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experiences with loft beds?

post #1 of 35
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I had no idea where to put this post, so since the bed is for my tween, I figured I'd stick it here!

Her room is on the smaller side (10' x 11.5') and I was thinking it might be nice for her to have some more space in her room since she's getting older. She has also mentioned that she would love a larger bed (she has a twin size now). I was considering one of the loft beds in a double size. She'd get a bigger bed, but wouldn't lose space in her room. She'd actually gain space because of the space under the bed. I thought about having a craft/art desk and a comfy reading chair under the bed for her. I talked to her about it, and she LOVES the idea. Her twin size bed could be passed onto our toddler; the bed/mattress are in awesome condition as they are less than 5 years old.

Anyone else have experiences with loft beds? I guess my concerns are:
  1. what age does a loft bed become "not cool"? I don't really want to be buying her another bed when she hits high school.
  2. can adult sized people lay on these beds without hitting their heads on the ceiling when they sit up in bed? Our ceilings are standard 8' in the bedrooms.
  3. do kids tend to get annoyed with the ladder up to the bed which will lead her to ask for a new bed at that point?
  4. she loves to be tucked in at night, how do you handle this? stand on the ladder to tuck her?
And if anyone has pics of a loft bed in action at their house, I would LOVE to see them!
post #2 of 35
My kids are at college, and they sleep in loft beds. No, they can't sit up in bed. They each took about a week before they quit bonking their heads on the ceilings. The beds are also very hard to make. My kids hate them, but it is the compromise they have to make in order to have any room in their dorm rooms.

Sorry if this isn't quite what you are looking for, but that's our experience with loft beds.
post #3 of 35
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Originally Posted by enkmom View Post
My kids are at college, and they sleep in loft beds. No, they can't sit up in bed. They each took about a week before they quit bonking their heads on the ceilings. The beds are also very hard to make. My kids hate them, but it is the compromise they have to make in order to have any room in their dorm rooms.

Sorry if this isn't quite what you are looking for, but that's our experience with loft beds.
It's exactly what I'm looking for! I hadn't actually considered the difficulty in making the bed! Absolutely something to consider. I will get her to try and make her bed while on the bed and no feet touching the floor, to see if she is able to deal with it. At least the new bed would be a double size, which would be easier to make than a twin, but still a pain I am sure.

DD is small enough right now that head bonking won't be an issue, but when she gets to her full height (sometime in high school likely?) it could become an issue at that point. I guess maybe then I could get her a new bed and pass the loft bed onto the younger one.
post #4 of 35
I had a loft in college and I LOVED it. :
post #5 of 35
We have loft beds and our kids can't sit up all the way in them because the ceilings are too low. They don't mind but it would drive me nuts. We're going to replace them with futons in about a year so they can have them convert to couches in the afternoon for sitting. The kids climb the ladder and then crawl into place. I think our ceilings are 8'

I was not prepared for how dark the area under the bed would be. There just doesn't seem to be a lamp that gives off enough light to make the desk underneath usable. We got them to give us extra space, and it's annoying how difficult it is to get enough light under there to use the desk. If you put a desk underneath, you might want to install track lighting.

I think by about age 12 the loft beds will have lost their appeal, not so much because of the style, but because they'll be too tall to get under them to use the desk and/or chest of drawers without hitting their heads.

Making the bed is a royal pain in the rear.
post #6 of 35
Both my sons have loft beds. One is a bunk bed with the lower bunk removed, so it isn't as high as the other. The son in the taller bed has never complained about hitting his head.

They are a pain in the neck to make, and I would think a double would be harder than a queen (at least when you change the sheets). Our boys sleep European style - a fitted sheet on the bottom, and a comforter on top - no top sheet. That does make it easier to make the bed.

The space underneath is fabulous. My son with the taller bed also has a smaller room, and he has a papasan chair and small bookcase under his bed.

I don't know if I would build a double bed loft, however, especially in a smaller room. It would make the space underneath less useable, because more space will be at head-bumping height, and reduce the available space in the rest of the room. My sons are 5'11", weigh 165 pounds, and still fit quite nicely in their twin beds. They are in 9th grade. We've talked about getting rid of the lofts, but they don't even want to think about it!
post #7 of 35
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Originally Posted by bigeyes View Post
I was not prepared for how dark the area under the bed would be. There just doesn't seem to be a lamp that gives off enough light to make the desk underneath usable. We got them to give us extra space, and it's annoying how difficult it is to get enough light under there to use the desk. If you put a desk underneath, you might want to install track lighting.
Clip lights work beautifully for lighting that particular space.
post #8 of 35
My son is 6'4" and has a loft bed. He changed his own sheets and made his bed so if it was a pain I didn't hear about it as long as he changed his sheets on a reasonably regular basis.

He just got an extra long twin bed because his loft bed was getting too small however it's still up. His friends sleep in it when they sleep over.

My ds has a desk with his computer on it under the loft bed. That's where he sits when he does his homework too.

He love(d) his loft bed. It was his space. There was some storage and a sliding board table thing to cover his stuff by his bed and to use as a table for his stuff.

Btw, it was an Ikea twin loft bed.

No complaints here !
post #9 of 35
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Everyone is giving me too much to think about!

Here's the one I am initially considering http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/50019950 The reason it's in the running is because it comes in double size, it's cheap in case she hates in a couple of years and easy for me to order. I haven't looked real hard yet though, so I might be able to find something better.
post #10 of 35
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Originally Posted by TechnoGranola View Post
Everyone is giving me too much to think about!

