Twin Storage (Captains) Bed

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 05/20/2010 - 13:12
Difficulty
Beginner
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We already have a storage daybed plan, and it has been very very popular. But this plan is for a twin storage bed, meaning it has storage on three sides. This bed is also (in my opinion) easier to build. But the downside is the cubbies are not as deep and there is less storage. Special thanks to Shanty 2 Chic for sharing their amazing photos with us.

Dimensions
Dimensions for a Twin. Full, queen, and even king plans available online.

Preparation

Shopping List

Please reference the full size bed for a materials list here.

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Cut List

CUT LIST FOR TWIN END BASE UNIT ONLY
2 – 1×12 @ 39″ (Tops and Bottoms of the Boxes)
2 – 1×12 @ 15″ (Sides of the Boxes)
1 – 1×12 @ 12 3/4″ (Center Divider of Boxes)
1/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 15″ x 40 1/2″ (Back of Box)
2 – 1×2 @ 40 1/2″ (Top and Bottom Trim)
2 – 1×2 @ 12″ (End Trim)
11 – 1×3 @ 15 1/2″ (Slats) (you can buy a couple less 1x3s for the twin version)

Cutting Instructions

You will need to review the <a href="/2010/05/furniture-plans-full-size-storage-bed.html">Full Size Bed Plans</a> to make the longer side cubbies first. This plan is simply for the end bench to convert the Full to Twin.

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

REFERENCE THE FULL SIZE PLAN
This plan is a basic modification of the full size bed that you will find here. Please reference this plan for the shopping list, tools, and general instructions. Remember, you will need to build (2) side bases from the full size plan, but DO NOT BUILD the end base unit. The following plan will replace the end base unit from the Full Size Storage Bed Plan.

Instructions

Step 1

Build the two side benches from the full size bed (shown above). DO NOT build the end bench. Instead, you will build this bench as follows, sized for a twin mattress.

Step 2

BUILD THE BOX
Build your box using 2″ screws and glue as shown above. Check for square.

Step 3

BACK
Attach the back with 1 1/4″ Screws and glue

Step 4

TRIM
Fasten with 1 1/4″ finish nails and glue the trim to the face. You can alternately use screws, but if you are staining, the screw heads will be difficult to hide. Another option is to build the frame using a Kreg Jig™ and then attach to the face.

Step 5

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Follow the instructions for the Full Size Storage Bed for finishing and assembly.

Comments

amanda (not verified)

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 10:56

Does anyone know what the estimated cost of this bed is?? Also I am new to this so a little confused. Where can I get the list of materials and directions for this whole bed and not just the end box?

Laura (not verified)

Fri, 01/07/2011 - 12:27

WOW! Thank you soo much for sharing all your wonderful plans:) I'm recently married with a 9 year old and now a 6 year old step daughter and this is going to be our first project! These plans fit my daughters room perfectly and gives her a place for sleepovers when her step sis isn't here! We plan to use many more of your plans as we have lots of mismatched furniture from both of us but its just not in our budget to go out and buy all brand new stuff BUT with your fabulous plans we can take it room by room and make exactly what we want/need for WAY less money. I really can't tell you how much I appreciate your site <3

farm-marm (not verified)

Mon, 01/10/2011 - 13:06

Has anyone modified this plan for toddler size? I am in the process of adding on a room to the house for my 2 & 4 yo's. I have the crib mattresses but not the beds. I love the corner/hutch idea for the headbord end of the beds. I would do Bunks but they would fight over the top one and my sweet 4yo has delayed abilities, so is not quite able to master climbing the stairs. Besides all that, the room is only going to be 10x12 with the closet taking up some of that floor space...if anyone knows how to do this in toddler size and has the plans please send them to me!! :o) We'll be done with th remodel in a few weeks!!

Katrina (not verified)

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 18:48

Is there any reason why I wouldn't be able to or wouldn't want to extend the cubbies under the bed to the center and put 4 drawers under there?

Lizz (not verified)

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 13:45

I love the idea! Do you know what dementions I would need to do this for a king bed? Does anyone know if I would be just changing dementions or if I would have to do different support?

Zoe (not verified)

Wed, 11/28/2012 - 12:35

Hey! Loved your combo plan so much, I chose it for my husband to make this weekend when I am out of town. We've been married 20 years, and still don't have a head board. 7 kids. No headboard. Needless to say, we've got plenty of use out of the mattress (at least 7 times, right). I am excited to come home Sunday night and see the bed done as my Christmas present. I want an expresso Pottery Barn look. Do you recommend dark brown paint or stain? We'll keep you posted on finished product. Thanks for your inspiration!

Zoe (not verified)

Wed, 11/28/2012 - 12:35

Hey! Loved your combo plan so much, I chose it for my husband to make this weekend when I am out of town. We've been married 20 years, and still don't have a head board. 7 kids. No headboard. Needless to say, we've got plenty of use out of the mattress (at least 7 times, right). I am excited to come home Sunday night and see the bed done as my Christmas present. I want an expresso Pottery Barn look. Do you recommend dark brown paint or stain? We'll keep you posted on finished product. Thanks for your inspiration!