How to Make a Kids Captain's Bed How to Make a Kids Captain's Bed

If a child's room is small, a kid's captain's bed can provide much needed storage through drawers or cupboards hidden underneath the platform of the bed. Building a kid's captain's bed is possible for the do-it-yourselfer who has a good understanding of woodworking and woodworking tools. Follow these steps to get started on a captain's bed with storage cupboards.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Belt sander
  • Table saw
  • Miter fence
  • Try square
  • Power drill
  • Countersink bit
  • 1/8-inch drill bit
  • 1/4-inch drill bit
  • Sanding belts of all grains
  • Acrylic wood treatment and brush
  • Carpenter's glue
  • Tenon and mortise jigs
  • Box of wood screws: 1 1/2-inch by 1/4-inch
  • Box of wood screws: 4-inch by 1/2 inch
  • Piano hinge kits with screws: eight
  • Lumber: Six 2x4x28-inch
  • Lumber: Four 2x4-inchx8-feet pieces
  • Lumber: Four 2x4-inchx4-feet pieces
  • Lumber for bed board supports: three 2x4x44-inch pieces
  • Posts: ten of them, 4x4x36-inch
  • Plywood for cupboard doors: eight 30x22x1/2-inch sheets
  • Plywood for bed board: one 4x8-feetx1-inch sheet
  • Plywood for bed ends: two 48x36x1-inch sheets
  • Cupboard handles

Step 1 - Order Supplies

Determine the type of lumber you would like to use. Pine is the cheapest and usually in stock at most hardware stores. Contact your local home hardware store to make sure they have all the lumber, plywood and other supplies required to build a kid's captain's bed. Order if necessary. Arrange for delivery to your home if you don't have a vehicle big enough to transport everything yourself. Arrange for tool rentals if necessary. Borrowing the necessary woodworking tools will save you money, so take advantage of this option if it's available to you.

Step 2 - Square the Plywood and Lumber

Test the squareness of the plywood and lumber corners with the try square. Cut to correct angle of 90-degrees with table saw and miter fence if necessary.

Step 3 - Create Top and Bottom Frames

Take the 2x4-inch-by-8-feet pieces of lumber and cut tenons on the end of each piece. Then take the 2x4-inch by 4 feet pieces of lumber and cut complimenting mortises into the four-inch side of each. Make sure all corners are 90-degrees with the try square so all pieces will lie flush. Apply to the mortises and tenons and allow it to become tacky. Insert the pieces together and wipe away any extra glue.

Step 4 -Attach Posts to Frame

Position a 4x4x36-inch post in the corner of each of the frames. Drill and countersink two holes with the 1/4-inch drill. The holes are to be drilled through the four-foot long sides two inches apart vertically and one each apart horizontally in the 4x4 posts. Use the 4-inch long screws to attach posts to frame.

Step 5 - Attach Bed Board Supports and Platform

Cut 1-inch deep and 4-inch long rabbet cuts into each of the bed board supports and lay them between the posts. Position them so that the rabbets are facing down and the cuts are covering the posts. Attach the supports to the frame using the 4-inch screws. Use the 1 1/2 inch long screws to attach the 48x36x1-inch plywood sheets to the frame. Position two inches apart.

Step 6 - Sand the Wood

Sand all surfaces of the newly built bed using the sander and the appropriate sandpaper grain. Sand the plywood for the kid's captain's bed drawers as well.

Step 7 - Create the Storage Cupboards

Attach the piano hinges with the screws supplied to the plywood doors. Attach doors to the bed making sure the doors open correctly.

Step 8 - Treat the Wood

Paint acrylic wood treatment over all surfaces of the wood to protect it. If applying several coats, allow 24 hours drying time between coats. Add handles.

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