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Published on July 26th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


diy a captain’s bed

a wonderful find on apartment therapy. killorn sent in instructions for a captain’s bed that not only looks great but has loads of storage.




she built a platform for her bed and then cleverly used a lack shelving unit on casters to give the illusion of a built-in. pull out the lack shelf to access additional storage.

see instructions on killorn’s captain’s bed.

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10 Responses to diy a captain’s bed

  1. Mick Shaw says:

    Is it possible you could provide step-by-step directions? I’m not very savvy when it comes to carpentry but this seems easy enough. However, to start I’m finding it difficult to find the shelves you used on Can anyone who has done this help?

  2. Armando says:

    This bed according to what I expect. I’d love to have a bedroom with its atmosphere. The bed was also very suitable for me because it has a storage area beneath it, so I can put some stuff down there.

  3. Uratex says:

    I think this is an easy do-it-yourself bed. I am amazed with the amount of storage it can handle beneath it. Probably, you can store hundreds of books there. And the bed looks amazingly neat and elegant. This is a great idea for those who wants space under their bed.

  4. You created a great post with excellent information, i learnt a lot of stuff from this article.

  5. Anonymous says:

    That plastic Ikea lamp is one big dust collector, and extremely difficult to clean. I could never have something like that over my bed, my allergies would go into overdrive. It does LOOK pretty, though.

  6. suni says:

    ailido, she said she got it on ebay called dkny pure snow, but i think it’s discontinued. check out for similar quilt called ribbon quilt.

  7. ailido says:

    nice. where can you by the white quilt?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Super cool. Designer and creative cool.

  9. This is great, but something very similar is in Christopher Lowell’s book “Seven Layers of Organization.” The LACK beds in that book aren’t on casters though, IIRC. There’s also a LACK entertainment center, etc etc.

    The whole book is worth checking out – it’s basically one long IKEA hack.

  10. hydrofoil water scooter says:

    The innovative world of furnitures comes with its own twist, this bed has been revised to suit the space provided. The transforming a simple as a bed into a bed that has shelf is creative enough.

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