Built-in Bed and Wardrobe

This project adds stylish storage options for the bedroom.

Built-in Bed and Wardrobe

This project adds stylish storage options for the bedroom.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials
(6) mending plates
(8) nightstands at 15 3/8" × 16 1/8" × 20 7/8"
(2) Prefabricated cabinets at 30¾" × 19 5/8" × 74¾"
Drill
½" wood screws
2" wood screws
2’ Level
(2) L brackets
(4) 2×4 brackets at 4" × 4" × 6"
(2) Lumber at ¾" × 11¼" × 68"
Tape measure

Steps
Note: These measurements were made specifically for this room. To accommodate your desired room, always measure before cutting any lumber or buying any cabinets.

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Give the header a slight tug to make sure it doesn’t slip