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Corner Unit for the Twin Storage Bed

May 20, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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Take advantage of often wasted corner space by building a hutch for the storage beds. This hutch sits on top of the pictured corner unit.

Corner Unit for the Twin Storage Bed

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Author Notes: 

I hope everyone had a great weekend and a special Father's Day.  We were blessed with beautiful weather and good food and lots of family time!

TERESA'S BEDS
Last week when Teresa posted pictures of her Twin Storage Beds and Corner Unit on our Facebook Fan Page, we were all stunned.  Teresa's beds were absolutely amazing, more of a knock out than a knock off of these beds from Pottery Barn Teen. Yes, you read that right.  $1800, and the beds and sold out!  Teresa don't be surprised if we start ordering from you!

YAY FOR COLOR!
And we all loved the green.  I especially love a bright color on furniture, because you can be daring where huge corporations can't afford to be daring.  You can paint a bed any color you choose, without worrying about whether or not the color will sell in a store.  You can build just for YOU (and your family of course).

MORE WAYS TO CUSTOMIZE
You can also add your own touches, be that in bedding choices (and I love bright paint because plain white bedding is always enough on a green bed, same goes for plain white walls), or in adding little touches of moulding like Teresa did.

This is my favorite of Teresa's photos, you can see the moulding up close.   Much better than my drawings, eh?

I'm still always amazed at how close the actual build is to the sketch up drawings.  Well, not as nice.

After seeing Teresa's photos, I was so excited about the collection that I just had to go and draw up plans for the last remaining piece.  The corner hutch.

You can add a cork board or a mirror to the hutch like Pottery Barn Teen does here.

JUST BOOKCASES

This plans is basically two simple bookcases and some MDF and a few 2x2s to get a hutch.  Hard to believe that this retails for $600, you've got some high dollar skills!  Don't ever under appreciate the value of your determination and hardwork.

Make sure your ceiling is at least 67" high.  And plan to assemble the hutch in the room.  We'll build the bookcases seperately, paint and finish, and then do the final assembly in your room.

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Corner Unit for the Twin Storage Bed
Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1 – 1×2 8′ Length
2 – 1×12 10′ Length
1 – 2×2 8′ Length
1/4″ Plywood for the Backs (1 Sheet)
3/4″ MDF for the Top and Face (1 Sheet)
2″ Nails or Screws
1 1/4″ Screws
1 1/4″ Nails
Wood Glue

wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
compound miter saw
nailer
sander
level

Cut List

Cut List: 

8 – 1×12 @ 24 1/2″ (Sides and Shelves)
2 – 1×12 @ 26″ (Tops)
2 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 25 1/4″ x 26″ (Backs)
8 – 1×2 @ 11″ (Cleats, one end cut at a 45 degree bevel)
1 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 19 1/2″ x 25 1/4″ (Face)
2 – 2×2 @ 27 1/4″ (Back Supports)
1 – 2×2 @ 25 1/4″ (Back Leg)
1 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 40 1/2″ x 40 1/2″ (Top, end clipped off at angle as shown in step 6)

General Instructions

Due to the size of this piece, it is recommended to finish the bookshelves and the top and face pieces separately, then assemble in the room. Build on a clean level surface. Be safe and use safety equipment. Use glue. Pre drill all screw holes. Have fun!

Step 1

Corner Unit for the Twin Storage Bed

Build your box as shown above. You can use either 2″ screws or nails and glue. Screws will be stronger but nails (with a nailer) will be easier and easier to hide and fine for this application. Use screws if you plan on heavy objects resting on the top shelf. Build two as shown above.

Step 2

Corner Unit for the Twin Storage Bed

BACK
Fasten the back on with 1 1/4″ nails and glue. Make sure you also fasten to the back shelf.

Finish the bookshelves at this stage, painting as desired.

Step 3

Corner Unit for the Twin Storage Bed

CLEATS
Use 1 1/4″ nails and glue to fasten the cleats to the side of the bookshelves, on the insides. The cleats will NOT be fastened to the same side on the two bookcases, so line your bookcases up as shown below and attach the cleats.

