If you have searched for twin corner beds chances are you have seen the pictures of a plan in Pinterest.

But how do you make that one yourself?

Assuming you have all the necessary tools and materials we are going to give a written guide of how to build twin corner beds with storage.


You need to buy some materials for this project. Down below we will provide the shopping list that you need to complete.

  • 7 – 2×2, 8′ Long, Furring Strips
  • 2 – 32″ High x 40 1/2″ Long (or longer) Wainscoting Panels OR 1 sheet of 1/4″ plywood or MDF
  • 2 – 1×8 Boards, 8′ Length (Pine is cheapest)
  • 1 – a sheet of 3/4″ plywood or MDF
  • Edge Banding (if you are using plywood and staining the bed)
  • Wood Filler
  • Wood Glue

Aside from these materials, you are going to need some materials like sandpaper, paint, brush, mattress for your bed, etc. While on the topic about the mattress you should check out trendyhomeinteriors.com to find the best suitable option for you.

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Cut List for the Box

  • 4 – 2×2 @ 40 1/4″ (Tops and Bottoms Box Ends)
  • 4 – 2×2 @ 29″ (Legs for the Box Ends)
  • 6 – 2×2 @ 37 1/4″ (Supports)
  • 2 – 32″ Wainscoting @ 40 1/2″ (Panels)

Cut List for the Top Unit

  • 1 – 1×8 @ 40 1/2″ (End)
  • 2 – 1×8 @ 39 3/4″ (Long Dividers)
  • 1 – 1×8 @ 14 1/2″ (Short Divider)
  • 1 – 1×8 @ 24 1/2″ (Final Divider)
  • 1 -1×2 @ 24 1/2″ (Cleat for Support Lid, 1st one installed)
  • 1 – 1×2 @ 23 3/4″ (Cleat for Support Lid, 2nd one installed)

Please make sure to work on a clean surface. You don’t want your glue to pick up unwanted dust.

Step 1:

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Building the box end. You are going to attach the cut parts. You can make the bond stronger by adding a screw-on top of the glue.

Step 2:

Support for the box. Make sure you don’t use any glue while installing the supports for the box. Avoid using glue and use 2″ screws only.  Your project should turn out to be a square at this point. Or you are doing something wrong.

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Step 3:

Wainscoting the box. Measure the box and cut out your wainscoting. Fit the coting to one side and once again don’t use any glue. Use 4 1 1/4″ screws instead of glue in all edges. The purpose of this step is to make sure you can unscrew them later if you want.

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Step 4:

Using 2″ screws and glue build your dividers. Then add the 1×2 cleat. Use 1 1/4″ screws. Before you screw them in you should also use glue. So that the joins don’t come out loose.

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Step 5:

Add the final cleat in the same fashion.

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Step 6:

Bottom cut. Cut your bottom plywood and attach it to the bottom of the unit. Remember the cleats will be on top on the top.

Use glow and 2″ screws. Make sure they stick together and stay.

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Step 7:

Cut down the top plywood for your unit. Attach only the outer layers, not the inside one. The inside one will be a removable piece for your unit. Cut an arch-shaped handle piece on both sides to act as a handle.

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Step 8:

Attach the top base from underneath. Using 2″ screw to hold it in place.

Don’t glue so that later when you want you can remove it easily.

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You can drill holes in certain places and use them as “smart” storage.

The potential is infinite.