Jan
27
2015
The Design Confidential It's Friday I'm In Love // Tuesday Edition + January Reset

I have been trying to get this fabulous roundup of things I am currently loving, published since Friday - I'm obviously winning and firing on all cylinders, no? To be fair, it was my baby seester's birthday and we had a game of hot Yahtzee on the books, following cake and presents. I had to prepare, my friends, and work on my poker face. Also I needed to practice doing math in my head, since that is apparently my weakness. Complicated mathematical calculations and fractions are my jam, but 2 plus 17 plus 6 kind of stuff - not so much.

I am in the midst of a major life altering overhaul in every room in my home. Spring cleaning has come early this year and I am all about reducing and ridding myself of excess. Since I can't actually get rid of everything and must keep a few things, I have been crushing on stylish storage and productivity promoting goods. It is so freeing, I can't even tell you. I feel 10 pounds lighter from getting rid of clothing I have been carting around with me for the last 10 or more years.

Roundup of Organization and Storage for The Design Confidential It's Friday I'm In Love // Tuesday Edition + January Reset

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I stick to basics in my everyday life, so I figure my home should reflect that. For those things I use and want to keep, I will be upgrading many of them to higher quality goods or a more grownup version wherever possible. Since this Naturally, I am crushing on stylish storage and productivity promoting goods to help me organize and stay on task. I am a donating and organizing machine right now and this is not even a slight exaggeration (can't wait to show you my big big project - squeal - so good). If it isn't nailed down (and even if it is), it is going in the donate pile, going to live in it's forever home in a storage bin or drawer, or getting relocated and put back up with a new nail in a new spot that works better for me. The first step on the road to recovery is admitting that even though you have a complete system in place, it is obviously not working and is absolutely ok to throw said system in the virtual trash bin and begin again with a new system.

Part of that system, at least for me, is going to be adorable and durable storage solutions that look good while they are letting it all hang out. Control the chaos and consider the children - this is my new mantra. My boys make more messes and smears than I could have ever imagined when they were angelic babes in bunny suits and blankets. But they need to learn to help wrangle toys and put things away, especially if I want to have any hope that another gal will take them in when they are grown and make decent husbands of them. I'm hoping that if I make clean up accessible to them given their ages, I stand a 5% chance they may actually pick up their stuff after I rant and rave for an hour. Fingers Crossed...

You can check out my expanded curated collection of handmade Goods to promote a January Refresh and browse my inspirations to help keep me motivated and on track over on Pinterest

Jan
26
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Duet Bunk Bed

If you have more than one kiddo and they have things - maybe even quite a few things- a bunk bed with rolling trundle and bookshelf storage is going to be your new bff slash sanity saver. Today's plan is an exciting one but it is quite a whopper of a furniture plan, broken down into a lot of steps, so I am breaking it up into 2 parts for easier digesting! Otherwise we will be here all week typing out the instructions... eek! This plan focuses on the upper and lower bunk beds or basically the bunk bed portion of this plan - duh! The next plan will cover the rolling trundle and the bookshelves. I can't wait to see your builds of this project, don't forget to submit them to our Builder's Showcase

The Deets
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Duet Bunk Bed

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$525-$575
Dimensions
Dimensions for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Duet Bunk Bed
Tools
Lumber
  • 6 – 1x2 at 8’
  • 16 – 1x4 at 8’
  • 8 – 2x4 at 8’
  • 6 – 2x6 at 8’
  • 3 – 4x4 at 8’
  • 1 – 1/4” sheet of plywood at 2’x4’
  • 5 – 3/4” sheets of plywood at 4’x8’
Materials
Cut List
  • 4 – 4x4 at 70” – Bed Posts
  • 4 – 2x4 at 78” – Back Panel Frames
  • 4 – 2x4 at 43” – Side Panel Frames
  • 4 – 2x6 at 82”  - Front and Back Rails
  • 4 – 1x4 at 82” – Front and Back Cleats
  • 4 – 2x6 at 43” – Side Rails
  • 2 – 1x2 at 55-1/2” – Front Frame Top and Bottom
  • 2 – 1x2 at 12-1/2” – Front Frame Sides
  • 2 – 2x4 at 57-3/4” – Ladder Rails
  • 5 – 2x4 at 18” – Ladder Rungs
  • 28 – 1x4 at 40”– Slats
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 15”x78” – Panel A
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 12-1/2”x78” – Panel B
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 11”x43” – Panel C
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 8-1/2”x43” – Panel D
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 9-1/2”x55-1/2” – Panel E
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 11”x43” – Panel F
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 28-1/4”x43” – Panel G
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 8-1/2”x43” – Panel H
Instructions

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Cut the pieces for the Bed Posts and Panel Frames. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in the both ends of each Panel Frame piece. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws.

