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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
 

College

A1 - What is the difference between the College Loft Bed and the Youth Loft Bed and

       between the basic Loft Bed and the All-In-One Sleep & Study Loft Bed?

A2 - Do we ship to your college?

A3 - Do we meet your college's loft bed requirements?

A4 - What are some of the basic differences between you and other lofts?

A5 - What are the biggest differences between your wooden lofts and the metal lofts

        sold by your competitors?

A6 - What mattress size can I use on your loft beds?

A7 - Why don't you make a King Size Loft Bed?

A8 - Can I use your Loft Bed in my college dorm room?

A9 - Why do I need a Loft Bed when I can use cinder blocks instead?

A10 - Our college requires 4x4 corner posts, does your loft meet this requirement?

A11 - How sturdy is your loft bed?  Does it need to lean up against a wall for support?

A12 - Do you provide Fire Retardant Lofts?

A13 - What is the XXL 84" Length Used For

A14 - Can I fit a 79" sofa or futon under the loft?

A15 - What is your Environmental Policy?

 

Ordering

B1 - What is the difference between your All-In-One Sleep and Study Loft Bed and the      one offered by PB Teen?

B2 - How much headroom will I get above and below the loft?

B3 - You recommend 30" minimum headroom above, can I go closer to the ceiling to

       get more space underneath?

B4 - Do you offer discounts?

B5 - How do I request the discount?

B6 - How do I verify you are a legitimate business?

B7 - Do you sell through other furniture stores?

B8 - What is PayPal?

B9 - Can I enter my credit card without creating a PayPal account?

B10 - I've used PayPal in the past, but I don't remember my email and password?

B11 - How will I know my order went through properly?

B12 - Do you take orders over the phone with a credit card or personal check?

B13 - Do you rent lofts?

B14 - Do I need a Box Spring?

B15 - Where do I enter my custom specifications information?

B16 - I am an AOL user and can't access PayPal, why?

B17 - I entered the wrong shipping amount, how do I get it corrected?

B18 - How do I get the Loft Bed Plans?

B19 - How does the $10 Loft Bed Plans Credit work?

B20 - Do you offer Metric Plans?

 

Shipping

C1 - How far in advance do I need to order and how long will it take to arrive?

C2 - Should I have it delivered to my home or directly to my college or apartment?

C3 - I live in a college dorm room, will you deliver it directly to my dorm room?

C4 - I am moving in on a Saturday, do you deliver on Saturdays?

C5 - I entered the wrong shipping address, how do I get it corrected?

C6 - The loft has shipped and I haven't received it yet, can I change the destination?

C7 - I received the boxes but they appear to be damaged, should I accept them?

C8 - Do I have to be here to sign for it?

C9 - I live on the 3rd floor without an elevator, will FedEx bring it to my apartment?

C10 - Will FedEx carry my packages inside my house or apartment?

C11 - What is the size of the shipped packages?

C12 - FedEx transit times are in Business Days, what is a Business Day?

C13 - Do you ship to Canada?

C14 - Do you ship to outside the contiguous US?

 

Specifications and Set up

D1 - What tools do I need to set this up?

D2 - Do you offer an angled ladder or steps?

D3 - Why is the quality of the bed slats not the same as the rungs?

D4 - Do you offer assembly or painting services?

D5 - Does the wood frame have a surface finish?

D6 - Why are the shelves and desktop available in Pine and MDF?  What is MDF?

D7 - Does your MDF comply with the CARB rules on limited Formaldehyde?

D8 - Can I leave the loft unfinished?

D9 - Are the beds likely to need sanding to remove rough edges and splinters?

D10 - Do you recommend painting or staining the loft?  How much will I need?

D11 - If I decide to paint or stain it, should I do so before or after assembly?

D12 - The loft rocks a little when I climb up, how can I correct this?

D13 - What is the best way to disassemble the loft?

D14 - Can I change the height on my own?

D15 - Can you customize the loft to make it a little smaller?

D16 - Why don’t you need diagonal braces in the corners?

D17 - For young children, can I start off with the high rise bed and later on convert it to          a tall loft bed?

D18 - Can your bunk bed be separated into two separate low beds?

D19 - I already have one of your bunk beds, can I make it into two separate loft beds?

D20 - I already have one of your loft beds, can I convert it to a bunk bed?

