Good Questions: Loft Bedroom Planning?

Good Questions: Loft Bedroom Planning?

Maxwell Ryan
Feb 28, 2006

Hello AT,

I'm buying a condo that's 514 sq. ft. and I want to maximize my living space by creating a "floating" loft bedroom. My ceiling is set at 10' high and I want a minimum of 6' to stand below my loft bedroom and atleast 5.5' for the sleeping area. Should I take out the finished ceiling and expose the beams and perhaps gain some ceiling space? The building used to be an industrial building so I assume that each floor has high ceilings. What do you think? more below the jump.....

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....Also, I don't know how to create my loft bedroom. I was hoping that the platform could be a large stainless steel piece of metal or huge plank of wood (77 sq. ft.) that's about 2" thick. How would I fashion the platform so that it looks like it's floating? Should I have it sit on built-in bookshelves or is this unsafe? Do you know where I can buy ready-made stairs?

Thanks, ein

Dear EIN,

This is a big question, so we'll just you started here in the hopes that others have more for you.

1. A loft plan is a great idea and you will definitely get more space, but - depending on how much storage you need - consider building up the floor 3', padding it and creating storage underneath as well. This may allow you to bring the bed down to the floor and create a more restful sleeping environment (ie. sleeping in a loft bed is not the first choice for an ideally restful sleep).

2. We would definitely remove the ceiling, but only if you still have some insulation from your upstairs neighbors. Exposed beams are far more beautiful, but hearing them walk around is not worth it. Also, you want to make sure it is clean above your head. If the building is old, you might nave to do a lot of work to "clean up" the ceiling before you can sleep beneath it.

3. As for carrying the bed up high, we would use nice, old wood timbers on edge that mount on the wall to left and right. These are your joists, and you can then lay your platform on top of this. Avoid metal if you can and stay with natural materials. However, you will need some strong supports to carry all the weight, especially if you are a *wild sleeper*.

Also, you should check out this series of house tours - West 22nd Street - as Jeff did something similar and it looks great. This is a good post of that apt.

Anyone else??

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