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Published on July 25th, 2014 | by Jules Yap


A captain bed with extra storage place


Desperately needed space.

In order to increase the storage in my flat, I decided to build a captain bed from scratch. So first I create the base with 6 STUVA structures (60 x 50 x 64 cm) 3 on each side. I added one structure at the head.

At the end of the bed, I added a STUVA structure but without the back of it. In order to increase the stability of the middle of the bed, I added an « empty » Stuva structure (60 x 30 x 64 cm) without the back

On each side, to reach the 200 cm length required, I put a Billy CD shelf, that I saw off at 64 cm height. Once the structures fixed to each other, I screwed the Sultan Ladde on top. 3 screws per slat to make sure I won’t fall in the middle of the night J :)

After all this, I just had to add the drawers. On the left side of the bed, 6 large ones. At the end of the bed, 2 large as well. On the right side, 4 large and 4 small.

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It’s all done and looks as if it’d been made for. Really proud of the result and even got an extra storage in the middle for let’s say Xmas decoration (to reach it, just take off the 2 drawers at the end of the bed and you have an extra large storage area).

~ Mélanie

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8 Responses to A captain bed with extra storage place

  1. Mallory says:

    Hey! How has the bed held up? Do you think it support about 375 lbs worth of human and pets?

  2. Ruby says:

    I’m looking to do this but single version possibly with the stolmen but has anyone got any ideas as I would have 40cm gap to make up the width of the matress

  3. Anonymous says:

    I was just wondering why you used half sized slats? Why not just get he ones that would cover the whole length to begin with or even better just use a piece of plywood to cover the hole in question?

  4. Ostracon says:

    Correction: I had a typo in my previous comment. The imperial conversion for the overall length of the modified platform was (really, really) wrong. It said:

    By substituting an additional STUVA on each side instead of the DVD racks, the total length would be 240cm [7 1/2"].

    The imperial conversion is wrong. It should read:

    By substituting an additional STUVA on each side instead of the DVD racks, the total length would be 240cm [94-1/2"].

    Sorry for the confusion.

  5. Ostracon says:

    Nicely done.

    I’ve been looking for a solution for a bed that would be higher than a high MALM, which has a 38cm [15"] footboard/rail height and I need at least 48cm [19"] for accessibility issues (bad knees). The STUVAs are a little high at 64cm [25-1/4"] but might work (better too high than too low).

    By adding up the dimensions of the component parts it looks like this Captain’s bed is 160cm [63"] wide, which is wide enough for up to a Queen (US) but is just a little too wide by 23cm [~9"] for my Full/Double (US) at 137cm [54"] wide. The STUVAs would stick out about 11cm [4-1/2"] on each side.

    Ideally, I would like to get it down to 147cm [57 7/8"] so that I could use a KALLAX (2×4) as a headboard.

    By substituting an additional STUVA on each side instead of the DVD racks, the total length would be 240cm [7 1/2"]. Minus the depth of the KALLAX (39cm [15 3/8"]), which would sit on top of the STUVAs at the head, the platform would be 201cm [94 7/8"] or a mere 1cm [3/8"] longer than the original configuration.

    By rotating the STUVA at the head and foot, I could get the platform down to 150cm [59"] wide, which would leave less than 7cm [2 1/2"] sticking out from each side of the mattress. That is about the width of the rail on the Malm, so doable.

    I probably wouldn’t use two rotated frames at the head and foot but would likely just use the sides of one STUVA (one at the head and one at the foot and maybe cut them down to by 3cm [1-3/16"] to get exactly the width of the KALLAX), then see if I could find the midbeam brackets from the MALM in the AS-IS section and somehow attach them to the insides of the STUVA sides used at the head and foot in order to use a MALM midbeam.


  6. Helle says:

    I’ve done this with the two drawer Malm dressers :-)

  7. Elisabeth says:

    Why Michael? It’s just a very clever base, your free choice of mattress goes on top, soft or hard. ;) I’d love to have this as I’m constantly challenged for storage space in my small flat. Well done Jules!

    • Matthieu says:


      I share Michael’s view because Sultan LADE is made to bring some flexibility like every slatted bed base. If you screw it like on the picture you feel like sleeping on a matress directly laid on the floor.

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