D21 - Do you sell dressers or low under bed storage drawers?

 

 

College

 

What is the difference between the College Loft Bed and the Youth Loft Bed?

They are the exact same bed with the difference being in the number of safety rails. 

 

The Dorm Use Bed has one safety rail on the front (long) side and you can optionally add a safety rail to the back (long side).  The bed is for age 16+ years to adults.

 

The Home Use Bed has multiple sets of safety rails (2 sets for mattresses up to 8" thick and 3 sets for mattress up to 16" thick) on all four sides and meets the Consumer Products Safety Commission Bunk Bed Guidelines.  The Home Use Bed may be used in homes, dorms,

apartments, cabins and camps where children under 16 years old will be using the bed. 

 

The bed shown below meets the Consumer Products Safety Commission Bunk Bed Guidelines.  It has 2 sets of safety rails (for mattress up to 8" thick).  The opening (entrance area) may be placed at either (headboard or footboard) ends either on the left or right.  It can also be placed on the front (long side) by using the optional front ladder either on the left or right.  The top safety rail is positioned 5" above the top of the mattress and you can optionally add more safety rails to go 10" or 15" above the top of the mattress.

 

 

 

What mattress size can I use on your loft beds?

We have Loft Beds that will hold Twin, Full and Queen size mattresses.  A Twin (also called a single bed) mattress is 39" wide.  A Full (also called a double bed) mattress is 54" wide.  A Queen mattress is 60" wide.  We do not make lofts for King size mattresses.  The mattress lengths are: Regular 75", Extra Long 80" and XXL 84" in length.  If you have an odd size mattress or are confined to a tight space, we can custom build a loft to your specifications.  Click here for more information.

 

Why don't you make a King Size Loft Bed?

A king size mattress is very big and the loft will require a large center support.  This makes the overall design a little more complicated and is not an easy-to-assemble type project. 

If you require a king size, we recommend you hire a local woodworker to build it for you.  We do offer a King Size Low Platform Bed, click here for more information.

 

Can I use your Loft Bed in my college dorm room?

Yes.  Our loft beds were specifically designed to be used for this purpose in college dorms.  Most college dorm beds can be disassembled and the spring frame and mattress used on our loft.  For example, with the dorm bed pictured here you can remove the headboard and footboard and place the metal frame and mattress on top of our bed slats.  You can store the headboard and footboard behind the loft against the wall and out of the way.  Please remember that when you dis-assemble your existing dorm room bed, you need to save any bolts and lose hardware as you will need to put the bed back together at the end of the school year.

 

What is the XXL 84" Length Used For

We created the XXL 84" Mattress Length (87" overall length) Loft for customers that want to put a futon or full size sofa underneath the loft.  It is 4" longer than most lofts on the market and the extra length gives you enough room to place most futons or sofas underneath.  The distance between the inside rungs is 84" and the distance between the legs is 76".  Click here for more info.

 

Can I fit a 79" sofa or futon under the loft?

Yes, our XXL 84" Length loft was designed to allow a Futon to fit underneath.  Click here for more information.

 

Ordering

 

What is the difference between your All-In-One Sleep and Study Loft Bed and the one offered by PB Teen?

Both beds are very similar as they both provide a loft bed with a desk and multiple shelving.

The biggest difference is weight capacity, specifications, sizes, warranty and price. 

 

Weight capacity:

The PB Teen bed was designed for young children and has a total weight capacity of 200 lbs. which includes the weight of the mattress plus the child's weight.  If you are the type of parent that likes to read to their child in bed, the PB Teen bed will not hold up.      

 

Our bed was designed for college students and has a weight capacity of 1000 lbs...the whole family can get into our bed for bedtime stories.  Our beds are very sturdy and meets the Consumer Products Safety Commission Bunk Bed Guidelines.  With our greater weight capacity and heavy duty construction our lofts will last a child from grade school through college and into their first apartment.

 

Specifications:

The PB Teen bed was designed for an 8' ceiling and the maximum mattress thickness allowed is 7".  If your mattress is thicker than 7" then the safety rails will not be at the proper height above the top of the mattress and does not follow the Consumer Products Safety Commission Guidelines.  With a very thin mattresses it may become uncomfortable as your child grows.

 

We custom build each bed to your exact specifications so we can built for any mattress thickness, any ceiling height and any space above and underneath. We also have taller leg options if you have ceilings greater than 8' you can get more space underneath.

