7 – 2×2, 8′ Long, Furring Strips
2 – 32″ High x 40 1/2″ Long (or longer) Wainscoting Panels OR 1 sheet of 1/4″ plywood or MDF
2 – 1×8 Boards, 8′ Length (Pine is cheapest and what Pottery Barn TEEN uses)
1 – sheet of 3/4″ plywood or MDF
Edge Banding (if you are using plywood and staining the bed)
CUT LIST FOR THE BOX
4 – 2×2 @ 40 1/4″ (Tops and Bottoms Box Ends)
4 – 2×2 @ 29″ (Legs for the Box Ends)
6 – 2×2 @ 37 1/4″ (Supports)
2 – 32″ High Wainscoting @ 40 1/2″ (Panels)
CUT LIST FOR THE TOP UNIT
1 – 1×8 @ 40 1/2″ (End)
2 – 1×8 @ 39 3/4″ (Long Dividers)
1 – 1×8 @ 14 1/2″ (Short Divider)
1 – 1×8 @ 24 1/2″ (Final Divider)
1 -1×2 @ 24 1/2″ (Cleat for Support Lid, 1st one installed)
1 – 1×2 @ 23 3/4″ (Cleat for Support Lid, 2nd one installed)
Work on a clean level surface with straight boards and check for square after each step. Always predrill and countersink every screw. If you are working with MDF, use Drywall screws and be sure to predrill the entire length of your screw. Use glue. Be safe and have fun.
Build the box ends as shown above using 2″ screws and glue.
SUPPORTS FOR THE BOX
Add the box supports using 2″ screws and DO NOT GLUE. Make sure your project is square at this point. To relocate the bed, you can simply unscrew, disassemble, and then reassemble.
A corner base unit to take advantage of tons of space between two twin beds! Place a tv on top or just use for books ans storage. Featuring a face suitable for a cork board or chalkboard.
Measure and cut your wainscoting to fit one side of the box. Then add the second piece. Attach with 1 1/4″ screws and DO NOT GLUE on all four edges. You want these pieces removeable so that you can move it in and out of a room. NOTE: If your doorways are larger than 32″ you can move this unit without disassembling, but just in case you move to a different home, I would still not glue this step.
Use 2″ screws and glue to build your dividers as shown above. Then add the 1×2 cleat (shown above in white) with 1 1/4″ screws and glue.
FINAL DIVIDER PIECE
Add the last remaining divider piece. Screw to the cleat and the end, as shown above. Use 2″ screws and glue.
Add the final cleat, using 1 1/4″ screws and glue. Then also attach from the outside of the project using 2″ screws and glue.
Cut your bottom plywood and attach it to the bottom of your unit (cleats are on the top) as shown above. Use 2″ screws and glue. This is just like attaching a back to a bookcase.
Cut your top, as directed above. Attach only the white piece to the top of your project. The pink piece is removable for storage (might be scary in a teens room
Attach from underneath the top unit to the base unit using 2″ screws. Don’t glue so that removal is easy to do. You may also wish at this point to drill holes in certain point to create a “Smart” storage unit. You could hide cords in the “secret compartment” and keep cell phone chargers, laptop cords, or cords for media units tucked away neatly.
Thank you all for loving the Full Size Storage Bed! You may not fully understand what an impact and how much encouragement your feedback has on me. When I get positive comments, it motivates me to bring you more plans.
THANK YOU, FAITHFUL READERS!
That, and Teresa has so much faith in me, that she's already built the beds and is patiently waiting on this corner unit. And I wasn't about to make her spend $729 (before taxes and shipping on just this)
EASY TO BUILD
When I know she has (and you too) the skills to build what is essentially a table, with plywood (or wainscoting) on the sides, and a simple hutch on top.
WHAT ABOUT WAINSCOTING?
To make your life easier (and also matching the dimensions of the Pottery Barn TEEN Store-It Bed Corner Unit), you can use simple wainscoting panels for the sides of the base unit. And I would love to see someone add trim to the top edge. Of course, if you don't have access to the wainscoting panels, standard 1/4" sheet goods would do the trick too (or paneling).
Are shown above. Remember that a twin bed runs about 75" long to fit the space.
Ready to build it? Go measure your room and make sure you've got 116" of space in two directions in a corner. I could actually see a setup like this in a family room. And somewhere, someone's gonna put a TV on top and use the corner unit as a footboard instead of a headboard. I won't tell on you.