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Want to make a low loft bed

Posted by meadel (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 14, 07 at 9:23

Hi all,

I have one of those tubular metal beds. ( used to be a bunk). I am wondering if I can turn it into a low loft bed by inserting a smaller metal pipe into the bottoms. and using some kind of flange for the feet. I am thinking of painting it all gray. My 14 year old seems to prefer the "industrial look". I would just get a high loft but he does sleepwalk and my ceilings are kind of low.
Would this work? Should I get steel? Does it need to be welded?
Right now, it's on those bed risers, but , I don't really like them and would want a somewhat higher bed for more underbed storage.
I have never posted on this forum, but have lurked here! I love all your stuff.
Thanks for any ideas/help. I realize this is not exactly trast to treasure, but I don't want to trash this bed !

Here is a link that might be useful: Bed was once similar to this one.

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RE: Want to make a low loft bed

Check out the pipes and flanges at the hardware stores. The pipe can be cut to the length you need and the flanges can screw onto the metal bed frame if the surface is wide enough. If you are going to paint the bed the silver hammered metal spray paint looks better than plain silver. I used it on some kitchen knobs to update them.

RE: Want to make a low loft bed

Thanks javonne, I am going to the hardware store this week!!
I also like that hammered metal spray. That is exactly what I planned to use. ( going to recycle some pipe for curtain rods as well)

I'll post photos when it's all done.

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