Ana White Storage Bed

Ana White Storage Bed

Author Notes: Boy oh boy do I ever have a treat for you today!!! It’s been terrible keeping this one for you – but I really wanted to share this project during March, while we have the #GetBuilding2015 #ScrapWorkLove social media share and inspire contest going on! Here’s a project that might just make you save every single little scrap piece of wood! This amazing bed was actually built by my friend Brandy.   Brandy had some time off from work this winter, and asked me to help her build a storage bed with drawers. So I drew up a really simple plan, with just plywood boxes covered in wood face frames and trim.    But when it came time to cover up that plywood and those drawer faces, Brandy and I came up with the idea of using scrap wood, kinda like “siding” on the bed. Brandy took scrap wood frm my scrap wood bin and fit them together on the side panels.  I love how she used different depths and types of wood – just whatever was there, and whatever could fit. Once all the pieces were fit in place, she then glued each piece, And then nailed the pieces on to the side panels of the bed. This was the first panel Brandy did.  We both LOVED it so much, we decided to do the drawers too! After coating the ENTIRE bed with a coat of light stain (try Rustoleum Golden Oak), Brandy when over select pieces with a slightly darker stain (try Rustoleum Early American or Light Walnut), and then a few more in an even darker stain (try Rustoleum Dark Walnut or Kona).   Isn’t it breathtaking? I actually asked Brandy if she would sell her bed to me.  I sure did.   It is that crazy beautiful.  I was having a hard time parting with it. Even the little children running around the house playing while we were photographing the bed all came over to admire it. They ooohed and ahed, even as young as five years old, able to appreciate how beautiful this bed is!   And while Brandy wouldn’t sell this bed to me, I am quite honored that she let me help her build it and I got to be part of such an amazing piece.   Scrap wood.  Who would have thought?   The plans follow (if this is the homepage, click READ MORE below). We can’t wait to see how you make your bed, so please share if you build! XO Ana  
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Ana White Storage Bed

Boy oh boy do I ever have a treat for you today!!! It’s been terrible keeping this one for you – but I really wanted to share this project during March, while we have the #GetBuilding2015 #ScrapWorkLove social media share and inspire contest going on! Here’s a project that might just make you save every single little scrap piece of wood! This amazing bed was actually built by my friend Brandy.   Brandy had some time off from work this winter, and asked me to help her build a storage bed with drawers. So I drew up a really simple plan, with just plywood boxes covered in wood face frames and trim.    But when it came time to cover up that plywood and those drawer faces, Brandy and I came up with the idea of using scrap wood, kinda like “siding” on the bed. Brandy took scrap wood frm my scrap wood bin and fit them together on the side panels.  I love how she used different depths and types of wood – just whatever was there, and whatever could fit. Once all the pieces were fit in place, she then glued each piece, And then nailed the pieces on to the side panels of the bed. This was the first panel Brandy did.  We both LOVED it so much, we decided to do the drawers too! After coating the ENTIRE bed with a coat of light stain (try Rustoleum Golden Oak), Brandy when over select pieces with a slightly darker stain (try Rustoleum Early American or Light Walnut), and then a few more in an even darker stain (try Rustoleum Dark Walnut or Kona).   Isn’t it breathtaking? I actually asked Brandy if she would sell her bed to me.  I sure did.   It is that crazy beautiful.  I was having a hard time parting with it. Even the little children running around the house playing while we were photographing the bed all came over to admire it. They ooohed and ahed, even as young as five years old, able to appreciate how beautiful this bed is!   And while Brandy wouldn’t sell this bed to me, I am quite honored that she let me help her build it and I got to be part of such an amazing piece.   Scrap wood.  Who would have thought?   The plans follow (if this is the homepage, click READ MORE below). We can’t wait to see how you make your bed, so please share if you build! XO Ana  
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Ana White Storage Bed

Ana White is my fave!  Her DIY plans are amazing, practical, easy to follow, empowering, and effective.  We wanted to build a twin storage bed for the “boy cave” aka the “reading nook” in our new basement playroom.  Ana has great plans for a double storage bed and she offers a tutorial for a twin storage bed, but I found myself having to toggle back and forth between the two pages to try and finalize a shopping list and cut list.  So, here’s a handy shopping and cut list guide.  I have ZERO skills in cad drawing or design programs, so you will still have to toggle back to her site for the plans, but here is a shopping list.  We spent $144 on everything (the only things we had on hand were glue, sandpaper, and stain).
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Ana White Storage Bed

It’s an impressive house full of brilliant, space-saving furniture designs — all built entirely out of materials found in hardware stores, due to Ana’s remote location in rural Alaska. In all, this lovely tiny house cost the client around USD $60,000 — split evenly between materials and labour. To make building things more accessible to determined do-it-yourselfers, Ana will soon be offering free DIY plans on how to build the different pieces of furniture, including the whole house and the automatic bed. For more information and plans, check out Ana White’s website.
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Ana White Storage Bed

Probably the most ingenious part is the DIY retracting bed that can be raised above the sitting area’s sectional sofa, which also doubles as storage and as a guest bed. Using garage hardware, cables and pins to lock the bed’s position in place, the bed can lift up and down with the push of a button — all done for around $500, and eliminating the need for space-consuming stairs. With the addition of a wall-mounted television, this area is also the entertainment centre — whether one is watching in bed, or from the sofa. In addition, the coffee table storage cubes can be used as portable steps for getting into bed, or their lids used as laptop cushions.
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Ana White Storage Bed

Author Notes: So excited to add this plan to the Farmhouse Bed Collection! Thank you for requesting! It’s an updated approach to our most popular plan. I’ve made a few changes to this bed.  The panels are plywood (although you can still do beadboard paneling or planks for a more country look) and the overall width is 7″ narrower than the tradditional Farmhouse Beds.  The reason for this is the mattress on this bed extends all the way to the outsides of the legs, instead of to the insides.   So if you have a compact space, this bed is a great alternative to the Farmhouse Bed.  It’s smaller and includes six huge HUGE drawers for storage. Please do not attempt this bed as a beginner project with the drawers.  For drawers to work, you must build perfectly square, and all cuts must be square and straight.
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Ana White Storage Bed

So excited to add this plan to the Farmhouse Bed Collection! Thank you for requesting! It’s an updated approach to our most popular plan. I’ve made a few changes to this bed.  The panels are plywood (although you can still do beadboard paneling or planks for a more country look) and the overall width is 7″ narrower than the tradditional Farmhouse Beds.  The reason for this is the mattress on this bed extends all the way to the outsides of the legs, instead of to the insides.   So if you have a compact space, this bed is a great alternative to the Farmhouse Bed.  It’s smaller and includes six huge HUGE drawers for storage. Please do not attempt this bed as a beginner project with the drawers.  For drawers to work, you must build perfectly square, and all cuts must be square and straight.
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Ana White Storage Bed

Hi, thank you! You can easily attach the end bench to the side benches with a few couple of screws from the side benches into the back of the end bench, but we found it wasn’t necessary – once the bed was on top, it wasn’t going anywhere (but Brandy has carpet too). For a king, it depends on the type of king. For a standard king (76 wide x 80 deep) only the end bench needs to be modified (since both a queen and standard king are 80″ deep). Simply make the end bench 16″longer than the queen. Drawers will be 8″ wider than the queen which is reaching max span for drawers so make sure you use a more substantial bottom on those drawers. If there’s enough interest, I would be happy to put together king plans for you. Thanks so much for reading! Ana