Since most everyone sleeps, a bed is a necessary part of any habitation — but it sure does take up a lot of space. But if your ceiling height is tall enough (and you don't mind climbing a ladder to get into bed), you can reclaim all that space by lofting your bed. You can purchase a loft bed from a furniture store, like IKEA, or, if you're especially crafty, you could use one of these DIYs to make your own.
1. Hanging Bed DIY from Ana White
The hanging beds pictured above are from The Bumper Crop, and were built from instructions available from Ana White. These are pretty basic — just a bunch of 2x4s screwed together. Just be careful when hanging them up that they're well secured to the ceiling joists. (Although the instructions call for just hanging the beds, the Bumper Crop folks went a step further and screwed them to the walls as well.)
2. Twin Bed Loft DIY from Manda Townsend
Here's another twin bed loft DIY — this one fits into a corner and is attached to the walls as well as the ceiling.
3. Full/Queen Loft DIY from Ana White
If you want your loft bed to sleep multiple people (or just accommodate a bigger mattress), that's where things get a little more complicated. This plan is for a loft bed with supports underneath — it's sized for a twin bed but can easily be sized up to fit a full of queen mattress. You can also add bookcases underneath for extra storage, as in this example.
4. Loft Bed with Built-in Bookshelf Ladder from Instructables
This loft bed has a built-in ladder that doubles as a bookcase. The directions are super detailed, and there are even Sketchup models of the bed that you can download. All the dimensions are in milimeters, but this should be fairly easy to convert in Sketchup.
5. DIY Sleeping Loft from Woodgears
This DIY really takes things to the next level — these detailed instructions show how to built a sleeping loft that will stretch the entire length of the room (or apartment). If you have a tiny apartment with sufficient ceiling height, this is a great way to save the space taken up by your bed, and add a little storage area as well.
6. DIY Loft from The Handmade Home
This sleeping loft is pretty low, since it's designed for kids, but you could adjust the measurements to make it a little taller for your adult-sized needs. The best part is, this particular loft doesn't screw into the wall (it rests on 4 posts instead) so you can disassemble it and take it with you when you move to a new place.