Step 4

Corner Unit for the Twin Storage Bed

FACE
Paint or finish the face as desired at this stage. Then on room assembly, use 1 1/4″ screws to fasten the face to the cleats as shown above.

Step 5

Corner Unit for the Twin Storage Bed

BACK SUPPORTS
The 2×2 back supports do not need to be finished. Begin by attaching the two blue 2x2s to the lilac one. Then on assembly, use 2″ screws to attach the blue 2x2s to the corner base unit (not shown). Then screw through the backs of the bookcase with 2″ screws into the ends of the blue 2x2s as shown above.

Step 6

Corner Unit for the Twin Storage Bed

TOP
Paint or finish the top piece independently. Then on assembly, attach as shown above to the tops of the bookcases and the back support pieces. You may wish to also attach the bottoms of the bookcases to the tops of the corner unit.

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WONDERFUL! You are so

WONDERFUL! You are so amazing. I can't wait to build this for my girls! This is so empowering.

posted by Heidi (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-20 11:53

This is SO awesome!!

This is SO awesome!!

posted by Katie Petre (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-20 12:02

i LOVE LOVE LOVE this!

i LOVE LOVE LOVE this!

posted by Devon! (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-20 12:05

Now I know it's possible for

Now I know it's possible for my girls to share a room! I'm not big on bunk beds but this is FABULOUS!!

posted by Tanjia (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-20 12:08

I just did a post on my blog

I just did a post on my blog about you and your blog! I am just trying to figure out which plans I should use first.

posted by The Hojnackes (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-20 12:23

This looks perfect for us!

This looks perfect for us! Son #3 is a tween and he's too old for the top bunk but son #4 is too young for the top bunk. I'm off to measure their room! Thanks Ana!

posted by Cherie Averill (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-20 12:30

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! I have a plan to tweak this to make a bank of daybeds for the basement!

posted by Melissa (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-20 12:37

I was considering building

I was considering building the day beds for two of my girls and was looking at this on the PB website and wondering if I could build it, too. I've never built anything before, but would love to try. I also appreciate you including the complete dimensions. We're moving in a few weeks and I need to go measure to see if beds like this will fit in their bedroom. Love your site!

posted by lyndyjo (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-20 12:44

I remember these beds from

I remember these beds from when I was a teenager in the 70's. They were so popular & I always wanted one because I shared a room with my sister!

posted by Pam @ diy Design Fanatic (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-20 12:50

You just made my

You just made my weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!! Off to Home Depot to have them cut the wood!

posted by Teresa Pomerantz (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-20 13:17

Love, love, love your site!

Love, love, love your site! I've never built anything that wasn't from IKEA, but I'm taking this on! Thank you!

posted by Megan (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-20 13:26

Perfect! Sadly, the room is

Perfect!

Sadly, the room is too small. I'm wondering if we could just, y'know, move a wall? Do you think my husband would notice? Or the neighbors?

P.S. Are those twin beds the same as the Stratton Daybed plans or the new full-sized daybed you posted earlier done in twin size? I'd love the new plans for a twin size mattress.

posted by Liana Brooks (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-20 13:55

Okay, back again... how hard

Okay, back again... how hard would it be to add hinges to the top portion so that the top opened and the inside could be used for storage?

posted by Liana Brooks (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-20 14:01

You could very easily ad

You could very easily ad hinges to the "secret compartment." Just get Full Overlay Euro Style Hinges like these http://www.lowes.com/pd_67157-89973-P6992-C_0_?newSearch=true&catalogId=10051&productId=3102535&Ntt=p6992&N=0&langId=-1&y=12&x=35&Ns=p_product_rating|0&storeId=10151&Ntk=i_products&ddkey=http:CategoryDisplay

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-20 14:15

Incredible!!!

