DIY Build-In Daybed With Bookshelves

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3 Days
Our son's room was low on storage and needed some serious help - so we gave it a major makeover and we love the end result! See more details of this project on the full blog post, and if you love this project you can see more easy and affordable DIY projects on my blog, Love & Renovations.
- To build the bed we started off with two large plywood boxes on either side of the room that would hold the bookcases. We wanted them to go all the way to the ceiling, so the bookcases are perfectly measured so that the bookcases will sit on top of them with no overhang and they will raise the bookcases exactly to the ceiling line.
- Then, we built three m-shaped supports for the bed and attached them to a back support board using our Kreg Jig and attached all of that to the wall as seen above.
- Once the base of the bed was built, we added a second support in the middle and faced it using 1/2" plywood. This front section would eventually hold the baskets in the front nooks of the bed (see more details on this process and how we planned it on the full blog post)
- Once the base was complete, we built the frame of the bed using plywood. It consists of one large piece to hold the mattress, then three narrow, hollow boxes on each of the sides of the bed (other than the side touching the wall) to help hold the mattress in place. We attached that to the base as shown above.
- We lifted our bookcases onto the boxes (they wedged very tightly into place). We used BILLY bookcases from IKEA.
- Finally, we applied wood putty to any cracks or imperfections in the plywood, added trim around anywhere that two pieces of wood met up, and caulked + painted the entire thing!

You can see much more detail about this project and other sources for the room on the full blog post.

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