One of the most common complaints from college students, other than classes start too early and there's too much work, is that there just isn't enough space in their dorm rooms or apartments. I'm afraid there isn't much we can do to help with the timing of classes or workloads assigned by professors, but we do have some advice to help create space in cramped quarters. When you need more space and can't build out the only thing left to do is build up. Lowe's is happy to provide this information as a service to you.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to increase your space is with a loft. Once you have your bed up and out of the way you can add a closet rod to create over six extra feet of closet space, add shelves for storing books and research materials or the classic - place your desk under the loft. Regardless of which space-saving technique you choose, you're sure to appreciate the 18 or so square feet of extra elbow room.
Making the loft is really quite simple. Just keep in mind that most schools have their own requirements and standards for the loft's construction. Be sure to check with your school before you begin your loft project, to ensure complete compliance with school standards. Due to difference in requirements from institution to institution, varying ceiling heights and mattresses sizes, it isn't possible for us to provide specific instructions for making a loft. Instead, we have compiled an overview of the tools and materials commonly used in loft construction.
Keep in mind building bunk beds for children has a different set of requirements than building a loft for adults.