The following are some answers to some very good questions we hear frequently.
Our standard twin loft bed requires about 85 board feet of lumber to build. In May of 2012 retail lumber prices in our area were in the area of 85 cents per board foot. That would make the lumber cost less than $75 for the bed alone not including the drawers. Since lumber is a commodity the price should be close to the same throughout the 48 contiguous United States. The triple bunks require about 150 board feet of lumber.
If you order hardware kit with plans, they are usually shipped the following working day by USPS.. You will receive an e-mail notification so you can track your shipment. If you order the plans printed, they are shipped first class mail. Faster shipping may be available for an extra charge. Call for details.
These designs are among the sturdiest and safest you will find in the industry. When you follow our plans you will have a loft bed that will serve you for many years and through many moves (if the need arises). You can be assured that these designs will support either children or adults safely.
If you can make a straight cut in lumber with a circular saw, drill a straight hole and operate a power sander you should have very little trouble building a bunk bed with our plans. We have made the plans as easy to follow as possible including tips for the amateur to make the job easier. If you do not think you have the ability to build your own you might consider paying a family member or someone in your area to build them for you following our plans.
All of the required hardware not including wood is included in the kits we sell. Although you can readily find all of the necessary components we believe it is economical to buy our hardware kits for the following reasons. We recently surveyed the prices at our local Lowe's and Home Depot stores and found our hardware kits were $15 - $25 cheaper than what was available from these retail stores and ours was of higher quality. You also will save the time you would have spent shopping for the necessary hardware.
Since every generation is taller than the last extra long mattresses have become very common these days. These designs are versatile enough that they can easily be modified to accommodate extra long mattresses. In fact, you can even change the plans to accommodate full or queen size mattresses with a few modifications.