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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Now that the bed is finished, I am thinking of adding curtains. Putting wall paper on the inside would be kinda cool too.
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.

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7 questions
  • Marian
    on Feb 4, 2017

    Blog isn't there?

  • Toi Payne
    Toi Payne
    on Jul 5, 2018

    How do they get into the bed?

  • Janet
    on Dec 4, 2019

    Can you use this idea with a bigger bed?

    • Jeannie.mcquaid
      on Dec 4, 2019

      I think you could if you set two sets of cabinets back to back and centered it against the wall without the upper enclosure. Otherwise it would be a daunting task to crawl around in the back of the cubby hole to tuck the sheets in.

    • Dale Hoglin
      Dale Hoglin
      on Dec 4, 2019

      Move it out from the wall a couple feet and add the enclosure on both sides. Then you would have access to both sides of the bed and double the storage.

    • Soph117
      on Dec 5, 2020

      yes of course, but it also depends how big the room is, measure, measure, measure again!

  • Michael
    on Dec 4, 2019

    How can i build a glass and metal (or wood) case for a statue?

    • Soph117
      on Dec 5, 2020

      you can get some used glass from many places and clean it also use wood to make a box and got rectangles in each side to put the glass, you can paint wood or use metal, otherwise buy one!

  • Heje
    on Dec 4, 2019

    Could a small set of stairs be built or the cosco steps be kept in one of the cabinets when the bed is not in use? I love the bright colors and for a child it would be heavenly.

    • Soph117
      on Dec 5, 2020

      yes you could do small steps in the front where the wall is, any other questions?

    • Soph117
      on Dec 5, 2020

      otherwise some of the stairs can be fake stairs and they dont have to be storage u can put a top on them and put a lock and they can be stairs in discize of a stair!

    • Jaye
      on Dec 5, 2020

      Pretty high up with a box spring and mattress. Cannot imagine that it would be comfortable with a mattress on plywood. Would a step stool or short ladder work? It could be stored and hidden inside one of the cabinets. I often see discarded bunk bed ladders on the curb or flea markets. Great idea, just processing a few considerations. Thanks

    • Lois
      on Dec 5, 2020

      Wow--This is a really neat idea. Looks great. Plus, with the plywood support for the mattress, there is better support! It really looks great! I have a room with a closet, but if I built something this and extended it along the wall, I could build a closet into the end and because it would be a built in, it would still suffice as a closet to be counted as a bedroom.

    • Nancy
      on Dec 6, 2020

      Jaye, it depends on the type of mattress. Many new mattresses work well as a platform bed and would work well here.

      This is a stunning project!! Kudos!!! It does look a bit high, but kids adapt well.  Perhaps just a drawer pulled out to use as a step - depending on size and weight of the child.

  • Diane
    on Dec 5, 2020

    So whomever uses it must jump literally into bed...?!

  • NancyO
    on Dec 5, 2020

    Any thoughts on how to make a bed that has 3 sides inaccessible?

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  • Martha Anne Horning
    Martha Anne Horning
    on Dec 5, 2020

    Very cute! Great recycle!

  • The Mama
    The Mama
    on Dec 5, 2020

    no question, but what a fantastic idea. we have an unfinished upstairs and

    some old cabinets..... this is a project for our empty rooms!. thanks

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