DIY Twin Storage Bed – IKEA Hack

If you have kiddos, you are probably constantly trying to figure out how to keep the toys under control, but I think I just nailed it with this (semi) DIY twin storage bed that I designed and built.

Who knew kids came with so many little things that seem to jump out and stab the bottom of your foot and trying to keep them all organized so that they can actually be played with is a constant struggle. So when I was searching for a big boy bed for my little big boy, storage that he could easily get to was an absolute must.

But I just couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for.

I’d seen some storage solutions at IKEA that were perfect, so I came up with a way to incorporate them into my twin storage bed design and the result is better than I ever could have imagined.

The best part is, I had all of the wood cut at The Home Depot which means you don’t need a saw to complete this project. Which also means less time, and less mess for you! -Your’e welcome. (Check out the supplies list for a list of cuts from each piece of wood.)

IKEA Hack - DIY Twin Storage Bed

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I designed and made this twin storage bed using the standard dimensions for a twin mattress ( 39 x 75 inches.) The final dimensions of the bed frame are 42 x 78 inches and 30 1/2 inches tall, including an 8 inch mattress.

You’ll need…

Tip: If you order all of your supplies at HomeDepot.com they will pull all of your items and have them waiting at the store for you so you don’t have to walk around trying to find what you need. Once you pay, you can take your wood to the back of the store and they will make your cuts free of charge. This has saved me so much time.

IKEA Hack - DIY Twin Storage Bed

How to make a twin storage bed with TROFAST Ikea Shelves

To make things easy, mark each piece with the letters you see above (or on the cut list) cause I will be referring to each piece with the letters.

Step 1: Build your 2 IKEA TROFAST shelves according to the instructions.

If you’re using the pine TROFAST you’ll need to give it a light sanding so your paint will stick properly. Sanding the wood before you put it together will save you time and make it easier. Wipe it down with a damp cloth after sanding to remove any dust.

Step 2: Lightly sand the edges of your plywood pieces.

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Step 3: Paint

Paint the inside and just one outer side of both of your TROFAST shelves. Using a small foam roller will give you nice coverage and make for a really nice finish without brush marks.

I did 2 coats letting the first coat dry for about an hour before applying the second coat.

IKEA Hack - DIY Twin Storage Bed

You’ll also paint one side and the edges of all of your pine plywood pieces. (You will not need to paint the 2 x 4 pieces.)IKEA Hack - DIY Twin Storage Bed

Assemble the side panels of the twin bed frame

Set your kreg jig to 3/4 of an inch (because that’s the thickness of the plywood that we’re using.)

Step 4: Lay piece C (just one of them) painted side down. Lay one A piece along the short edge of piece C, lining up the bottom edges. Then mark where the A piece stops with a pencil. Remove the A piece.IKEA Hack - DIY Twin Storage Bed

Step 5: Drill 3 pocket holes with your kreg jig. You will have 1 pocket hole at each edge (one edge being the mark you just made) and one in the middle.

Step 6: Then place piece C up against something heavy with one A piece sandwiched between them so they create an L shape and the painted sides are facing out. The bottom edges of the boards will line up on one end and piece A will go up to the mark you made on the other end.

You’ll want to put this up against something heavy so that as you push to drill in your screw, your boards don’t move.

Step 7: Insert a kreg screw into each pocket hole to attach the 2 pieces (A and C) together.IKEA Hack - DIY Twin Storage Bed

Step 8: On the opposite short side of piece C, place one D piece, 4 inch side down, so that the side of the 2 x 4 lines up with the edge of the plywood and the bottom of piece D lines up with the bottom edge of piece C on the same side as the board you attached in the last step.

Predrill 3 holes, then attach the boards using wood screws.IKEA Hack - DIY Twin Storage Bed

Step 9: Repeat steps 4-8 with the other C piece, but place the A and D pieces on opposite sides this time.IKEA Hack - DIY Twin Storage Bed

Assemble the bed frame

Take all of your pieces into the room where your finished twin storage bed will be.

Step 10: Place the TROFAST shelves so that they are next to each other, end to end, painted side facing out.

Step 11: (You’ll need a buddy for this.) Line up the edges of the shelves on all sides and have a buddy hold them together.

Predrill holes for the binding screws from the inside of one of the shelves so that your drill goes through both shelves end pieces. Your binding screws will be near each of the 4 corners.

Then place your binding screws in each predrilled hole and tighten them so that the two shelves are held together tightly with no gap between them.IKEA Hack - DIY Twin Storage Bed

Step 12: Find the center of piece E and predrill 2 holes from the top (4 inch side) along the center line. Then attach piece D to create a T shape.

Step 13: Place each side panel that you assembled  at each end of your TROFAST shelves so that the white finished piece (A) is facing outward and is touching the ground.

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Step 14: Now, place the long 2 x 4 (E) so that each end sits on top of the 2 x 4’s (D) you attached to the side panels. Predrill holes and attach with 2 screws.IKEA Hack - DIY Twin Storage Bed

Step 15:  Predrill holes from the inside of the TROFAST shelves so that the holes go into the center of the side panel boards (A). Then attach with screwsIKEA Hack - DIY Twin Storage Bed

It should look like this at this point.

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Step 16: Using your kreg jig (still set for 3/4 inch) drill a pocket hole on the inside of your side panel about an inch from the top of piece C.

Repeat this step on the other side.IKEA Hack - DIY Twin Storage Bed

Step 17: Drill a pocket hole in the center minus one inch of the back side of piece B.IKEA Hack - DIY Twin Storage Bed

Step 18: Place piece B along the front of your bed frame and using the pocket holes you drilled at each end (on piece C) attach piece B to the bed frame.IKEA Hack - DIY Twin Storage Bed

Step 19: Add one more kreg screw in the center pocket hole that you drilled to give this front piece extra support.IKEA Hack - DIY Twin Storage Bed

Step 20: Place your white melamine boards (F) on your bed frame and use wood screws to attach them on both sides.

