I somehow forget how hard it is to blog in the summertime. Every year the struggle to balance my time on projects, yard work, and the computer takes me by surprise. This tutorial for the L shaped kid beds with storage is long overdue. I appreciate all of the kind words about this set of beds when I shared my boys’ bedroom reveal on the blog and social media. These beds were a lot easier to build than you might think!
Cut List for Beds
(4) 1x4s cut to 32″
(4) 1x4s cut to 69″
(8) 4x4s cut to 36″ – legs
(4) 2x2s cut to 69″
(26) 1x3s or 1x4s cut to 37.5″ – mattress slats
*This makes it so the bed is 39X76. A mattress is 38×75. If you want more wiggle room for bedding, add a couple of inches to the end and side 1×4 boards. I had space restraints I was working with (as you can see in the photo it is a tight fit!) It works with our bedding just fine but some may want more room.
Cut List for Railings
(2) 1x4s cut to 18″
(2) 1x4s cut to 36″
(2) 1x4s cut to 56″
(6) 1x4s cut to 9.5″
(1) 1×10 cut to 11″
(1) 1×10 cut to 29″
(1) 1×10 cut to 49″
Cut list for ladders
(4) 1x4s cut to 36″
(4) 1x4s cut to 13.5″
It really is a very simple construction. I first attached the 32″ boards and the 69″ boards to the legs using pocket holes and screws.
Then I attached the 2x2s to each of the the long sides. This will be what the mattress slats sit on.
Add the slats using 2″ wood screws. When I added the 2x2s to the sides of the bed, I placed it so that when the slats were added, they would be the same height with the sides and legs. This way the mattress cam sit on top of everything.
I chose to not connect the beds using screws because it is such a tight fit for this room. If your room is wider you may want to connect the two beds somehow.
For the railings, I used 1×10 boards. I used a ruler as a straight edge and drew lines to represent mountains. I cut them out using a jigsaw.
Once they were cut out and sanded, I taped them off and stained them using a water based stain. I had a white stain and a black stain so I mixed them together to create to shades of gray.
You can also buy already mixed gray stain. I like Slate and Charcoal from Minwax.
Once it was dry, I taped it off again for the other sections of mountains.
I used pocket holes and screws to attach the 1×4 boards around the mountain cutouts. The bottom part of the rainling also had pocket holes so I could attach it to the bed.
I built two very simple ladders by screwing the smaller boards to the longer boards with wood screws that I sunk and then puttied over. I notched out a bit at the top so it would not stick out from the bed too far. It also made it easier to screw onto the bed. It is screwed on at the top and in the side (into the leg).
The plan was to stain it to match the floors. I used Weathered oak. Because the 4×4 legs are a bit more orange than the 1×4 boards, after the first coat of Weathered Oak, I applied a coat of Provincial. I wiped it off almost immediately. This gave the 1x4s enough of a warmer hue that they matched the legs. The legs were only stained using Weather Oak.
The whole bed received two coats of polyurethane even the mountains.
The railings were attached as soon as the poly was dry. I used pocket screws. They overlap like this:
It ends up leaving roughly a 20″ opening for the boys to get on and off the beds. The overall dimensions of the beds are 39×76 and it’s 36″ tall. A standard twin mattress is 38×75. You can adjust the height if you want. You could also make the railing with a different design. An X design would be cute or cut out something fun to fit the theme of your space.
I added curtains using regular curtain rods and hardware. I cut a set of curtains from IKEA in half and then I only had to sew a little. I love having the beds off the ground! Kid beds with storage are perfect for small spaces but are great for any room. We have bookshelves and cubbies under there as well as a little table and chairs. What a fun little fort!
The boys have LOVED sleeping and playing on (and under) their beds :) If you missed the full bedroom reveal, you can see it HERE.
I’ll have the post up later this week with the sources and tutorials for all the other items in the room. It was such a fun space to create and put together!