Maximize the space in your small bedroom utilizing space you already have in your closet by creating a closet bed nook!

closet bed nook

Welcome back to week two of the One Room Challenge (aka the ORC), hosted by Calling it Home! What’s the ORC? The long and short: A six-week event that challenges those with a love of design to transform a room in just weeks. Crazy, no?




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Wanna catch up on the progress? It’s all right here! 

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Last week we talked about our hopes and dreams for the room of one of our lovely resident teens, which happens to be the smallest and most awkwardly laid-out room in my home!  At nearly 15, she’s into makeup, clothes, her friends, and cheerleading and much less into zebra print, singing, teal, and American Girl dolls. We are hoping to transform the room into a Glam Bohemian dream, with a slight edge, full of gray and silver tones mixed with soft pastels. You can check out the whole design plan and the rest of the nasty before pictures HERE.

before room

Step one of that plan is providing an area for a full-sized bed without breaking the bank; Aka: building an add-on to the house! Here is what we were dealing with as far as space goes:

closet bed nook - before layout

There is literally a door or window on every.single.wall. We could put a full-size bed in the room, perhaps in front of the window, but that blocks opening the closet door. Our only option is to either put in a loft bed or to add on to the room.

Ideally, we’d have a large walk-in closet we could borrow space. Unfortunately, we do not. We had the complete opposite! We had a tiny closet which was nearly unusable. At 48″ wide, with a sloped ceiling over half, the closet could have easily worked as a broom closet – not the closet of a teenage girl! It was, however, relatively deep. Even better, the closet is set up against our pitched roof line which means there is available space behind the wall. Unlike our Game Room attic space, it wasn’t large enough to stand up in, but it was enough that we could borrow a few feet of floor space for a full-size bed. So, that’s precisely what we did!

How to Build a Closet Bed Nook to Increase Space in a Small Room

Get ready to remodel

First, thing; Clean out the closet! Out come the clothes, shoes, American Girl dolls. Now is a great time for purging!

Next, came the closet rods, shelves, etc. You can remove most things with hammers, screwdrivers, and drills, but if you have any questions about how to remove anything tricky, Google can point you in the right direction. Now you’re ready to demo!

Demo is a fabulous word

Remove the door and the door frame. I did not take pictures of this step, but if you need a step-by-step on how to do this, hopefully, this will help!

  1. Close the door.
  2. Place a large nail or small screwdriver through the hole at the bottom of the hinge pin and tap with a hammer, so the nail drives upwards, pushing the hinge pin out.
  3. Swing the door open and pull it to the side, so it falls off the hinges.
  4. Remove the hinges from the doorframe.
  5. Usually, the door frame is made up of multiple layers – you’ll need to remove the outer trim first. Use a prybar with a hammer along the seam to break the caulking line. Then, pry the trim pieces off on either side of the door. This will leave a small space between the frame and the rest of the wall.
  6. Insert your pry bar into the gap between the door jamb and the wall. Pry the jamb off, starting at the bottom of one working upward. Repeat on the other side. You’ll end up with the top of the frame still attached and the sides hanging loosely.
  7. Tilt the sides towards the center, then grab the sides and push and pull the whole door jamb towards you until the top of the frame comes loose from its nails. Remove any remaining nails or screws.

Create your frame

Next, it was time to cut the hole for the bed frame. The standard size of a full-size mattress is 54″ wide, so I decided on a 59″ wide nook to allow for a built-in bedframe.

I worked on the wall outside the closet first. To ensure as little drywall work as possible – it’s not my favorite thing to do – we continued the angle of the existing sloped ceiling. I measured across the floor and marked my completed width, then used painters tape and a speed square t0 draw a line up the length of the wall.  Then starting from the top of the door frame, I measured down the slope, using the existing sloped angle, and marked where the two axes met. Finally, I removed the drywall from inside this area.

closet bed nook - cut wall

Inside the closet, I removed the drywall section below the slope, which opened up the attic area behind the wall. Then removed the existing framing around the door. To create the slope, I measured 2″ above the line and cut the studs at this point.

closet bed nook - behind the wall

3/4″ plywood was put down as a subfloor.

