thanks for the help on the shelves you two! i'll have to check out that website, moonunit.
i tried to devise a way to keep some of my yarn, my sewing machine and my guitar in my room... i was looking at the walmart website a couple days ago and saw that they had an adjustable garment rack for $20. it's good because it expands heightwise and widthwise. i thought maybe i could put that under the loft bed and use it for clothes. so maybe my craft stuff can be kept in the closet? sounds like it might work.
this might be super-dorky but because i'm afraid of falling from the top of the loft bed, i want to get one of those bed rail things toddlers use (lol) and maybe sew a cute cover to make it less juvenile. otherwise the side would be left open... and it's not like i regularly fall out of bed but i've been off-campus, sleeping in a queen-size bed for two years! kind of gotten used to that! lol