Can You Put a Loft Bed on Risers? (5 Helpful Tips)

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Bed risers have a simple function—to add height to the bed. Getting in and out of bed can be uncomfortable when a frame is too low to the ground. This is especially annoying if you have mobility issues.

You might be wondering what their function is in regards to loft beds. After all, aren’t most loft beds already pretty high from the ground? Can you even put bed risers on a loft bed?

You can put a loft bed on risers to add height. You just have to make sure that the bed risers are designed for them. Generally, you’d want to look for risers with a higher weight limit than your loft bed. Stay away from plastic or risers made out of unstable materials.

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How do bed risers work?

Bed risers are essentially blocks that you place under the bed’s legs to add height. By adding height to the bed, you’re also adding space to your bedroom. This is especially helpful if you’re short on space and looking to work with every inch you’ve got.

There are three common types of bed risers—screw in, stackable, and adjustable.

Screw-in bed risers function as a substitute for the bed’s legs. Essentially, you attach them in place of your bed frame’s legs. They are sturdy and easy to install, but they only add a little height. You can typically find them made out of wood, steel, or plastic.

Stackable bed risers, unlike screw-ins, go underneath the legs. This type is an excellent option if you’re looking for a temporary fix or need a lot of height. You’ll typically find them in rubber or plastic, making them cheaper but more prone to creaking. They also don’t tend to be as sturdy as screw-in ones.

Adjustable bed risers typically come with several height options, and they’re a great option if you want something that you can customize. They’re also a good choice if you’re unsure how much height you need, as you can always add or remove risers. You’ll typically find them in plastic.

When do you need a bed riser?

You need a bed riser when you want to add height to your bed. If your bed frame is too low to the ground, you can use bed risers to add height and make it more comfortable to get in and out.

Bed risers can also add storage space underneath your bed if your current frame makes that difficult.

Whether or not you want to add risers to your loft beds depends on whether or not you wish to add height to them. Because loft beds tend to be pretty high off the ground, a riser is unnecessary in most cases.

Bed risers pros and cons

Now that you know it is possible to put bed risers on loft beds, here are some pros and cons that you should consider:


  • Risers add height to your bed, making it easier to get in and out of
  • Adds storage space underneath your bed
  • You can use it to customize the height of your bed
  • Can be a temporary or permanent fix


  • If made of unstable materials, it can creak or make noise
  • Some find them unattractive
  • It might not work with all bed frames

Weigh these factors carefully before putting that riser on your loft bed.

Related: Loft bed sizing guide

What to look for in a loft bed riser

If you want to include a riser to add height or space to your loft bed, then the first thing that you should be mindful is getting the right type. You don’t want to order any random ones off Amazon, only to figure out that they don’t work with your loft bed.

Ideally, you’d want to get a riser designed for loft beds. These usually have a higher weight limit to support the bed and consist of sturdier materials. See our guide on loft bed weight limits.

Look for risers made of wood and metal rather than plastic (if you get plastic, opt for heavy-duty ones). They will probably be more expensive, but you don’t want to compromise on safety when it comes to your bed. 

You also want to make sure that the risers you choose can stack on top of each other without wobbling. This is important for stability, especially if you’re adding a lot of height.

You might also consider making your own risers if you want the ultimate customization. You’ll need to have the following tools handy: a power drill, saw (either a hand saw or circular saw), screwdriver, tape measure, level, hammer, and nails. For DIY risers, wood is the best material, so you’ll want to have some good quality ones handy.

Adding bed risers to a loft bed can be a great way to add height or storage space. Just make sure that you get the correct type of riser and attach it securely to your bed frame. Don’t skimp on quality materials—it’s not worth the potential consequences.

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