Here's the one I am initially considering http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/50019950 The reason it's in the running is because it comes in double size, it's cheap in case she hates in a couple of years and easy for me to order. I haven't looked real hard yet though, so I might be able to find something better.
Those are the ones we have. If I had to do it over again I think we might get the wooden ones instead because these ones are noisy. I hear them make a metallic squeaky noise every time one of my kids rolls over at night.

They're OK, but in a small house I hear every single move they make. The shelf that is just under the bed is not very stable, either. It's ok for lightweight paperback books, but it isn't strong enough to fill all the way across with hardbacks, and fragile items could fall off when it sways from the motion of your dc turning over in bed or climbing the ladder.

Someone posted a link to this place in another thread once, I think they might be the way to go if I had it to do over again.

http://www.collegebedlofts.com/
post #11 of 35
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Clip lights work beautifully for lighting that particular space.
I thought that would work too. Shopping is so lousy here I haven't been able to find any, which has surprised me a little. :
post #12 of 35
I got a loft bed for my now 16 yo ds when he was in grade 2. He LOVED that bed and used it up until about 2 years ago when we had money to get all 3 kids new beds and mattresses. It was (is) a wooden Ikea one. He utilized the space under it for his desk.

He did get too old for it at about 13 though. I think it was a case of the novelty having worn off by then, combined with him just being too tall to be that close to the ceiling. His friends all still thought it was cool.

We have the loft bed carefully stored in our basement awaiting the day we do up a bedroom for grandchildren who are sleeping over
post #13 of 35
That Ikea one is exactly what my DS had. He hated how close the ceiling was so we sawed a foot off the legs. The area underneath was good for toy storage, a bean bag chair and a bookshelf.

We wound up getting rid of it after about a year because it was hard to make, he didn't like climbing up and down the ladder to go to the bathroom and night and the area underneath wasn't as useful as we had hoped.
post #14 of 35
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Thanks for all the comments so far! Looks like the IKEA one would be out then. I don't want squeaky metal noises, I know that noise, and I don't want it! I will look into the wooden ones that were posted. She's 11 already, so maybe I am looking into this too late for her. I don't want her to hate it at 13. She got her first bed at 6.5 and I wanted it to be a loft bed at that time, but we had slanted ceilings, so it wouldn't work. The good thing is, she hasn't gone pee in the middle of the night since she was about a year old (seriously!) so at least she wouldn't have to climb up and down in the middle of the night.

She does have another area in her room that would work for an art desk, so I could use it there instead of under the bed (since it seems desks under the bed don't work too well according to the comments). I could get her a nice, cushy reading chair and then her hamster could move under there too. Moving him, would make space for the wall unit I want for her so she has storage for books and art supplies. Now that I think about it, we are developing our basement this winter, so maybe I should just make sure there is an art desk for her down there instead of in her room?
post #15 of 35
I work in student housing at a state university and for the past 10 years my family and I actually lived in a residence hall. The lofts we used for the students and that we actually ended up using for our own girls when we "lived-in" were from University Loft company which are sold in the retail market through Furnature Row/Bedroom Expression. The beds/lofts our university uses are "Upperclassman" which have lots of home options/configurations. After working with these beds for over 2000 freshmen over the course of 5 years at this university I would not waste my money on anything else.
post #16 of 35
http://www.universityloft.com/produc...incategoryid=1

I like this idea, with seating underneath, but the desk outside. I think they had a similar set-up at the college beds site also, except it wasn't L shaped.
post #17 of 35
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Originally Posted by gwen's mom View Post
The beds/lofts our university uses are "Upperclassman" which have lots of home options/configurations. After working with these beds for over 2000 freshmen over the course of 5 years at this university I would not waste my money on anything else.
Their web site is hard to navigate, so maybe I missed it, but I didn't see an double size loft beds? It didn't appear they have any Canadian dealers anyway, so it might not matter!
post #18 of 35
We recently got a low loft bed and a second bed to put under it (in an "L" configuration) from Flexa for the boys. So far, we've been extremely happy with them, the quality is excellent and they are amazingly sturdy so I highly recommend them. It's also a modular system that can be made into bunk beds or to which you can add fun accessories like a clubhouse or a castle. Changing sheets can be a little difficult, but so far I haven't had too much hassle with it.

I had a high loft bed all through college and also loved mine, which is part of the reason I thought of it for the boys (we are seriously space challenged in our current place, so we really needed to maximize our space.) It's nice that you can put furniture below the loft bed and use it as livable space, my college dorm rooms were always so small that the bed usually took up most of the floorspace otherwise.

Hope that helps.
post #19 of 35
My 9 yo dd has has the metal Ikea double for 2 years and she loves it. It is a pain to make the bed so we don't make it unless we change the sheets. ;-)

It was slightly noisy but we secured it to the wall and it's no longer a problem.

We found it on craiglist so we got it for 1/2 price. Not a problem is she gets tired of it quickly.

She utilizes her room so much more now! She used to drag everything out into the living room but stays mostly contained in her room now.
post #20 of 35
I'm glad I found this thread! We've been thinking about getting DD a loft bed or a set of bunk beds. We don't want a desk under it but she'd love playing underneath in a "tent" for now and later when she's older maybe we'd put in some bean bags or a comfy reading area for her. She's 5 now, so from what I've been reading we'd probably get our money's worth.

Thanks for all the info!
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