Incredible!!!

posted by Heather (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-20 14:20

Ok Anna, picture this. I

Ok Anna, picture this. I have twin beds set up like this in my girls room right now. (Though I totally need to make the top storage section.) The other cool part about my girls beds though, is that the table is made so that you can actually slide one bed into the open section of the table and then there's only a half bed out. You can use it as a seating area if you don't need the bed. It's really cool. I'll take pics if you want them.

posted by Barlow Family (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-20 14:24

Hi, Could you please, please,

Hi, Could you please, please, please send me pics of this bed unit you made for your girls' room- I'm dying to see it!

posted by Kim Comisar (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-07-19 09:01

I love it. You are amazing. I

I love it.

You are amazing.

I love making things using your plans. Everyone thinks I'm so talented, buts all you.

posted by Janae (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-20 14:38

Yay!!! Just what I wanted!!!

Yay!!! Just what I wanted!!!

posted by Amy (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-20 15:31

I adore you. As crazy as it

I adore you.

As crazy as it is, nothing makes me want to have kids more than this blog. I SOOOOO want to build all your adorable kid stuff...so you have to keep this thing going until I have kids to build toy chests and sandboxes and twin beds for. Deal?

posted by Lacking Productivity (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-20 17:26

This is almost exactly what

This is almost exactly what I'm looking for in a couch for the living room! I'd just shorten one of the 'bed' sections to be only one storage box long, and magically there are two coveted 'corner' seats. To make a back for the couch, would it be reasonable to make a simple upholstered headboard, attach it, and toss in some throw pillows? Or should I make something more structural, like the backs of the Simple Outdoor Sectional?

posted by trish (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-05-21 05:54

I love it Ana! I might try to

I love it Ana! I might try to modify the hutch thing to put at the end of my storage daybed, if I ever finish it, lol. This looks much easier than the storage daybed. I wish I had waited. JK, I love them both. Do you think you will add plans for the piece that goes on top of the hutch, like in the PBT picture?

posted by Vanilla Comfort (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-05-21 09:58

You know what? I just saw

You know what? I just saw this same set up on Craig's List / Nashville ! Guess how much? $1000.00 ! And YOURS looks better!! I just love your site. Our computer is at the top of the stairs in our bonus room - DH says (as he's walking up the stairs) "You're not lookin at that ANA site are you???" Our "to make" list is getting longer, and longer, and longer!!

Sam

posted by momtofatdogs (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-05-21 18:55

Any suggestions for a room

Any suggestions for a room where there is only 99" in one direction ??

I'm at a loss as to how to make my boys room a little more functional.

posted by Lea (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-06-07 04:46

[...] don’t mind sleeping on

[...] don’t mind sleeping on our futon on the floor (in fact, I do enjoy it quite a bit), but with beds like these, I think even my wife wouldn’t object to build one or two of them. Poetry creates artificial [...]

posted by The poetry of small spaces « The Religiously Sanctioned Co-H (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-09-08 21:27

Any suggestions for a room

Any suggestions for a room where there is only 99" in one direction ??

I'm at a loss as to how to make my boys room a little more functional.

posted by Lea (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-11-08 11:37

This is amazing!!! I'm

This is amazing!!! I'm thinking this would work and look fabulous in my 2 youngest kids room!!! I'm inspired... THANKS ANA

posted by Rebekah (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-12-14 10:19

I just wanted to thank you

I just wanted to thank you for this. I've been trying to come up with something for our guest room/craft room. If I can tweak this a bit to fit 12x12 scrapbook albums in the cubes one of these will be perfect!! It's almost exactly what the picture in my head looked like but yours has plans LOL

posted by Tiffany (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-01-10 11:48

I googled "Daybed" and found

I googled "Daybed" and found this. It's perfect for the spare room. Thank You!

posted by Dell (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-02-04 05:32

I ran into the same problem.

