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Loft Bed Ideas for Dorm Room

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For some, lofting a bed is a bad idea. Setting up a loft kit requires effort and you’re no longer able to jump straight to the bed when you’re tired. But lofting a bed opens up a lot of possibilities that make it well worth the effort.

Raising the bed provides huge additional space to the dorm room and allows you to bring in more furniture. The sky’s the limit (or probably around five feet) to transforming the space below the bed. Here are six creative loft bed ideas for your dorm room.

Storage Loft Bed

Using a loft bed to increase storage space is one of its most practical uses. But don’t just stuff boxes under the bed without much thought. Storage spaces do not have to look like neglected basements. Since there’s plenty of space, you can fit drawers and shelves for organized space.

There are a lot of DIY projects that allow you to create shelves and bookcases that fit perfectly underneath the loft bed. Some custom-made loft beds with storage shelves underneath are also available online.

If you don’t want to spend much on a custom-made loft bed, you can instead adjust the height of the loft bed to existing shelves or bookcases. You can also paint your shelves to match the color of the loft bed in order to create a cohesive theme.

Install a lamp underneath the bed to make it easy to go through your stuff inside the shelves. You need extra lighting since the bed casts a huge shadow.

Desk Loft Bed

Should you want the space underneath to be more useful, you can set up your desk below the loft bed. If there’s a power outlet close by, you can also set up your laptop there. Since it will be dark below the loft bed, make sure to include a desk lamp.

To minimize shadows you can hang string lights or LED strips to liven up the area. Another option is to move your bed to the window so you can have natural light hitting your desk.

Closet Loft Bed

This loft bed idea is excellent if you have tons of clothes and want the convenience of being able to try them out easily. You can place shelves from opposite ends of the bed where you can store folded clothes or shoes. In the middle, a closet organizer rack or clothing garment rack would be perfect for hanging clothes.

A freestanding mirror can be placed next to the rack for trying out different outfits. Be sure to keep the space well-lit. Finish up this loft bed idea by setting up curtains as an entrance to give off a mini walk-in closet feel.

Couch Loft Bed

Since you can’t simply jump straight to the bed with a loft bed, you can choose to place a couch underneath the bed instead. A couch is ideal for a quick rest, relaxed reading, and watching TV. It is also ideal when you have friends that love to hang out in your dorm room.

Because of the added space in the dorm room, you can add an ottoman to the couch to relax your legs. Or while you’re at it, a recliner can sit next to your small couch.

It would be great if you can get a couch that compliments your bed. To maximize the space, you can add a side table on one side, and a small bookcase on the other. Make sure to include a desk lamp for reading. Liven up the area by adding some décor, string lights, or a potted plant.

Bunk Loft Bed

Instead of having two separate single beds, you can loft one bed and place the other underneath. If you don’t want to have a traditional bunk bed look, you can choose to arrange the secondary bed perpendicular to the loft bed. Doing this frees up more space under the loft bed.

You can place a small desk or a small couch next to the secondary bed to make use of the living space. Another option is to get a folding bed that can be stowed away when not in use.

Loft Bed with Storage Stairs

Since you are lofting the bed, stairs have to be installed. Most loft kits come with stairs. But in case none is included, you can build DIY storage stairs. This allows you to maximize space for dual purposes.

Most of these ideas can be carried out using furniture you already have in your dorm room. To make your loft bed renovation look excellent, here are five tips you can consider:

  1. Make sure to have ample lighting below the bed. This can be done through a window, lamps or string lights. Mirrors also help reflect light.
  2. Play around with the furniture. You may not know which loft bed idea would work best for you until you try rearranging your furniture.
  3. Stick to a theme or color palette. Most likely, you’ll be using the bed provided by your dorm. Make sure the small furniture or décor you bring in matches the look of your bed. You can paint your own furniture to match the bed or match the sheets and pillows with the décor.
  4. Liven up with potted plants. Adding lights underneath the loft bed is great, but plants add a relaxing color to any space.
  5. Use carpets or rugs to mark the bed perimeter underneath. This especially works well if the color of the sheets matches that of the rug.

If you have other loft bed ideas for your dorm room, let us know by leaving a comment below! You can also share with us some tips on how you’ve pulled off your loft bed design.


  1. Storage loft bed: Homeridian
  2. Desk loft bed: Target
  3. Closet loft bed: Apartment Therapy
  4. Couch loft bed: Pottery Barn Teen
  5. Bunk loft bed: Curbed
  6. Storage stairs: Wayfair

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