DIY Built-in Beds for Guest Rooms

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DIY built in guest room beds were one project we had been wanting to do for quite some time. Mike came up with this built-in double bed plan, and I was on board instantly. This room offered us very limited space. With he slanted ceilings and very very limited space for furnishings. A space that offers limited use of traditional furniture, small, and angled spaces, means you have to get creative and use every inch of space wisely. We knew we needed to get creative to make it a comfortable space for our guests, which usually include our children’s friends.

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First we removed the trim and the carpet

We had wood flooring left from a previous project and it worked perfectly in this space. Mike doesn’t use plans or I would happily share them with you. He just has an eye for these things and just gets them done.


Mike framed out the space (back wall is about 14') made sure we had room for each twin mattress. This would be a great time to utilize the under-cubbies as a storage space. We opted not to create cubbies, we have a large closet in this space and we didn't need it. But this could easily be added by framing off the bottom to fit your needs.


Mike framed out each space including wiring for lights and outlets.


We cut our own shiplap. Can give more detail on this process.

Tips for Getting the Most of Your Smaller Spaces

Some tips to making a space feel larger are to make sure there are specific areas for sleeping, working, and entertaining. Use a bench or bed with hidden storage. Incorporate a full length mirror which, will help surround the room with light, and make the room feel bigger.


The fun part. We wanted a cabin theme feel. I had been gathering vintage items a few months leading up to the project.

Sleeping in a hug

This space is so cozy and feels like your sleeping in a cove. This is a DIY we will love for years to come.


We decided to add a shelf to each cove. This allows for guests to have some space when they need it.

Adding in Decor

We added some Boy Scout Cabin themed items to each shelf.

Simple Touches

We added vintage items to each shelf.

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  • Anndrea
    on Oct 13, 2020

    Did you consider utilizing the space below the beds for storage or was it not an option for some reason?

    • Helga
      on Oct 15, 2020

      I just LoVE This !! ~~ and it Could have something to do with LOVEing Cabins !

  • Leslie
    on Oct 13, 2020

    Did you build drawers underneath

  • Leila
    on Oct 14, 2020

    Nice but aim would have used space below beds for storage like shelves with baskets or drawers. Adjustable Lights above the beds with on off switches and shelving with charging stations for IPads, Phones, etc. would make it more comfortable. Adding a screen on an opposite wall with bean bags for gaming would double the rooms use. Love another’s idea of curtain...that was blackout so one could sleep if other is up. It also seemed that more than 2 electrical outlets would be needed. How was ventilation worked out for each bed?

    • Bobbie Marshall
      Bobbie Marshall
      on Dec 29, 2020

      Alot of you missed the part where they said they opted not to utilize the underbed space for cubbies because they had plenty of closet space,but that it could be an option for someone else.

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