This video shows you how to turn seven standard kitchen cabinets from IKEA into a platform bed with storage underneath. It's a perfect solution for anyone with limited closet or attic space. Please be sure to read this entire description before asking a question. Before you consider building this bed, be sure to check out the Q&A Page.
The approximate cost of this project was $480, roughly broken down as follows:
$355 – Cabinets
$85 – Lumber
$40 – Paneling, carpet, knobs
Details about the cabinets and other supplies can be found on the Q&A Page.
The bed has been tested with three full-size adults and two dogs so I'm not worried about weight capacity of the bed, but please feel free to add support if you feel it is needed. The “steps” are a different situation, however. The cabinets alone are probably fine for pets or young children, but they will not last with the weight of adults and require additional support not shown in the video. I recommend doubling the thickness of the tops by sandwiching a solid wood or melamine shelf across the “step” cabinets, screwed from inside the cabinets into the shelf above using 1.25″ screws (be sure to drill pilot holes). You can then lay paneling or carpet on top of that double-layer sandwich. This topic is covered in the Q&A Session.
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Space off the Floor
One minor detail that I omitted from the video: I installed four plastic furniture glides under every cabinet (one in each corner) to keep them off the floor by approximately 1/4″. These will prevent the cabinets from scratching the floor, and prevent the doors from rubbing on the floor. If you have carpeting, you may need to build up the cabinets even higher to prevent the doors from rubbing on the carpet.
Several people have asked if this could be made free-standing so they don't have to attach it to the wall. If you want to structurally incorporate the cabinets in the design, as I've done here, I recommend attaching it to the wall because the wall provides a huge amount of stability.
If you want to build a bed like this without attaching it to the walls, check out the Free-Standing Version.
If you think this project is too hard to build, it's really not. Check out all of my Subscriber Stories for inspiration from some of the many people who have built this project.
Adding a Television
Wondering how you can place a television that is comfortable to watch in this bed? I have the answer right here.
Are you a Dog Lover like me?
This video ends with a cameo by our loveable dachshund, appropriately named “Oscar”. Isn't he the cutest thing ever?
Contrary to popular belief, I DID NOT build this bed for him! But the carpeted steps definitely make it dachshund-accessible and he often lays up there to spend time with Becca.
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