How to Make a DIY Storage Bed Using an Ikea Bookcase

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When I first moved into my tiny apartment, I knew that I really wanted a storage bed but had a lot of trouble finding one for cheap. Then I remembered that my old bed in my childhood home was not a real bed frame at all but an old bookcase with a mattress on top and thought hey, why not just do the same thing and build a DIY storage bed in my new place? This would work with almost any kind of bookcase as long as it’s sturdy and the right dimensions, but since Ikea Expedit bookcases are in abundance and can be gotten for super cheap second hand on craigslist, I recommend you use those. The Ikea Expedit also has a built in grid system that’s great for organizing all of your junk and is a nice height as well. On top of all that, it’s really easy to take this “storage bed” apart when you outgrow it so you can effortlessly return the bookshelf back to its original purpose or sell it. Read on for the full DIY tutorial.

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YOU WILL NEED:

– One 4 x 4 grid Ikea Expedit bookshelf (lots of choices for cheap on craigslist)
– One full size mattress
– 2 sheets of 3/4′ thick plywood cut to 38″ wide x 58″ long
– Velcro
– White paint (optional)

So essentially, your DIY storage bed will be the Ikea bookcase lying on its side, a layer of the plywood, and then your mattress on top. You can store things you don’t need all the time like snowboots, old documents and extra bedding in the grid boxes of the bookcase and whenever you do need them, you just flip your mattress up, lift up the plywood panels and then you have access to your stuff. Technically you could use one large sheet of plywood instead of two smaller ones but it’s easier to transport the smaller pieces, and it’s also easier to flip them up when you need to access your stuff.

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3 Comments

    1. Thanks for your question Caroline. You would need to move the bed in order to access them. So yes, it’s a bit of a hassle, and I’d recommend this option for storing things you don’t need to access all the time like seasonal clothing. Hope this helps!

  1. A full-size mattress is 75 inches long and the bookcase is only 58 inches long. Do you let the ends hang off the bookcase?

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