 

Sizes Available:

The PB Teen bed comes in full size only.

 

Our beds are available in Twin, Full and Queen sizes.  They are also available in regular, XL and XXL lengths.

 

Warranty:

The PB Teen bed doesn't mention a warranty.  Beds are made in China.

 

Our beds come with a lifetime warranty.  Made in USA.

 

Pricing:

The PB Teen with shipping is nearly $2,000.

 

Our beds with shipping are between $700 - $1000 depending on the size and options.

 

 

 

All-In-One Sleep & Study Loft Bed

"A place to sleep, study and store your stuff"

 

Shown with the Long Desk

Loft Bed Bunk Bed College Youth Child Teen Loft Bed All-In-One Sleep & Study Loft Bed with Long Desk.  Click for more info...

 

 

 

 

Do you offer discounts?

Yes, we offer discounts when purchasing multiple lofts on the same order.  For college

students, we recommend you get together with your roommates and friends and place one order with multiple lofts and receive a discount.  Buy 5-10 beds and receive 5% discount. 

 

We also provide greater discounts for large quantity (11 or more) bed orders such as for dorms, fraternity or sorority houses, firehouses, cabins and camps.  Give us a call and we can provide you a fixed price quote. 

 

To get the discount for multiple bed orders during checkout enter "request 5% discount for ordering multiple beds" into the custom specifications box.

 

We also offer 5% Military Discount.  To get the discount during checkout enter "request 5% military discount"  into the custom specifications box.

 

How do I get the discount?

If you place the order on our website, during checkout, enter into the "Custom Specifications" box the following "I am order x beds and request 5% discount".  Or, you can give us a call and place the order over the phone.  When calling, mention to Don that you will be ordering

5 or more lofts and are requesting a quantity discount.  For phone orders call Don at

607-739-2331 or toll free at 866-739-2331 Mon - Fri 9:00 - 4:00 ET.

 

How do I verify you are a legitimate business?

We have been in business since 2002 and sell thousands of beds every year.  We sell to parents for youth and teen lofts, college students in dorms and apartments, colleges, book stores and fraternities across the country.  We are a year round business and we provide a full warranty. 

Better Business Bureau A+ Rating Accreditation

 

 

We are an Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau and have the highest reputation with an A+ Rating.  We have had no customer complaints in the past 3 years.  You can get a BBB report on us by clicking on the logo on the left or by calling the BBB at 716-881-5222.  We recommend before you purchase a loft bed from any company that you run a BBB Business Search on them, you will be surprised at what you will find.

 

                  We are also PayPal Verified.  Click here for more information.

 

Do you sell through other furniture stores?

We build and ship everything from our single location in Upstate NY. Sorry we don't have any retail locations and only sell though this website.

 

Please note that if you see our beds on another website it is either a used bed or a scam. We do not sell through: National Furnishing, ABC Home Store, Elite Decor, I-Dollar Store or U-Save More. Those websites are all operated by the same company and have illegally copied our pictures and text from our website and are selling a cheap imitation of our beds and have many complaints against them. We are not affiliated with them.

 

What is PayPal?

PayPal (an eBay company) is the world's largest online payment network, serving over 100 million members.  With PayPal, you can pay anyone using your credit card or checking account.  With PayPal, your credit card and checking account information is never revealed to the people you pay, ensuring your privacy and giving you the peace of mind that comes with knowing who has access to your financial information.

 

Easy and Fast: Send money instantly and securely with your credit card or checking account.

 

Private and Secure: Your financial information is not shared when you send money.

 
Free: PayPal is completely free.

 

PayPal Customer Service 888-221-1161

 

         

 

Can I enter my credit card without creating a PayPal account?

Yes.  Signing up for a PayPal account is optional.  At the bottom of the payment screen you can directly enter your credit card and shipping information without setting up a PayPal account.

 

I've used PayPal in the past, but I don't remember the email address and password?

Once you use PayPal, it saves the email address and credit card number.  For security purposes, the credit card can not be used with another email account.  If you don't remember the password you can call PayPal Customer Service at 888-221-1161 and they can help you get the password.  College Bed Lofts does not have any access to your credit card information and we can not get your password reset. 

 

How will I know my order went through properly?

