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« on: January 03, 2010 08:49:29 PM »

Hi,  I'm not really sure where this goes!! But long story short the blow up air mattress I was sleeping on was just replaced by a real mattress but now I'd like to raise it off the ground... anyone have any ideas or input considering I don't have a frame for this thing!! Thank you!
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2010 12:51:24 PM »

You could build a big box out of plywood to raise it. It could be hidden and give the illusion that your mattress is floating by making it 6" or so smaller all the way around. Really you'd just need the sides and the top (I think), as long as you don't have hardwood underneath. Or maybe do the samething but with milk crates, but be sure to ziptie them together so you don't end up with runaway crates! I would ask a grocery store, or 7-11 or even like Tim Horton's (I know they always have tons outside their loading doors) for some

On second thought, you might want to make the space less than 6"....take into account if you sit on the edge, you wouldn't want to fall off!!
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2010 02:19:52 AM »

I've made loft beds out of 2x4s and plywood. For floors it is recomended that there be joists every 16" so I used that as a guide line for my frames for the mattresses. You can either have the matress fit inside a frame with the "joists" under for support and the plywood cut to fit inside or place the mattress on top of a plywood platform and incorporate the "joists" in the frame. I think the second way is probably best since it seems to keep everything a little more tidy and the 2x4s are easier to screw in vertically. The basic platform could be lifted off the floor by sections of 4x4s at any preffered hieght. If you go real high you will either need to get / make stairs or a ladder. Ikea has a nice set of steps that are also shelves. When climbing out of the loft at night with bleary eyes I preffer to step onto the stairs instead of the ladder. It feels better on the feet. you may choose to just raise your bed a just a little so those recomendations are just fluff.

« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2010 12:07:16 PM »

You can make a cheap easy loft bed by putting your mattress on a plywood board, and then putting the plyboard on bookshelves (try IKEA) facing in. Then you have a "nook" underneath, and storage. Plus, you can pick shelves in pretty much whatever height you want. Alternatively, put shelves facing out all around the edge, and have a sort of captain bed but with shelves instead of drawers.

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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2010 12:50:35 PM »

I came across this link and thought it was a really cool way to raise your mattress and make additional storage space. I'm thinking of doing something similar. We have a little pet bunny who has a thing for chewing holes in the comforter. He usually hangs out by the foot of the bed and waits for the comforter to hang down. 

Here is the link:

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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2010 03:37:51 PM »

I second the bookshelves, that's whats holding my bed up. I have the shelves facing outwards and the plywood is in two pieces so its more maneuverable. I've had this setup for something like ten years and it's held up really well. Plus, if at some point you change mattress size you only have to get wider plywood; its super convenient.
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