Twin-Sized Bed With Pull-Out Desk, Closet, and Dresser #1: What went on before...

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Blog entry by gbarteck posted 01-22-2010 06:57 AM 2237 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Twin-Sized Bed With Pull-Out Desk, Closet, and Dresser series Part 2: The First Time: Lessons Learned »

My family is just too big…

Either that or my house is too small.

We have four children at home. Two are college age, and two are in their early teens. Thye two youngest ones share a bedroom…nothing uncommon about that. However, they definitely do not want to use bunk beds. As you might imagine, this can lead to floor space issues. This is especially true when you consider that they really can’t share a single dresser, and they both have school work that needs doing—at the same time of course.

The Love Of My Life and I found the perfect furniture solution in a catalog. Essentially it is a captain’s bed, but there’s more to it than that. It has an honest-to-goodness pull-out desk, a dresser, and more built-in. A pair of those packs a lot of function into no more floor space than the bed alone!

Here is a picture of a bed found in a catalog:


Unfortunately for my budget, the price tag was too high for the particular style we wanted ($2000) and we needed two of them!

Fortunately, I (think I) have just enough wherewithal to tackle the job of building my own. In additional benefit, of course, is that I can build something tailored to my kids’ liking.

One of these bed systems has already been built—complete with several lessons learned in the process. This was done before I joined LumberJocks. I’ll post some pictures of it in the next post.

My design differs from teh above picture. At the foot end of the bed, I’m using the space for a mini-closet. It has enough space inside to hang quite a few clothes. This is something I wanted to include so that they each can have their own special place for hangables. The closet section also has a couple of shelves for shoes and the like.

So much for history. Next time… more about the previously built bed, lessons learned, and changes that go into the second version!

-- "A day without sunshine is like...night."

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#1 posted 01-22-2010 08:07 AM

Looking forward to part 2!

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#2 posted 01-22-2010 08:10 AM

keep it coming

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#3 posted 01-22-2010 01:56 PM

I can’t wait to see the pictures of the finished product. I’ve always been interested in multi-function furniture. I can see building one or more of these as my family grows.

Only concern I have is their ease of access to the bed. It looks to be several feet tall to accommodate the desk, and I don’t see any ladder-type structure to scale. Is that addressed somewhere out of sight, or have you included a solution for that?

Looking forward to more!

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#4 posted 01-22-2010 02:04 PM

This looks like an interesting piece of furniture. I will be looking forward to the next installment.

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#5 posted 01-22-2010 03:23 PM


Yeah, this picture was a bad one to choose in that regard. The pictured bed actually has a separate “stair unit” that isn’t shown, but it sits at the foot end of the bed (and takes up a lot of floor space). I suppose it’s easier to climb than a ladder, but I don’t have the floor space for it.

You’ll in in the next post what I did about that. basically, the ladder is attached to the side of the “closet unit” at the foot end of the bed.

-- "A day without sunshine is like...night."

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#6 posted 01-22-2010 04:36 PM

Great work can’t wait to see part 2..

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#7 posted 01-22-2010 04:57 PM

This will be fun to watch.

Welcome to LJs,

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#8 posted 01-22-2010 07:04 PM

I love these serial blogs. Can’t wait to see your version!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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