After you place your order, you will receive an email from PayPal confirming

your order within an hour.  You will then receive an email from College Bed Lofts

confirming your order within 1 business day.  When the loft ships we will email you the Shipment Tracking Number.

 

Do you take orders over the phone with a credit card or personal check?

Yes, we accept orders over the phone with the following credit cards or personal check:

         

Sample Check

Payments made by check takes four to five days to clear.

 

Do you rent lofts?

No.  You purchase the loft, it is yours to keep and customize it any way you want.  The purchase price of our bed is typically close to the cost of a yearly rental from most rental companies.  With our bed, when students graduate, many sell their bed as they maintain their value very well.

 

 

Do I need a Box Spring?

No.  Each loft comes with a set of mattress foundation slats. 

 

 

Where do I enter my  custom specifications information?

During Review Payment you will get an option to enter a message to us.  Enter the custom specifications into the text box provided.

 

I am an AOL user and can't access PayPal, why?

You must use your internet browser to access our site and PayPal.

 

I entered the wrong shipping amount, how do I get it corrected?

We review each order and will check the shipping amount you entered. If you entered an incorrect shipping amount we will notify you.  If you were overcharged we will issue you a credit to your account.  You need to log into PayPal to accept the credit.  If you were undercharged then College Bed Lofts will send you a PayPal money request for the additional shipping amount.  Do not call PayPal as they cannot change orders already sent to us.

 

How do I get the Loft Bed Plans?

Within 10 - 15 minutes after placing your order an email will be sent to the email address you provided.  It will contain the instructions on how to print your plans from our web site.  If you don't get the email within one hour check your bulk and spam mail folders.  If you didn't receive the email please Contact Us Please Note:  An email address is required in order to receive the instructions on how to print the plans from our web site.  Please double check to make sure you enter your correct and current email address. If you use multiple email addresses please remember which one you used.  Also, many email systems will block new mail or place new mail into a BULK or SPAM mail folders.    

 

Do you offer Metric Plans?

Sorry, no we don't.  It is very easy to convert.  Click here for a Metric Conversion Table.

 

How does the $10 Loft Bed Plans Credit work?

We understand that sometimes people don't have all the right tools, enough space or just not enough time to build the loft bed themselves.  So, if for any reason after purchasing our Loft Bed Plans you decide you would like to purchase our complete Loft Bed instead, the $10 payment may be credited toward purchasing any of our Loft Beds Kits.  To get the $10 refund credit when ordering our Loft Bed Kit on-line, enter the following during the checkout process:

"I request a $10 refund for the Loft Bed Plans I purchased on xx/xx/xx". 

If you forget to ask for the $10 credit, just send us an email requesting the credit and the date you purchased the plans.  If you are making the purchase over the phone tell Don you are requesting the credit.

 

How much headroom will I get above and below the loft?

It depends on your ceiling height, the mattress thickness and how many safety rails you are using.  We customize each loft (at no charge) to your exact requirements.  During order entry you will enter the ceiling height and mattress thickness into the order form.  You can see exactly what you are going to get by using our Loft Height Calculator.  There, you may enter your specifications and see the results instantly.

 

You recommend 30" minimum headroom above, can I go closer to the ceiling to get more space underneath?

Most colleges recommend a minimum of 30" of space from the top of the mattress to the ceiling.  If this is for home use you can go closer to the ceiling.  We recommend you try it out first to make sure you feel comfortable being that close to the ceiling.  We recommend you lay down face up and place a sheet of cardboard 30" above your mattress.  Then move it down to 29", 28" and so on until you get the right amount of space based on your needs.  We don't recommend going closer than 27" though. 

 

 

Shipping

 

How far in advance do I need to order and how long will it take to arrive?

See our Shipping Schedule.

 

Should I have it delivered to my home or directly to my college or apartment?

We recommend (if possible) having it shipped to your home early during the summer, and you take it to college with you. Move in day for most students is a stressful experience for both the student and family.  With the traffic jams, waiting for elevators, hundreds of students all moving in at the same time, getting everything organized, etc., the last thing you want to do is to wait for a FedEx delivery to arrive on time.  It would be very helpful if you can get the loft partially assembled at home before you arrive on campus.  Setting it up at home first will allow you to see how everything fits together and when you get to school setting it back up will be quick and easy.  While it's home you may want to paint or customize it to fit your personality.  We know this is not always possible, so if you want it delivered directly to your college, first check with your college's receiving department to verify whether they will accept packages for you before you arrive on campus.  Please note, many college receiving departments do not work on Saturdays. 

