DIY: How to Make Your Own Storage Bed Using a Repurposed IKEA Bookcase

by , 07/18/12

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– One full size mattress
– One 4 x 4 grid Ikea Expedit bookshelf (find some inexpensive options here on craigslist)
– 2 sheets of 1/2″ thick plywood cut to 38″ wide x 60″ long (technically you could use one large sheet of plywood instead of two smaller ones but it’s easier to transport the smaller pieces, and it’s also easier to flip them up when you need to access your stuff)
– Velcro
– White paint (optional)

Your DIY storage bed will consist of 3 basic components – your Ikea bookcase lying on its side, a layer of plywood, and then your mattress on top. Due to the bookcase’s handy grid-like design, you’ll be able to store items you don’t need all the time inside of your bed. Then when you do need them, flip your mattress and the plywood up and access your stuff.

STEP 1 (optional):

Open a few windows and paint the tops and sides of your two sheets of plywood. Allow the paint to dry. If you don’t care about your wood having an unfinished color or if you’re pretty sure you won’t be able to see the wood under your covers, feel free to skip this step but you might want to sand your plywood instead.



  1. webbrowan January 30, 2017 at 11:44 pm
    This idea totally takes upcycling to an entirely new level indeed! I have never thought of placing a shelf horizontally to create space but this awareness can help me utilize many of my underused bookshelves to create both single and queen beds.
  2. nathandavidson December 20, 2015 at 11:36 pm
    This looks ingenious and that ample amount of under-bed storage looks very enticing too. However, I personally think that the retrieval of the items under the mattress would be difficult because you would need to lift up all the individual pieces of plywood before you can get anything out.
  3. Koh EL November 29, 2013 at 2:36 am
    Has anyone tried this yet? Which Ikea shelf to purchase and what type of bed size to fit the setup?
  4. greenapples September 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm
    im just curious how much weight it can hold up- Esp if a queen mattress is used and two people are sleeping on in
  5. jsgittens August 17, 2012 at 12:28 pm
    Could you use a queen sized mattress in a similar way with this DIY?
  6. cibi July 18, 2012 at 11:20 am
    Nice idea, but don't forget to drill holes in the plywood or you will have condensation between the mattress and the plywood and mold will grow...
  7. Marc Carter July 10, 2012 at 11:21 am
    This is a perfect and inexpensive way to store seasonal items, like sweaters that aren't used in the crazy NYC summer months!