How to Make a House-Shaped Kid's Bed With Storage

Bedtime stories are especially magical in this DIY house bed for kids, and the oversized drawers offer functional storage. Your little ones won't mind putting their toys away or drifting off to sleep in this adorable bed!

DIY House-Shaped Kid's Bed

DIY House-Shaped Kid's Bed

Your little ones won't mind drifting off to sleep in this adorable bed! This DIY furniture piece features a house-shaped headboard and footboard, plus three drawers for storage.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

Materials

  • (4) 4' x 8' sheet of 3/4" thick plywood
  • (6) 2x2 x 8' boards
  • (8) 1x2 x 8' boards
  • (4) 8' lattice
  • (12) 2" rigid casters
  • (3) drawer knobs
  • 2" wood screws
  • 2-1/2" and 1-1/4" pocket screws
  • 2" and 1-1/4" brad nails
  • wood glue
  • wood filler

Tools

  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • carpenter’s square
  • cordless drill/driver
  • compound miter saw
  • circular saw
  • pocket hole jig
  • jigsaw
  • brad nailer or hammer
  • safety glasses
  • hearing protection
  • dust mask

For specific dimensions and 3D diagrams, download the PDF building plans at Spruc'd.

Cut the Plywood and Construct the Platform Base

Measure, mark and cut plywood pieces to size with a table saw or circular saw. Using a pocket hole jig, drill 3/4" pocket holes into the plywood and construct the base with 1-1/4" pocket screws and wood glue.

DIY Kids' House Bed: Construct the Platform Base

DIY Kids' House Bed: Construct the Platform Base

Measure, mark and cut plywood pieces to size with a table saw or circular saw. Using a pocket hole jig, drill 3/4" pocket holes into the plywood and construct the base with 1-1/4" pocket screws and wood glue.

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Attach 1x2 boards with 1-1/4" pocket screws and wood glue to square up the carcass.

DIY Kids' House Bed: Add 1x2 Boards to Base

DIY Kids' House Bed: Add 1x2 Boards to Base

Attach 1x2 boards with 1-1/4" pocket screws and wood glue to square up the carcass.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

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Build the Drawers

Construct the drawer boxes with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue. Whenever you use brad nails, be sure to use wood glue to strengthen the joint.

DIY Kids' House Bed: Cut Wood for Drawers

DIY Kids' House Bed: Cut Wood for Drawers

Construct the drawer boxes with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue. Whenever you use brad nails, be sure to use wood glue to strengthen the joint.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

DIY Kids' House Bed: Assemble the Drawers

DIY Kids' House Bed: Assemble the Drawers

Construct the drawer boxes with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue. Whenever you use brad nails, be sure to use wood glue to strengthen the joint.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

We built three drawers for this bed, but there is space for six.

DIY Kids' House Bed: Assembled Drawers

DIY Kids' House Bed: Assembled Drawers

We built three drawers for this bed, but there is space for six.

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Jen Woodhouse

Test for fit before completing the drawer boxes. Once you ensure the drawer boxes fit into the platform bed, attach the bottom to the drawer with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue.

DIY Kids' House Bed: Test Drawers for Fit

DIY Kids' House Bed: Test Drawers for Fit

Test for fit before completing the drawer boxes. Once you ensure the drawer boxes fit into the platform bed, attach the bottom to the drawer with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

These drawers will roll on rigid casters instead of slide on drawer glides. This choice not only makes it easier to pull the drawers in and out, but rigid casters are often half the cost of full-extension drawer slides. Screw the casters onto the bottom of the drawers.

DIY Kids' House Bed: Attach Casters to Drawers

DIY Kids' House Bed: Attach Casters to Drawers

These drawers will roll on rigid casters instead of slide on drawer glides. This choice not only makes it easier to pull the drawers in and out, but rigid casters are often half the cost of full-extension drawer slides. Screw the casters onto the bottom of the drawers.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

Measure, mark and cut plywood platform to size and attach it to the carcass with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue.

DIY Kids' House Bed: Attach Plywood Platform

DIY Kids' House Bed: Attach Plywood Platform

Measure, mark and cut plywood platform to size and attach it to the carcass with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue.

