Construct a Cozy Homemade Built-in Bed

You can create a homemade built-in-bed for your home by following this design for this unique piece of furniture. This article has an outline of a few surprisingly simple techniques and a basic plan for constructing the bed — from there you can tweak the design to truly fit your home. When you’re finished you’ll have a cozy, custom-built bed, as well as some very handy storage space.

| December 2008/January 2009

Use this hands-on know-how to build a one-of-a-kind homemade built-in-bed.

Build a Homemade Built-in-Bed

Imagine waking up nestled in a snug alcove designed especially for sleeping. It’s a place where wood and fabrics come together to create a protective nook that’s also a great place to spend time reading, knitting, sketching or thinking. This is the allure of a built-in bed, and it’s a surprisingly easy feature to add to any home. It’s also something that you’ll never find in stores. True built-ins aren’t for sale — they’re one-of-a-kind home improvement projects, requiring site-specific woodworking and renovation skills. Sound difficult? It’s not. Follow the principles here and your built-in bed will make your home a cozier place, while also delivering some efficient storage space.

Every built-in bed is like a tiny room the size of your mattress. That’s why it makes sense to begin planning with two things in mind: the size and shape of the space you have available for your built-in, and the size of the mattress you intend to use. Every other design detail orbits around these two starting points. During this project, you might even want to turn your bedroom into a temporary workshop. That way you’ll never have any doubt about the size of parts required. Simply cut them to fit the various openings and spaces. If necessary, you could cut parts outdoors or in a workshop, but this requires a lot more trouble carrying wood to your saw.

Success with a built-in bed involves three main phases: creating a rough framework, establishing a mattress support surface, then adding decorative details and storage features. Take a close look at the illustrations below. They show the universal construction details necessary to make your built-in bed a reality.

Step #1: Frame the Walls

This bed requires two walls — one at each end. You can create a built-in bed anywhere you like, though the work is easier and more economical if you make use of existing interior walls and corners wherever possible. This approach reduces the amount of framing required, while also making it easier to create a solid enclosure.

Consider locating your bed to include a window. Natural light, fresh air and even a bird feeder just outside are all big advantages that a window offers. Remember that the job of securing the walls and support structure is much easier if you locate your bed so it runs parallel to floor and ceiling joists, not perpendicular to them.

Gary Reysa
8/10/2011 12:37:42 PM

Hi --- Nice concept -- great use of space. Here is a way to extend it into the saving energy category:

Sara Mason
12/31/2009 11:22:29 AM

What a gorgeous bed and such an efficient use of space!

12/31/2008 12:33:21 PM

This is a beautiful bed. =)

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