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Looking for an inexpensive but cool bed, with built-in side table and plenty of storage? Look no further.

Here's an easy way to turn a bookcase into a bed. No tools required. That's right: no drill, no hammer, no nails -- just paint.

What you'll need:

A sturdy bookcase. Ideally, this should be at least one foot longer (taller) than your mattress, so you can have a built-in bedside table. You can repurpose a bookcase you already own, or find a cheap one on Craigslist. Last time I checked, there were dozens. Or, if you're feeling really crafty, you can make one yourself. There are lots of Instructables that can show you how to make a bookcase cheaply and easily.

A can of paint. Whatever color suits your fancy.

One piece of plywood that fits over the bookcase, cut lengthwise into two planks.

Step 1: Paint your bookcase & panels

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Paint the outside of your bookcase. Ditto for the two panels that will become the platform for your mattress.
 
LOOOOVE!!!! I'm so doing this in a few weeks when I move! Thanks!

I would love to see the final product! It'd be a good guage to see exactly what we'll be able to fit inside the underneath storage area.

wow! smart! :)
worldzend2 years ago
I had been thinking of doing something like this as a raised floor storage system. Do you think it would work?
lmph (author)  worldzend2 years ago
I think so. The key to its simplicity is being able to lift and prop the panels up against the wall to get access to the storage. I'm sure you could find instructables with details on making a hinge and/or hinge-prop-up system if you need it to be freestanding. Good luck! And let us know how you did it!
sugarsnout2 years ago
this is so friiggin awesome!!!
aggiec3 years ago
I am going to try this as a daybed/sofa/guest bed. I'm all about hidden storage - especially when my parent come over!
giraffegal3 years ago
Wow, this looks great. Can't believe no tools!