Full Size Storage Bed

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About This Project

With a new baby on the way, my husband, Steve and I had to move our 2yr old son out of the nursery and into his big boy bedroom. After casually looking at storage beds and falling over in shock at the prices, I came across Ana’s plans for the storage bed. Knowing that Steve is extremely handy but had not attempted to build furniture before, I started talking him into building this bed. He was sold the moment I told him that we would save close to $2400 by building it ourselves.

This was a longer than anticipated project mainly due to Steve’s full time work schedule, my inablility to handle stain fumes, allowing a toddler to “help” build his bed and working around said toddler’s nap schedule.

We modified Ana’s plans by adding some trim to the cubby hutch, omitting the doors on the small hutch and sizing everything to a full size bed. We also omitted the shelves on the storage headboard since we weren’t going to use them with the side towers.

I am absolutely in LOVE with the final result and have a long list of other projects that we will be building in the near future.

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Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Paint or Stain Color/Type: Minwax Polyshades in Pecan Gloss Finishing Technique: Steve primed the wood first with Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner then, added two coats of Minwax Polyshades in Pecan Gloss.
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I cannot get over the fact that this is handmade. It looks so professional! Kudos to both of you for such an amazing build. That's definitely an heirloom piece to last your son for a very long time.

I am going to make this for my nephew!!  He needs a storage bed SO bad!!  That boy has more clothes then me!...and that is saying a LOT lol!!!  This is fantastic and it looks great!

What plan did you use to make the actual storage headboard for the full size bed? I see that you cited the cubby hutch and the small hutch but what are they sitting on top of?

I love the bedding you used.... where did you get it? It is just what I am looking for for my son's new "big boy" room.

It is the Pottery Barn Teen Patch Plaid Quilt. Sorry I didn't see this sooner! My only complaint is that it doesn't fit in our top load washer (full size) so we have to go to a laundry mat to clean.

What type of materials did you use? Is this out of plywood & pine trim or something else? Can you provide the details for what you used? Also, are there slats in the center or what does the center look like under the mattress? Do you have any photos of during the building process? Do you have measurements for conversion to the full size? Does the $600 include the entire base of the bed PLUS all the shelving on the headboard area & 2 side like shelves?! Can you tell I'm really in love with this bed!? :-) We've been talking about which bed to build & this thing just has a TON of storage which I am dying to have!!! Are the 2 side shelves connected to the center headboard piece? How in the world did you get everything lined up & looking soooooo straight & flush, like the shelves side by side to the headboard with no gaps?! It just all looks soooooo AMAZING!! I love your work! Hoping we can build something similar! Did you have to use a mitre saw on any cuts or is everything pretty much done with a table saw? Any other tools you suggest? We have a table & mitre saw, router/router table, scroll saw, circular saw, drill but do not have a nail gun unfortunately. Did you use a nail gun on assembly or did you use the Kreg jig at all? We do have the Kreg but not sure how well this would all be able to disassemble for moving as we have to every 2-3 years. Just wondering if this entire this can be taken apart & how difficult that process would be... Also, did you secure the side shelves or center headboard area to any studs in the wall? If not, are they able to pull over or basically how are they connected to the headboard or wall so they don't fall? Sorry for all the questions but I'm really interested in this bed! It is just gorgeous & exactly what we need! Thanks so much for any help!


Yes, it only cost about $600 for the WHOLE thing. My husband built it out of pine and plywood. This bed is for our son, and we knew it would get beaten up through the years, so we didn't use anything fancy. As far as tools, he only used a cordless drill and a circular saw. It's pretty straight forward. There are slats underneath the mattress. You basically build "boxes" then stack them together for the finished work. Everything is screwed together and we did attach it to the studs in the wall using L brackets on the top. This would be easy to move with as long as you have a drill to unscrew all the "boxes". A full size mattress is 54" and we based all of our measurements off of that and adjusted to our preferences. Hope that helps!

Thanks for the reply! I'm just really amazed about how it seems to fit together so well, like the shelving lining up with no gaps. We built 2 of the bankable bookcases but they don't seem to match up perfectly unfortunately so it bothers me a little to have the directly side by side. LOL But it's not a big deal :P Anyway, so are the 1x2's the pine & what type of plywood did you use? Was it pine also or birch or oak or something else? We used birch on the bankable bookcases which definitely hasn't dented like the pine activity table has in a few spots. If you think of any other tips, send our way! I'm going to talk my husband into starting this project or something very similar! I love all the shelving at the front headboard area but wasn't sure if we'd prefer the trundle type storage or the cubby storage underneath but leaning more towards the cubbies since we could always add doors if we wanted later. So many awesome plans on here! :-) Also, how was the staining process? I've never stained anything but after seeing this, I'd rather stain than paint, I think. Any tips there? Thanks so much!!

As far as lining up everything- My husband is just really particular about making sure everything is squared up correctly and level. It's such a small thing tedious thing to do but really makes a difference in the end product. The plywood was probably just cheap pine. Staining, we used a wood conditioner before we stained. The stain itself was a stain and poly in one. I know my husband complained about it but he hates staining/painting and the only reason he did instead of myself was because I was pregnant at the time and the fumes were just too much for me to handle. I've read a couple of people complaining about the Polyshades on here so you might want to do some more research before using them.

Hey, so can you share the links to all the plans for this entire build? I'm having trouble finding & pulling up things on Ana's site right now. Not sure if it's the site or our computer! Anyhow, I guess I'm not really too familiar with how to make sure things are square. I've been trying to find youtube videos etc but haven't found anything that really has "clicked" with me, I guess you'd say. Can you or your husband share what this process is like for this project?! Could you also email the pictures of your build so we can zoom in and see some of the work a little better? Did you do any mitered/angled cuts at all on the trim work? Thanks again! We're thinking of bed box for now & hopefully it won't be hard to piece together the rest several months down the road. My husband may deploy but we have a baby on the way (SOON) & want to convert my son's bulky "grow with you crib full size bed" back to the crib so we don't just throw 150-500 bucks away just purchasing a crib to get rid of after he's done. Anyway, thanks for all the tips. Very nervous thinking about staining process but I'll try to research whatever I can before we get to that point. I'm not even sure where to start since I know absolutely nothing about staining though! :P I can't wait to see how it turns out though & just hope we don't disappoint ourselves in building one like this!

The process of this project? I'm not really sure what you mean. We followed the plans and adjusted our measurements for a full size bed and what we liked. Basically you build a lot of boxes and then put it together. There are no mitered cuts. I have photos of the build but they're not detailed, even if you zoom in. If you follow the plans, you'll be fine.

Here's a link to a lot of the storage bed plans.... http://ana-white.com/category/plans/collections/storage-bed-collection