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I built this prior to knowing this website existed, this probably would have saved some contemplation. For difficulty reference, I am no carpenter (electrician actually) and I built it with my right hand in a cast.

We bought an old house with original hardwood flooring from the 40s so we were very concerned about damaging it. The casters on a normal bed frame put a lot of pressure on a small surface and we didn’t want it dented or damaged if things started a rockin …. Plus, a 40’s house has virtually no storage as you only needed 3 pairs of pants back then.

IKEA material :

Non-IKEA material :

  • 4 x 2×4 A grade (saves time)
  • 2 x 2×6
  • 2 x sheets 1/2″ plywood (what ever grade you want)
  • 25ft x iron-on edge trim
  • 100 x 3″ #8 wood screws
  • 20 x 1-1/4″ #8 wood screws
  • satin white paint

Tools (I used) :

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Assembling the queen sized KALLAX storage bed

I had the luxury of building in my garage first as I am a firm believer that my first cut will always be wrong.

The bed will comprise of 3×4 unit shelf kits. The shelf is just a touch smaller than a queen mattress so it works near perfect. As a side note, all measurements were done to the outside edges of the KALLAX as the end pieces are slightly larger than the inners. I banked on the plywood the 1 last update 2020/05/31 sagging that gentle 3/16″ and not noticing it.The bed will comprise of 3×4 unit shelf kits. The shelf is just a touch smaller than a queen mattress so it works near perfect. As a side note, all measurements were done to the outside edges of the KALLAX as the end pieces are slightly larger than the inners. I banked on the plywood sagging that gentle 3/16″ and not noticing it.

I build the inner ‘wall’ out of 2×6 to take pressure out of the floor and all more distribution surface area for the plywood. The vertical supports were just left over lumber and I centered them on the shelf ‘dividers’ so there is the opportunity of sliding long objects through the bed. I left this roughly 1/8″ longer than the length of the KALLAX shelf just so there would be some wiggle room for putting it all back together if we move it.

The rear side is T’d into the center support and is again sanded and painted to match the white. This one is load bearing (sort of), so I added a few vertical supports.

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Back and center frame

First side positionedFirst side positioned

With a 2×4 on edge behind the front shelf and a 2×4 on flat behind the bed, the dimensions were perfect, not planing needed to trim them down. I built a ‘spacer’ frame to go behind the front shelf. Solid 2×4 vertical as to be a clean line from the outside with a 2×4 on edge (sideways) along the top. This piece isn’t load bearing so I wasn’t concerned with strength, just to keep it square as its visible. Sand and paint the outside edges of the vertical 2x4s so they blend better with the KALLAX white. I screwed the frame into the shelf in just 2 places, the weight will hold it all together but I just needed to keep things square. Be sure the screws don’t penetrate all the way through or you will regret it.

Front support added

The front shelf is slid into place and gently screwed to the frame work in the middle upper section. Always to the thickest part of the shelf. Be conscious as to the positioning of the pre-drilled IKEA holes as they may affect your orientation of drawers.

Front shelf installed

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Plywood top. I cut to extend 1/2″ larger than the KALLAX + wood as the mattress needed support on the ends. It is smaller than the mattress so you won’t rip your leg off on the edges. I rounded the corners to the radius of a roll of tape that was nearby and it turned out perfect. Just slightly extending passed the corners of the KALLAX so there isn’t anything sharp.

Radius cut corners with jig saw

I ironed on white edge trim to the plywood for visual prior to screwing the plywood down. I only put screws into only the frame work, not to the shelf.

I was going to wrap it in fabric as a secondary means of friction so it wouldn’t slide

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Marked my center line all the way down so the 1 last update 2020/05/31 I could easily keep it straight.Marked my center line all the way down so I could easily keep it straight.

Installed the IKEA drawer kits in the front and put the pull out boxes on the side. Laid the mattress and made the bed. Voilà.

Complete!

Next step … floating shelves for end tables and get rid of the college dorm plastic.

