Queen Size Lift Storage Bed

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DIY a storage bed that lifts for lots of storage.  Free plans by ANA-WHITE.com

Thanks so much for all the views and comments on our latest Tiny House project!

Not sure if we should call it a couch -

Or a bed, or storage.  

We love how it turns out and find it to be very useful and comfortable, but still simple to use and practical.

A few of you have been asking for queen sized plans so I thought I'd take a second to share those with you today.  You'll find the plans following (if this is the homepage click READ MORE below).

And if you haven't already watched it, our latest Tiny House video is devoted to this sofa trundle bed, so you can see it in action.


Two more day to the weekend! XO Ana

Queen sized, 18" height is standard seating height.


Shopping List
  • 2 - 4x8 sheets 1/4" plywood for the bottoms
  • 1 - 4x8 sheet 3/4" plywood
  • 1 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long
  • 2 - 1x8 @ 8 feet long
  • 3 - 1x8 @ 6 feet long
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 6 - 2-1/2" caster wheels (we did three swivels and two locking)
  • 3 - large heavy duty hinges
  • Bed lift kit suitable for queen size mattress (we used this kit for a full size)
  • Edge banding for finishing plywood edges
Common Materials
3/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch finish nails
Cut List

3 - 1x8 @ 58-1/2" 2 - 1x8 @ 80" 4 - 2x4 @ 38-7/8" 2 - 1/4" plywood @ 40" x 60" 1 - 1x12 @ 80" 1 - 3/4" plywood @ 48" x 80"

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Iron for Edge Banding


Step 1

Build the basic frame of the bed with 1x8s.  We used 1x8s to get the seating height, but for a taller bed (and more storage) you could go up in board width size (ie 1x10 or 1x12). 

We used 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket holes for joints, but you could use wood screws or even 1-1/4" nails and glue since all joints will be reinforced.  

Step 2

Add 2x4 supports as shown to give you something to attach the caster wheels to.  If using pocket holes to attach, keep the 3/4" setting and the 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Step 3

Attach bottom with glue and 3/4" brad nails or staples.  Use the plywood factory edges to help you square up the project.

Step 4

Attach caster wheels to the base.  Note weight limit on your casters and add additional as needed to cover your expected weight requirements.  We did a locking wheel at the front and swivels for the rest of the wheels.

Step 5

Step 6

Apply the edge banding to outside edges of the plywood panel. Then attach with the hinges to the 1x12. There will be a good sized gap in between, this will be covered by the mattress.

Step 7

Attach springs to underside of the plywood piece to manufacture's specs.