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22 Adult Loft Bed Ideas For Small Rooms And Apartments

Originally contributed by Amanda Naccarato • last updated 1/9/2021

Tired of feeling like you barely have enough elbow room in your tiny living space? Your queen-sized bed just fits, your walk-in closet doesn’t allow any walking, and your sitting area is practically non-existent. If you’ve said yes to any of these symptoms, you might have the small room disorder. But luckily, there’s a remedy popular among homeowners and designers alike — the loft bed.

Elevating your sleeping area from off the ground means you have more floor space for storage units, open-concept closets, and even a lounging area for when we can get back to sitting within six feet of each other. Whatever your bedroom or studio apartment needs be, these DIY loft bed ideas are sure to help you take your small living quarters to all-new levels.

1. Walk-in Closet Loft

A tiny studio apartment with both a queen-sized bed and walk-in closet may seem too good to be true. But this crafty loft and closet duo effortlessly combines both. The elevated queen-size bed is built on a walled enclosure that not only allows for plenty of storage options, like mounted shelves but also separates the sleeping area from the open living room and kitchen

2. Take Inspiration From The Tiny Home

Tiny houses are renowned for their clever multi-purpose designs to make the most of such small living spaces. Take a page out of the tiny home playbook and consider a floating loft that hangs above the bathroom. The crafty design saves floor area for other storage solutions, like the kitchen cabinets that function as a staircase.

3. Loft Suspended From The Ceiling

Maybe a partial enclosure isn’t the best option for your tiny quarters, so why not suspend your bed from the ceiling? This might be one of the more unconventional DIY loft bed ideas, but the result is a clever sleeping area that frees up square footage for other small living hacks, like a staircase crafted entirely of storage units. 

4. Bed Frame Bookcase Loft

What does a love of reading and a tiny apartment that only comprises a single room get you? The answer, a floating loft with a built-in bookcase. While the ceiling-mounted sleeping space may be a book lover’s dream, the elevated double-bed allows for a quaint lounging area underneath making entertaining a total breeze. 

5. Hidden Living Space Loft

A bed doesn’t have to be suspended in the air or built on a tall sturdy structure to be considered a loft. Instead, lower lofts mounted on storage units are equally crafty to their overhead counterparts. The loft in this micro-apartment, measuring a mere 205 square feet, may be on the shorter side, but it is a game-changer when it comes to maximizing floor area. Comprising three separate storage units, this bed hides a closet, couch, dining table, and seating when the living area/kitchenette is not in use. 

6. Double Loft Beds

Every inch of this small Scandinavian apartment is put to good use with its multi-functional design, particularly the two loft beds. One queen-bed hovers over the kitchen with an attached storage-friendly staircase creating a chic sleeping space above and charming dining area below. The second is built on a rectangular enclosure equipped with a row of wardrobes, allowing for plenty of storage in the 570 square feet open-concept unit.

7. Kitchenette Loft With Sliding Ladder

The design of this micro French apartment optimizes its 192 square feet by installing a loft bed over top the IKEA VOXTORP kitchen. A sliding ladder allows homeowners to climb onto the bed. And when the sleeping area isn’t in use, the ladder conveniently slides away from the kitchen space and onto a nearby wall.

8. Built-in Storage Loft Box Bed 

A bed in a box may not be among the typical DIY loft bed ideas, but it is one sure to spark a conversation the next time you’re entertaining. The bed is crafted out of stained pine panels and rests upon a storage unit consisting of a dresser, drawer, and wardrobe. Plus, the stairs to climb into the sleeping area also come equipped with hidden pull-out drawers. 

9. Floating Desk Guest Bed

The high ceiling in this small apartment is taken complete advantage of with this guest bed that also doubles as a study area. The innovative design of the loft structure sees a full-sized bed above and small kitchenette below. The open enclosure also features two bookshelves on either end for even more storage possibilities. And if that’s not creative enough, the space is then taken up another notch with an office table suspended from the ceiling. Talk about a multi-functional space!

