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Old May 22nd, 07, 11:37 pm   #1
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Question Re: TROMSO loft bed

Hello,
I have just purchased a used TROMSO loft bed for my daughter. I put it together and find that it is very high - too tight to the ceiling. Has anyone tried to lower this thing? I would like to lower it about a foot. Any ideas?
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Re: TROMSO loft bed (full) instructions

We cut ours down with a pipe cutter. You have to pop out the leg casters (we used a broomstick stuck down the tube and hammered, popped it right out) and then measure carefully to make sure your legs all end up the same length. Depending on how far you cut it down, you may need to make new holes for the cross braces, but if you give it a bit of thought you can avoid that.

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Re: TROMSO loft bed (full) instructions

There was no way to cut from the top right... I think the legs at the top have the "male" end piece for the top end railings, right? I have the desk option and cutting the legs from the bottom will lower everything and I don't want to go there!!! HELP!!!

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Re: TROMSO loft bed (full) instructions

Isn't your point to lower everything? Whether you cut from the top or the bottom, it will be lower. Unless you're talking about cutting the railings that go around the bed down, that is not a good idea.

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Re: TROMSO loft bed (full) instructions

Thanks again for the response. I checked it out last night and have come to the following conclusion to this story.

Cutting the legs from the bottom (removing the leg casters and cutting all four equally) will lower the bed (the ladder also needs to be dealt with). This is perfect for those that do not have the shelving option (this is a desk/work space that attaches to the bed frames’ cross members - the supports that hold the legs vertically square). However, for those that have the shelving option, like I do, cutting the legs will drop ***everything*** - not feasible to have the desk too low to the ground. It would have made things much easier if I could have cut from the top of the leg supports and simply drop the actual bed railings lower, but this cannot be done because the top leg supports have the male end that the bed railings slide into.

Therefore, the only conclusion I have found is to cut from the bottom to lower the entire unit (bed and shelving). Then I will have to move the horizontal leg cross members (to which the shelving units attach to) back up to the height it was prior to cutting the legs. To do this will implicate drilling new holes in each of the four legs (12 in all / 24 if you count going completely through the legs) to reposition the horizontal supports – not fun because remaining level is critical. Therefore, a precise, delicate and nerve racking job.

If and when I attempt this, I will follow up with a new post. I hope that this may help others in my position.

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Re: Cutting down Tromso loft bed

I've moved this part of the thread off the Instructions thread into one of its own.

Allan...I understand now, didn't realize about the desk underneath. Could you possibly use a freestanding desk underneath instead of the integrated piece?

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I have the exact same problem....my ceiling is to low and so its hard to sleep. i was thinking about cutting the legs but then noticed the same problem.....it would lower the desk too...when you find a solution please let me know thanks

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Re: Cutting down Tromso loft bed

To cut from the top... Perhaps you could sleeve it? Find a pipe diameter that will fit fairly snugly around the outside of the pipe or the inside. Get about an 8" section and drill holes in the ends, through as if you are going to stick a bolt all the way through it (because you will). The tighter the fit of the sleeve the better, the longer the section the better.

Cut at the top below the bed frame about a foot, remove 1 foot or whatever from the remaining legs, measure where you put the holes in your sleeve (important on an inner sleeve, but an outer sleeve can be used as a template) and drill holes through the leg post and again under the bed frame. insert bed-frame legs and loft legs into sleeve and bolt. If you use the outer sleeve you will basically have a pipe over a pipe. Same as the inner sleeve, but you wont see anything but the bolts.

Be careful not to crimp the tromso pieces by tightening the bolts too much.

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Question Re: Cutting down Tromso loft bed

I would also like to lower my Tromso bed, but instead of cutting it down, is it possible to buy shorter legs? I no longer need the desk space, but all bed risers only range from 2-8 inches, I am looking for at least 18 inches-- any suggestions?

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Re: Cutting down Tromso loft bed

Welcome to IKEAFANS, zoey.

The beds are sold as a pre-designed and manufactured kit. If you want shorter legs, you're going to have to make your own.

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