Posts and Frame for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Duet Bunk Bed
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Front and Back Rails and Front and Back Cleats. Attach a Cleat to the bottom edge of a Rail using 2” Wood Screws. Clamp each Rail/Cleat “set” into place as shown, leaving a 1-1/2” space on each end for the Side Rails. The Rail, Cleat, and bottom of the Panel Frame should be flush with one another. After making sure that everything is completely square and aligned, use a 7/16” Drill Bit to drill through the Rail, Cleat, and Bed Post. You should have two holes on each end for the Bolts. Fasten with Carriage Bolts and Tighten. This step should be done a total of 4 times – twice for the top bed (front and back) and twice for the bottom bed (front and back).

Long Rails and Cleats for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Duet Bunk Bed
Step 3

Cut the pieces for Side Rails. With the Kreg jig still set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Side Rails. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws.

Side Rails for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Duet Bunk Bed
Step 4

Next, cut the pieces for the Front Frame. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Front Frame Top and Bottom. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Attach the Front Frame to the Front Rail with 2-1/2” wood screws.

Upper Guard Rail for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Duet Bunk Bed
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Ladder Rails and Ladder Rung. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Ladder Rungs. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Attach the Ladder to the Bed with glue and 2-1/2” wood screws.

Ladder for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Duet Bunk Bed
Step 6

Cut the pieces for the Bed Slats. On each end of the bed, there will be three Slats placed next to each other. The reason for this is that the Bunk Beds need to be longer than necessary to accommodate the Trundle underneath. Because of this, a twin-sized mattress will be approximately 6” shorter than the length of the Bunk Bed. We have extra Slats at the ends because we don’t want any feet falling through the Bed! Repeat for both the top and the bottom Bed, laying out the Slats with spacing as shown. Attach the Bed Slats to the Cleats with 1-1/2” wood screws.

Bed Slats for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Duet Bunk Bed
Step 7

Cut the pieces for the Panels. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each side of each Panel. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

(back view followed by front view)

Back View Panels for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Duet Bunk Bed
Front View Panels for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Duet Bunk Bed
Step 8

We will pick up right here next time and build the bookcase and trundle, yahoo! 

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Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

Note
Disclaimer

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Jan
23
2015
The Design Confidential Room Envy // A Tall Drink of Water + 5 Things

This room is everything. Really it's more like a wall within a room, but still... soooo good. This space is like a tall drink of water in the Sahara - relaxing and serene yet filled with life, warm and calm like a gentle breeze in the hot desert sun. It draws me in like a stressed out mama to netflix with the promise of hours upon end of binge watching the last season of Peaky Blinders (so good - by the way).

It has been a while since I have posted a Room Envy article and 5 things so I thought today would be the perfect occasion! If this is your first Room Envy + 5 Things here at the House of TDC, you can read past articles here, and they are basically my chance to share a room or space that seems to represent a life or lifestyle worthy of envy and 5 things about me that you likely don't know. A little up close and personal with a bit of pretty inspiration thrown in, so here goes...

1 // I am supposed to be at ALT this very minute and instead I am sitting here with a sad face moping about how fab last year's ALT was, while I focus on everything I am missing out on. Ya, a pretty positive way to handle things, no?

2 // I turned 35 in November. In many ways it was unremarkable, which I consider a good thing, because it is not lost on me that I very likely seem older to younger people and I am now officially no longer part of the young adult crowd. At 35 I can't even stretch my imagination to claim such a thing. It isn't as if I could at 30, but I guess it finally dawned on me that I am now seen differently from the outside world than I feel on the inside. It is a weird dichotomy, to be sure.

The Design Confidential Room Envy // A Tall Drink of Water + 5 Things

3 // I get to have my wisdom teeth removed in two weeks. Yep, lucky me, at the not-so-young age of 35 I get to party like a young buck with nothing but a popsicle and water diet. Maybe I will lose 5 pounds in the process... A gal can dream can't she?

4 // This Room Envy space is actually the inspiration for my Dining Room. You saw my unlikely nightsand turned dining room storage and display and I will be sharing other tidbits next week. I am not sure how close to the original inspiration the room will actually be, but it was a fabulous jumping off point.

5 // I am working on one of the greatest makeovers of all time, while I am chipping away at the Dining Room. It is a whopper of a before and after reveal, I can say that for sure and I am not even close to the after yet. Well that isn't precisely true, I guess I am more than half way finished and it is incredible already. I will be sharing the before pictures with you next week also! But you have to promise not to judge... or at least not to judge to harshly, eek!

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