We purchased my youngest daughter a new loft bed a few weeks ago.  The bed is solid wood (no particle board!) and is the perfect height for her. I loved the loft bed tent that you could purchase to go underneath it, but I wasn’t a fan of the $89 price tag.  Once we got the bed setup, I thought more and more about how much she would enjoy that fun little tent.  After taking a peek at the tent once again, I said to myself, “I could make that!”  And simple felt would be the easiest to do so!  And if I wanted it to be even easier, I could just use my trusty hot glue gun – why complicate things with a sewing machine?! Want to learn how to make a No-Sew Loft Bed Felt Tent for your little ones bed?  It’s super easy!  And I know it would work for a bunk bed too.

No Sew Loft Bed Tent Tutorial



UPDATE: Lots of people have emailed me asking where I got the bed – it is the Popsicle Mid-Loft Sleeper and I bought mine through O.co (AWESOME customer service at that site!).  I had a promo code and it was free shipping, so it was the best deal on the bed I could find, but you can find it all over online.  There is even a version with a slide.  I do want to mention that the first bed we received was missing the headboard and the footboard, and four of the pieces (I think it was the four bottom legs) didn’t have holes on one side.  O.co was amazing and shipped us a new bed OVERNIGHT and paid for the old bed to be shipped back.  The second bed came in and there were no issues. 

3 different colored Felt from the bolt
Several sheets of different colored felt
Hot Glue Gun & Lots of Glue Sticks
Clear Plastic Sheeting/Vinyl (optional)
Measure the length of the bed – mine was approximately 73″ wide and 29″ high.  Once I had my measurements I set off for Joann’s to pick up some felt.  I purchased 2.5 yards of blue felt that was 70″ wide.  I also purchased a half yard of pink and a half yard of white.  I purchased a remnant of clear vinyl and some small sheets of felt.  I also purchased a package of glue sticks.  I got everything for under $20.
No Sew Loft Bed Tent Tutorial
Now that you have the materials, let’s get started.  I’ll tell you how I did it and then I’ll give you some tips on what I would have done differently. 
I measured the sheet of felt and cut out a 73″ x 29″ rectangle (the measurements we took earlier). I ended up doubling this, so I created two pieces of the same template and glued them together along the edges of the tent, including the window and door seams.
Loft Bed Tent - Step 1
Using tape, tack it up under the bed and figure out where to place the door – make a rough cut.  Do the same for the window. 
I then left the room to grab something and very stupidly left the scissors within reach of my 2.5 year old who decided she didn’t like the dimensions of either the door or the window – DO NOT DO THIS! {yes, those cuts you see in the picture above are by her}.  OOPS!  The door opening is now a bit wider than I planned which caused problems when I created the door, but more on that later.
Next, cut out strips of felt to use as liners and bars for the windows.  The 4 liner pieces were about 2.5″ wide.  The 4 bar pieces were 1″ wide and a little longer than the length/width of my window.   I took the liner pieces and lined them up with the windows and then clipped one corner so that I would have nice corners – see picture below.  I did this again for the other end so that it fit nicely in the width of the window.  Repeat for the other three strips.
Glue the liner pieces onto the front of the ten, then wrap them around to the back and glue down.  For the bars I glued two strips together and then on the backside of the tent I lined them up and glued them down.  
Cut out a piece of vinyl to cover your window. Glue it in place on the back of the tent, right over the strips of felt you used to create the window bars.
For the door I had a little problem because my daughter made it bigger than I wanted.  My 1/2 yard of fabric was no longer wide enough to cover the opening so I took some white and pink, and glued them together, I like how it looks in the end, but it was not my intention! Glue the door to the top of the door opening on the backside of the tent.  I added some ribbon  to both the front and back of the tent at the top of the door so that we could tie up the door if desired.  I also added her house number which is the day she was born.
Now decorate as desired.  I added a mailbox and a flower box with some super easy flowers.  They are just circles glued together with some stems attached.  I glued velcro onto the back so that they would stick to the house.
Lastly glue some velcro along the top of the house. Staple the other pieces of velcro to the inside of the bed.  Attach and play!
I had one extra step because of the little shelves on either side of my daughters bed.  For it to lie flat I had to cut a little notch:
 Laying flat:
And the final result:
And sleeping in her “house bed”:

UPDATE 9/14: We’ve had the tent for almost 3 years and it is STILL in perfect shape. My daughter chose to remove it for a few months (yay to me for being smart and using a velcro attachment!). When I reminded her about it she got excited all over again and played in her clubhouse ALL afternoon! I haven’t made any changes or additions since the original install. Definitely worth the small amount of money, time and effort that it took to create.

No-Sew Loft Bed Tent