What is included in the DIY Wall Bed Kit?
In addition to a digital copy of the plans for your selected bed size and orientation, our DIY Wall Bed Kit includes all the hardware you'll need to build your very own wall bed:
- Self-tapping, self-countersinking wood screws in assorted sizes
- Our custom-sewn Lori Wall Beds strap to hold your mattress in place, which is fully adjustable for any mattress thickness, and easily unbuckles for sleeping
- Drywall anchors and safety locks
- Various other hinges, screws and bolts -- over 200 pieces in total
- Hardened square driver bit for less slipping and stripping when driving our professional-grade screws
- Two drill bits
The DIY Wall Bed Kit puts everything in one place. All the parts are neatly packed and labeled. Please note: the DIY Wall Bed Kit does not include the wood you'll need to build your bed. It only includes the hardware.
How much will building a DIY Wall Bed cost me?
Generally it costs between $100 and $300 to purchase the wood for the DIY Wall Bed. Your total cost will depend on the size of your bed, the species and quality of lumber you choose, the kind of store you buy from, and your local market for lumber.
Additional costs include the DIY Wall Bed Kit and any finishing materials (e.g. paint or stain) you choose to use.
How much woodworking experience do I need?
The Lori Wall Bed requires basic woodworking skills. Even if you've never built anything before, our step-by-step plans will get you through the process. Many customers tell us the Lori Wall Bed was their first woodworking project ever.
You'll want to be able to make straight and curved cuts, use a drill/screw gun, and sand/paint/stain your project. Refer to our tips page for some videos showing the basic skills required.
What tools will I need to build a DIY Wall Bed?
Here are what we consider to be the essentials.
- Some way to make long, straight cuts in plywood. The key to building a successful Lori Wall Bed is the ability to make cuts as straight and square as possible. We recommend at least using a hand-held circular saw combined with some kind of cutting guide.
- A table saw would be a nicer option for straight cuts but is more expensive. You could even use a jigsaw combined with the cutting guide, but you’ll endure more hassle and your cuts won’t be as clean or straight.
- A jigsaw or other way to make curved cuts.
- Battery operated drill and bits. Plug-in drills may be too powerful and strip your screws.
- A square, a measuring tape, pencil, sandpaper, etc.
- A miter saw (i.e. tabletop saw or chop saw) will make cutting boards to length easier, but this could be accomplished with a circular saw or jigsaw and cutting guide. Clamps are always helpful as are an extra pair of hands, and a power sander and/or belt sander makes sanding a lot easier.
- And, of course, we recommend using the proper safety equipment when operating any power tool.
How long will the project take me to finish?
Many customers are able to complete their beds in one weekend.
See more frequently asked questions and answers on our FAQ page.