Bed lofts are basically mezzanine floors that allow an air space to be dissected into 2 so that there is an upper storey created for an additional study or a bedroom. The concept of a bed loft represents a double volume space that is well used. Bed lofts optimize the air space that would have otherwise been wasted if the interior were to be only used on the ground level. Bed lofts are often confused with loft beds; they are in fact two very different things, although both share the same concept of saving space.
Bed Lofts vs Loft Beds
For loft beds, they are essentially bed frames that some people refer to as “bunk beds”. However they are slightly different from bunk beds as well, as bunk beds can mean having two to three tiers of bed decks, whereas loft beds comprise the top level being the bed and the void below to be used for another purpose, such as a working desk corner, or with cabinets or cupboards built there for additional storage solutions.
Bed lofts are floor decks that are built midway between the ground level and the ceiling, and this is possible only if the space has a high ceiling and a greater span of interior. Bed lofts can be considered as additional layers of floor areas usually to be used as a bedroom, hence the term “bed lofts”. For loft beds, you do not need a high ceiling to accommodate them. For typical HDB flats or condominiums with ceiling heights from 2.4 to 2.6 metres, loft beds can be built within the bedroom space. The height of loft beds measured from the floor to the mattress is typically around 2 metres, leaving a clearance height of about half a meter, lesser or more. The void below will leave a comfortable clear height of about 1.5 metre so it is still ideal for daily activities to be performed such as accessing into wardrobes, bookshelves or getting into work stations.
Bed lofts, on the other hand, create additional bedrooms out of bigger and higher interior spaces from cantilevered platforms with areas comfortable enough. Whereas a loft bed is simply elevating a bed to a certain height so as to have additional spaces below the bed for other uses.
Bed Lofts: Frames and Structures
Bed lofts can be built using structural members made of wood or metal, such as the cantilevered platform and the stairs. This projected mezzanine decking is usually fixed on 2 or 3 sides of the walls, depending on how open you want the bed loft to be, and it is usually barricaded by railing that is made of glass, wood or metal. It can also be completely closed up by partition or walls just like any other room, and be made accessible by sliding or openable panels or a door leading to the stairs way down. The space below the bed loft can be used for a variety of purposes. There are customers who’d wanted to build a bed loft on top of full sized wardrobes, and even above their kitchen for their domestic helper to call her bedroom. And then there are those who have ample spaces below the bed lofts of which are converted to walk-in wardrobes, studies or even dressing rooms or another sleeping area below it. So you get two smaller bedrooms, one on top of the other for privacy as well.
Make Bed Lofts Lofty in Apartments
It is important to note that before you embark on the idea of building a bed loft, ensure that there are full-height windows that are able to give you both light and ventilation from the bottom up, This is so that when the bed loft is built, both the mezzanine level and the area below get sufficient sunlight and ventilation for the areas to function optimally.