I made this pallet bed because I wanted to bring my king size bed to my student housing apartment and also have room enough for my study area. It took me about two months to complete it (but only a week, since I could only work on it a few hours every weekend at my parents house). The pallet bed had to be build in a way they could be easily taken apart to move an hours drive. A few rethinks but it's very sturdy and safe. The hardest part was trying to design it from my head while looking at the pile of pallets I got free and explained what I pictured it to be before building it. The headboard is just under eight ft tall using two heavy duty crate pallets. The sides of the loft are built from pallets (including shelves), and the desktop is made of recycled wood from a neighbors pallet bed canopy they put out to the trash. The staircase is made from broken down pallets. All of the plywood is painted with chalkboard paint to make it more functional and fun (I wish I had used the magnetic primer paint but didn't know it existed until after I painted on the chalkboard paint). No clear coat or stain was used on the wood for a more rustic feel, but I sanded everything down. And let's not forget, the mini fridge fits perfectly under the desk! Great pallet bed and very functional for college living (as long as you have at least ten ft ceilings).