When I did the makeover for my cute neighbor, there were a couple of challenges and both of them impacted the bed. The room was super small so it limited where I could place the bed. The longest wall (where the bed already was) made the most sense so I kept it on that wall. The only floor vent was under the bed however so his mom would remove one of the drawers on this bed so the air could circulate.
I knew I needed to make a bed that would allow for air flow but also still had some storage.
And here is what I came up with!
I used two pieces of 3/4 inch plywood. Ever since I made the card catalog table with my son, I have been loving the look of the lines on the edges of the plywood. I wanted to do another project where they were exposed.
While at Home Depot I had them cut the pieces down for me A) so it was one less thing to cut when I got home but mainly because B) it fits better in the van cut down. I had them cut it so I had two pieces that were 40 inches by 76 inches. The leftover pieces became the center slats. Since 40 inches were cut off of the 48 inch by 96 inch plywood sheet, it left (just shy of) 8 inches. It actually worked out perfectly because with the casters and mattress it ended up being the right height for a child’s bed.
I drilled pocket holes on the center slats.
Kreg Jig Kit (affiliate)
I decided not to stain the bed. I wanted it to stay light so it wouldn’t compete with the awesome worn black floors. Once all the pieces were cut, holes were drilled, and it was sanded, I added two layers of satin polyurethane.
Because it is such a small, tight space, I opted to assemble the bed in the room. Here you can see the center slats I was talking about with the pocket holes.
Once I screwed the slats onto the bottom board, I added the top board and screwed it into place.
I wanted the bed to easily be moved away from the wall for when they needed to access whatever they stored on the other side of the bed. If this were my kid’s bed I would probably fold up out of season clothes and store them on the side that touches the wall. When they need to get to that side, instead of removing the things in the front and reaching all the way back, they can slide the bed away from the wall and reach in easily. I used 6 of these all metal casters.
All Metal Caster (affiliate)
They raise the bed several inches and allow for the floor vent to circulate air.
I had to scoot the dresser out of the way so I could get the whole bed in the shot. I love how it looks!
This was the easiest bed I have ever made. My boys fell in love with it and they all want one now. I don’t know for sure if it will work given the fact that we kind of need to g the bunk bed route, but I may be able to swing one.
The weekend is coming up. Do you have any projects planned?
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