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Old Kitchen Cabinets Into Built-In Bed

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Last year we bought an old house that needed a lot of work. We had a pretty tight budget but didn't want our house to look like a cheap re-model. Everything had to be done including bedrooms and the kitchen.
Time: 4 Days Cost: $200.00 Difficulty: Moderate
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Once we ripped out our old kitchen cabinets, we thought they could be used for storage. But how? And the idea for a buit-in bed was born. This is the second bed we made using old cabinets (the last one used bathroom cabinets).
  • built in bed repurpose kitchen cabinets, bedroom ideas, diy, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, storage ideas, woodworking projects
We took a section of the cabinets (the part under the sink) and made it into a built-in twin bed. We measured out the dimensions of a twin mattress and added several inches to make sure it wouldn't be too tight of a fit once it was complete.
We had our layout and design figured out before buying any supplies- this helped save time so we weren't running to and from the store buying supplies we didn't know we would need.
  • built in bed repurpose kitchen cabinets, bedroom ideas, diy, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, storage ideas, woodworking projects
The most difficult part of this project was working with the 35 year-old walls of this house that were no longer straight. So if you have an old house, keep this in mind and just know you really can't do much about it- just go with it and it will work out.
  • built in bed repurpose kitchen cabinets, bedroom ideas, diy, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, storage ideas, woodworking projects
Inside the bed, we added a bookshelf for even MORE storage along with a skylight and a wall light. After the bed was built, it needed to be primed and painted.
  • built in bed repurpose kitchen cabinets, bedroom ideas, diy, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, storage ideas, woodworking projects
Now that the bed is finished, I am thinking of adding curtains. Putting wall paper on the inside would be kinda cool too.
  • built in bed repurpose kitchen cabinets, bedroom ideas, diy, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, storage ideas, woodworking projects
If you don't have old cabinets to use, check out your local Habitat for Humanity or Craigslist, you may not get them for free but they won't cost very much!
Check out the Offtract blog to see more photos and look at the full size built-in bed we made using an old bathroom vanity.

To see more: http://offtract.com/old-cabinets-built-bed-project-2/

Got a question about this project?

  • Kristin
    Kristin Bradenton, FL

    I love this idea. I can't get to your site though. I keep getting tossed to some Huge Domains site. Any idea what's up?

    • Linda S Sikut
      Linda S Sikut Hamburg, NY

      It looks like they either lost their website or decided to take it down since the URL is for sale now.

  • Debra
    Debra Grant, MI

    I love it

  • Debbie
    Debbie Jupiter, FL

    That was such a great idea for either boy or girl. It could also be painted to look like a train or zoo cage or stage coach and so on. Fabulous!

  • Bbeckley53

    Wow
    wonderful.

  • Dee
    Dee Canada

    Fantastic! This is so wonderful and would be ideal for a spare room at Grandma's house. What a great snug little sleeping/hiding place for an imaginative child. I could so easily see it with romantic curtains, or a roller-blind mounted on the

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