I built some loft stairs for the kids new bed and once I figured it out, they were super easy. Get the full tutorial here!
I have to admit, the loft bed was an easy build but getting up there proved to be a little more of a challenge. I finally settled on these functional and sturdy loft stairs and we love them! I wanted something that could be moved, so that when small kids are over we can keep them off the loft bed. Originally, I had planned (and built) a rope ladder. As it turns out, rope ladders need something to anchor them to the ground or they are near impossible to climb up. So, after a little trial and error, I made these loft stairs that can be popped out and put away when we have kids we want to keep off the loft bed. I painted them in fun colors to fit in perfectly with the newly remodeled kids rec room. We are loving this space!
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First I measured the space and cut two boards like so. I used 2x6s.
I installed adjustable feet on the bottom. These help save the floor as well as make it easier to level the stairs.
I built these stairs in place. It would have been easier to do so and then installed them, but I was sort of figuring it out as I went.
After I had the two side pieces cut, I drilled a hole all the way through. I marked a spot on the loft bed and drilled a hole through the loft bed support and used a 10″ carriage bold to attach it.
Next, I used clamps and 2×6 boards to install the stairs. I installed the stairs 10″ apart and it’s perfect. I attached them with pocket holes from underneath and then added an extra brace for support. Make sure to use the mark on either the top or the bottom of your stairs, but be consistent with it. I aligned the top of the step up with the 10″ mark.
Use clamps and a level to hold the stair after you align it with your mark.
After it was all put together, we tested it out and used the furniture levelers to make it just right and anchor in to place. I like these furniture levelers, I’ve used them forever. They hold a lot of weight and are easy to adjust. These loft stairs are super sturdy!
Then I painted them fun colors. The same fun colors as I used for the toy closet wall.
Okay, that’s about it! I like that I can pop those bolts out and remove the ladder if I need to.
Update – want to see how the whole room turned out? Check out the final reveal and all the other projects here.
OTHER PROJECTS IN THIS ROOM
DIY Magnetic Calendar (coming soon)
Loft Stairs Tutorial
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