 

I live in a college dorm room, will you deliver it directly to my dorm room?

Most colleges have a central receiving location where they accept all packages and they do not allow deliveries directly to the individual dorm rooms.  For security purposes, they don't want delivery trucks driving around campus and they will not allow delivery drivers to enter dorm facilities.  Once it is delivered to a central receiving location, they will contact you to have you pick it up.  Check with your college to see what their package receiving policy is. 

 

I am moving in on a Saturday, do you deliver on Saturdays?

Yes, we offer Date Certain Delivery as well as Appointment Delivery options for an additional fee.  For Date Certain Delivery, the delivery time is not guaranteed, it can arrive anytime between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm.  For Appointment Delivery, once FedEx has received the packages at the local terminal, they will call you to set up a specific date and time (2 hour window) for delivery.  Please note, most college deliveries go to a central receiving dock and trying to have it arrive on a Saturday with hundreds of students all trying to move in at the same time will be very difficult for the delivery truck to get in on a set schedule.  Also, many college receiving departments do not work on Saturdays, or if they do work on Saturday, they may not allow commercial deliveries while students and parents and trying to move in.  If you are moving in on a Saturday we recommend you have it shipped to you home first and bring it with you to college.  See above question.

 

I entered the wrong shipping address, how do I get it corrected?

To protect us from fraudulent purchases, our credit card processor requires that we receive all address changes in writing.  If the order has already shipped, please see the next question.  If the order hasn't shipped yet, please send us an email from the same email address that the original order was placed under.  If you call it in we will ask you to immediately follow-up with an email and we will hold your order until we receive your email.  We will reply to your email to confirm we received the address change. 

 

The loft has shipped and I haven't received it yet, can I change the destination?

Yes.  If you need to make changes to your shipping address, provide delivery instructions or request a vacation hold, you can use the FedEx Delivery Manager to do all this and more. 

 

I received the boxes, but they appear to be damaged, should I accept the shipment?

Yes, please accept the shipment.  The boxes are very large and heavy, sometimes they do get torn during shipping, however in most cases, the wood inside is fine.  If there are any damaged pieces we will get them replaced at no charge to you.

 

Do I have to be here to sign for it?

We deliver by FedEx.  A signature for the delivery is at the discretion of the driver. If the FedEx driver has delivered to your address before it is likely they will leave the packages without a signature. If the driver feels the area is not safe and secure they will leave a door tag with information on how to set up a new delivery date.  We will email you the shipping tracking number when the loft ships.  You can also place a note on your door the day of delivery telling the FedEx driver he can leave the packages without signature.

 

For customer that have elected to have their package delivered by appointment, once your package has reached the local FedEx Home Delivery terminal they will contact you by the phone number on your order to set up a delivery time. Keep in mind FedEx will request a 2 hour window to make the delivery in.

 

I live on the 3rd floor without an elevator, will FedEx bring it to my apartment?

It depends.  Each apartment complex is different and with different rules for visitors and delivery personnel.  Typically FedEx will deliver it to a location selected by the apartment manager.

 

Will FedEx carry my packages inside my house or apartment?

No.  Due to security and liability concerns, FedEx will not enter your house, apartment, cabin or dorm complex.

 

What is the size of the shipped package?

For the basic twin loft, we typically ship three boxes per loft, the first is 8" high x 12" wide x 84" long and weighs 70 pounds.  The second and third boxes are 8" high x 12" wide x 46" long and weighs 60 pounds each.  All three boxes will easily fit into the back of most station wagons, mini-vans and SUV's.  Other options such as bookshelves and desks are in separate boxes.

 

FedEx transit times are in Business Days, what is a Business Day?

For Ground (standard delivery) shipments they work Monday - Friday, packages don't move on Saturday, Sunday or holidays.  For Home Delivery (date certain and appointment delivery) shipments they work Tuesday - Saturday, packages don't move on Sunday, Monday or holidays.

 

Do you ship to Canada?

We do not ship directly to Canada, however we do ship to locations on the US side of the border that will hold shipments for local pickup.  According to BetterDollar.com website, there is no import duty for Canadian residents importing bedroom furniture.  This may vary by province so you should contact your local office to determine what is applicable to you.

