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DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Storage Base for the Twin House Bed

05.21.18 By //

Ready to upgrade your Twin House Bed? How about some amazing storage tucked away beneath it? This storage base features 6 spacious drawers and plywood panels to keep all of the kid crumbs out of said drawers. This plan is the perfect compliment to our Twin House Bed Platform + Chimney. Let’s get building!

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$175-$225

  • 3 – 1×2 at 8’
  • 6 – 1×4 at 8′
  • 3 – 3/4” plywood at 4’x8’
  • 2 – 1×4 at 6’ 3” – Base Frame A
  • 2 – 1×4 at 2’ 8” – Base Frame B
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 3’ 3”x9-1/4” – Base A
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 6’ 1-1/2”x9-1/4” – Base B
  • 4 – 3/4” plywood at 1’ 7-1/8”x9-1/4” – Base C
  • 12 – 1×2 at 1’ 6-3/8” – Drawer Guides
  • 12 – 1×4 at 2’ – Crumb Cover Supports
  • 12 – 3/4” plywood at 1’ 5”x6-1/2” – Drawer Sides
  • 6 – 3/4” plywood at 1’ 10-1/4”x1’ 5” – Drawer Bottoms
  • 6 – 3/4” plywood at 1’ 10-1/4”x5-3/4” – Drawer Backs
  • 6 – 3/4” plywood at 1’ 11-3/4”x9” – Drawer Fronts
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 6’x1’ 5-1/4” – Crumb Covers

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.

Cut the pieces for Base Frame A and Base Frame B (shown here in white for contrast). With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Base Frame B pieces. Assemble the Base Frame B pieces to the Base Frame A pieces as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Next, cut the pieces for the Base A pieces (shown here in white for contrast). With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the bottom edge of the Base A pieces. Assemble the Base A pieces to Base Frame A and B pieces as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. If desired, attach edge banding to the short edges of the Base A pieces for a more finished look.

Cut the Base B piece. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the ends of the Base B piece. Assemble the Base B piece to the Base A pieces as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Cut the Base C pieces. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes as shown in the Base C pieces. Assemble the Base C pieces as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. If desired, attach edge banding to the short outside edge of the Base C pieces for a more finished look.

Cut the Drawer Guide pieces. Assemble the Drawer pieces as shown with glue and 1-1/4” wood screws.

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

Cut the Drawer Side and Drawer Bottom pieces. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes as shown in the Drawer Side and Drawer Bottom pieces. Assemble the pieces as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

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

Cut the Drawer Front pieces. Assemble the Drawer Front pieces to the Drawer Side and Drawer Bottom pieces as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Attach drawer pulls as specified by manufacturer’s recommendations. If desired, attach edge banding to the all edges of the Drawer Front pieces for a more finished look.

Install the Drawers. There should be a 1/8” gap along all sides of the Drawers.

Cut the pieces for the Crumb Covers. Assemble the Crumb Cover pieces as shown with glue and 1-1/4” wood screws.

Place the Twin House Bed on top of the Twin House Bed Storage Base as shown (we are only showing the very bottom of the Twin House Bed in white for contrast). Use 2-1/2” wood screws through the 2x4s of the Twin House Bed Base into the Crumb Covers to secure.

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

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