Unfinished Loft Beds

Written by Serena Berger
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Unfinished loft beds are usually available from the same distributors that sell finished loft beds. If you have worked with wood before, purchasing an unfinished loft bed can save you a significant amount of money. Most companies use stains and finishes that are available from your local hardware store, so this is an opportunity for you not only to save on the cost of your loft bed but also to make sure that the bed is finished exactly as you would like.

Loft beds are manufactured from a variety of woods, such as pine and birch. If you were to purchase a loft bed from a store, you would be limited to the stock that they have on hand or to a small selection of stains and finishes. As an alternative to being locked into this small subset of possibilities, you may want to start with just the plans for a loft bed and purchase each of the pieces on your own.

If you take loft bed plans to a hardware store that sells lumber, they can cut the unfinished wood to your specifications. At the same time, you can pick up any stain that you like. Building the loft bed on your own is a great option, especially if you have a cabinet or desk that was finished with a stain that is hard to find. Rather than hunting for a manufacture that uses the finish, you can simply search through large hardware stores where you are more likely to find it.

Finishing Your Unfinished Loft Bed

Some people prefer the look of unfinished wood. If that is the case for you, you may want to apply a clear lacquer coating to your frame. Not only does this protect the wood, it also makes it very simple to clean. You need simply use a damp rag to wipe it down when necessary. If you are planning to stain your unfinished bed, however, you may want to get an unfinished loft bed made from a wood that takes a stain easily, such as pine. After applying the stain, you should then apply the lacquer to seal and protect the bed.

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