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No matter where you are in your woodworking skills, a bed can be the perfect project to meet you where you are and help you improve you skills. It’s a project everyone can use, and customization can end up making a huge difference with how it can work in a given space.

If you’re new to making stuff, building a bed is probably one of the best places to start. You can go from a simple design all the way up to a more complicated build. Either way, a bed is a great place to start. 

  1. Library Bed
  2. Combining Beds
  3. Bed Lumber
  4. Bed Plans
  5. Building the Bed Frame
  6. Built-In Drawers
  7. Finishing Touches

1.Library Bed

A few weeks ago, Josh built a loft bed for one of his sons in order to maximize the space in his sons shared bedroom. This week he built the second bed and it’s much different than the first. Both boys have different personalities and he wanted their beds to reflect that. This time around, he took pieces of beds we’ve made before on the channel and morphed them into one really cool Library Bed.

2. Combining Beds

First, he took the base and built in drawers from the canopy bed Bob made for his daughter. Next, Josh took the built in shelving design from the Murphy bed he built for his guest room and from the simple bookshelf. Last, he added the wardrobe that he built in the Loft Bed. 

3. Bed Lumber

To get started, the team went to the local hardware store to pick up plywood that was also cut down in store to fit in vehicles. Last time, we heard several comments about whether the hardware store would be willing to do this – for us, it’s been 100% of the time. Maybe try bribing with candy?

4. Bed Plans

Back at Josh’s shop, we took the plans Forby created for this bed (that you can get too!) and we organized the wood throughout the shop. This build includes a lot of different previous plans so being organized is key. Josh put together this bed with plenty of pocket holes just like before – including the drawers. 

5.Building the Bed Frame

To start, he built the frame and the drawers. Once that was in the room, he moved on to putting together the shelves and wardrobe. When cutting down these pieces out of the plywood, it was important to note the direction of the wood grain for the pieces that wouldn’t be painted. He wanted the surfaces to be flowing in the same direction. 

6.Built-In Drawers

For the drawers, Josh used the Kreg cabinet pull jig to set the handles at the same distance for every drawer face. He designed the bed with two front side drawers, 1 front drawer, and a second faux drawer to tie it all together. 

 

7. Finishing Touches

After a quick paint job with the same paint as the loft bed, the Library Bed was looking complete. We filled the shelves with books, Lego, and family pictures. By adding the built in drawers Josh was able to take out the old dresser from the room allowing even more floor space. 

The best part about building beds is that they can all be made from ripping down plywood using a circular saw if you don’t have a table saw and a pocket hole jig. Putting together the base was super simple – even without the drawers. For this project to be manageable, Josh built the base, then put together the built in shelving unit, and then the wardrobe and last, tied them all together with pocket holes. By separating this huge build into three small projects, he was able to knock it out in just a few days. 

We think a bed is the BEST woodworking project that you can do – what do you think one would be?