DIY Awesome Built in Bed with a Built in Shelves, Closet & Light

Final Reveal - Boys Farmhouse Bedroom, Built in bed, dresser, bead board ceiling, wide pine floors, Benjamin Moore Hale Navy walls, and an angled door

Sharing all the tips & tricks for how to build an awesome DIY built in bed with a drawer, built in bookcases or built in shelves, a closet & a light to maximize floors space in a narrow bedroom with step by step instructions & pictures.

DIY Built in Bed with Bookcases

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Sharing all the tips & tricks for how to build an awesome DIY built in bed with a drawer, built in bookcases or built in shelves, a closet & a light to maximize floors space in a narrow bedroom with step by step instructions & pictures. #builtinbed #diyprojects https://lehmanlane.net

Before – Spot we Chose to Place the DIY Built in Bed

Just for a reminder of how Ryan’s room looked like in the beginning…

To maximize the floor space in our son's bedroom we added a built in by stealing some room from his double door closet.

Step by Step Instructions for How to Make a DIY Built in Bed

Step ONE – Demo to Make Space for a DIY Built in Bed

The first thing we did was take down the double plantation door closet that was here originally. 

To maximize the floor space in our son's bedroom we added a built in by stealing some room from his double door closet.

This allowed us room for a twin bed on one side and a single door closet on the other. 

Step TWO – Build the DIY Built in Bed Frame

Using 2 X 4’s we framed out enough room for a twin size bed. 

We also had to add new drywall to cover the crumbling plaster that had been wallpapered. 

built in bed 1

It was a lot easier to drywall instead of stripping the wallpaper and re-plastering.

Step THREE – Add MDF to the DIY Built in Bed

We added MDF over the 2 x 4’s for a clean look that is cheaper than sheets of plywood or wood. 

We framed out the bed first even before we started laying the floors. It was also important to us to add a drawer under the bed to give Ryan more storage for his clothes.

I had Jason cut a lip for the side so the mattress would stay in place and help keep the sheets in place.

We framed out the bed first even before we started laying the floors. It was also important to us to add a drawer under the bed to give Ryan more storage for his clothes.

I really like the curve he added to the DIY built in bed.

Step FOUR – Making the Closet

To maximize the floor space in our son's bedroom we added a built in by stealing some room from his double door closet.

We made the closet wide enough for a 30 inch closet door. 

To maximize the floor space in our son's bedroom we added a built in by stealing some room from his double door closet.

Although his previous closet was a great size, we needed more floor space to hold his bed & he was never going to fill the closet with his clothes.

Step FIVE – Adding a Drawer Under the DIY Built in Bed

In order to give him more storage we added a large drawer under the bed out of MDF.

To maximize the floor space in our son's bedroom we added a built in by stealing some room from his double door closet.

His new drawer is large & helps keep his many sweatshirts & sweatpants in order.

To maximize the floor space in our son's bedroom we added a built in by stealing some room from his double door closet.

We added oil rubbed bronze pulls to match the other hardware & doorknobs in his bedroom.

To maximize the floor space in our son's bedroom we added a built in by stealing some room from his double door closet.

Step SIX – Adding a Built in Bookshelves to the DIY Built in Bed

We also added a hidden bookcase next to the bed for his books and alarm clock. 

built in bed bookcase 1

He loves to read and we knew it was important to add some storage next to the bed since we weren’t going to have room for a nightstand with the closet next to his bed.

To maximize the floor space in our son's bedroom we added a built in by stealing some room from his double door closet.

After – Finished DIY Built in Bed

Here is the finished DIY built in bed painted & looking pretty awesome in my opinion.

Final Reveal - Boys Farmhouse Bedroom, Built in bed, dresser, bead board ceiling, wide pine floors, Benjamin Moore Hale Navy walls, and an angled door

I found the red light at the Restoration Hardware outlet for $20.

His plaid quilt and sham are from Pottery Barn kids and the ticking stripe duvet cover and sham are from Ikea. 

I love how preppy his bedding is!

Final Reveal - Boys Farmhouse Bedroom, Built in bed, dresser, bead board ceiling, wide pine floors, Benjamin Moore Hale Navy walls, and an angled door

His bedding and built in bed go so well with the DIY Pallet sign we made him. (DIY Pallet Name Sign HERE)

We made a pallet sign with a 1/2 a pallet and some letters

Boys Bedroom Renovation Plan

His bedroom is really coming along, here is what we have done so far and what’s next…

  • demo
  • add bead board ceiling
  • paint walls navy
  • add wide pine floors
  • add baseboard trim
  • build a built in bed
  • add new closet
  • build bookcase, built in dresser and desk (see it HERE)
  • add a new doorway and door (DIY door HERE)
  • decorate and reveal (see the finished Boys bedroom HERE)

I hope this answers all your questions & inspires you to create a DIY built in bed at your home!

by Tara Lehman

DIY Built in Bunk Bed

If you liked this DIY build in bed, be sure to check out the DIY built in bunk beds we made for our youngest boys bedroom HERE

From Closet to boys bedroom. We added built in bunk beds, window seat and bookcases.

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Comments

  1. Hi Tara-
    You have been busy!
    This is so much fun to follow your progress! You are well on your way and everything is lovely.
    I hope you will share this today at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.
    Just stop by my blog to join in.
    Enjoyed visiting,
    Laura
    White Spray Paint

  2. The bed turned out amazing! It is a brilliant design and use of the space. I wish I had carpentry skills to make something like that. It doesn’t seem like you lost all that much storage space either. Way to go!

    Melissa

  3. Wow, I’m amazed at that complete closet transformation! Such a good idea to do the shelves in the wall too – I would hate not having a spot to put things at night. Seems like progress is moving well 🙂

  4. You’ve gotten a lot checked off your list already! LI love the blue walls and that beadboard ceiling! I’m trying to get my husband to do some planking on my kitchen ceiling but I don’t think I’ve convinced him yet!

    1. Thanks so much Roxanne!!! Planked ceilings do look gorgeous but they are definitely a lot work. If our plaster ceiling hadn’t been crumbling I am not sure I could have talked my hubby into adding them either!

  5. Love the bed and how you were able to fit it in there and make it look so warm and cozy. I haven’t heard the word preppy in years, Tara. I used to dress preppy in college…lol I hope you can join us later today for the Sweet Inspiration party.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by Mary!!! I think I missed your party last week but I will try and link up later this week 🙂

  6. That light fixture is amazing-and only $20?! Perfect little reading light! I put the exact same PBK bedding in my son’s room, I looked around for years and never found a madras plaid I liked more so I broke down and bought it and I’m so glad I did-I still love it…so I think it looks amazing in there!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Kristin! I definitely tried to find a cheaper quilt too but in the end I really liked this one :).

  7. Tara, this is BRILLIANT! What a great use of space. What kid wouldn’t love this bed? You and your husband should be really proud of the job you’re doing in this room!

    Thank you so much for joining the Grace at Home party. I’m featuring you this week!

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