We are considering getting our daughter a loft bed for Christmas, but I'm curious if it might be cheaper to just buy the materials and build one? If anyone knows which might be cheaper it would be greatly appreciated!
By Courtney from Greenville, SC
Just a word of caution from the experience of my son's family. My grandson, 7, has a loft bed. He lives in NYC in an apartment and in the summer it is too hot for him to sleep in the loft. As we all know, hot air rises and their air conditioning doesn't work very well that close to the ceiling. They make him a "cowboy bed" (pallet) on the floor in the summer. They never thought about the heat before they bought it. I think they got his at IKEA, but sorry I have no idea about costs of buying vs building.
My son wants a loft bed. We haven't decided yet if we will make it or buy it, but have been researching for a couple of years now. Happy05 is right though, it gets very hot & stuffy on a loft or bunk bed in summer, you may need to put a fan on the wall up there. Anyway, here is the site I've saved for if we buy one & here's my favorite website with instructions on how to build them.
http://www.instructables.com -just search for "loft bed"
Try your public library. There are a couple of books printed in the 1970's called "Nomadic Furniture" i.e. furniture that can be taken apart for moving. If they're still in print you might try Amazon or a used book store. They were good for easy-to-make rather clunky furniture (lots of 2x4s). Good luck.
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