Adding a loft bed to a small flat or bedsit can both free up space for storage or other activities and lend design interest. Sometimes you can carve out two interesting areas -- a bedroom loft that gives you a feeling of additional privacy, and an enclosed nook below that you can use as a reading area, a computer area or even a space dedicated to your home business.
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Classic bedroom loft
Where you have sufficient space and height, you can construct a "raised room," 2 metres (7 feet) or more above the ground-level living space. Lofts of this kind need to be sturdily constructed using heavy joists, posts, at least 2.5 cm (1/2 inch) thick plywood flooring, a railing or fully enclosed walls. Access it with a ladder.
Low bed loft
You can't fit a classic bed loft into a space with a 2.5 metre (8 feet) or lower ceiling. You can still build a "low bed loft" 1.5 metres (5 feet) above ground level, freeing up space beneath it for storage. Alternatively, one side of the low bed loft becomes storage space; the other side creates a nook deep enough for a work desk. You can buy the storage units first, then build the low bed loft on top of them. Access with a ladder or with steps, which also provide under-stairs storage.
High platform bed
You can built a platform about 90 cm (3 feet) high without railings; the space under the platform still provides a lot of storage; you no longer need a ladder or stairs. Alternatively, you can even build a custom storage cabinet that supports the mattress; you no longer need a separate platform.
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