 

Typically we ship to a local duty free shop or a shipping/post office box store such as The UPS Store More information and shipping/pickup locations is available at ShipToTheBorder.com and Kinek.com.

 

We have shipped to the following locations listed below.  If you are aware of other similar stores in your area please contact us and we will update this list.

 

Minnesota:

Ryden's Border Store, 9301 Ryden Rd., Grand Portage, MN 55605 218-475-2330

 

Montana:

The Border Storage, 408 Oak St., Sweetgrass, MT 59484 406-335-4040

 

North Dakota:

Border Services, 10543 Hwy 281, Dunseith, ND 58329 701-263-4783

 

New York:

Border Mail Services, 25 Locust Street, Champlain, NY 12919 518-208-3028

Roethel’s Parcel Service, 1801 Ford Street, Ogdensburg, NY 13669 315-393-4770

The UPS Store, 2981 Ford Street Extension Ogdensburg, NY 13669 315-393-1188

The UPS Store, 1623 Military Rd, Niagara Falls, NY 14304 716-298-4461

 

Do you ship to outside the contiguous US?

Yes we do, but it is very very very expensive.  Due to the high shipping costs (typically three to four time the cost of the loft itself), it is not cost effective to ship lofts to APO/FPO, Alaska, Hawaii or Puerto Rico.  For example, shipping to Alaska or Hawaii is roughly $1200.  A better option would be to purchase our loft bed plans and hardware kit and have someone build it locally for you.

 

Specifications and Set up

 

What tools do I need to set this up?

All wood comes pre-cut and pre-drilled.  You will need a cordless drill/screwdriver with a phillips #2 medium head bit, an adjustable (or 9/16") wrench and a hammer.  Set up takes roughly 1-1/2 hours.  Click to view the Assembly Instructions.

 

Do you offer an angled ladder or steps?

Yes, we offer angled ladders.  The angled ladder has flat steps which makes it easier on the feet when climbing up.  The angled ladder may be installed either at the footboard end or on the front (long) side.  We do not offer stairs.  They are not an easy-to-assemble type project and are too large to be shipped by FedEx fully assembled.  Also they require some sort of handrail to be installed which needs to be custom for each installation.

 

                        

 

 

Why is the quality of the bed slats not the same as the rungs?

The bed slats are underneath the mattress and typically can't been seen.  Though there may be some imperfections, stamps, marks and knots in the wood, it is basically used to provide the strength to support the mattress.  Surface cracks and knots will not affect the strength of the wood.  Also, the pilot holes at the ends of the slats are very close to the edge and if it is split it is ok as the screw is only used to prevent the slat from moving around.  The screw itself doesn't add any support or stability to the loft.  Our bed slat system provides 1000 lbs. of support.  Depending on how your existing spring frame or box spring is set up, you may not need to use all of them.  For each slat removed, it reduces the total weight capacity by 50 lbs. 

 

    

 

Do you offer assembly or painting services?

Sorry, we do not offer assembly or painting services.  For assembly, many major cities and college towns have Furniture Assembly companies.  For example, if you do a Google search for "Furniture Assembly (city state)" and you put in your city and state, you will find local furniture assembly businesses.  For example try: "Furniture Assembly New York City"

and you will find a good number of companies.  Also try craigslist.com.

 

Sorry, we do not offer painting services.  We don't have the facilities for painting, which require extensive EPA regulations in dealing with the fumes and exhaust. You can usually find a local painter to do it at a reasonable cost.

 

Does the wood frame have a surface finish?

No, our lofts are made from unfinished softwood 2x4, 2x6.  The shelves and desktop  are made from MDF (see next question).  For staining the loft, we recommend using Minwax PolyShades all-in-one stain and polyurethane finish, it does a real nice job on all the boards including the MDF pieces.  You are free to customize the loft any way you prefer.  Click here for more information about painting or staining your loft.

 

Why are the shelves and desktop available in Solid Pine and MDF?  What is MDF?

The bed frame and all major structural components of the bed are made from solid wood. Our Shelving and Desktops are available in both Solid Pine and MDF material. Both are very durable and will hold up well.

 

The Solid Pine panels are individual boards glued together to make a wider board.  This process helps prevent warping and cupping which is typical with wide Pine boards. The Pine has a very nice grain and looks good with paint, stain, clear coat or left unfinished. The cost to upgrade to Solid Pine is $10 per shelf.

