shelve storage in built-in storage bed, reader budget remodel
Photo: Nathan Kirkman
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Built-In Storage Bed: Finishing Details

Shown: A book nook at the end of the bed showcases some of the old stairwell's original wainscot.

The Project Tally
• Opened up the alcove, then built a bed frame using scrap wood $0
• Added a plywood platform for the mattress and boxed out the shelves $50
• Paneled the alcove with beadboard $60
• Cased the opening and added quarter-round molding $400
• Painted the assembly in durable white semigloss $45
• Installed two sconces and two dimmable LED overhead lights $125
• Built a guardrail and a ladder from scrap wood and stair risers ripped in half $60
Total $740
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