Built-in Bed and Wardrobe
This project adds stylish storage options for the bedroom.
(6) mending plates
(8) nightstands at 15 3/8" × 16 1/8" × 20 7/8"
(2) Prefabricated cabinets at 30¾" × 19 5/8" × 74¾"
½" wood screws
2" wood screws
(2) L brackets
(4) 2×4 brackets at 4" × 4" × 6"
(2) Lumber at ¾" × 11¼" × 68"
Note: These measurements were made specifically for this room. To accommodate your desired room, always measure before cutting any lumber or buying any cabinets.
- Remove the back panels, drawers and drawer hardware from two nightstands. Push both nightstands together, side by side, until they are flush. Connect them with a mending plate and ½" screws in the back where the back pieces were
- Repeat step 1 for the other two nightstands without removing the drawers and hardware. Then press the four units together to create a square, making sure they’re flush. Connect the units with a mending plate and ½" screws on both the left and right sides
- Push the nightstands flush against the wall and repeat steps 1 and 2 for the remaining four night stands for the other side of the bed
- Measure to find the stud in the wall that will run between the cabinet, and mark that spot on the inside of the cabinet – not on the wall. The cabinets will sit on top of the nightstands flush against the wall, so use a tape measure to find the stud on the inside of the cabinet
- Place a cabinet on top of the nightstand unit. Drill a 2" wood screw into the mark on the inside of the cabinet. Continue to drill in the screws down the length of the stud, spacing them 3" apart
- Drill screws in the top and bottom corners on the inside of the cabinet. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the second cabinet on the other side of the bed
- To assemble the header that connects the cabinets at the top, arrange both ¾" × 11¼" × 68" lumber pieces in an “L” formation, making sure the edges are flush with each other
- Drill in four brackets with ½" screws to secure the lumber together. Place one bracket flush to both edges, and then place a bracket every 15" in between
- Now add a second bracket vertically flush on each edge of the upper part of the “L” shape, 2" above the brackets placed on the edge in step 7
- Place the header flush against the headboard so the open end faces the ceiling. Then drill the final screws into the brackets placed in step 9 so the header sits flush with both cabinets
- Give the header a slight tug to make sure it doesn’t slip