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DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full Sized House Bed

01.31.17
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full House Bed with Platform + Chimney

At long last, we have the plans for another version of the twin sized house bed playhouse! You all loved the original twin sized version so much that I am rolling out the other requested sizes. Hopefully this will let you build for your purposes! Yahoo…,

Plans for the Original Twin BedToddler House Bed, Toddler Bed Rail, and the Twin with Platform and Chimney

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$100-$150

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full House Bed with Platform + Chimney

  • 11 – 1×4 at 10' – can sub for 21 – 1×4 at 6'
  • 2 – 2×4 at 8'
  • 2 – 2×4 at 6'
  • 10 – 2×3 at 8'
  • 3 – 2×2 at 6'
  • 21 – 1×4's at 54″ – Slats
  • 2 – 2×4's at 76 1/2″ – Lower Side Rails
  • 2 – 2×4's at 54″ – Head and Foot Rails
  • 4 – 2×3's at 73 1/2″ – Center and Side Boards
  • 4 – 2×3's at 48″ – Posts
  • 2 – 2×3's at 41 3/4″ – Roof
  • 2 – 2×3's at 40 1/4″ – Roof
  • 2 – 2×3's at 71 1/2″ – Upper Side Rails
  • 1 – 2×3 at 6 3/4″ – Chimney
  • 1 – 2×3 at 9 3/4″ – Chimney
  • 1 – 2×3 at 4 3/4″ – Chimney
  • 3 – 2×2 at 71 1/2″ – Pitch Rails

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full House Bed with Platform + Chimney

Cut all 6 boards to size and then bevel the 4 posts at a 45° angle, on one end, making sure to keep the length of your original cut. You will be making 2 units here and you can drill your pocket holes in the bottom rails. Set your Pocket Hole Jig for 1 1/2″ material and attach your posts to your Rails using glue and 2 1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws. Your posts will sit with the longer edge on what will be the inside and the same side as your pocket holes.

** When you bevel, you are simply cutting your board at an angle with your board laying flat and your miter saw tilting 45° rather than being turned at a 45° angle as it would be when you miter.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full House Bed with Platform + Chimney

Create your inner frame by cutting your boards to length and attaching them to your Head and Foot Rails. If you prefer for your slats to sit flush with the rails, secure the Center and Side Boards 3/4″ down from the top edge of the Head and Foot Rails and 1/4″ up from the bottom edge. Secure the Center and Side Boards in place using your Kreg Jig set for 1 1/2″ material and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and glue. Attach the center board first for ease of securing with pocket hole screws and you can place the pocket holes on the outsides of the Side Boards since they won't be seen.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full House Bed with Platform + Chimney

Now you will attach the 3 units you have built by securing the Side Boards to the Bottom Rails with 2″ wood screws and glue. Use your countersink drill bit to pre-drill for screws that will sit flush with your boards. Since you will secure the Side Boards directly to the Bottom Rails, you can simply glue the Head and Foot Rails to the Side Boards if you wish, but there is no need to worry about securing these with screws or pocket holes to the Leg Units.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full House Bed with Platform + Chimney

Fasten your slats in place using 1 1/4″ brad nails. If you don't have a nail gun at your disposal, you can opt to use 1 1/4″ wood screws, just be sure to countersink them using your countersink drill bit to pre-drill, and then fasten your screws with a phillips head drill bit. The slats should fit perfectly with no spaces between them, but it would be wise to dry fit just to be sure!

The reason for this is so that you don't have to move this bed to clean stuff that falls between the slats. It will save you a lot of hassle – promise.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full House Bed with Platform + Chimney

Now for the fun part! This looks so much more complicated than it actually is – promise! Cut your boards to length and note that you will be creating 2 units for the pitch of your roof and that the 2 boards that form one unit are not the same length. One side is going to be 1 1/2″ longer than the other. Once you have them cut to length, bevel one end of each board at 45°. Be sure to keep the length as directed when you do this. Once you have beveled the end of each board, you will create your pitch by securing the straight cut end of one long and one short piece together. Please be sure to set the short piece to the inside edge of the longer piece as you see in the diagram.

Once you have your 2 roof units created, you can secure them to your posts using glue and 2″ wood screws, downward from the top edge of your bevel down into your posts. Be sure to countersink and pre-drill so your screws are flush.

