Guest Room….We meet again. We posted back in the fall about redoing the guest bedroom. Where we took it from this:
We weren’t sure what to make of the small room with the most uneven floors in the house. Putting the beds up against the wall just wasn’t working. Seriously, they were so unstable it was probably hazardous for our guests. There really was only one word to describe this room…WONKY.
So in effort to de-wonkify (yes thats a word) we decided to upgrade to a full size mattress and mount the bed to the wall. We went back and forth about where and how we were going to do this. Then we came across this simple plan to make a wall mounted loft bed. We adjusted the measurements for our space and got over to our favorite place in the world (Home Depot for the uninitiated) to get some 2×4’s and hardware.
The process was rather simple. The important part is making sure you get the 2×4’s mounted securely into studs. If you do that part right, the rest just falls into place, provided you have measured and cut your boards to the proper lengths.
After constructing the frame box, we added a 4×4 leg to the corner of the frame. We used a laser level to measure the height of the 4×4 in relation to the wall mounted boards. Then, we used 2 L-brackets and one last 2×4 running long ways down the middle of the bed for some support.
We screwed in the .5″ plywood and we were good to go. Well, almost. There was a bit of overlap that needed to be shaved off, because, of course, walls are almost never perfectly square.
After that, it was all about making it look pretty. Since the frame would be completely covered by linens and a bedskirt, we didn’t even bother painting it.
The bed sits up pretty high to accommodate storage, 18″ to be exact, so we had to make our own bedskirt. We grabbed some basic black cotton fabric, cut it to size, used no sew on the edges, and hand stitched small velcro dots onto one side. We used the adhesive kind so they stuck to the fabric and to the bed. Now its easily adjustable, and removable for cleaning.
The extra storage space in this room is now hidden, and the height actually makes the room feel larger. Plus, it makes our guests feel like royalty.
With this solid bed in place, the room feels like a space that our guests can comfortably sleep. They no longer have to fear the wonky bed collapsing beneath them.