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

Bill (not verified)

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 17:04

it would be really cool if you could either provide the inside size or dimensions for a Drawer. i love these plans though. thinking they are on my agenda next.

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nickkarim

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 14:37

Great plan, I'm building this, but adding a support piece under the center dividers...the 3/4" gap underneath with bow under weight.  I would also have the top plywood piece rest on top of the end panels for added strength.