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Our little Tree House is a two bedroom, 1 bathroom cottage-slash-cabin-slash-lake-house, but the real start of the show has always been (and probably always will be!) our hidden gem of a sleeping loft. Situated right above our living room, we can lower that heavy wooden ladder and have instant access to two additional beds and extra play space. And now? We’ve added a third bed to the loft by introducing a cot-sized trundle!
It was always in our plans to include a third sleeping option in the loft, but most readymade trundle options were too tall and wide for the antique beds we inherited with the sale of our home. Those antique beds are practically worth the price of the house alone (kidding, kind of!), but they only offer 9″ of leg height for a rolling bed underneath. Since those beds weren’t going anywhere, we knew we’d need to DIY our own solution, and we did so for $35 – the cost of 1 sheet of plywood.
Tools + Supplies for a 1-Sheet Trundle Bed
- 4′ x 8′ furniture-grade plywood
- table saw
- miter saw
- paint (optional)
- 4″ foam roller (if painting)
- wood glue
- nail gun / brad nailer + 1.5″ nails
- 6 x heavy duty casters
- measuring tape
What We Did:
We selected a $35 sheet of furniture grade plywood from the hardware store (this can run anywhere from $30-50, depending on the finish), and we had it cut it in store to the exact length and width we wanted. We would be using a thin 30″ x 75″ cot mattress, and we chose to have the base of the trundle cut to 31″ x 76.” We asked to keep the leftover plywood, and we brought everything home.
The mattress we chose is 4″ thick, and we wanted the sides of the trundle to simply keep it in place. Keeping in mind that the thickness of our plywood was 3/4″, we decided on a height of 2 3/4″ for the sides, which would give us a 2″ lip around the perimeter of the trundle base. Scott ripped the excess plywood to the 2 3/4″ widths on the table saw, and then he used a miter saw to cut them to length. There were no fancy cuts here – just simple straight cuts on the corners:
Before putting it together, we painted the four sides and base with black paint using a 4″ foam roller. We debated a multitude of colors, but when it came down to it, we wanted the bed to remain undetectable when tucked away, and we knew that black would achieve that for us.
We hauled the bed components to Tree House, and once we were in the loft, we were ready to put it all together! We started by applying a thin bead of wood glue to the side, and Scott used our nail gun loaded up with 1 1/2″ nails to pop it into place. He placed nails every 10″ (or so) along each side.
Then we flipped the whole thing over, and we added 6 heavy duty casters to the base – one for each corner, and two along the sides in the middle. When we turned it back over, I took out the black paint once again to touch up any scuffs and pock marks.
Making the trundle was a snap, and it’s so nice having an additional, no-fuss bed to pull out when needed! I made the bed with a fitted sheet, top sheet and extra cotton coverlet, and the whole thing tucks nicely underneath the bed (with a 1/2″ to spare!). We wanted something that didn’t have to be ‘set up’ each time, and this is it. Nearby, I stuffed the bed pillows and a soft quilt into a basket we had on hand.
In the end, we were going for a coastal vibe, with that cozy Midwest, Michigandinavian feel. It’s what you might expect from a little house near the lake – fresh white layered with cool navy and warm neutrals. Buffalo check. Pinstripes. Basketweave textures and soft lighting to set the mood.
We dressed the bed with all items found from Walmart Home, down to the denim-look indigo throw pillow! The cotton coverlet I used as the top bedding layer is the quintessential cabin blanket – just like your grandmother might have. (It gives me all the feels, and it comes in all the colors, too.) And you know I couldn’t resist piling on the plaid khaki quilt; it’s a must for chilly nights!
A Coastal Cabin Sleeping Loft
When we found this framed tree ring art, we both agreed it was meant for the loft! We don’t like to be overly theme-y, but we felt like it was abstract enough to play off of our modern railing, and honestly, it’s just so, so cute. When the trundle is pulled out and turned on its side, it creates a headboard-esque vibe that substantiates the bed itself – like, the bed is no longer an afterthought. (And yes, we secured it tightly to the wall with these 3M velcro strips!)
I tucked this pretty woven basket next to one of the vintage beds, filled with Lucy’s smaller toys and stuffies. It’s the perfect size to wrangle all the loose bits while being low enough for Lucy to access easily. I’m all about a good basket, and right now, I can’t get enough seagrass. (I was about to say that it’s becoming a problem, but is there ever a problem with layering more seagrass into a room?) The additional warmth and texture cozies everything up, don’t you think?
Do the warm summer months make you feel like injecting fresh, clean coastal vibes into your decor like it does for us? Whether you live near water or not, we think this can be done with a color palette, additional texture or just lightening things up. Below, you can find some of my other Walmart favorites to give your home the lake-inspired feels!