New Bedroom

Joe Gregorio

My oldest son Christopher moved into his new bedroom several months ago. It's been cramped quarters in there, so over the last couple weekends we built him a new bed and desk, in the process creating much more space.

As you can see the one piece of furniture, the top bunk of a low height bunk bed, dominates the room. Picture of a cramped bedroom

The project was to build a bed into the wall, around the same height as the old bed, and then in the newly opened up space to add a desk. All through the project I had helpers. Sons helping with cutting the plywood.

One goal of the project was to be done quickly, and to have the furniture be rugged, so we went with 3/4 inch plywood and a painted finish as opposed to the stained finish we usually choose. The meant I could be sloppier on the woodworking aspect, knowing that I could fix things up with putty later. Desk and cubbies with drying putty. Here is Christopher priming the desk. Note that we are using a white primer. This was a mistake since the final color we picked was a dark red, in which case we should have chosen a gray primer. Desk being primed by Christopher.

The bed installed on one end of the room. Bed initially installed. Later a ladder and rail were added. Bed final install.

Finally in the cleared space we installed the new desk and storage shelves. Desk final install.

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