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Huskyfan68 09-10-2013 08:34 AM

secure bed loft
I bought a single twin bed loft for my daughter- it's metal. it's the kind with just one bed on top and you can put desk/couch etc under it- the issue is- its very wobbly when she sleeps on it-

I was trying to think of ways to secure it -but fastening it to the studs on the wall to me maybe not the best? I don't know- i can picture it moving and working it's way out possibly damaging the drywall...... any thoughts?

RoyalAcresRod 09-10-2013 08:48 AM

I had a similar situation about 20 years ago.

What I THINK I recall doing was: I used U-bolts to secure the vertical steel posts to 2X4s placed horizontally (countersinking the holes so as to have a flush rear surface), then screwing the 2X4s to the wall studs.

Before putting it all together I painted the 2X4s to match the wall.

When I removed it years later I had but a few screw holes to spackle

Huskyfan68 09-16-2013 09:38 AM

ok thanks- I have the loft bed (from IKEA)- made of metal (not sure what type)- I want to modify the frame a bit since I need to get a couch under it- I was thinking of making the actual frame wider (using wood) has anyone ever modified (altered, combined) a standard metal frame with wood (2x4's) to sort of customize the frame?

RoyalAcresRod 09-16-2013 11:05 AM

What is the frame construction? Is it metal tubing?

Huskyfan68 09-16-2013 11:23 AM

yes- metal (not really tubing)- but metal- I wanted to make the overall width of the bed bigger- (right now it's like 75.5" wide)- Not sure how to do that without some serious "McGyvering"

RoyalAcresRod 09-16-2013 11:26 AM

When you say, "Not really tubing" what do you mean? I was asking about tubing as it's easy to cut and slide a slightly smaller piece inside the tube to make it longer.

Huskyfan68 09-16-2013 11:28 AM

the ends are round like tubing- the frame pieces that run width-wise look more like metal
1 x 3's

RoyalAcresRod 09-16-2013 12:43 PM

You might be able to do the same thing with slightly smaller than 1X3 stock. You'll want pieces to slide in as long as possible.

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