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Step 21: Attach the rock climbing holds at the end of the bed according to the package instructions.

Time to add the mattress

Once we had the bed together my little mister was really excited to get his bed put together and couldn’t wait to open the mattress my friends at Overstock.com sent us.

This amazing cool gel mattress came in this small (for a mattress) box, but once you take it out and removed the plastic covering it expands into a twin mattress and then…IKEA Hack - DIY Twin Storage Bed

instant fun and excitement! A bonus of going with a foam mattress is that it isn’t very bouncy – but they don’t seem to mind!IKEA Hack - DIY Twin Storage Bed

He finally has a big boy bed!

And the best part is all that storage for all kinds of toys!

IKEA Hack - DIY Twin Storage Bed

There will be many years ahead of us filled with all sorts of little toys and this bed accomplishes my number one goal for my little guy’s room: toy storage and organization.

He now has a spot for all of his legos, cars, train set, costumes, and action figures. He can easily get them in and out and keep them organized (which is a work in progress.)

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IKEA Hack - DIY Twin Storage Bed

IKEA Hack - DIY Twin Storage Bed

The bed does sit a little big higher than a standard twin bed, but this just adds to the fun! I added 2 rock climbing holds that act as steps without taking up any physical space.

He loves them!IKEA Hack - DIY Twin Storage Bed

I have to say, I’m really proud of this project.

I had the idea swirling around in my head for awhile, and it came out better than I imagined and feels really sturdy and like it will last.IKEA Hack - DIY Twin Storage Bed

And I just can’t get over all of the storage that we created in a really fun way that he can actually use!IKEA Hack - DIY Twin Storage Bed

So I guess it’s official, my little boy is now a little big boy (tear.)

I’ve got just a few more projects to finish this room for him so stay tuned!

If you loved this idea, I’d love for you to pin it to your decorating board on Pinterest!

 

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Love this IKEA hack twin storage bed perfect for toy storage. Click through for the step by step tutorial and supplies list which include a tip on how you can make this bed without a saw!

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Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

17 thoughts on “DIY Twin Storage Bed – IKEA Hack

  1. TheTechGrandma says:

    Absolutely the coolest! Very creative!

  2. Sabrina says:

    I love this, doesn’t look too bad for an adult either lol. Just change the measurements to fit the mattress and you have awesome storage! If you have a room smaller than you’d like its perfect! I’m really gonna think about this one, thanks.

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Sabrina! I’d love to see your finished bed if you decide to do it!

  3. Wendy says:

    This is nothing short of amazing! The only thing i would say – is to drill holes in the bed base so the mattress can breathe! I slept on a solid base like this when I was a kid and still remember the horror to find the mattress had gone mouldy underneath, as the normal sweating of a little body can’t escape!

    I intend to do this in our new attic – for a daybed/sofa for grandkids.

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hi Wendy, We have a waterproof mattress pad that gets washed regularly, but good to know! Thanks for the tip!

  4. Wow – I love a good IKEA hack, and this is so smart! My daughter has a bed frame from IKEA but it doesn’t have any storage underneath, and I’m increasingly looking for ways to store small items that somehow make it from our playroom to her bedroom. Might need to tackle this as part of her room revamp….

    1. Corey Willis says:

      I’m sure your project will turn out awesome, Kate! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Love this idea- do you think you could do this with 4 TROFAST shelves without building a top piece? We would likely have the bed in the middle of the wall and would be great to have access from both sides -and limit building too 🙂

    1. Corey Willis says:

      That would definitely work Amy! I even thought about doing it that way but my little mister’s bedroom is small so we will always have it against the wall. You may want to do a few slats across, but it really depends on if you’re using a box spring or not. We didn’t. If you’re just using a mattress you’ll want it supported somehow. Let me know how it turns out!!! I’d love to see it 🙂

  6. Decorio says:

    I almost deleted your email because I don’t have young children at home anymore and I say the reference to toys, but I’m glad I opened it because I think it might be a good solution for small bedrooms in general. Questions: Do you believe the side of the bed that does not have the IKEA shelving underneath are going to be strong enough? It looks like only a small wooden frame is holding the whiteboard material and then a mattress on top. Do you think the same plan would work for a double bed? Would you have any design ideas if you wanted to hide the drawers from view but still wanted easy access? I’m not a big fan of a single rod idea……….Thanks! And love the Blue “headboard” too!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hi, thanks for the great feedback! The frame that I built for the back side of the bed is definitely strong enough. Both my husband and I can stand on the bed with no movement or creaks. I think you could definitely switch up the dimensions to make this a double bed. I would suggest that you either use the IKEA shelves on both sides or add a support from the back 2 x 4 to the shelves (in the middle) since the bed will be wider and you’ll need that extra support.

      If you wanted to hide the drawers I think you could make some doors that would swing open on hinges attached to the panels you create at either end of the shelves, although I think this would cut down on the accessibility of the bins. Another option would be to use all white bins so they sorta blend in and aren’t as bold.

  7. LaVonne Kindred says:

    Adorable and achievable! Total home run Corey, great design.

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Thanks a million, LaVonne!

  8. Barbara Keller says:

    Wow, what a wonderful project!! You are amazing!! How in the world did you figure out all of those cuts and picture the finished project in your mind? I don’t have any young’uns so won’t be trying to make the bed, but I have followed you for quite awhile. I decluttered and did a re-make of my living room after following your advice.

    Good job!!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Thanks for posting and being a loyal follower, Barbara! 🙂

  9. Juanita Lane says:

    Absolutely genius! Without taking up space in befroom area. Love it!

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