How to build a lift storage bed. This lift storage bed has springs that keep it open and help it close with more control. Converts to a sofa in a tiny house. Free plans by Ana-White.com
2 4x8 sheets 1/4" plywood for the bottoms 1 4x8 sheet 3/4" plywood 1 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long 2 - 1x8 @ 8 feet long 3 - 1x8 @ 6 feet long 5 - 2-1/2" caster wheels (we did three swivels and two locking) 3 - hinges Bed lift kit suitable for full size mattress Edge banding for finishing plywood edges
2 - 1x8 @ 75" 3 - 1x8 @ 52-1/2" 2 - 1/4" plywood @ 54" x 37-1/2" 1 - 1x6 @ 75" 1 - 3/4" plywood @ 48" x 75"
Build the frame out of 1x8s. We choose to use 1x8s to get the right height when working with 6" mattress and caster wheels (ended up using 2-1/2" caster wheels) to fit inside the loft bed area and also opted for 1x material to keep weight down since this project will be used in a tiny house. You could use other materials here, wouldn't go less than a 1x6 (small storage cavity and not enough strength) unless you support underneath with additional caster wheels. You can build in a number of different ways. We used 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws, but you could also use screws but I don't recommend nails.
Attach 1/4" plywood to the bottom with 3/4" nails or staples and glue. Use the plywood factory edges on outsides to help you square up the project as you attach it.
Attach caster wheels to the base. You may need to add blocking attached to the 1x8 boards to support the caster wheels.
The 1x6 board can be nailed and glued or screwed on. Keep outside edges flush.
Follow directions on bed lift kit for attaching the springs to the plywood and bed cavity. We adjusted ours quite a bit to get it just right.