Oh hey guys!! Can I get a TGIF??  I am so, so excited about this project and free plans I am sharing today!  Do you follow us on Instagram??  If so, you have seen the progress of this new room in my house!  I recently closed off a loft space in our home to give my daughter her own room.  This room has a wall that was begging for a built-in bed, so that’s just what I did!  Check out her new built-in twin storage bed!

Built-In Twin Bed DIY

Free Plans DIY Built-In Twin Bed

Ahhhh I am SO in love with her bed.  I may trade her 😉

So, what’s the best thing about this bed??  We have FREE plans to help you make your own!  I know many of you don’t have this exact space for a twin bed like I do, but many of you do have a corner space.  With a couple of modifications to the left side of the bed, this would make a perfect corner bed!  And the other best part… STORAGE!  Giant drawers without mechanical drawer pulls… Yes.  I said it!  This runs on a very cool wood drawer slide system that is super easy to build and incredibly sturdy.  You can download our full set of FREE plans by clicking HERE or the button below.  I will walk you through the entire build below as well!

Print Free Built-In Bed Plans

So… Let’s get started!

I used my crazy, awesome Kreg Jig
to build this entire thing.  Both Ashley and I used the K5 modelwhich you can see HERE!
We used the K4 for years and recently upgraded to the K5 and WOW… So many little upgrades that save a ton of time and make it even easier to use.  If you are clueless about what the heck a Kreg Jig is, check out our video HERE where we really try to break it down to help you guys easily understand how it works.

I built the front frame of the bed first.  Since the boards I am attaching to are 3/4″ thick, I used 3/4″ pocket holes on this part.

frame with pocket holes

Then, I attached them using 1.25″ pocket hole screws.  I did use wood glue between each of my joints.

front frame of bed

Same thing for the middle of the frame…

pocket holes for frame

front frame of the bed

And, a few minutes later (literally) I had a frame!

Front Frame of built in bed

Next, I moved on to the back frame.  This is constructed with 2×3 and 2×4 material.  Since the wood I was attaching to is 1.5″ thick, I used 1.5″ pocket holes on these pieces.

Kreg Jig K5

Next, I attached them using wood glue and 2.5″ pocket hole screws.  I used my Ryobi 18V drill for this part.

Ryobi 18v drill

Here is the back frame constructed…

back frame bed

At this point, I took these frames into the house in her room.  I decided to attach everything else in the room to make it easier to get in the house.  Now, it’s time for those drawer slides.  These drawers run on a wood drawer slide system.  You basically make T’s and L’s using wood glue and 2.5″ wood screws.  I clamped my pieces together to attach them.  Make sure to pre drill on this part to prevent the wood from splitting.  Before attaching them, you will make your pocket holes on each piece.  You can see here what the T shape should look like…

Unhappy Pocket Holes

Haha!  How funny is this picture??  I didn’t even notice it until I started editing photos but it made me LOL.  He is not super happy about those pocket holes 🙂 …

Now for the L pieces.  I did decide to place my pocket holes a bit different on this part.  You can see on the 2×3 where I put them.  I just thought it was easier to put them on that side of the board because it easily fit in the jig.  Both ways work though!

pocket holes on drawer slides

Next, you will attach your drawer slides to the frames.  You can see here that the back frame is attached with 2.5″ pocket hole screws and the front with 1.25″ pocket hole screws.

base of storage bed

pocket hole screws

Once you have all 4 of those attached, it’s time to add the top runners that will support the mattress and keep the drawers from tipping out.  I attached these the same way.

Building the diy storage bed

diy bed

DIY Storage Bed

At this point, I set the entire bed into place and used 3 1/2″ wood screws to attach to the studs in the wall.

I measured the openings for each drawer and started constructing those.

I used 3/4″ PureBond plywood for all of my drawers.  I had the guys at Home Depot cut it down for me to get it home easier.   You can see where I added my 3/4″ pocket holes on the drawers.

drawer sides

Pocket holes for drawers

I attached them using wood glue and 1.25″ pocket hole screws.

Drawers for storage bed

I attached the bases using wood screws from the bottom side.  Make sure to pre drill on this part too!  It will help keep your wood from splitting.

Here they are fit in the spaces before I trimmed them out.

Built in day bed how to

I used a cheap casing to trim mine out.  I actually found a pro-pack of 6 sticks of door casing for $13 at Home Depot.  Can’t beat that!