**Note that these pieces will sit flat for beveling as well as when you secure them to create your pitch. The face of your roof boards should match that of your posts and both will have the face side of your board (the 2 1/2″ side) run the length of the bed (the longer sides) rather than the width (the shorter head and foot). This means that when you look at your bed from the side, your boards will appear slightly bigger than they do when you look at your bed from the head or foot, but all should match.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full House Bed with Platform + Chimney

Secure the rails in place using 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and glue. Cut your rails to length, noting that the top rails that run the between the 2 roof units are 2×2's while the Upper Side Rails are 2×3's. The 2×3's will sit with the face of your boards (the 2 1/2″ side) facing outward. Place pocket holes for 1 1/2″ material on either end of one face of the 2×3's and secure to the Posts and Roof Units from the inside of your bed. Note that the top edge of your Upper Rails will actually sit flush with the top edge of your roof board bevel. Place your pocket holes for 1 1/2″ material on either end of your 2×2 Pitch Rails and secure one aligned to the very top of the pitch of your roof with the pocket holes on the under side. The remaining rails can be placed about  8″ down from there on either side. The exact location of the lower two pitch rails isn't critical, just make them level to each other. Place your pocket holes on the underside of your Pitch Rail so they aren't visible.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Full House Bed with Platform + Chimney

This last step is optional, but pretty adorable. To create a chimney, you will simply cut all 3 pieces to length, and then bevel the legs at 45°. Secure all 3 pieces together using 2″ wood screws and glue and be sure your beveled edges face the same direction and note that this chimney unit will also sit with the face of your board (the 2 1/2″ side) sitting the same way your posts and your roof sit (along the sides) with the sides of your board (the 1 1/2″ side) facing the front and back.

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

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DIY // Project Command Center for a Fresh Start in the New Year

01.02.17
The Design Confidential x Michaels Makers / DIY Project Command Center

Last year was a tough year for my little family, in so many ways. It was filled with trials and tribulations at every turn, making it difficult to set those things aside long enough to accomplish anything of value. That is all the more reason why I am so excited to start this year with a mind toward creating a better version of the home and lifestyle I want for us. For me this means more function with an eye toward form and a lot less of all the things.

One thing that has become obvious to me is how much my surroundings affect my motivation and inspiration. When the clutter and chaos sneak in, as they are always sure to do during the holidays, I tend to check out and switch to survival mode – getting absolutely nothing done. Luckily, this month’s Michaels Makers challenge was to get organized and make a fresh start of things. Yes please!

The Design Confidential x Michaels Makers / DIY Project Command Center

With an amazing amount of projects on the horizon, a project command center to keep me on task, is suddenly a must-have. There is nothing that will derail me more than not being able to find the things I need to do a job. I end up buying replacements and items in triplicate when I can’t keep track of the supplies I need, which just continues the clutter-chaos cycle in a horrible way. Sadly I consider myself to be extremely organized, but there is just no accounting for all of the other people who use these things, when there isn’t a set place for all the things to live.

Last year I was up to my ears in gift wrap and never did find that clever stash of gift tags. Tell me I’m not alone here… This year my frustration revolves around tools and crafty things that I regularly use to pull a project together. My drill, screws and nails, sharp scissors, command hooks… these are things I never have enough of and can never find when I need them. I retrofitted my gold cart into a tool command center for all of the things I use on interior projects and need to keep inside, rather than out with the bigger tools in the garage.

The Design Confidential x Michaels Makers / DIY Project Command Center

I managed to wrangle myself a new cart this year, to store the things that are more project specific, including an inspiration box to help keep me on the right track. When you are working in a remote location, a mood board isn’t always feasible, but it is oh so helpful to have a roundup of the items that will go into the space or that inspire the direction for the space. It certain makes those ‘on the fly decisions’, much easier to make.

The Design Confidential x Michaels Makers / DIY Project Command Center

It is a rare day indeed that I see a project that I can knock out in a short amount of time, so having a way to round up my supplies to get them out of the way without having to put them away, makes me insanely happy. There isn’t always a place for ‘in-progress’ items to live prior to completing them, so a generously sized bin is my fave. Michael’s currently has crazy cute styles and colors that make it exciting to clean up at the end of the day – which I totally appreciate! I need all the help I can get. The chalkboard labels and chalk markers might just be the best thing that ever happened to my craft supplies.

The Design Confidential x Michaels Makers / DIY Project Command Center

Heavy-duty and handsome boxes that close tend to keep my boys out, for the most part, so I feel less worried about keeping sharp scissors on hand. Having the scissors put away, seems to keep my husband out, so he is far less likely to walk off with my special ‘fabric-cutting’ scissors and everyone is much happier because of it.

