Frequently Asked Questions, Prices and solutions
Do you do free estimates?
Well, yes and no. We can give ballpark prices on the phone, or email. We are full of free advice! And phone and email consultations from us are free.
These exchanges are fun! Clients often send pix, design inspirations, floor plans, even videos. We in turn often send sketches, (or do also offer full color 3D renderings for a fee. It’s rare, but sometimes people want to pay for designs, before buying a whole bed from us.)
What usually happens is a free dialogue. It's a great way to exchange images, trade ideas, collaborate, come up with a great design that works for you.
But since we have a specialized niche business, and we have SO much great information on our website, we have a policy that the first meeting concludes with a deposit.
So we do ask for a "meeting of the minds" before then.
So, the bottom line is that we do not offer the normal "free estimates" thing because we have such a great service, great designs, great online reviews, and pictures.
We want to work with you.
What do your loft beds cost?
We want to help everyone, so we have three level of pricing. Let's find one that works for you:
STANDARD LEVEL, Starting at $1,589
Standard Level packages include a basic lofted bed, for a twin or full mattress, a free phone consultation, and a free sketch, with Sander Hicks, Zen's CEO. We will loft the bed, and give you a ships' ladder, a standard doug fir or pine railing, with everything finished, sanded and varnished with clear coat. Birch plywood, with varnished floor in loft.
For an extra cost, these are available at this level: paint, stain, a site visit, and a 3D rendering. (But if you are on a budget, a sketch will suit you fine.) We also offer discounts to students, veterans, seniors, activists, and indigenous peoples.
Zen LEVEL $2,500 - $6,999
Any size mattress lofted, plus a bit of extra space up in the loft is offered. Your custom measurements will be taken at our site visit. Cubby staircase, with or without doors, and cabinets/drawers available, price TBD. Local hardwoods available for railing, with or without rustic "live edge."
Complex Level - $7,000 - $12,000
For a larger lofted space, one that includes heavier construction, electrical work, and more cabinetry, then you need something with complexity.
Bigger "lofted spaces" price at around $80 per square foot. We are licensed contractors and can also add cabinetry, electrical, plumbing and other furniture elements to your project.
We love making loft beds and lofted spaces. Why?
Your happiness is what we deliver. What you will be living with, every day of your life, going forward, is a new amount of space, energy flow, and breathing room in your space.
Can you finance my transaction? Do you take PayPal? Do you take ChaseQuickPay? What about Bitcoin?
Yes, yes and yes. We take all of those methods, including VenMo. The PayPal, VenMo, and QuickPay for the business are both under Sander's email ID: sanderhicksdotcom [AT] gmail.com. We have a BitCoin account at CoinBase. And PayPal also has a credit and financing service, for larger orders, see below. And we also have a snazzy custom link for our PayPal, here.
Are you licensed and insured?
Yes, we are licensed by the NYC DCA. We have General Liability Insurance. This is important, because often-times NYC buildings will not let us in without proof of valid insurance.
Do you do other work?
Yes, we do it all. Your loft bed can come with a desk, a closet, a bookcase, cubbies for storage, or a fireman's pole. We also have this great new site for Zen Carpentry Contracting.
After I pay a deposit, can I cancel?
Yes! New York State consumer protection law says that if we sell you a loft bed in your home, you have three business days in which you can cancel, for a full refund, no questions asked. We follow this law, as licensed contractors.
Can I save money with cheap materials?
It's not really the materials that are our biggest cost. It's the sum total of overhead expenses, running a professional carpentry business in NYC. Plus, "cheap materials" look.... well, cheap. We can do a budget loft, sure, but we would love to throw on at least a little bit of hardwoods for just $100 extra. That $100 will go a long way!
Can I save money with a vertical ladder?
We don't normally make those, they aren't easy to use. We have a special way to make what we call "staircase/ladders" which are small staircases at an angle of about 70 degrees. They only take up about two feet of floor space. Also popular lately are these "cubby staircases" a super-safe way to get someone up on the bed, and give you plenty of storage space underneath.
Who mills the local hardwoods you use?
We get small batches of local hardwoods milled by tree men and sawyers, guys like Jeff Olson. We have bought materials from Jeff for over seven years. He specializes in small-scale, eco-conscious, harvesting of logs that fall naturally, or need to be cleared from a piece of property, in Upstate NY or New England. We love him so much we made a small video about him, here. Features a song about Zen by Sander!