Corner Unit for the Twin Storage Bed
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.
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
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!
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.