Corner Unit for the Twin Storage Bed

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 05/20/2010 - 09:48
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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.

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!

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!

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).

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.


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 are shown above


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

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
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)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
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

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

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

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

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

Step 6

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.


Heidi (not verified)

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 09:53

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

Tanjia (not verified)

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 10:08

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

The Hojnackes (not verified)

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 10:23

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.

Cherie Averill (not verified)

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 10:30

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!

Melissa (not verified)

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 10:37

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

lyndyjo (not verified)

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 10:44

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!

Pam @ diy Desi… (not verified)

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 10:50

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!

Teresa Pomerantz (not verified)

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 11:17

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

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