Special thanks to Twenty Six 2 Life for sharing their bed made from these very plans. This bed plan is unique because it's just three benches, arranged to make a bed. Drawer plans, daybed plans, and king and full plans are also available.
Wood Shopping List Make sure you read this post on choosing your wood. If you choose to save a little by buying MDF, you need to spend a little extra for special screws. You will need to screw the piece together when using MDF. 5 Piece of 3/4" Hardwood Plywood 4 - 1x2s 3 - 1x3s 3 - 2x4s
Cutting List for 3 Benches A) 3 - 3/4" plywood @ 58 1/2" x 15" (back of the benches)
B) 6 - 3/4" Plywood @ 20" x 15" (sides of the benches)
C) 3 - 3/4" Plywood @ 20 x 60" (top of benches)
D) 3 - 3/4" Plywood @ 19 1/4" x 58 1/2" (Shelves)
E) 3 - 3/4" Plywood @ 19 1/4" x 12 1/2" (Cubby Divider)
F) 3 - 1x2 @ 60" (Trim for face of bench, top)
G) 3 - 1x3 @ 60" (Trim for face of bench, bottom)
H) 9 - 1x2 @ 11 3/4" (Trim for face of bench, vertical)
Cutting List to modify one of the benches to a foot bench
I) 2 - 1x2 @ 20 3/4" (Trim for sides of foot bench, top)
J) 2 - 1x3 @ 20 3/4" (Trim for side of foot bench, bottom)
K) 2 - 1x2 @ 11 3/4" (Trim for side of foot bench, back corner)
L) 2 - 1x3 @ 11 3/4" (Trim for side of foot bench, outside front corner)
Cutting List for Center Spacer
M) 2 - 2x4 @ 60" (Sides of the spacer)
N) 6 - 2x4 @ 17" (Joist for the spacer)
O) 1 - 3/4" Plywood @ 20" x 60" (Top of Spacer)
Cut out all your pieces as directed in the cut list. Make sure your plywood or MDF pieces are perfectly square. When fastening, you can use 2" nails or 2" screws, unless otherwise directed. Always use glue. Remeber, you need to make 3 benches.
Trim Out of the Bench Front. Begin by nailing F in place (shown in green above). Keep all outside edges flush. Then nail G (shown in purple above) in place as shwown above, keeping outside edges flush. Finally, nail H (shown in blue) in place. Center the middle trim H on the vertical divider. For the outside trim H, keep outside edges flush. Use the measurements above to guide you. Do this for all 3 benches.
Trimming out the sides of the foot bench. Arrange the 3 benches as shown above. For the foot bench, you will need to trim out both ends as shown above. Do this for only 1 of the benches.
Start by fastening I in place (shown in green). Then fasten J in place (shown in pink). Then fasten K in place (shown in purple). Finally, fasten L in place (shown in blue). Keep outside edges flush. Whenever you are nailing into just the plywood sides, make sure you use nails or screws less than 1 1/2" long. Still use the longer nails or screws when fastening into the end edges of boards.
Final Bed Assembly. You may wish to sand and paint or stain the bed first, then move into your room, and then fully assemble. I recommend doing a test assembly first. Add the plywood to the top of the spacer, as shown above. Then use 1 1/4" screws to screw from the insides of the cubbies into the adjoining benches, securing all the benches together.