How To: Make a Captain's Bed on the Cheap

This is a small space DIY that's clever, easy, and cheap. AT:SF reader Killorn wrote to us and told us how she turned an IKEA LACK shelf into under-bed storage.

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She says: I could not find a suitable storage bed in my budget that fit in the 64" x 88" alcove in my tiny apartment (450 sq. ft.), so I decided to build a plywood stage around a rolling LACK shelf to give the bed the appearance of a built-in.

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Killorn continues: GREAT for additional storage, I just pull the LACK shelf out to access seasonal clothes, larger office supplies, resource books, even my vacuum!

Total cost including LACK shelf: $130

Thanks, Killorn!

(Re-edited from 04.19.07 - CB)

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