I probably haven’t mentioned we have some land with a cabin on it down south of us. It’s about 45 minutes away.  We wanted land to mountain bike on, grow bamboo on, and otherwise just relax.

Relaxing by campfire

We love camping, so the fact that this place didn’t have a toilet or shower wasn’t an immediate deterrent. Here’s my husband digging the outhouse hole:

Has to be 6 ft deep



I’ve worked on a couple of projects down there. One I’m pretty proud of is the loft bed in my son’s room.  Literally the room was wide enough just for the bed to fit.  So I used the walls as the support! It holds him perfectly. Here’s some pictures of the process.

Small bedroom also used to store bikes.

This is the before picture.  Notice how narrow the room is. This became an advantage!

Putting up the supports

The picture to the right shows how we bolted the supports directly to the studs in the wall.










Lip for the bed slats to rest on

Not sure if you can see in this picture, but there is a small lip of wood at the bottom of the support where the bunk slats rest on.

Bed assembled.

I didn’t take pictures of the process of putting the front on. Hubby had to help me by holding one end up, so there was no one to take pictures.  See how there is still storage for mountain bikes?

So my son doesn’t roll out, railings going up.

Here we are putting up the railing.

Railing Finished








And here is the final product:

All done!

Look at all the crap that collected under there already!

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2 Responses to Woodworking – Building a loft bed in our cabin

  • Dan LaFontsee says:

    Well done Donna & Pete! After seeing the bunk build and design in person, was really impressed with the fit and finished product. Both of my kids thought it was so cool and the bike storage underneath is a great example of 2 birds, 1 stone. My whole family loved the property and cabin, thank you so much for the opportunity to use it!!

    Had a few suggestions of add-ons, specifically for kids if you’re interested:

    1. Add some grit tape on top of latter steps as an extra safety precaution when kids climbs with their socks on
    2. Add 1 more step toward the top of latter for younger children with smaller legs (my 3 year old couldn’t quite get up)
    3. Add small storage shelfs and/or a hook in the ceiling to hang a battery operated lantern (cases where nature calls at night)

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