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Old 01-18-2012, 10:33 PM   #1
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Hello,
this is my first post so please excuse my rookie-ness!

I'm planning on making a loft bed that will span the size of the room... 12'. My question is, can I cover this span with no posts contacting the floor? I would love to just lag bolt ledger boards to the walls and use 2x6 as "floor" joists in joist hangers. the loft will be supporting two twin mattresses and two active toddlers.

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If you could get douglas fir and put them on 12" centers you would be close 11'-4" clear span.http://www.awc.org/calculators/span/...al+Span#answer

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Two toddlers. . . two matresses. . . stuffed animals. . . 200 pounds max? That's nothing for 2x6s.
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Thanks a lot!

love the span calculator....

what's the difference between live load and dead load?
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what's the difference between live load and dead load?
Dead load will be the weight of your loft frame.
Live load will be the weight of matresses, children, etc.

That calculator is designed for much greater live loads (furniture, big people, etc.).
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I Did one similar last year for my youngest's bedroom, pre-made a solid 2x8 frame, pre drilled everything and bolted it togather on floor, Mine was mounted in corner ,so a head end and a long end were attached to the wall at every stud with lag's, leaving only one corner out in the field, Made a post and tied it into the steps and i haven't had any issue's so far, knock on wood,Sanded,prepp'ed,painted colors that he picked out. But with that span, using the right material, I think it would be fine,+1 on Doug fir ,only thing you cant account for is the rambucious spirit of kids, good luck

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That's no larger than most loft beds in dorm rooms- we had some boards going from the post to the cross member for support, but there was a LOT more weight up there than what you would have. Just my experience... We used 2x6's for the cross members and 4x4's for the posts. Not sure if it was entirely correct, but it lasted 3 years until we sold it to new residents when we moved off campus.
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