help building small loft for home-made workshop

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babolottino

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hello for reasons of space I would like to realize a small loft, dimensions length 2.50 meters height 1.90 meters, depth, 2.20 meters, total local height 3.50 meters. How do you advise me to make it sturdy economically and quickly? thanks
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Steel and wood are your two main options. (I suppose you could build it out of concrete, but that seems like a massive complication ...)

If you use wood, think of this as a "deck" that might be built on the side of a house - that's essentially what it is. Not sure what the metric conventions are for such a structure; here in the inch-based US, it would be something like 2x8's or 2x10's making an outer frame, with 2x6 or 2x8 joists (depending on the span - but your dimensions are small enough that 2x6 should be plenty) set on 16" centers, covered over with 3/4" plywood or 1" decking boards. The whole thing would rest on 4x4 or 6x6 posts, with some triangular bracing for rigidity. Lots of books and internet articles on building a deck.

If you use steel ... I would think it would be somewhat similar principles, but I don't have any experience at that point, so I'll hush and let someone else chime in. :)
 

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