 

MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) is a composite recycled wood product made from wood waste fibers glued together with resin, heat, and pressure. MDF is very smooth, uniform, doesn't warp and it takes paint very well.

 

Which one should I use? First of all you should try to match the existing furniture in the room.  If you are planning on staining or clear coating the bed we recommend using Pine. It has a very nice light and dark grain which shows the beauty of natural wood. It is slightly more expensive than MDF.  If you are planning on painting the bed we recommend using MDF. The smooth surface will give your bed a very nice finish. It is slightly less expensive than Pine.  If you are planning on leaving it unfinished, then you can go with either Pine or MDF.

 

The MDF MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) is available here.

 

Since MDF it is a recycled product, the color will vary based on the amount of recycled material.  The left photo below shows sample colors and right photo shows the color difference between MDF and Solid Pine.

 

        

 

Does your MDF comply with the CARB rules on limited Formaldehyde?

Yes, our MDF, manufacturer meets the California Air Resources Board (CARB) requirements on formaldehyde emissions, click here to view the certificate.  More information about CARB is available here.

 

Can I leave the loft unfinished?

We do recommend finishing the loft as unfinished softwood will absorb moisture and surface cracks will appear over time.  Surface cracks do not affect the stability of the loft.  Unfinished wood will also turn darker over time.  Our experience is most college students don't finish them, most home users do finish them.  If you purchased the desktop, we do recommend at least finishing it to preserve the writing surface. 

 

Are the beds likely to need sanding to remove rough edges and splinters?

We try to find smooth wood and we do a light sanding.  The amount of further sanding that needs to be done is a matter of personal preference and how it is going to be used and finished.  For college students that will be setting it up and taking it down a few times, they typically don't sand it at all.  If it is going to be used in a home and painted, the amount of sanding is minimal.  If it is going to be stained, then it depends on the preference of the customer.  The bed slats are not sanded.

 

Do you recommend painting or staining the loft?  How much paint or stain will I need?

The loft looks good either painted or stained, so we don't have a specific recommendation.  You may want to match the existing furniture in the room.  The loft is a very large piece of furniture, if this is your first time doing a staining project, it may be a little overwhelming and I would recommend painting it.  Painting is very easy and if you mess it up, it can easily be re-painted. 

 

Paint: 1 quart primer, we recommend applying 2 coats, 1 quart good quality latex enamel,

          we recommend 1 or 2 coats depending on the color difference between the primer.

Stain: 1 quart Minwax Polyshades, see note below.

 

If I decide to paint or stain it, should I do so before or after assembly?

For the end ladders at each end of the bed, vertical front ladder and the long desk, we recommend you assemble them first before painting or staining them.  The rungs of the ladders sometimes are a tight fit and the finish may get marked up during assembly.  Also, the wood glue adheres better to unfinished wood. 

 

As for the rest of the bed, you can either do it before or after assembly.  You get a better finish by doing all the individual pieces first, but it is a pain to paint all the pieces and then lay them down somewhere where it will not mark up the piece or the floor.  It is much easier to paint or stain it when it is set up as opposed to all the individual pieces on the floor.  If you paint it, we recommend you apply two primer coats, and one or two finish coats of a durable enamel paint.  For primer and paint, we recommend using Latex (water) based low VOC paint.  A primer we recommend is KILZ, which can be purchased at most home improvement stores.  For staining the loft, we recommend using Minwax PolyShades all-in-one stain and polyurethane finish, it does a real nice job on all the boards including the MDF pieces.

 

The loft rocks a little when I climb up, how can I correct this?

After completing installation, let the loft sit as the wood glue will take about 2 hours to dry.  Do not use or put any pressure on the ladder rungs or loft while the glue is drying.

 

After the wood glue has dried, the loft should be tight and not rock in any direction more than 1/2".  If it does rock, try the following.  Did you use a cordless drill/screwdriver?  Make sure your drive the screws nice and tight, but do not strip the wood. With the 1-1/2" thick softwood, the screws should be recessed about 1/8" to make a tight fit. Try un-screwing them very slowly one at a time and re-tighten slowly.  If you use a regular electric drill, make sure it has an adjustable chuck to adjust the tension on the screws, without an adjustable chuck, a regular drill will strip the screws into the wood.  If you do strip the wood, you can fill the hole with toothpicks and a little wood glue and give it time to dry, then reinstall the screws.

