Photo of my bed/desk:
Diagram of the desk:
We had to place a special request to get a second set of bunk beds
to accomplish this project. Our house manager was tremendously helpful
in this area.
The Melanite is basically 3/4" plywood with a countertop like
material covering both sides. It is sold in 4'X8' sheets for about $30
at most hardward stores. We had it cut at the store to fit, each bed was
a different size. The bed was 3' deep, leaving a nice 1' wide piece which
we used for our entertainment center.
The final height of the bed leaves the mattress's about 74" above
the floor. For this reason we went out and bought a 5' aluminum ladder
to assist us in climbing into bed.
Certain dorms already contain lofts, and following the rennovations
of the dorms all rooms will contain lofts. But for now this solution is
being tolerated by residence life.