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 Bed Frame Supports

In order to add proper support for each mattress while also concealing the structural lumber between cabinets, four-sided frames will need to be created. To make the frames, use a hand saw or circular saw to cut an additional piece of 2x4" lumber the same height as the one attached perpendicular to wall. Next, cut two frame pieces the width of the mattress. Secure all pieces together using a drill and 3" wood screws or a nail gun and brads (Image 1). Lastly, cut a strip of 2x4" lumber to the same length of the mattress; secure in place atop each bed frame support with a drill and 3" wood screws (Image 2).

Install Base Cabinets and Lower Cabinets

Place all base cabinets and lower cabinets into their proper positions (Image 1), then secure to one another using 3" wood screws and drill (Image 2). Measure, mark, cut and place filler frames from 2x4" lumber to create any necessary gaps for keeping configuration seamless. After all cabinets are in place, fascia for each filler frame will need to be cut from plywood, painted, attached with wood glue, then secured with a nail gun and brads or a drill and 3" wood screws (Image 3).

Build Bed Frames and Install Open Shelving

To add proper structural support for holding a mattress, cut 2x4" lumber to size (Image 1), snugly fitting perpendicular to the horizontal bed frame supports which are attached to the wall. Secure in place using a drill and 3" wood screws, spacing each 2x4" strip 18" apart (Image 2). Once all 2x4" strips are installed, measure, mark and cut 4x8' sheet of 3/4" paint-grade plywood to same width as mattress. Next, create a front fascia board by cutting 4x8' sheet of 3/4" paint-grade plywood the full length of the mattress with a height between 10-12", then attaching to bed frame supports with drill and 3" wood screws. Place any assembled open bookshelves into place (Image 3) before installing ladder (Image 4). Tip: Bunk bed ladders can be purchased online in a variety of styles or they can be made from 4x8' sheets of 1" paint-grade plywood cut to size with a circular saw with miter settings, then assembled using wood glue, 3" wood screws and drill. Note: When creating bed frames for bottom bunks, keep in mind that fascia boards will need to be cut, painted and installed to fit around filler frames.

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