10. Hidden Wardrobe Elevated Bed

One Swedish architect got crafty when designing a space that could double as both a closet and bedroom. After remodeling an apartment that hadn’t been renovated since the ‘80s, she came up with a design that sees a cozy sleeping area hang above an assortment of IKEA kitchen cabinets and storage units. The latter serves primarily as her wardrobe/walk-in closet. A sheet of plexiglass separates her bed from the upper part of her kitchen to divide the two areas while still letting in plenty of sunlight.

11. Sleeping, Work, And Laundry Area

A loft that houses a bed and wardrobe duo is a practical addition to a tiny bedroom, but how about one that can fit a bed, closet, office workspace, and laundry area? If you’re intrigued, wander no further than this charming loft designed by Lark Architecture that is completely multifunctional without sacrificing square footage.

12. Scaffolding Structure

Who would have thought a scaffolding could be turned into a functional loft? Well, one designer did, and effortlessly transformed a tiny room into a comfy sleeping space above and lounging area below. Still not convinced? Perhaps the best part of this design is that the scaffolding already comes with steps to scale the towering structure. That means you won’t have to worry about spending money nor time on an additional ladder or staircase. 

13. Mini Arcade Sleeping Lounge

Searching for a way to incorporate your vintage aesthetic into your bedroom? This dark-stained wood loft with a pair of arcade pinball machines below might just do the trick! The structure is sleek in its design and has enough elbow room above to fit two comfortably. 

14. The Murphy Loft Bed

The bed and sofa duo in this Parisian apartment may seem to be on the simpler side, but really, it houses a crafty secret. Despite its rigid structure, this loft is actually a murphy bed that effortlessly hides away when the lounging area is in use. It is the perfect solution for a multi-purpose tiny space.

15. Floating Guest Bed

Taking complete advantage of high ceilings in an apartment that just measures 530 square feet is exactly what one German designer. Creating a floating loft installed onto surrounding walls and a lone pillar allowed the smaller living space to feature a guest bed. The unit comes equipped with a permanent ladder that is strategically placed to the side for free passageway into the open-concept kitchen and living area.

16. Staircase Storage Solution

Multi-purpose furniture equipped with clever storage space is essential to a tiny bedroom. And the rustic wooden loft in this small living space does just that. The structure is built onto a walled enclosure featuring a staircase that doubles as a crafty storage solution. Each step is accompanied by pull-out drawers leading to the larger wardrobe landing. It is a simple design that even the novice of DIYers can take on.

17. Studio Office Sleeping Space

Here’s another loft bed that features a workspace below. The freestanding bed is accompanied by plenty of storage units that not only function as a staircase but also help keep the micro office space tidy.

18. Greenery Wall Loft

Ready for one of the most avant-garde DIY loft bed ideas on the list? Meet the faux fern wall bunk room oasis. This stunning multi-functional living space designed by Jenna of Jenna Sue Design takes a simple loft bed to a whole new level. The wall’s pop of both color and texture contrasts the raised dark bed in a way that effortlessly exudes boho vibes. Sure, this concept may not work for the average room, but it is a chic touch to living areas that want to pack a punch!

19. Bookshelf Bed Base

The reading nook in this loft attic may typically function as a bench, but the unit can also easily double as a guest bed. The structure rests upon a bookcase overflowing with novels that opens into a clever pull-out drawer for additional storage of the stories that didn’t make the cut onto the front. 

20. Loft ‘Reading Retreat’

Entitled the ‘reading retreat,’ the loft in this tiny room is a book haven for those who love to read the day away. The cozy sleeping area that fits a double-bed comfortably is built upon a library nook. And the best part, the wooden ladder taking homeowners up their private oasis can be neatly folded and out of the way when reading on the bench below.

21. Rustic Wooden Loft

Making the most of lofty ceilings can effortlessly help a smaller space feel more spacious. The height of the elevated sleeping area in this rustically charming office space and guest bed duo does just that. To divide the two spaces, curtains were installed onto the ceiling allowing guests privacy from both the rest of the living space and sunroof that leads to a rooftop terrace.

22. Shelving Loft Bed

A loft bed built onto a platform of storage units offers a crafty solution for small spaces with barely enough leeway for a full-sized bed and single wardrobe. The dressers in this loft structure are simpler in design, but a bedroom that craves more cabinet space can consider installing pull-out drawers built into the wooden staircase leading to the raised sleeping area.