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Make the House Headboard and Footboard

Measure, mark and cut both the 3/4" plywood headboard and footboard in the shape of a house. Using a jigsaw, cut a window in the footboard.

Measure, mark and cut 1x2 trim to length. It's best to hold the pieces in place and cut to fit for the tightest joints, especially for the angled pieces. Attach the trim with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue.

DIY Kids' House Bed: Cut Trim

DIY Kids' House Bed: Cut Trim

Measure, mark and cut 1x2 trim to length. It's best to hold the pieces in place and cut to fit for the tightest joints, especially for the angled pieces. Attach the trim with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue.

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Jen Woodhouse

DIY Kids' House Bed: Attach Trim to Footboard

DIY Kids' House Bed: Attach Trim to Footboard

Attach the trim with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

Paint the Headboard

Sand and paint the headboard. We used latex wall paint in the color Bubble Turquoise by Behr in a satin sheen.

DIY Kids' House Bed: Paint the Headboard

DIY Kids' House Bed: Paint the Headboard

Sand and paint the headboard. We used latex wall paint in the color Bubble Turquoise by Behr in a satin sheen.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

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Add 2x2 Frame to the Headboard

Measure, mark and cut 2x2 boards to length and attach them to the headboard temporarily with a few 2" brad nails and wood glue. These nails are simply acting as clamps until they are reinforced with screws.

DIY Kids' House Bed: Add 2x2 Frame to the Headboard

DIY Kids' House Bed: Add 2x2 Frame to the Headboard

Measure, mark and cut 2x2 boards to length and attach them to the headboard temporarily with a few 2" brad nails and wood glue. These nails are simply acting as clamps until they are reinforced with screws.

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Flip the headboard over, pre-drill pilot holes and screw 2" wood screws to attach the 2x2 boards to the plywood headboard.

DIY Kids' House Bed: Attach Trim With Wood Screws

DIY Kids' House Bed: Attach Trim With Wood Screws

Flip the headboard over, pre-drill pilot holes and screw 2" wood screws to attach the 2x2 boards to the plywood headboard.

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Drill 1-1/2" pocket holes into the 2x2 "arms" and attach with 2-1/2" pocket screws and wood glue.

DIY Kids' House Bed: Attach Arms

DIY Kids' House Bed: Attach Arms

Drill 1-1/2" pocket holes into the 2x2 "arms" and attach with 2-1/2" pocket screws and wood glue.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

Add the Lattice to the Headboard

Cut a couple of scrap pieces of wood to act as spacers to space the lattice evenly as you attach them to the headboard. Attach the lattice with pin nails and wood glue.

DIY Kids' House Bed: Use Spacers When Attaching Lattice

DIY Kids' House Bed: Use Spacers When Attaching Lattice

Cut a couple of scrap pieces of wood to act as spacers to space the lattice evenly as you attach them to the headboard. Attach the lattice with pin nails and wood glue.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

DIY Kids' House Bed: Attach Lattice

DIY Kids' House Bed: Attach Lattice

Cut a couple of scrap pieces of wood to act as spacers to space the lattice evenly as you attach them to the headboard. Attach the lattice with pin nails and wood glue.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

Install Drawer Pulls

Find the center of the drawer face and pre-drill a pilot hole for the drawer knob. Attach the drawer face to the drawer box by driving screws from inside, then screw on the drawer knob.

DIY Kids' House Bed: Install Drawer Pulls

DIY Kids' House Bed: Install Drawer Pulls

Find the center of the drawer face and pre-drill a pilot hole for the drawer knob. Attach the drawer face to the drawer box by driving screws from inside, then screw on the drawer knob.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

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Assemble the Bed

Place the platform bed and drawers into the bedroom, then attach the headboard and footboard to the platform with wood screws. Measure, mark and cut the 2x2 ridge to length and attach it with 2" wood screws.

Add a twin size mattress and adorable bedding to complete the look!

DIY Kid's House Bed With Drawers

DIY Kid's House Bed With Drawers

This DIY house-inspired bed has three drawers on casters, so they're easy to pull in and out. It's the perfect way to add extra storage and style to a kid's bedroom.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

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