DIY Girls Twin Loft Bed and Applique Tutorial

My husband made it!  I saw the plans on http://www.ana-white.com and showed them to my husband.  He printed the plans out right away and decided he was going to construct not one, but two!  One for each daughter.  They both have small rooms, so this is the perfect thing to solve some space issues.
Here I’m showing the first one.  The other is still in process of drying. I will post that when it is all finished.

I decided to add curtain panels to the front so she could have a “fort” underneath.
Then we will think about adding a desk under there, a vanity, or some comfy chairs.

My husband got this together in no time flat!
Now the garage is a sawdust disaster, but oh well!  Lots of cleaning up to do.
HOW MUCH DID IT COST?
My husband spent about $250 at Lowe’s that day.  Most of it was the lumber.  But he also bought the paint, and some saw blades too.
HOW DID WE GET IT INSIDE THE ROOM?
We had to paint it first, then take it all apart and bring it up to her room.  Then put back together again.  We took apart the side panels basically.  Not the entire thing.

HOW DID YOU HAVE CURTAIN PANELS TO FIT?
I took the white curtain panels off of the windows and hemmed them shorter to hang in front of the loft bed.  They were from Walmart for like $12 for two panels.  They started out at 84″ long but when I accidentally put them in the dryer, they shrunk down to like 79″!  I was thinking of adding purple borders to the bottom to adjust the look, but then we got this idea. Now that they don’t need to be “84 long, I can use the linen for something else.  I will be buying/making her new panels for the windows.

We hung them under the bed with a wire cable and eye hooks screwed into the wood.

HOW DID I DO THE APPLIQUES?
I drew out free hand the appliques and sewed them on with my sewing machine. I do machine embroidery but decided this wasn’t the best project to use that for.
 Applique Tutorial

1.  Pin on the cut-out shapes.
2.  Turn over on ironing board and iron on stabilizer (iron-on tear-away stabilizer) on the back of where the applique will go – on each one.
3.  Leaving the straight pins on, take to your machine.  Adjust your stitch to your decorative applique stitch.  It is a zig-zag stitch.  Use a stitch length of 2mm and a stitch width of 6 mm.
4.  Line up the edge of your applique with the center of your presser foot and sew with this in the center.  So you may have to stop at corners, lift up the presser foot and turn the fabric to the new direction.
5.  I used a colored thread for the top thread and a white for the bobbin.  It would have looked a little better if I had matched the thread colors.
6.  When you are finished, clip the threads and carefully tear off the stabilizer. 

DID WE FOLLOW THE PLANS EXACTLY OR MAKE ANY ADJUSTMENTS?
We adjusted the plans on the step ladder.  They had plans for much narrower steps.  But we thought it would be nicer to have deeper steps and sides.  So I’m glad we did that.  It looks a lot like the Pottery Barn Teen beds now too.

HOW MUCH DOES THE POTTERY BARN ONE COST?
$1599.00

Below was K’s room before her new bed.
She had her “convertible” crib bed in there.  We decided it was time to go ahead and sell it, so another baby in the world could have a nice crib.  Even though we had it for 10 years it was still in perfect shape.
Craigs list – sold in like a week!
It was sad to say goodbye to it.  I’m sentimental with material things.  But there is much more room to play in her room now than before.

One comment on “DIY Girls Twin Loft Bed and Applique Tutorial

  1. I want to build one these for my daughter too. What quality of boards are those(select or standard)? Also, what size screws did you use… #8, #10??? The bed looks great. Thanks for your help.

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