How to Make Bunk Beds and Bedroom Storage With Ready-Made Cabinets

Turn a bedroom wall into a storage unit with bunk beds using ready-made cabinets and basic lumber.

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Materials Needed:

  • ready-made base cabinets
  • ready-made wall cabinets
  • ready-made side panels
  • cabinet door hinges
  • cabinet door hardware
  • circular saw
  • table saw
  • jigsaw
  • nail gun
  • brads
  • drill
  • 3" wood screws
  • 3" metal screws
  • galvanized metal pipe
  • galvanized metal flanges
  • galvanized threaded nipples
  • galvanized metal elbows
  • measuring tape
  • 8' long strips of 2x2" lumber
  • level
  • 8' long strips of 2x4" lumber
  • wood glue
  • quart of semigloss latex paint
  • paint roller handle
  • paint roller sleeve
  • paint pan
  • 2" angled paintbrush
  • pencil
  • measuring tape
  • three 8x4' sheets of 3/4" paint-grade plywood
  • speed square

Measure Wall

Use a measuring tape to determine the proper height, width and depth of wall (Images 1 and 2). Keep in mind that in addition to the cabinetry, the wall will also accommodate one or more twin mattresses. Since twin mattresses are 39 inches wide, it's important for the wall to have enough depth for positioning the mattresses without impeding traffic flow.

Configure Layout

Referring to height, width and depth of wall, search retailers or home improvement stores for cabinets and shelves in readily stocked and available sizes. Configure cabinets and shelves accordingly, with enough length and width to incorporate mattresses for sleeping, as well as empty space overhead for getting in and out of the bed. Tip: When configuring cabinetry, keep in mind that filler pieces can be created from lumber placed between two cabinets then painted the same color to create a cohesive wall-to-wall look.

Assemble Cabinets

Following manufacturer's specific instructions, assemble each cabinet (Images 1-4), but do not attach door hinges and door fronts. All cabinets will need to be structurally reinforced with lumber, then secured to the floor and to the wall before the doors are attached.

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