In a similar concept to a loft area in a home, desk loft beds make use of the elevated concept to add space for a desk under a traditional bed.
In home design terms, a loft is an area that is usually directly underneath the roof that is used either for storage or sleeping. The exact definition has loosened today to not be so literal, but the concept remains unchanged. A loft bed is very similar in that is can raise the elevation of a bed to be very close to the ceiling of a room.
This leaves an open space underneath usually for a desk and ends up saving space by combining two pieces of furniture into one. These are common in dormitories as college loft beds and children’s bedrooms but you can also find them in guest rooms and even work offices.
To picture a desk loft bed, simply imagine a bed on really high legs. The usual size is a twin size mattress bed frame that is “lofted” at the top of the structure.
Theoretically, you could even convert a normal bed into a loft bed yourself, but it can be quite dangerous without the help of a qualified professional.
Problems arise with the increased need for stability of the bed so that it does not come tumbling down. Usually, the bed frame and legs also need to be reinforced since normal beds are not designed to be raised so high off the ground.
For most people, buying a specially designed desk loft bed is the better solution. Many configurations can make the bed quite unique and not just a plain loft bed with desk underneath.
There are very elegant and extravagant loft beds with desks, especially for children. Some are designed to look like castles and are made from different colored wood. If your child is a Star Wars fan, you can even get a unique AT-AT walker loft bed. They may even include additional storage features like cabinets, drawers, or even closets in addition to the desk.
The configuration can vary.
Some desks are simply parallel to the bed matching length wise, but in others the desk may be perpendicular and actually use up only one side of the loft bed forming an “L” shape. There are also double or twin desk loft beds that are actually two loft beds melded into one.
Desks are important for whether you are a college student, child, or just a regular adult, but so is having free available space in a bedroom. Desk loft beds offer a unique way to maximize space usage in a room while packing a ton of functionality into one piece of furniture.