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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Create Base Frames

Base cabinets will need to be structurally reinforced, starting along the bottom, before they can support the weight of additional cabinets placed on top of them as well as bed frames and mattresses. To reinforce the base cabinets, build a base frame for them to sit atop directly. First, use measuring tape to determine the exact depth and width of base cabinets. Next, referring to those measurements, cut 8' strips of 2x2" lumber to size with hand saw (Image 1), then attach them to one another using a nail gun and brads or a drill and 3" wood screws (Image 2). Once each frame is complete, place the base cabinets on top of the frames to ensure a perfect fit (Images 3 and 4).

Reinforce Cabinet Interiors

In addition to the frames that help support the base cabinets, the interior of each component will need to be reinforced with lumber to properly support weight. First, use measuring tape to determine proper length of each cabinet's interior. Next, use a hand saw to cut two central strips of 2x4" lumber to size (Image 1). Place one of the two cut 2x4" strips along the center rear of the interior, using measuring tape to ensure it's positioned exactly in the middle (Image 2). Secure in place with nail gun and brads or drill and 3" wood screws (Image 3). Once properly secured, place the remaining cut 2x4" strip along the center front of the cabinet, using measuring tape to ensure it's positioned exactly in the middle (Image 4); secure in place with nail gun and brads or drill and 3" wood screws (Image 5). Note: The width of each interior will also be reinforced using 2x2" lumber after the interior cabinet shelves are notched then fit into place.

Add Fascia to Central Front Reinforcements

To create a seamless look along the interior of the cabinets, a fascia board will need to be cut, painted, then attached to the center front 2x4" strip. Use measuring tape and a pencil to mark 8x4' sheet of 3/4" paint-grade plywood to size; cut with a table saw or circular saw, then paint it the same color as the cabinets using a roller handle and roller sleeve or a 2" angled paintbrush. Add wood glue along the front of the attached 2x4" strip (Images 1 and 2), then position painted plywood fascia until held in place by glue (Image 3). Secure fascia using nail gun and brads or drill and 3" wood screws through the top of the cabinet and into the top of the fascia (Image 4).

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