How to Build a Bed Surround Pt. 1

What You'll Need
Wall cabinets
Base cabinets
Tape measure

A bed surround will not only enhance the appearance of your bed, but also your bedroom as a whole. You can construct your own bed surround by joining cabinets of various shapes and sizes to give the bedroom a modern look. You can also install lighting fixtures on the bed surround so that you will have lights above your bed so that you can read in bed comfortably.

Aside from the tools and  materials listed above, you will need 6 wall cabinets, 2 base cabinets and 2 countertops in all. Four of the wall cabinets should measure 12 by 30 inches, and the other two should measure 15 by 30 inches, whereas the base cabinets should be 18 by 34½ inches, and the countertops should be 25 by 19 by 1½ inches.

Step 1 – Choosing and Marking the Area

Select the area in the bedroom where you want to place the bed surround. Use a pencil to mark both edges (left and right) of the area. Locate the center line, and make sure that the center is accurate. Put a level over the center of your marked area, and draw a line. Ensure that the level is about 4 feet long.

Keep in mind that the center of the area will be the point from which you will map and plan your bed surround layout. Use a tape measure to mark 30 1/8 inches on both the left and right sides of the central point for the outer edges of the upper cabinets in your bed surround.

Step 2 – Installing the Upper Cabinets

Fix a temporary ledger to mark the base of your upper cabinets. Install the cabinets by placing them carefully onto the ledger, and then attach them to the wall studs with screws. In case you notice that there is a gap between the cabinets, hide the gap by putting a filler strip between the cabinets. Using the level, mark a straight line down the wall from the outer edges of your wall cabinets. Now that you have firmly installed the upper cabinets, use them to help you install the remaining base cabinets in an accurate way.

Step 3 – Preparing the Base Cabinets

Use a tape measure to measure the width of the base cabinets from the left and right sides of the straight lines which you have drawn with the pencil. Use a saw and a combination square to mark and take off the base molding. Pay careful attention when you remove the base molding so that you will not cause any damage to the wallboard.