Brookstone Storage Bed, Twin

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 08/06/2010 - 08:53
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A full storage base for the Brookstone Collection. Features three cubbies at the base and full under bed storage, and a smaller cubby space at th back. For extra support, add a third center divider.

image by Ana White

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed your comments and likes for the Brookstone Twin Headboard.  I guess I'm still a toddler at heart, because positive reinforcement is just that - it reinforces the idea that I am on the right path, that I am doing what I love, and that I am helping other people live better lives too.  So thank you, and with great pleasure, I introduce to you the Brookstone Storage Bed to match the Brookstone Headboard.

image by Ana White

One of the challenges with designing storage bed is obviously adequately supporting your mattress and creating the storage zones as actual structures that support the bed.  I was on the fence about slats vs plywood for the bed top - plywood isn't entirely necessary, especially if you have a box spring, but I ultimately choose 3/4" plywood you could use inexpensive builder grade plywood (it's all hidden for the top) and it would be easier to build this way.  BUT slats would be preferred, say, the mattress might be reciveiving "accidents" or you live in a humid climate.  Drilling a few holes in the plywood should help out considerable with these issues.

image by Ana White

Our Brookstone Bed is very much inspired by Pottery Barn's Brookfield Bed, and I hope you take a second to check theirs out - it beautiful.  Like theirs, our design is open on the bottom.  You could just as easily throw a divider in there, but I thought pass through storage could make sense (sleeping bags, out of season clothes, music instruments, or even hockey gear could be hidden in there) with some cute baskets or bins on the outsides.

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Yeah, I thought of that too.  I've got kids.  They will be crawling through there if you give them a chance.  So let's plan for it by supporting the bottom with a few 2x2s.  The 2x2s sit directly on the floor, fully supporting the cubbies.

Dimensions
Fits a standard twin mattress.

Preparation

Shopping List

2 - sheets 3/4" Plywood
2 - 2x2 @ 8 Feet Long
1 - 1x12 @ 10 Feet Long
1 - 1x6 @ 16 Feet Long
1 - 1x3 @ 8 Feet Long
5 - 1x2 @ 8 Feet Long

Common Materials
2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Cut List

Please see attached PDF.

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Table Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Level
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please see attached PDF.

Comments

Emily (not verified)

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 09:29

Oh, I need to make this! I always love to look at your site, but this is the first time I have decided that I NEED to make this--my little boy is ready to transition into a big boy bed, and he is in desperate need of storage. Now I need to build something easier first for practice!

fhmaughan (not verified)

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 09:36

Ana,

Thanks for yet another spot on plan - if I ever need to build a bed - this is the one I will build - heck I may do it just for fun and "find" someone who would appreciate it. As ever you continue to amaze and inspire me. I hope you realise that aside from building furniture you are building a community who inspire, encourage and help each other. I do believe that is your greatest "project" to date!

Cheri (not verified)

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 09:40

Love the new plans! Thanks to you, we have so many options to choose from when it comes time to do a new bed for our three-year-old--how will I ever decide?

Mandy McDonald (not verified)

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 10:15

Ana,

Please, please, please do these plans for a full! This bed is exactly what I want design wise, beautiful and functional, I just need it to be a full! Thanks so much for all the amazing plans. I LOVE your stuff!

Megan (not verified)

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 10:27

I was one of the "omg I love it" comments from the headboard post. I showed the husband last night and he loves it as much as I do!!!! Eagerly awaiting the king sized version. THANKS ANNA!

gfpumpkins (not verified)

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 10:33

I would LOVE to see this in a full size. Forget the kids, this is the kind of bed I need! I have zero plans to buy a box spring, but I'm not too keen on straight platform style beds, so I love the box top of this bedframe. I also love the storage ideas on the bottom.

Isabel (not verified)

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 11:35

This perfect Ana! I live in a apartment and the rooms are not huge! This is a perfect space-saving bed! I want to build one right now!! THANK YOU!!!

~Sha~ (not verified)

Sat, 08/07/2010 - 07:16

I was trying to figure out a way to combine the Farmhouse bed and the storage bed. This is perfect! I am making a queen size. Hubby approves!