DIY Hideaway Bed

DIY Hideaway Bed

Create a rolling twin-sized bed to hide away under any existing bed in your home.


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Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials
74 3/8” x 38 1/4” twin mattress
(16) 1” x 4” x 39” true-cut lumber
(2) 1” x 4” x 77” true-cut lumber
(2) 1” x 2” x 75” lumber
Wood stain, color of choice
Nail gun with 18-gauge 1 1/2” brad nails
Drill with 1/8” countersink, 1/8” bit and Phillips head bit
(2) 2” Diameter swivel casters with brakes
(2) 2” Diameter swivel casters
Small box 1 1/2” wood screws
(2) Decorative handles with hardware
Wood glue
Tape measure
Safety glasses
(2) Dry rags
6” Wood jig
(2) 12” Clamps

Directions

PREPARING THE WOOD:

  1. In a well-ventilated area, apply wood stain on all sides of the lumber pieces using a dry rag to rub it in. Allow to dry before moving on to the next step

BUILDING THE OUTER FRAME:

  1. Place the (2) 1” x 4” x 77” lumber and (2) 1” x 4” x 39” lumber in a rectangle on your work surface. The longer sides should be on the outside of the smaller pieces (See diagram below)

3. Put on safety glasses. Apply a line of wood glue on one connecting point where two pieces of lumber meet. Press them together. Check to make sure you have a 90° angle using a 6” wood jig. Hold the two pieces of lumber together using a 12” clamp on each side of the wood jig (See images below)

4. Use a drill with a 1/8” countersink bit to make two pilot holes through the lumber where the two pieces are joined with wood glue. Secure in place with two 1 1/2” wood screws using a drill with a Phillips head bit (See image below)

  1. ­ Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the remaining three corners of the frame

ADDING SUPPORTS:

Two wood supports need to be added along each long side of the frame to attach crossbars in later steps.

  1. Take a 1” x 2” x 75” lumber (one support) and apply a line of wood glue along the wide 75” length. Place inside the frame, flush with the bottom of the outer frame (See images below)

7. Hold in place using a nail gun with 1 1/2” brad nails, 2 in each end. For additional strength, use a drill with a 1/8” countersink bit and make three pilot holes through the support and into the outer frame. Secure in place with 1 1/2” wood screws using a drill with a Phillips head bit (See image below)

  1. Repeat steps 6 to 8 to add a second support on the opposite side of the outer frame

ADDING CROSSBARS:

Tide Ultra Stain Release Original  92 Fl Oz
Tide Ultra Stain Release Original 48 loads
(73)

Helps remove greasy stains and comes with a brush for pretreating

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  1. (14) 1” x 4” x 39” true-cut lumber (crossbars) will be placed across the supports to hold the mattress. Lay all fourteen cross bars across the supports from steps 6-8. Space them evenly using a 6” wood jig (See images below)

10. Lift up the first crossbar at one end of the frame and apply a line of wood glue directly underneath it at both ends. Press it back down onto the supports. Secure it in place with a nail gun and 1 1/2” brad nails. Three brad nails on each side will hold it in place. Repeat for all fourteen crossbars until they are all secure (See images below)

ADDING CASTERS:

  1. Turn the frame over with the bottom facing upwards. Place a caster in each corner, placing the casters with brakes on the same long side. Mark the position of each screw hole onto the frame and set the casters to one side (See image below)

  1. Drill pilot holes for each caster using a drill with a 1/8” bit in all four corners. (See image below)

  1. Once all the pilot holes are drilled, secure each caster to the bottom of the frame with 1 1/2” wood screws (See image below)

ADDING DECORATIVE HANDLES:

Two decorative handles will be added, so the bed can be easily pulled out once it’s been stowed under a bed. The handles should be on the same long side of the frame that has the brakes from step 11 so the brakes are also easily accessible.

  1. Measure 20” from the edge of the frame along one long side. Mark with a pencil. From that pencil mark, measure 2” down to find the center of the wood. This will be where the first handle is positioned. Hold the handle up to the frame and mark the two points where the handle will be attached with screws (See images below)

  1. Drill two pilot holes using a drill with 1/8” bit through the pencil marks from step 14
  1. Attach the handle to the bedframe with the accompanying hardware through the inside of the frame (See images below)

17. Repeat steps 10-12 for attaching a second handle to the bedframe measuring from the opposite side (See image below)

  1. Once the handles are attached, flip the frame over and add the mattress to complete the hideaway bed

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