 at the legs or consider a cross brace at the back wall side to stabilize the wobble.
You should know that I designed this bed and I choose the dimensions as you see it knowing my ceiling height so I accept responsibility for having to make the modifications – Jen’s plans are still awesome!
There’s plenty of space around the work table for three stools.
At the headboard I attached this Ikea wall storage bin system. The containers offer a place for my son to put his pencils, water, etc. as sort of loft bed nightstand. And the clip on lamp is also Ikea.
Jen has the plans and all the build details at House of Wood here. A huge thank you to her for taking the time to make these plans.
Deb Hrabik says
What a great idea for a boy's room! The whole color palette is perfect.
Love the alternating stripe effect with the lime and white too.
Grant & Laura says
Ok, I'll be the first to say it- it a great idea for a girl's room, too.
Kim @ NewlyWoodwards says
This is such a great storage solution. And it looks amazing, too!
Carly Diaz says
What would you estimate the cost of the bed (minus the ikea items)?
I'm excited to build this – my son needs a loft bed because he has so little floor space. Wondering if 4x4s as the corner posts would make it wobble less?
I just completed a build for my 10 year old son and wrote up costs and modifications here:
Thanks a bunch for the writeup and the plans, everything worked great!
Michael Maloney says
I love loft beds. There's just so much potential for the room with all that space underneath the bed. Don't talk about storage, ideas like this work table itself makes me want to get one for my room!
I’m nearly finished building! When attaching the cleats for the mattress, how many wood screws were used / how far apart? Thanks!
Hi Maura, When attaching the cleats I only use one screw in the center of each board at each end.