Want to give your bedroom a little more character and flavor? What better way to do it than with some DIY furniture? It’s actually not such a complicated project once you understand all the details. Just look how great this bedroom looks now with those funky desks and shelves. The whole wall system was built using reclaimed wood and plumbing pipes. To make your own version, follow the instructions.
1. Gather your supplies
Obviously, you’re going to need a big plank of wood but you could also use scrap pieces from other projects. You’re also going to need a whole list of fittings including, floor flanges, elbows, T joints, couplers and nipples.
Plumbing pipe before assembly:
- 4 – Floor flanges
- 5 – 90 degree elbows
- 6 – T joints
- 9 – Couplers
- 2 – 12″ nipples (hehe nipples) – these are for the under desk supports
- 2 – 10″ nipples – for both sides above the desk surface
- 4 – 6″ nipples – 1 for the lower right, 2 – middle cross section, 1 upper left
- 2 – 4″ nipples – both sides below the cross section T’s
- 4 – 3″ nipples – both sides above the cross section T’s, upper left below the T, upper left above the shelf
- 4 – 2″ nipples – 4 for the 4 floor flanges attached to the wall. Combined with the floor flange and 90 bend, the middle of the pipe is exactly 3″ from the wall.
- 1 – 1.5″ nipple – for the cross connection under the desk surface – this was added (along with the 2 couplers) to make the floor flanges exactly 16″ apart
- 2 – 1″ nipples – for the under supports. These point up into holes drilled into the underside of the desk. Additional pics below
Pieces based on wood thickness:
- 2 – 1.5″ nipple – for the main desk
- 1 – 2″ nipple – for the top shelf
- 1 – 1″ nipple – for the lower shelf
2. Measure and cut the wood
Decide on the dimensions you want for each piece. The two desks you see on either side of the bed sit at about 30.5” above the floor but, of course, you can adjust these numbers according to your own needs. Make sure all the pieces will fit right before you cut the wood.
3. Sand down the wood and stain it
After all the pieces are cut to size, you have to sand down all the boards for a smooth and uniform surface. Then choose the stain color you want for your furniture and get to work.
4. Drill the holes
Figure out how everything will look like when assembled and start drilling the holes for the supports and frame. It’s better to measure twice just to be sure than to hurry and to have to start all over.
5. Assembly time
Once you have all the pieces ready to be put together, start assembling the desks and shelves. Remember to check if it all fits all right before you mount the pieces on the wall.
6. Wall attachment
After that, it’s time to install your new furniture on the bedroom wall. Figure out the best way to put everything together so it all feel comfortable and user-friendly.