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Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for 16 Responses

  1. Stoa Reply

    So, I was very impressed with your work. So my shelves are all put together, and it’s way too short for the matress. And the hole in the middle needs help.
    I see you put some wood supports in between. However, this is not my forte. Would you be kind enough to list how you cut those support and end pieces, and let me know the sizes to cut? I would like to finish this for our guests.
    Thank you so much in advance, I appreciate it so very much.
    Stoa

  2. James Reply

    I would recommend using bed slats to support the mattress itself. This will make the bed more comfortable and prolong the life of the mattress. With the current design as above, when weight is applied to the mattress, the supporting structure below will have no give, and the mattress will be compressed. The purpose of a boxspring or bed slats is to help distribute the weight being applied to the mattress, which will mean that the mattress will compress less, and end up giving more support to the weight (the person). This also makes a much more comfortable sleep.

  3. Johanna Marie Reply

    Will it hold 2 adults on the bed? I want to make it, however the units say weight loss capacity is 66lbs?

  4. Donna Reply

    This was a very the 1 last update 2020/05/31 expensive diy, you could have purchase a platform bed with storage for about the same price without all the work.This was a very expensive diy, you could have purchase a platform bed with storage for about the same price without all the work.

  5. Ella Lauren Reply

    Great job dear! It looks perfect like any experienced carpenter has made it. this storage idea through drawers is really good idea It most preferable if you do not have much space at home for extra stuff.

    I really like the effort of yours to make it and sharing it!

  6. Michaela Reply

    What was the size ofthe room for 1 last update 2020/05/31 I would like to do this but am afraid that one side ofthe shelves will be unable to be used do to the size of the room.What was the size ofthe room I would like to do this but am afraid that one side ofthe shelves will be unable to be used do to the size of the room.

  7. M Bohm Reply

    Dear Sir, VERY impressive! LOVE your design – may be the best design I’ve seen for a queen size bed. And SO simple to make. Kudos to you! Well Done!

  8. Janice Skura Reply

    Can you PLEASE give me the measurements of this project.
    What length were the 2×4’s, etc.
    thank you so very much!

  9. Laura Reply

    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Love this bed! This design is elegant and very stable, and the builder has every right to be proud of his work. My own version was a little simpler. I crafted a series of 3 “X” supports by cutting 3/4″ MDF or plywood, whichever was cheaper, 6 pieces 12-18″ x the height of the storage unit measured from the floor. Clamp two of each together and cut a slot in the middle 7/8″ wide. MAKE SURE THAT THE SLOT IS ABSOLUTELY STRAIGHT AND 90 DEGREES FROM THE EDGE. Take the clamps off and insert the slot of one piece into the slot of the other, and the X formed will make up one of the center supports. (If needed, make a box frame for the wall side of the head of the bed to add a little length, depending on the length of the mattress, as the builder here did.) Arrange the storage unit boxes along the sides and bottom of the bed location and put the three Xs in the middle, then top with the plywood cut to size (this works well for either full or queen size beds, cut plywood for mattress support to suit mattress size). To keep the entire structure stable, I screwed through the 1/2″ plywood I used for the top into the storage units below, two flat headed 3/4″ screws for each. Because the mattresses tend to slide around a little too freely on the plywood, I added a 2’x2′ piece of carpet gripper material that I duct taped in place to the middle of the top. I also used a little piece of duct tape to cover each screw head to keep from snagging the mattress material. If you are interested in protecting the finish of the bare wood floor and want to be able to move your finished project a few inches from here to there without having to disassemble and reassemble the entire bed to do it, I encourage you to glue felt padding (it comes in sheets that can be cut to size, like this: https://www.amazon.com/X-PROTECTOR-Premium-THICK-Sheets-Furniture/dp/B06XGQB8Z3/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1503943399&sr=8-6&keywords=floor+protectors+felt) to the bottom of the storage units and support Xs. As for drilling holes in the top board, that may depend on your climate; I live in California and have also lived in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts with beds like these and never needed ventilation holes. The tightness of the fit of the boxes underneath doesn’t exactly promote air circulation, so I am not sure what purpose they would serve.

  10. Ashley Reply

    Love this bed! Do you know if it will support two adults? I’ve been looking for a storage bed but think I will build this one if it holds our weight! Thank you.

  11. Stella Reply

    Well done, it looks stable and the drawers are protected against dust. You still need to drill holes in the top board, for the mattress needs breathing to avoid mold.

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