The Design Confidential x Michaels Makers / DIY Project Command Center

These carts are the best… I used my gift wrap cart all season long for both wrapping gifts and making ornaments. It makes my life so much easier and sets my mind at ease when I don’t have stuff scattered all over the place. They were on sale last week for around $25, but the convenience they provide is priceless… Yes, I had to go there.

While I wrap up the remaining details on the boys room, I will be living out of these fantastic supply storing beauties, so wish me luck…

This project is brought to you in partnership with Micahels, all opinions and crazy are 100% my own! Whether it’s planning the family schedule, cleaning out your pantry or getting the kiddos ready to head back to school, Michaels has everything you need to help you get organized this year. Make a fresh start in the new year and plan for a great 2017! Michaels has a huge selection of planners as well as all of the accessories you need to personalize your own. Looking for more organization inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ organization project ideas.

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Gifted // Gift Guide for the Kid at Heart

12.19.16
The Design Confidential Gifted // Gift Guide for the Kid at Heart

The mere thought of having more stuff in this house sends me into a minor panic attack. The holidays and the toys that seem to multiply the minute I'm not looking, are usually the cause of the chaos for me. This year I made a concerted effort to pull back on the buying reigns and keep it simple and minimal. A few good pieces that will last, may be a bit more expensive, but the benefit of having less and having to replace fewer things that break and wear out, will far outweigh any cost difference in my book.

Inquiring minds (that would be me…) want to know: How do you keep the crazy at a minimum during the holidays? How do you handle well meaning gift givers that buy in bulk and do you buy for others the way you buy for yourselves? I will tell you that so far it feels insanely gratifying to choose a few good pieces that are functional or special and call it a day.

If you feel the desire to throw in the towel and exchange the mass for the minimum, these are a few pieces that I have purchased, received or would love to buy for someone if slash when they have a brand new babe or a kiddo who isn't a boy. It is all boy, all the time, here at Casa de Turner.

To see past gift guides and wish lists click here

01. This may or may not be the current bunk bed solution for my boys shared space – reveal coming soon!

02. The most adorable baby booties ever. They may work up to age 3, which is fantastic.

03. This kite is magical and looks amazing as a piece of decor when it isn't in use.

04. A worldly little elephant stuffy. I love it when toys are good looking – it makes for less stress over clean up.

05. A modern dollhouse that isn't insanely expensive and is cool enough to cross the gender barrier easily.

06. This explorer play set has just enough design to inspire hours of play while staying neutral enough to let that play be open ended.

07. This is my kind of chair. At least if I was a kid, this would be my kind of chair… since I am short, it could actually work as my chair, which is a bonus.

08. These oversized coloring pages that double as wall prints, are fabulous and would have been my dream come true as a kid. I brought back a couple of these from Europe, for the boys. Since the subject matter is also geographical, I guess they might learn something while they color as well.

09. I love this enormous polar bear night light. The coolest.

10. A camel stuffy? Yes please. It checks all the right boxes on the cuteness scale.

11. This street vendor cart is perfect for your budding entrepreneur and would make for hours of fun setting up shop to sell all of their holiday gifts right back to you. This is something my boys love to do…

12. This plush canoe is pretty pricey for a giant pillow, but on the bright side it is precisely that and would easily double as a place to lounge and read.

13. Ostheimer – need I say more? The most wonderful collectible wooden toys. They can be spendy, so you have to shop around for decent prices – but the fun your kids will have with non-traditional blocks and other scenery will make it all worth while. Plus you won't need to buy so many other toys.

14. Softy books and crinkle books are the absolute best for young babes – oh how they adore them. This smiling animal book is even more adorable than most.

15. A plush campfire and smore's set? Yep, adore.

16. I would like to spend more time unplugged and reading with my boys. Beautifully illustrated and well written books are the perfect thing. 1 / 2 / 3

17. Nice well made toys that also require your kids to get up and off those devices – and bowling is a great activity regardless of age. Anyone can roll a ball so the little ones won't be left out.

18. A gorgeous 'mingo', need I say more.

19. The inevitable train set for a boy doesn't have to be so basic.

20. The llama is such a noble creature filled so it only makes sense that this Hansa Llama would be an equally noble gift.

21. Beautiful and simple toddler sized quilts are few and far between, this lovely little thing is such a marvelous shade of indigo that it would be perfect for any child.

22. I wish they had something so chic as this Stories journal, for keeping track of all the lovely milestones, when my boys were still babes.

23. Bring a bit of the past into the present, and give your kiddos a gift of the classics – now with a cool updated look.

24. I love a good throw pillow as much as the next designer out there, so a pillow that doubles as an adorable work of art, is just the thing for growing kiddos young and older alike.