Progress with the Dormer Bedroom: Built-in Bed Using Stock Kitchen Cabinets & a Rustic Planked Wall

Hello, friends! Today, I’ll go over how we took this small dormer space in the upstairs bedroom and made it super functional by adding a built-in bed with tons of storage. On top of that, we added texture, character, and coziness in this little nook with a rustic planked wall behind the bed and new lighting. Next week, I get to show you the final reveal of Taylor’s Restoration Hardware inspired bedroom. 

But first, let us rewind to see where we started before we added the built in bed and rustic, planked wall.

Small_dormer_bedroomBefore photo: How to make a built-in bed using stock kitchen cabinets

And this is how the finished project turned out!

Cozy built in bed with trundle drawers

Let me tell you what we used to put it all together.

The supplies we used for the built-in bed:

(2) Sheets of  3/4″ thick plywood (we used a pre-primed sheet for a better paint surface)
(4) 2″ X 3″ X 8′ boards (for the frame behind the cabinets)
(1) 4 x 8′ sheet of 1/4″ luan with smooth surface
(2) 18″ wide drawer base cabinets. We bought these from a local mom and pop’s surplus store 
(2) Spruce/Pine-Fir Boards  1-in x 24-in x 4-ft (for the countertops)
We ripped a few 1×4 boards down the middle to trim out the front edges of the plywood bed frame
Drawer cup pulls
(3) sets of Swivel caster wheels for the trundle drawers
Electrical wire and outlets including a USB charger wall socket
(Nails, screws, wood glue, caulk and paint we already had on hand)

Total cost of the materials for the built in bed with drawers: $480

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The dormer nook where the bed would be placed is approximately 10′ wide by 4′ deep. We started with the measurement of the extra-long twin mattress of 80″. Knowing that, we could estimate how much room we had left over for the two drawer units on either side. Since rooms (especially with older homes) are never perfectly square, we knew we had room for a pair of 18 ” wide stock kitchen cabinets on either side of the bed. We ordered the cabinet size based on the space and how square the area was built. Older houses tend to be a little out of square, the rear of the space was around 2 inches smaller than the front. Keep this in mind when measuring for your space.


This left a gap of about 2-1/2 inches between the cabinet and the wall that was filled in with a 2″ x 3″ board cut to length.

How to make a built-in bed using stock kitchen cabinets

We wanted the front of the cabinets to be almost flush with the front of the bed. We pushed the cabinets away from the wall to match the bed frame. We then framed behind the cabinet rear section with 2 x 3’s.


The existing plug-in behind the bed was used to add wall sockets to both sides of the bed. 

How to make a built-in bed using stock kitchen cabinets

The sides of the cabinets were then covered with a 1/4″ piece of luan. 

How to make a built-in bed using stock kitchen cabinets


How to make a built-in bed using stock kitchen cabinets

I don’t have pictures of how the bed was built because Jason surprised me with it one day after work. It was made with a 3/4″ thick 4 X 8′ sheet of pre-primed plywood. If you would like more details on how it was built, please leave a comment and we would be happy to leave that additional information. After the cabinets were installed we trimmed out the bed frame with the ripped down 1×4’s matching the 3/4″ reveal on the cabinet facing.How to make a built-in bed using stock kitchen cabinets

We used Ana White’s tutorial for her under bench trundle drawers for the storage under the bed. Thank you, Ana! We were able to construct all three drawers with left-over plywood for $4.00 per drawer. We faced the drawers with strips of left-over luan ripped down to 1-3/4″ to make the fronts look shaker style. 

Trundle drawers on wheels

The next part of the room remodel was  to add extra coziness to the back wall. To add texture and the rustic look on the back wall, I used various stains on a few packs of the same planks we used when we covered the popcorn ceiling


Cozy built in bed with trundle drawers

We, then, added these lights from Lowes that I found on clearance. They’re no longer available but these wall lamps are similar and are an even better deal for a set of 2. 

Build this cozy built in bed with stock kitchen cabinet. Add trundle drawers for more storage

These USB charger sockets were added in order to allow easy bedside phone and tablet charging. USB charger with receptacleI’m so excited for the next posting and I hope you are as well. I’ll be posting a complete reveal of the finished dormer bedroom.  It will have details of how we pulled all the furniture and decor together to create such a warm and cozy bedroom. I’m so proud of how this room turned out and how it gave me the inspiration to do so much more myself.

Please follow along on Instagram and Facebook for sneak peaks!

Cozy built in bed with trundle drawers

And since every before and after deserves a good visual of how far it’s become…



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  1. Ginger Hall says:

    Perfect, as usual! So happy to see you on your blog again! But, especially glad to see you so happy!!

  2. How clever! Love it

  3. Wow! This is so amazing and beautiful! Thank you for sharing your journey with this project. It’s inspiring!

  4. I would just stop there, grab a cuppa tea and a book – and be done with it – if I ever remodel I will have to do this type of space last – Looks fantastic!

  5. It looks wonderful! What a great use of the space. The kitchen cabinets work perfect there too. I do have one question: What did you use on top of the cabinets?

  6. I absolutely adore this! I saw a similar bed at a well know store for $1200.00 and that was minus the mattress.

  7. You all did a beautiful job. So warm and cozy looking, too with excellent rustic features. Know this is a stupid question to ask but I still that just the lamp cord running straight down below the lamps or is the wire encompassed in something else? It’s just so perfectly straight, too! How did you do this? Blessings, Suzanne

  8. Jacqueline Mcgovern says:

    Hello I am quite interested in surprising my daughter with the whole small dormer redo that’s you did please provide me the information on how to construct the bed
    Thank you ever so much…

  9. May I ask where the window shade is from?


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