Super-Spacious Storage Bed

Turn that wasted space under your bed into easy-access storage.

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Time

Multiple Days

Complexity

Intermediate

Cost

$251-500

Introduction

My growing family is quickly outgrowing our small home. Toys are overtaking the living room, and closets are more than full. My wife and I needed a new place to put stuff without adding any more space.

Our bed was the answer. It was already sitting there taking up space — why not take advantage of it for storage? So I built a few simple boxes and drawers and assembled them to make a cool platform bed frame. Here’s how I did it.

Tools Required

  • Basic hand tools
  • table saw
  • jigsaw
  • circular saw
  • drill
  • 18-gauge brad nailer

Materials Required

  • 3/4" x 4' x 8' MDO
  • 1/2" x 4' x 8' MDO
  • 1-1/2" x 4' x 8' rigid foam
  • 1-1/16" x 72" piano hinge
  • 3/4" wood screws
  • 1" wood screws
  • 1-1/4" wood screws
  • 2" wood screws
  • 18-ga Brad nails
  • Wood glue
  • Wood filler

It’s Like Adding More Closet Space!

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A typical linen closet offers about 50 cu. ft. of storage. By enlarging the footprint of this queen-size bed by six inches on each side and 16 inches at the foot, I added the equivalent of almost half a linen closet in previously wasted space.

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Project step-by-step (17)

Step 1

Slice Up the Plywood

Large sheets of plywood are difficult to cut on the table saw, and making crosscuts is unsafe.

  • Set the sheet of plywood on a piece of rigid foam and make the cuts on the floor.
  • The foam won’t dull the blade, your parts won’t crash to the floor, and you won’t need sawhorses.

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Step 2

Assemble the Bench and Boxes

  • Glue and nail the sides to the bottom.
  • Then fasten the back to the sides and bottom with glue and brad nails.
  • Attach the extra divider in the storage bench the same way to support the lid.

Pro tip: Keep the tops off until the insides are painted.

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