DIY Storage Bed

A couple weeks ago I was digging under my bed for my shoes (I'm really organized).  As I reached under there my hand was stabbed by a jagged piece of my box springs.  A little more investigating told me that 5 of the the 10 crossbars on there were cracked in half.   I had always wanted a storage bed but when I saw the prices ($299 and up) online I was taken aback.  I then found this link on Pinterest - Storage Bed Plans - and decided to give it a go.  I priced the wood and decided that with a few tweaks I could make this bed for about half the price of a pre-made storage bed.  Plus those IKEA beds and the like are made out of cheap particle board and veneer.  To be honest, I really thought it was going to take me months to get around to doing it because I know how I usually procrastinate.  I bought the wood on June 30th and started work on it July 4th.  I just finished it today and I have to say that I'm a bit shocked I actually completed it... and it ACTUALLY looks good.  Below are pictures of the progress and the final project.  One thing I realized after making the first cut was that the plans were for a FULL size bed and not a QUEEN like we had. Luckily I just used the box I had cut for the base of the bed not the sides, so all was not lost.  The wood I used was a 3/4" cabinet grade plywood for the boxes.  I upgraded to 2x4s where the plans call for 1x3s due to the amount of ice cream I consume.  This bed will be great for a few reasons: 1 - I have somewhere to put my shoes - now that doesn't mean they'll actually get put there, but they have a home. 2 - with the storage boxes nothing can sneak under the bed to be lost forever, or until we decide to build a bed... Mason loves throwing stuff under there.  And 3, it just looks good.  I'm excited for Mason to grow out of his crib so I have a reason to build another one. I also got a ton of help from my brothers-in-law, father-in-law, advice from Dad, and patience and a ton of help from Rach. 


Arielle Gaiter said…
What size did toy have cut for a queen size bed???
amanda s said…
What size was the wood cut for the queen size bed. I have a queen as well. I have been aspired to do this project. Can't wait thanks for your post.
Thomas Watson said…
That's very crafty and so useful! I like finding places for extra's great when everything has a place.
Littlefoot said…
This looks great! I would like to make a King Size one though. Any suggestions?
Littlefoot said…
This looks great! I would like to make a King Size one though. Any suggestions?
Muurk said…
That's an awesome idea! So simple yet so effective. Well done sir!
Nyomi Deans said…
Where can i buy one !!!!!!!!!
Super tech said…
Looks great I'm going to build for my wife soon!
techguy pw said…
What did you fasten the wood together I'm building a double one.
LaWanda Coleman said…
Did you make your king size frame? Wondering how it turned out? :) I want to make one myself.
LaWanda Coleman said…
Did you make your king size frame? Wondering how it turned out? :) I want to make one myself.
Greetings from Indonesia.
Thx u for posting ur project, it inspired me to make my own. I think it it is very convenient especially for someone live in a small studio flat like me. I am about to make one for my single bed, though with slight adjustment. Hopefully it will turned out well.
Danielle Cox said…
Was there ever a response on the Queen size measurements?
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ArmyMomx2 said…
the project is great! I plan on using the idea for a King Size bed... but My absolute FAVORITe part is your son in the compartment. He looks like a true doll!
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