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.
Basic hand tools
18-gauge brad nailer
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
It’s Like Adding More Closet Space!
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.
Project step-by-step (17)
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.
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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Painted Project? Use MDO
Medium-density overlay (MDO) is just like regular plywood, but has a smooth layer of resin on the faces that’s perfect for painting. Also called “sign board,” it’s available at home centers for about $60 for a 3/4-in., 4 x 8-ft. sheet.