How to Anchor a Loft Bed to the Wall
Loft beds are built to be safe and sturdy. However, with age or a missing component, they can get wobbly. In most cases, a wobbly loft bed is safe, but most parents would rather err on the side of caution. Mounting the bed to a wall stud is the easiest and fastest way to stabilize a loft bed.
This project should take no more than 10 minutes once you gather your supples.
Things You Will Need
- L braces (for wooden bunk beds)
- C braces (for metal bunk beds)
- Wood screws
- 2 drywall anchors
- Power drill and bit
- Stud finder
If possible, make sure at least one screw for each brace is driven into a wall stud.
Slide a stud finder across the wall and find a stud near a bed post on each of the two walls of the corner in which the loft bed is set up.
Set your L brace or C brace in position on a bed post and corresponding stud. Mark the wood and wall through the screw holes with the tip of a wood screw.
Drill pilot holes in the wall and bed post, using a drill bit 1/8 inch narrower than the diameter of the screws.
Drive in a drywall anchor with a hammer to provide a solid mount for the screws if any of the pilot holes miss a stud.
Screw the brace into position, using the power drill. Repeat steps 2 through 5 for the other brace and stud.
The Drip Cap
- Loft beds are built to be safe and sturdy.
- However, with age or a missing component, they can get wobbly.
- Slide a stud finder across the wall and find a stud near a bed post on each of the two walls of the corner in which the loft bed is set up.
- Mike Byers, General Contractor, Corvallis, Oregon
Beverlee Brick began writing professionally in 2009, contributing to various websites. Prior to this, she wrote curriculum and business papers in four different languages. As a martial arts and group fitness instructor, she has taught exercise classes in North America, Europe and Asia. She holds master's degrees in French literature and education.