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.