Everything went smoothly, even when we had to change the height of the bed platform once we got the frame into my sonís dorm room - after carrying it up to the fifth floor! Itís very sturdy, and very useful. Sorry I donít have any better pictures, but hereís the bed in the dorm room:
We opted to use regular nuts instead of the wing nuts specified in the plans. Some of the tolerances were a bit tighter, so I used a locknut instead of a nut and a lockwasher. We found using the nuts with a wrench and socket was easier than turning a bunch of wingnuts by hand or using a pair of pliers on them.
FYI - we saw a lot of other loft kits being used at the dorm, including one sold by Lowes, and they were very flimsy comparatively. I donít know that I would have felt secure with them. I pulled and yanked on the OP loft once my son and I had it finished, and it just wonít budge.
Total cost was around $125.
The end result is quite good. Quite a bit of lumber, but no complex construction, just a lot of precise measuring and drilling. It can be made with a circular saw, drill, and socket/wrench set, although I also used my chop saw. If you want to learn more about this or any other projects on this site, contact me.