This video shows you how to turn seven standard kitchen cabinets from IKEA into a platform bed with storage underneath. It’s a perfect solution for anyone with limited closet or attic space.
If you live in a rented apartment and are worried about drilling holes in the walls, think hard about building this bed. If you can’t (or don’t want to) spackle holes before moving out, should you really be considering such an aggressive DIY project?? You can certainly adapt my design to be free-standing; just make sure it is well-supported underneath. Keep in mind that the entire structure will need to be disassembled to move (so don’t glue everything together).
Several people have asked if this could be made free-standing so they don’t have to attach it to the wall. If you want to structurally incorporate the cabinets in the design, as I’ve done here, I recommend attaching it to the wall because the wall provides a huge amount of stability. If you want to build a bed like this without attaching it to the walls, start with a freestanding bed frame such as www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-easy-low-waste-platform-bed/ and add the cabinets to enclose it.
Video courtesy of Chris Heider’s YouTube channel.