Step 2: Step 2 Choose Materials
They're structurally sound, inexpensive and include storage. High five.They might not match exactly, but I like to mix things up a bit. I also picked out some scrap OSB for the platform top. (They were signs for a political campaign. Thank you, responsible political candidate.)
Here's how to pick the cabinets & material for your own modular storage bed ::
1. Measure:: If you're like me, you don't carry a tape measure with you everywhere you go. But I did have an 8.5" x 11" piece of paper. What you're looking for is similar widths, because you'll be laying the cabinets on their sides. Original height & depth don't matter as much. I picked 15" wide wall cabinets.
2. Price:: The range at ReSource for cabinets was between $5 - $20. This is easy, pick the $5 cabinets with similar widths. Check out the joints to make sure they are solid.
3. Style:: I chose three cabinets that just had one door. Easier for storage. You don't worry about being matchy matchy, if that's not your style. If it is your style, consider painting mismatched cabinets the same color to make the look more uniform.* This will add to your project time, and the messiness factor.
4. Platform Top:: Pick pieces of plywood or OSB large enough to span the cabinets. I found scraps of OSB in close enough to the right size. The OSB spans the cabinets to make a platform, the mattress goes on top of the
5. Hardwood Flooring Pieces:: Pick up a few pieces to lay underneath the cabinets. The pieces act as a floor protector.
*Tip:: If you want to paint your modular bed cabinets, check out "mistake paint" at the hardware store. You can get $50 gallons of paint for about $3-5 American bucks.