The amount of space you will get depends on your Ceiling Height, Mattress Thickness and the amount of space you want Above the Mattress. We custom build each bed to your exact specifications so we can make it fit any ceiling height and mattress thickness. Enter your specifications below and press Calculate Space Underneath. The system will calculate the amount of Space Underneath the Loft Bed and the Space Between the bunks for a Bunk Bed. A typical college dorm room mattress is 6" thick and a typical home mattress is 8" thick. For the Space Above the Mattress we recommend a minimum of 30" which meets the Consumer Products Safety Commission and most College's Guidelines. We have multiple Leg Heights: Standard for 8' ceilings, Extra Tall for 9' ceilings and Super Tall for ceilings greater than 9'. All values below are in inches. 8' = 96" 9' = 108".
Our Standard Legs are for ceilings up to 8' (72" Max Leg Height). The Extra Tall Legs are for ceilings up to 9' or when adding additional safety rails (84" Max Leg Height). The Super Tall Legs are for ceilings greater than 9' or when adding additional safety rails (96" Max Leg Height). Please contact us if you need legs taller than 96".
We cut the legs to the proper length based on your ceiling height, mattress thickness and the number of extra safety rails requested. For the Super Tall Legs the bed may be slightly top heavy and we require you to also use our Corner & Rung Braces to further stabilize the bed. We can also drill the legs for multiple heights.
We position the top of the Safety Rail 5" above the top of the mattress to meet the Consumer Products Safety Commission Guidelines. If you order additional Safety Rails to go 10" or 15" above you will need to order the next size taller legs. For Bunk Beds we leave 4" of space underneath the lower rail and the lower mattress starts at 10" from the floor. Please let us know if you would like this to be higher or lower. We can set it as low as 1/2" from the floor.
We offer Square Top and Round Top Legs. The Round Top Legs adds a nice decorative look and is very popular with loft beds for kid's bedrooms. If you order the Double Bookshelf which goes above the top of the mattress it will be Half-Rounded.
How much space will I get above and underneath? We custom build each bed to your exact specifications, so it depends on your ceiling height and mattress thickness. We normally set the space above the mattress to 30" unless you specify something different. For most people 30" space above is adequate and most colleges also recommend this. For example, the loft shown here has a 6" mattress and there is 58" of space underneath the bed slats. The student in the picture is 5'-9" tall and when sitting down, has about 6" of space from the top of his head to the bed slats. From the top of the mattress there is 30" of space to the 8' ceiling above.
How much space do I need if I want to sit underneath? It depends on how tall you are but we recommend a minimum of 52" underneath. Sit at your chair and measure yourself to see how much space you need. Remember that kids grow (too) fast, so estimate their height during their teen years.
I have a young child, can I have it drilled for multiple heights, lower to start then move it up as he grows? Yes. During checkout there is a box where you can enter custom specifications. For example, you may say: Please drill for space underneath at 45" and 58". Please note that safety is always a concern when using loft or bunk beds. With the space above at 30", it is more difficult for a child to stand up. If you lower the frame to have more space above, this may give your child enough room to be able to stand up in bed. Children must never stand up or jump on the bed as they could easily fall over the side. If you do want it lower we recommend you add additional safety rails to go 20" or 30" above the top of the mattress.
The space underneath is to the bottom of the bed slats, how much space is underneath the bed rail? The bottom of the bed rail is 4" below the bed slats. See diagram at left for more detail.
Can you lower the loft or can I use a custom size mattress? Yes and yes. We have a High Rise Platform Bed that has 30" of space underneath. If you need the regular loft a little shorter we can cut it down to any size you need. If you have an odd size mattress or are confined to a tight space, we can custom build your loft to your specifications. Please contact us with any custom specifications.
What is the Total Mattress Thickness? It is the total thickness of the mattress, box spring and mattress topper. Note, you do not need to use a box spring, bunkie board, plywood or MDF board to support the mattress. The mattress will lay on top of our mattress foundation bed slats (see left photo) which is included with each bed. Our mattress foundation gives you 1000 lbs. of weight capacity.
What is the Space Above Mattress to Ceiling? It is the minimum space you want between the top of the mattress and the ceiling. The Consumer Products Safety Commission Guidelines and most colleges recommend 30". On the order form, we ask you How Much Space Do You Want Underneath? If you select Maximum (which is the typical answer) we will position the mattress to give you a minimum of 30" above. You may also enter a custom value on the order form.
Can I go closer to the ceiling to get more space underneath? Yes. Basically, we can position the mattress platform at any height, so for every inch you gain underneath you lose an inch above. Most colleges recommend a minimum of 30" of space from the top of the mattress to the ceiling. If this is for a home or an apartment use you can go closer to the ceiling. We recommend you try it out first to make sure you feel comfortable being closer to the ceiling. We recommend you lay down on your current bed 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 to make you feel comfortable. We don't recommend going closer than 24" though, but it is totally up to you.
For lofts used in dorm rooms: If your dorm room has fixed furniture that can't be moved you should double check the room measurements against our bed measurements to verify the bed will fit into the room. Each dorm room layout is different and the customer is responsible to make sure the bed will fit into the room. We can shorten the bed to fit the available space if needed. Please contact us with any custom specifications.
We position the top of the Safety Rail 5" above the top of the mattress, which follows the Consumer Products Safety Commission Guidelines. If you order additional Safety Rails to go higher you will need to order the taller legs. If you are planning on walking around the top of the bed, the safety Rails can go up to 30" above the top of the mattress.
The photo below shows the standard safety rails going 5" above the top of the mattress.
The photo below shows the safety rails going 10" above the top of the mattress. This also shows the optional Vertical Front Ladder which may be installed either on the left or right.