Then, I created a frame around it, on both walls using 2″x4″s.

closet bed nook - frame it all in

As I said, drywall is not my thing, especially over-head in such a small area. To get around this, we used bead-board panels to finish the ceiling in the nook area. You can’t go wrong with decorative and no mudding required!

closet bed nook - install bead board

A little clean-up, some white paint, some trim work – done! In case you’re wondering, I had to take the carpet out of a neighboring linen closet because we didn’t have any extra.

closet bed nook - add trim


This faux capiz shell pendant lamp cover had once been the main light for the room, and we still had some love for it. Because it hangs down quite low, it was a much better fit for the nook, so we installed a simple pendant light above where the bed will be, and moved it there.

closet bed nook - full pan

With a built-in bed, there is no room for a side table. A built-in bookcase gives a little more storage and doesn’t take up any floor space. I built the bookcase from 3/4″ MDF and installed it into the open attic space, setting it flush with the wall. My husband helped me install an electrical outlet in the back of the bookcase, as well as a light switch to control the pendant light.

closet bed nook - side shelf

closet bed nook - front view completed

These pictures don’t do the new space justice – I’m holding back, so I don’t give away any of the other projects we’re working on – but trust me when I say creating the nook has made a significant difference to the footprint of this room.

Here is what it looks like from overhead (crudely).

closet bed nook - after layout

I’m pretty confident we can check the first item off of our to-do list:


  • Create space for a larger bed
  • Include additional closet space
  • Provide well-lit make-up vanity
  • Homework desk
  • Add Sitting/hangout area

Of course, we haven’t put the new bed in yet, and she doesn’t have a closet – we have to fix that – but a new closet and bed is a story for another day!


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  1. Susie Lyon Mertl on April 11, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Wow. It’s amazing how much space you gained by building the bed into the nook. That’s just fabulous. Can’t wait to see more. ~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project

    • Kim on April 18, 2018 at 10:03 pm

      It really is amazing – it truly opened up the room. So much more functional!

  2. Tee at Beauteeful Living on April 11, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    What a difference with that bed nook already, Kim. I love your mood board for this space, especially that hanging chair! Can’t wait to see this space all done!

    • Kim on April 18, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks so much, Tee! I’m so excited about the chair – I might have to take over this room for myself!

  3. Sharon Rexroad on April 11, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    What a great, cozy space! i think my favorite thing is that tucked in bookcase – well done, Mom!

    • Kim on April 18, 2018 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks so much, Sharon! I love the feeling that the nook gives – like a room within a room!

  4. Jewel on April 12, 2018 at 12:25 am

    I’m loving that little nook.

    • Kim on April 18, 2018 at 10:59 pm

      Thanks Jewel!

  5. April R - Uncookie Cutter on April 12, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Girl, this is looking amazing! I can’t believe how good it turned out…and I can’t wait to see the rest of it!

    • Kim on April 18, 2018 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks, April! I get more and more excited for the finish with each project!

  6. Susanne on April 14, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Oh wow!! That is awesome!! I love the headboard you used and that light cover…a girl’s dream!! I can’t wait to see more next week!!

    • Kim on April 18, 2018 at 11:12 pm

      Thanks Susanne! I can’t believe a week is down already! Stress!

  7. Lindi on April 16, 2018 at 12:05 am

    This is so clever! What a great use of space! I’m so curious to see what you do for closet space now.

    • Kim on April 18, 2018 at 11:12 pm

      Thanks Lindi! I can’t tell you how much more useable the room is – who knew losing a closet was the way to go!

  8. Brittany Goldwyn on April 16, 2018 at 7:34 am

    Wow! Looks awesome! Big project crossed off, too!

    • Kim on April 18, 2018 at 11:17 pm

      Thanks, Brittany! This round seems to be FULL of big projects – I’m hoping I haven’t bit off more than I can.. build? haha

  9. Emy on April 16, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    This is such a smart idea! I love how much space you gained!

    • Kim on April 18, 2018 at 11:26 pm

      Thanks, Emy! Opening it up really has changed the entire footprint of the room.

  10. Amanda on April 18, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Genius! So smart to use that closet space to give you more room.

  11. Jessica | Petal + Ply on April 18, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    Adorable! Love the new nook! Not only does it add so much cottagey character to the room but it seems to add so much space.

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