Brandy Scrap Wood Storage Bed with Drawers - KING

Submitted by Ana White on Sat, 03/23/2019 - 09:28
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Use scrap wood to build a king size storage bed! Free plans by

This bed is also available in a Queen size plan.

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I've really been enjoying seeing all your #GetBuilding2015 posts - you all are so talented and creative!  It's going to be hard picking prize winners for sure!!!  Good thing three of the prizes are random!

The project that inspired this month's theme was this scrap wood storage bed that I worked on with my friend Brandy -


I still can't get out of my head how my pile of scrap wood pieces turned into this amazing bed 

So beautiful!


Thank you all for the kind comments and likes and shares on this bed!  I'm so glad you liked this project!

A few of you commented that you'd like to see king plans, so I thought I'd make that happen for you.  You know, cause I love you guys!

So check out the king mod below (if this is the homepage, you'll have to click the Read More link).

XO Ana




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Sized for King mattress measuring 76" wide x 80" deep - there are different king sizes so please measure your mattress and adjust accordingly


Shopping List

You will need to add scrap wood for the "siding" - drawer faces can also be 1x12s

  • 2 full sheets of 3/4" plywood ripped into strips 15-3/4" wide (very important that all rips are the exact same width)
  • 1 full sheet of 1/4" plywood (rip into strips 15-3/4" wide for drawer bottoms)
  • 12 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 6 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long (for slats)
  • 4 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 6 - 1x8 @ 8 feet long (for drawer boxes)*
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 6 - 16" Euro Drawer Slides (the white bottom corner mount ones)
  • 6 knobs or handles

*Drawer boxes could also be made of plywood ripped into strips 7-3/4" wide (1/2" or 3/4") (could save money and would be more structurally sound and square than pine boards

Common Materials
3/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
Cut List


  • 1 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 74-1/2"
  • 3 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 15-3/4"
  • 4 - 1x4 @ 36-1/8"
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 16-1/2"
  • 1 - 1x2 @ 73"
  • 1 - 1x4 @ 73"


End Bench Drawers - Cut to fit opening and drawer slides

  • 4 - 1x8 @ 15-3/4"
  • 4 - 1x8 @ 33-5/8"
  • 2 - 1/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 35-1/8"


SIDE BENCHES (2) - Same as Queen

  • 2 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 62-1/2"
  • 6 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 15-3/4"
  • 8 - 1x4 @ 30-1/8"
  • 4 - 1x2 @ 16-1/2"
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 61"
  • 2 - 1x4 @ 61"


Side Bench Drawers - Cut to fit opening and drawer slides

  • 8 - 1x8 @ 15-3/4"
  • 8 - 1x8 @ 27-5/8"
  • 4 - 1/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 29-1/8"



  • 2 - 1x4s or 1x3s @ 62-1/2"
  • 12 - 1x3s @ 42-1/2" (can be any scrap wood or plywood)
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 64"
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 12-3/4"
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Table Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Follow the directions to make the two side benches for the queen.

Step 2

Frame up the end bench with plywood and the 1x4 bottom pieces. Use 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws. Also drill pocket holes facing forward on the outsides of the sides and top (will be hidden later) for attaching the face frame in later steps.

Step 3

Build face frame with 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws and glue. Attach finished face frame to front of cabinet through the pocket holes drilled in previous step. Also use 1-1/4" nails and glue to attach to bottom footer.

Step 4

Attach 1x material to sides - these sides will be visible. Use 1-1/4" nails and wood glue.

Step 5

Step 6

Attach drawer faces to front of drawer boxes with 3/4" finish nails and glue.

Step 7

Frame center "leg" and place in middle on assembly. Screw slats to center leg as well as side cleats.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Mon, 10/03/2016 - 12:22

I am making this bed ay the moment, and I'm not sure how (with what) and the exact placement of the cleats go (is it recessed 3/4" to make the slats flush with the boxes?
Thank you


Sat, 10/05/2019 - 14:01


Love the look of this bed. Already bought all of the materials to build. Will change up the design using dado's for the cabinet construction.

I did notice on the side cabinet the rails size shows 3.5" Should be 1x4. Also you should note that the first layer of rail in the cabinet construction can be made out of 3/4" plywood like you guys did in the picture.

Love the design quality.