Beautiful Built-In Bed Nook with Storage Drawers

We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! Next up in our Holiday Guest Series, we have a beautiful built-in bed nook that we found over on Instagram! Be sure to tag your best photos with #imaremodelaholic so we can find you, too!

The built-in storage bed that Debi and her husband built for their daughter is beautiful and Debi did a great job decorating it:


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Debi was kind enough to share the details with us so we could draw up some sketches for you (below) — and browse these other beautiful built-ins as you scroll down….

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Here's Debi with the details of her daughter's beautiful built-in bohemian style bed nook!

DIY Built-In Bed Nook
by Debi of DLR Designs For You

building plans by Remodelaholic


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Hi, my name is Debi. I’m so excited to share the built-in bed nook that my husband Mike and I created for our youngest daughter.  I have always loved decorating but it’s become a real passion within the past several years.  My home has been my main outlet for this passion but I think my next step needs to be branching out and helping others find and enjoy their design style because as my husband often jokes, how many times can you redecorate our master bedroom (I stopped counting after 4 )  You can visit me on Instagram at DLRDESIGNSFORYOU to check out all my other projects.

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BUILT-IN BED NOOK PROJECT PLANS ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST

Our daughter Emily wanted a bed nook that would go nicely with the bohemian/hippie style that she chose for her recent room renovation.

sketched dimensions for DIY bed nook

I explained the vision of this bed nook  to my hubby Mike:  that it needed sides with drapes in front that she could close when she wanted. We have a smallish home and space is at its premium so Mike likes to use a ‘built-in’ style for his carpentry projects. He came up with the idea to add 3 spacious drawers underneath because we all know teenage girls can never have too much drawer space.

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We started the bed nook plans using a twin size mattress for basic dimensions.  Mike sketched up the design & measurements and headed off to Home Depot for the needed lumber and supplies. He likes to use poplar lumber since it takes paint well & is more durable than traditional pine.  Mike cut the boards to size using his table saw and did all the pre-sanding in his workshop.  Since the staircase leading to the bedroom is quite tight, Mike had to do most of the assembly in Emilys room.  He likes to use pocket joinery (Kreg Jig) and glue, since it makes the actual building fast, easy & very strong.

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While Mike spent his time building and sweating the details, I spent hours in one of my favorite home stores, (Home Goods) finding all the right pillows because if bohemian style is what Emily wanted it meant a lot of comfy cozy pillows! This was a challenge for me, since using multiple patterns and brights pops of color put me a bit out of my comfort zone.


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Once the bed was put together we knew the back of the bed needed more texture , so we went with adding a shiplap look for that rustic feel. To keep the costs down Mike created the shiplap boards using 3/8” low grade knotty plywood cut in 6” strips with the corners knocked and sanded to give an aged look. Once that was complete, I had the task of painting. We used a white milk paint (General Finishes – Snow White) for the frame and sides of the bed, its durable and easy to clean with a very flat natural look.  Then I used a chalk paint from Joann's Craft Store for the wood panels. I chose a color with a little bit of a shade difference, just to add some depth. Once that was dried it was all about the hand sander & making those boards look old.

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Once the bed was completed, I then went to town adding all the finishing touches…..pillows, curtains, lights, a wooden shelf and distressed wood letters. What really softened the slab look of the drawers were the knobs that I pulled from my collection. Its funny how sometimes the smallest of items can make such a big impact. All that, took it from beautiful to giving it the WOW factor. It really went beyond what either one of us imagined it would look like!

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It is now Emily’s favorite spot to hang whether she’s texting, reading or playing her guitar. It’s also my husbands favorite place, since I have found him up there working away on his laptop, as Emily studies.

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Thanks so much for sharing with us, Debi! Such a wonderful addition to your daughter's room!

Remodelaholics, be sure to pop over to Instagram to see what Debi's been up to lately!

Make your own cozy built-in bed nook! Perfect for a teen or tween room, or for a guest room slash office, too! Project plans at Remodelaholic.com

Building Plans: Built-in Bed Nook

Please note: This is a rough sketch with dimensions, so please measure and double check for your bed and space. We did our best to match our plans to Debi's bed nook, but your built-in bed nook will most likely require different materials and dimensions for the top wall portion of the nook, and the shiplap walls. Please measure and plan accordingly to fit your space. 

Tools List

Materials Used

  • 3/8” low grade knotty plywood for the shiplap look in the nook
  • 1/2″ MDF
  • 3/4″ plywood
  • 3/4″ poplar
  • 1/4″ poplar
  • 2×4's
  • paint

Dimension Views

Front View

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Front View

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Close up of front view corner with face frame on.

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Close up the of front view without face frame on.

Top View

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Side View

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Cut List

See construction steps below and dimension view above for more info.

