Introduction

a finished storage bed
Photo: Laura Moss
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When we told reader John Klei recently about this project, he exclaimed, "You guys must have been reading my mind!" No, John, just your letter—the one in which you asked for plans for the storage bed we featured in the January/February 2012 issue. Sorry it took a while to get back to you, but there were no plans. So we asked This Old House contributor and furniture maker Christopher Beidel, owner of Pernt, in Brooklyn, New York, to re-create the bed from the photo using DIY-friendly construction techniques. Follow along on the next pages to see how to build a bed every bit as practical as it is handsome.

"I cut out the picture of the bed and put it in my workshop. It's been on my to-do list ever since."
John Klei, Gordonsville, Virginia

Modern Weave Storage Collection, Underbed bin, about $59, West Elm

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    Tools List

    • bar clamp
      Long bar clamps
    • straightedge guide
      Straightedge
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • impact driver
      Drill/driver or impact driver
    • paintbrushes
      Paintbrushes
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • brad nailer
      Brad nailer or nail gun
    • japanese pull saw
      Jigsaw or Japanese handsaw
    • paintroller
      Paint roller and tray
    • caulk gun
      caulk gun

    Shopping List

    ¾-inch medium-density fiberboard (MDF)
    Get five 4-by-8-foot sheets.

    -inch MDF beadboard panelsGet two 4-by-8-foot sheets.

    1x2 primed MDF trim
    Get eleven.

    8-foot lengths for the stiles, rails, and cap.

    2x4s
    Get three 8-footers.

    Victorian-era door-casing kit (includes rosettes)½x3 lattice strip shoe molding
    Get 20 feet.

    1¼-, 1½-, and 2-inch MDF screws

    2½-inch deck screws

    1½-inch 18-gauge brads

    Construction adhesive

    Wood glue

    ¾-inch quarter-round

    150-grit sandpaper

    Primer and paint