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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Notch Shelves to Fit Reinforcements
In order for the interior shelves of the cabinets to fit properly, they'll need to be notched for the added reinforcements. Using measuring tape and a pencil, determine the center point of the shelf, then mark it along the front edge (Image 1). Next, center a scrap piece of 2x4" along this mark, tracing its width with a pencil and using a speed square to ensure a perfectly straight edge (Image 2). Place shelf on a table saw, then make two cuts along marked lines (Image 3). Use a jigsaw to cut across the two lines, creating a notch (Image 4).
Attach Shelves Inside the Cabinets
Use measuring tape to ensure hole pegs for shelves are placed accordingly, resulting in a level installation (Image 1). Slide notched shelves into the interiors of each cabinet (Images 2 and 3). Referring to measurements of cabinet, cut 8' strip of 2x2" lumber to the depth of the cabinet using a hand saw or chop saw, then place it directly underneath the shelf and secure in place with wood glue (Images 4 and 5). Secure the 2x2" into the rear and front vertical 2x4" reinforcements using a drill and 3" wood screws.
Create Wall Braces
Wall braces will need to be created to help reinforce the backs of each cabinet and also add a super-strong surface along which to install them. First, measure, mark and cut 2x4" lumber the entire length of the wall using a hand saw. Referring to the heights of the cabinets, install the 2x4s as horizontal braces along which the reinforcements can be secured with 3" wood screws (Images 1 and 2). Next, create vertical wall braces that will reinforce the bed frames by installing 2x4" lumber perpendicular to each horizontal brace (Image 3).
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