 

If the loft rocks more than 1/2", what direction does it move?  When standing at the front rail (the long side) does it move front to back or left to right (head to foot)?

 

If it moves front to back then the rungs are moving inside the notched legs.  Did you coat the inside of the notches with the wood glue we provided?  Remember, the wood glue will take about 2 hours to dry.  Do not use or put any pressure on the ladder rungs while the glue is drying.  Once the glue sets, the rungs and legs will become basically one piece and there should be no movement between them.  Try adding a third screw to the rungs in-between the two existing screws, drive it into the wood slowly at an alternating up and down angle.  If you have a small drill bit, use it to drill a pilot hole first to prevent the wood from splitting.

 

If it moves left to right (head to foot) then the screws in the front and back rails should be checked.  You may add additional screws to the front and back rails, spacing them roughly 3" apart.  Also, drive the new screws at an alternating left and right angle, angled screws provides better support.  The carriage bolt should be tight and the rounded end should be recessed about 1/16" into the wood.  The carriage bolt is primarily used to support the weight and the screws provide the stability.  More information is available by viewing our Assembly Instructions.

 

Example of the rail with more screws to further stabilize the left to right movement.

    

 

 

What is the best way to disassemble the loft?

Basically you will leave all the pieces that go the width of the bed intact (single and double bookshelf, short desk, short safety rails) and remove all the long pieces (long desk, long safety rails, long shelf, desk shelf).  We recommend you remove the bed rails and bed slats as one unit.  Remove the carriage bolts and screws (as shown above) and slide it off the end ladders of the bed.  Since the end ladders are glued, we recommend you leave them intact.  Any safety rails, long desk or long shelves will then need to be removed. 

 

Can I change the height on my own?

Yes.  Using a 3/8" drill bit you can re-drill holes for the front and back rail at any height you need.  You can fill the old hole with a 3/8" wood dowel rod and sand it smooth.  To get the height you need you can use our Loft Height Calculator to determine the amount of headroom you will get underneath the bed slats.  See instructions below.

 

 

 

Can you customize the loft to make it a little smaller?

Yes.  If you are confined to a tight space, we can customize it to your exact requirements.  There is a Customization Charge of $20 to make the loft a little narrower or reduce the length.  When measuring your room, measure the distance from wall to wall from the corner and go out about 4' and take another measurement, use the smaller measurement.  The reason for this is many corners are not perfectly square and the wall may move in or out a little.  Also when measuring take into account any baseboard or molding that may stick out.  Use our Room Planner & Design Guide to plan out your room.  Contact Us with your requirements or questions.

 

Why don’t you need diagonal braces in the corners?

We don't need the large diagonal corner braces due to our 2x6 rails and 2x6 legs gives us a wider surface area for fastening the legs and rails.  When you combine this with our ladder rungs that are notched, glued and screwed into the legs, it makes our lofts one of the sturdiest on the market.

 

For young children, can I start off with the high rise bed and later on convert it to a tall loft bed? 

Yes.  We have a Loft Conversion Kit.  Click here for more information.

 

Can your bunk bed be separated into two separate low beds? 

Yes and no.  Our bunk bed legs (corner posts) are made from one piece solid wood that supports both levels. This is what makes our beds very sturdy.  The stackable bunk beds sold by most manufacturers just don't have the stability of solid one piece leg.  So yes, you can take our bunk bed and cut it to make it into two individual beds, but you can't make it back into a bunk bed.

 

I already have one of your bunk beds, can I make it into two separate loft beds?

Yes.  We have a Loft Conversion Kit that will allow you to remove the bottom bunk and use it to make it into a separate loft bed.  Click here to order.

 

I already have one of your loft beds, can I convert it to a bunk bed? 

Yes, we have a Bunk Bed Kit available which will add a bottom bunk to your loft bed.  Click here to order.

 

Do you sell dressers or low under bed storage drawers?

Sorry we don't sell them.  Listed below are a few websites that do sell them and they match our wood nicely see: At Home Naturally or Discount Woodworks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The loft shown below has a 6" mattress and there is 55" of headroom underneath the front rail, the student is 5' 9" tall.  From the top of the mattress there is 32" of space to the 8' ceiling above.