Bed Base

  • 84 ½” x 15 ¼” x ¾” – Middle Support
  • (2) 43” x 18” x ¾” – Sides
  • 1 – 86” x 3 ½” x ¾” – Top Rail
  • 1 – 86” x 4 ½” x ¾” – Bottom Rail
  • (4) 10” x 3” x ¾” – Stiles
  • (4) 21” x 3 ½” x 1 ½” – Middle Drawer Supports
  • (6) 21” x 4 ½” x 1 ½” – Side Drawer Hardware Supports
  • (1) 84 ½” x 3 ½” x 1 ½” – Back Frame
  • (2) 42 ½” x 3 ½” x 1 ½” – Side Frames
  • (2) 39 ½” x ¾” x ¾” – Side Lip
  • (2) 75” x ¾” x ¾” – Front and Back Lip
  • (2) 86” x 1 ½” x ¾” – Front and Back Top Trim
  • (2) 41 ½” x 4 ½” x ¾” – Top Trim Sides
  • (2) 44 ¾” x 1 ⅛” x ¼” – Side Edge Trim
  • (1) 86 ½” x 1 ⅛” x ¼” – Front Edge Trim
  • (3) 41 ½” x 24” x ¾” – Mattress Supports

Enclosure

  • (2) 69 ½” x 36” x ¾” – Enclosed Sides
  • (2) ~52” x 1 ⅛” x ¼” – Top Track Outside
  • (2) ~52” x 3/8” x ¾” – Top Track Inside
  • (2) 36” x 1 ⅛” x ¼” – Bottom Track Outside
  • (2) 36” x 3/8” x ¾” – Bottom Track Inside
  • Various Length x 6” x ½” – Nook Boards for Shiplap look
  • (2) ~32” x 1 ⅛” x ¼” – Back Corner Trim
  • (2) ~62 ½” x 1 ½” x ¾” – Side Front Trim
  • (1) 83” x 1 ½” x ¾” – Top Front Trim

Drawers

  • (6) 20 ¾” x 9” x ½” – Drawer Box Sides
  • (6) 23 11/16” x 9” x ½” – Drawer Box Front and Back
  • (3) 22 11/16” x 20 ¾” x ½” – Drawer Box Bottom
  • (3) 25 11/16” x 11” x ¾” – Drawer Front
  • (6) 25 11/16” x 1 ⅛” x ¼” – Drawer Front Top and Bottom Trim
  • (6) 11” x 1 ⅛” x ¼” – Drawer Front Side Trim

Bed Nook Construction

See the dimension views above for placement on each construction step. Secure pieces using pocket hole joinery and/or brad nails. 

Step 1: Middle Support

Cut: 84 ½” x 15 ¼” x ¾” – Middle Support

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Cut out notches on each top corner 4 1/2″ long by 3/4″ deep

Step 2: Sides

Cut: (2) 43” x 18” x ¾” – Sides

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Step 3: Front Rails and Stiles

Cut:

  • 1 – 86” x 3 ½” x ¾” – Top Rail
  • 1 – 86” x 4 ½” x ¾” – Bottom Rail
  • (4) 10” x 3” x ¾” – Stiles

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Step 4: Middle Drawer Supports

Cut: (4) 21” x 3 ½” x 1 ½” – Middle Drawer Supports

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Step 5: Hardware Supports

Cut: (6) 21” x 4 ½” x 1 ½” – Side Drawer Hardware Supports

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Step 6: Back and Side Frames

Cut:

(1) 84 ½” x 3 ½” x 1 ½” – Back Frame

(2) 42 ½” x 3 ½” x 1 ½” – Side Frames

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Step 7: Bed Rail Support Lips

Cut:

(2) 39 ½” x ¾” x ¾” – Side Lip

(2) 75” x ¾” x ¾” – Front and Back Lip

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Step 8: Top Trim

Cut:

(2) 86” x 1 ½” x ¾” – Front and Back Top Trim

(2) 41 ½” x 4 ½” x ¾” – Top Trim Sides

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Step 9: Additional Trim

Cut:

(2) 44 ¾” x 1 ⅛” x ¼” – Side Edge Trim

(1) 86 ½” x 1 ⅛” x ¼” – Front Edge Trim

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Step 10: Mattress Supports

Cut: (3) 41 ½” x 24” x ¾” – Mattress Supports

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Steps 11-14 cover building the enclosure; modify these dimensions as needed to fit your space. 

Step 11: Enclosure Sides

Cut: (2) 69 ½” x 36” x ¾” – Enclosed Sides

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Step 12

Cut:

(2) ~52” x 1 ⅛” x ¼” – Top Track Outside

(2) ~52” x 3/8” x ¾” – Top Track Inside

(2) 36” x 1 ⅛” x ¼” – Bottom Track Outside

(2) 36” x 3/8” x ¾” – Bottom Track Inside

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Step 13: Enclosure Details

Cut:

Various Length x 6” x ½” – Nook Boards for Shiplap look

(2) ~32” x 1 ⅛” x ¼” – Back Corner Trim

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Step 14: Enclosure Trim

(2) ~62 ½” x 1 ½” x ¾” – Side Front Trim

(1) 83” x 1 ½” x ¾” – Top Front Trim

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Step 15: Drawer Boxes

Cut:

(6) 20 ¾” x 9” x ½” – Drawer Box Sides

(6) 23 11/16” x 9” x ½” – Drawer Box Front and Back

(3) 22 11/16” x 20 ¾” x ½” – Drawer Box Bottom

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Step 16: Drawer Fronts

Cut: (3) 25 11/16” x 11” x ¾” – Drawer Front

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Step 17: Drawer Trim

Cut:

(6) 25 11/16” x 1 ⅛” x ¼” – Drawer Front Top and Bottom Trim

(6) 11” x 1 ⅛” x ¼” – Drawer Front Side Trim

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Final Bed Nook Assembly
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There you have it.  Now you can go and make your own bed nook.

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Awesome job! However, this is a difficult job based off of the “plans” since there is no explanation of what wood to use where (plywood, poplar, or MDF) nor is there an illustration of where to use the Kreg jig. This is a good starting point I guess.