We’re excited to say this project was published in the Fall 2017 edition of This Old House Magazine!!! It was also shared on their website here.
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.
We decided to make a built-in bed using kitchen cabinets on both sides of the extra-long twin bed platform.
And this is how the finished project turned out!
Let me tell you what we used to put it all together.
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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 a smooth surface
(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
(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
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.
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.
The sides of the cabinets were then covered with a 1/4″ piece of luan.
I don’t have pictures of how the bed was built because Jason surprised me with it one day after work.
Update: I’ve added the building plans and dimensions for the built-in bed. We haven’t added ventilation holes yet, but we’ll drill 1″ holes every 8″ apart where the mattress sits.
The bed platform was made with a 3/4″ thick 4 X 8′ sheet of pre-primed plywood.
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.
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 leftover packs of the same planks we used when we covered the popcorn ceiling.
If you want to go the easy route with planking the wall, you can buy these peel and stick reclaimed wooden planks or this cheaper option of reclaimed barn wood peel and stick wallpaper. An in-depth tutorial can be found in my post about planking the wall in the office-in-a-closet. The only difference is, I didn’t use any paint over the planks.
These USB charger sockets were added in order to allow easy bedside phone and tablet charging. I’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.
And since every before and after deserves a good visual of how far it’s come…
See the completed room by clicking this link.
Pin this tutorial on how to make a built-in bed using kitchen cabinets for later!
Want some more ideas for built-ins? We did a similar built-in bed for my step-daughter in our cottage guest shed but added a kitchenette and closet. See that post by clicking here or on the picture below.