I used my Ryobi AirStrike nailer to attach all of my trim.

trim for the drawers

trim for drawers

My last step was adding my side boards on the wall and finishing off the side of the bed.

how to diy storage bed

I did run into a little problem here with my existing baseboards.  I didn’t want to rip this whole board out, so I used my Ryobi reciprocating saw to even it out.  Love this thing!  And, it uses the same battery as my drill making it super easy!

fixing the base moulding

Ryobi Reciprocating Saw

Side of built in bed

My final step before painting it was caulk and putty!

This part covers all my mess-ups and nail holes!

I painted it the same color as my trim color.  It’s actually a match to my existing trim color.  I love Sherwin-Williams paint, so a while back I had them match my trim color in my house.  Although I don’t have the exact color name, here is the label with the color on it.  I LOVE this paint.  It goes on very thick and hides a lot.

Bed Paint Color Sherwin Williams

Perfect Cream Paint from Sherwin Williams

The walls are an AMAZING gray that I love so much!  It is called Jogging Path by Sherwin-Williams.  My fav part about their paint is that I can call in to order it, and swing by and pick it up.  This totally beats standing in line at the hardware store with screaming babies… Not that I have ever had that issue. 😉

This is the color… It is much more gray that it appears in this swatch.  I LOVE it.

Sherwin Williams Jogging Path

I found all the bedding at Target!  And that about covers it!  I will be sharing ALL of the other fun projects you see in the pictures over the next couple weeks.

Here are a few more shots!

Built-In Twin Bed DIY

Free Plans DIY Built-In Twin Bed

DIY Built-In Day Bed Free Plans

And the drawers baby…. WOOHOO!  They easily slide in and out and I can stand inside of them because they are so sturdy!

Storage Drawers under the bed DIY

Remember, you can download the full set of FREE plans for this bed HERE!  Thanks so much to Jay of Jay’s Custom Creations for putting all of Shanty2Chic’s original designs into printable plans for our readers!  He’s the bomb!  Go check out his site!

Thanks so much for stopping by guys!  I would LOVE for you to PIN and share this bed with all your friends guys!

Let me know if you have any questions at all!


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  1. Oh my gosh, that is such a neat bed. I’m with jlnatty on the sheer curtains but would be reading Nancy Drew, lol. Thank you for sharing the details.

  2. I love this plan! it is on my 2015 list of MUST DO! One question… would you say the drawers slide in and out easily with out rails? Would they be good for everyday use? THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  3. ok… I have been contemplating a similar bed for months… dreaming about three actually!! I am so scared! 🙂 what wood do you use/suggest to stain? do you have an estimated cost for the this bed? I love your stuff and hope I can get started ASAP on Lots of projects… 🙂

  4. I really like what you did with the space provided! As the Owner of Lift and Stor Beds, I build storage beds and small corner beds quite often. Your design looks great, good work!

  5. That is just fabulous! If I had had a bed like that as a girl, I would have felt like a fairy princess for sure. I would love to see you drape some sheer gathered curtains tied back at the head and foot of the bed, and she’ll have her own enclosed “canopy bed” — well, half a “canopy” look anyway. Oh the joy! I can just imagine snuggling up in that bed at night with the overhead sconce on, reading an old H. Rider Haggard adventure story, like “King Solomon’s Mines” or “She.” Wow! You are so talented.

  6. I know the perfect place in my new house for this. There is a great window with great light for reading and it is perfect for my reading nook.

  7. Looks so good!!! I was wondering if you could explain what you do when your cuts don’t line up perfectly?! I know in another post you had mentioned using caulk to fill in imperfect cuts, exp where the boards meet up?! What kind of caulk?! Also, what do you do if your cuts don’t match up on a piece that your’e staining? Do you stain over the caulk?! I was wondering if you could maybe do a post about this or explain this to me! Please!!

    1. what you need is “wood putty” or “wood filler”. Check the labels, some is meant to be stained, and some are used after it is stained.

  8. I really like this bed! Thanks for sharing! Is the link for the free plans working? I’m unable to click where it says “HERE”.

  9. Perfect timing — my husband is making a nook in our basement as we speak. I’m adding the upper shelf to his honey-do-list ASAP 🙂

  10. Love the built in bed– actually I love (and have pinned several of your items…even made some!!) but my question is this: where are the plans for that amazingly cute shelf next to the super cute built-in bed?? Thanks!! And keep doing what you are doing– so inspirational!!!