I ran into the same problem. What I did was made the two beds first. Then I made the hutch a little different. I widened the hutch in both ways to ensure it was still square. But I left the bottom horizontal support off the hutch frame allowing one of the beds to slide into the hutch. I didn't allow the bed to slide all the way to the back but it still looks like it is going to work out really nice. Only two other things to consider first you can not use the cutting directions from this website for the middle hutch or anything else you build on top of it. Secondly, you will probably need another piece of 1/4" plywood to finish the inside of the hutch where the bed slides into. Hope this helps. If you have any more questions let me know.

posted by Morgan (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-02-13 17:59

Mattresses

Where to buy the foam Matresses or do you make them or order them? Im in Mesquite,TX  if you know of a placew in my area please let me know thanks!

posted by Michelle Parks (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-04-06 13:46

can i get the info to make the bed

Hi Ana, I just found your site last night while looking for a way to redesign my girls bedroom. However, I have been going around and round in circles on the site hunting for the plans for the two twin beds with the corner piece. I keep being redirected and the ending up on a page that says the file no longer exsists. Is there any way you could email me the pdf version of the plans? The only copy I can seem to get is the top Corner Unit for the Twin Storage Bed. So if at all possible I'd like to get the plans for the two twin beds and the bottom corner piece. I showed the girls a picture awhile ago and they are super excited, so I'm really hoping I didn't just get myself into hot water by not being able to get a copy of the plans! lol

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-07-06 18:54

Corner unit

I really love these plans and want to build the beds for my boys. I don't see the dimensions or cut list for the bottom part of the corner unit. Like the person above, all I see are the plans for the hutch. Am I overlooking something? I would love the info if possible! Thanks!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-09-30 19:44

Teresa's twin storage beds

Hi
I have found your site recently and love it! I've been working on a design using your twin/full storage bed plans, however, my set up is just like this - the beds both need to be backed up against the wall so no way to access the "back" storage cubes. THESE beds are the ones I want to build, where it appears that storage does the entire width of the bed (front to back). I have some ideas of how to make this work but keep finding roadblocks. Any chance there are designs for Teresa's apple green style storage beds?

p.s.I don't know how you find the time to do all this work AND post the designs AND reply to all these comments but I sure am glad you do!!
thanks!

posted by LBad (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-10-12 14:46

Teresa's green storage beds

Hi everyone- Teresa here. Just letting you know that the Storage Daybed is the plan I used. It was my first woodworking project Ever! If I can build it so can you. It looks so seamless because I used long pieces of trim to cover all the joints so it looks like a single box. I did put the divider piece in the middle of the boxes- it really needs it for the support- especially if your kids are like mine and use it as a dance stage every once in a while. Hope that helps- but if you want to ask specific questions you can email me- teresa at pomeranch.com

posted by imalearba4 | on Wed, 2011-12-07 22:43

new to this site

I am new to your site and just love these beds but can not find the plans for the beds themselves can you help me out ty

posted by ange dennix (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-01-06 13:48

Welcome!

Isn't this site great?! Ana has really been instrumental in a lot of us getting into woodworking. She is the best! Here ya go! http://ana-white.com/2009/12/plan-stratton-daybed-as-request-by-you.html


posted by spiceylg | on Fri, 2012-01-06 14:53

Corner unit or hutch?

I am probably missing something, but I cannot seem to find the plans for the actual corner unit base. It seems like these plans are for the hutch that goes on top. I know I'll be busy building the actual storage day beds for now, but I would LOVE to have the plans for the corner unit. Could someone point me in the right direction? Thank you so much, and I am loving this site-- really growing the "to make" list.

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-01-08 10:59
clips

Corner base unit plan link

Guest - I think this is the link you are looking for (the bottom part?). :)

http://ana-white.com/2010/06/plans/corner-hutch-plans-twin-storage-beds

posted by JoanneS | on Sun, 2012-01-08 12:12

Corner unit twin storage bed

Where can we get the plans to build this bed? I have looked all over the web site but haven't found them. Thanks so much!

posted by Denise Becker (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-03-08 15:11

green corner group beds

where can you get the plans to build the corner beds dont know where to find them Can you please email me the plans I had the older model couch bed for my daughter for their room now I would like to make a set for my grandchildren when they come to stay with us. but also make it look like a den too. Thank you Lenae

posted by Lenae Mannino (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-04-16 20:36

I too would like the plans..

I too would like the plans.. the pdf link is definitely broken.. I keep getting an error message.

posted by Akiko (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-06-26 20:17

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