Classic Storage Bed (Queen)

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 08/02/2019 - 13:09
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It's simple to build a storage bed!  Just build three benches.  Our free plans show you exactly how.  

This plan is also available in a Standard King version.

diy storage bed with drawers painted white

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diy storage bed

We love this simple to build storage bed!  It's simply three benches that are easy to move into the room.  The cubbies are nice and deep and oversized, perfect for baskets or bins.  

This is an updated plan.  The old plans are still available here.

Dimensions for storage bed, cubbies are 20" deep
Fits a standard Queen Mattress, cubbies are 20" deep


Shopping List
  • 3 - 4x8 Sheets of 3/4" Cabinet Grade Plywood, MDF or AC Plywood*
  • 1 - 4x8 Sheet of 1/4" thick plywood 
  • 4 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 3 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long 

*For a stained finish, cabinet grade plywood is recommended.  For a painted finish you can use MDF (not fun to work with but inexpensive) or AC Plywood (will need more sanding but also less expensive)


  • 3 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 6 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 - sheet of 1/4" thick plywood
  • 6 - 18" drawer slides
  • 2 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long 
Common Materials
3/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
paint brush
Cut List


  • 3 - 3/4" plywood @ 19-3/4" x 60"
  • 9 - 3/4" plywood @ 19-3/4" x 14-3/4"
  • 6 - 3/4" plywood @ 19-3/4" x 28-7/8"
  • 3 - 1/4" plywood @ 15-1/2" x 60"

Face Frames

  • 3 - 1x2 @ 60"
  • 3 - 1x4 @ 60"
  • 9 - 1x2 @ 11-1/4"

End Bench

  • 2 - 1x4 @ 20-3/4"
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 20-3/4"
  • 4 - 1x2 @ 11-1/4"

Center Support

  • 2 - Scrap plywood strip @ 60" x ~7-1/2"
  • Scrap plywood pieces 20" long 


OPTIONAL DRAWERS - Should be built to fit openings and drawer slides

  • 12 - 1x4 @ 18" - drawer slide cleats
  • 12 - 1x6 @ 18" - drawer box sides 
  • 12 - 1x6 @ ~24-7/8" - drawer box front and back - ADJUST TO FIT YOUR OPENINGS AND DRAWER SLIDES
  • 6 - 1/4" plywood @ 18" x ~26-3/8" - drawer bottoms - cut to fit the drawer bottom
  • 6 - 1x12 @ 27-1/2" - Drawer Faces
Cutting Instructions

For three sheets of 3/4" plywood:

  • Rip lengthwise into 6 strips, 8 feet long by 19-3/4" wide
  • From these strips, first cut the 60" long pieces
  • From scraps, cut remaining pieces
  • There will be three scraps, 8 feet long by about 7-1/2" wide.  Save this scrap piece and use as the cleat at the back of the side benches

For the 1/4" plywood

  • Cut 60" x 48" piece
  • From this piece, rip into three pieces, 60" x 15-1/2"

For the trim and face frame pieces, a compound miter saw is recommended for nice cuts.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Table Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

When fastening, you can use 2" nails or 2" screws, unless otherwise directed. Always use glue. Remember, you need to make 3 benches.


Step 1

Attach the bench ends and divider to the bench top with 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.  Pocket holes should be placed about an inch from each edge and centered, three per joint is plenty.

TIP: Use the shelf boards (attached in next step) as a spacer to guide placing the divider perfectly centered.


Step 2

Drill 3/4" pocket holes on each end of the shelves.

Attach to the sides and dividers.

Scrap wood blocks can be cut to help with assembly as shown in diagram.


Step 3

Nail and glue 1/4" plywood backs to all three benches.


Step 4

Cut the 1x boards with a miter saw.  Build face frames on a flat workbench.

Nail completed face frames to all three benches.

Step 5


For just the end bench, build two face frames to trim out ends.  Nail and glue to the ends of the end bench only.

Step 6


Attach 1x4 cleat to the back of the SIDE BENCHES ONLY, held down 3/4" from top of bed.  Nail into the divider and end backs with glue.

Step 7

Arrange the three benches in room.

You can screw together if desired.

Lay scrap wood plywood (can be random sized) in the opening in the center of the bed.  We recommend screwing down (so it's easy to disassemble the bed at a later time).  You can use 1-1/4" pocket hole screws, 1-1/2" self tapping screws would be less expensive.

Step 8


Draw a line on 1x4s, 1" up from bottom edge of 1x4.

Attach drawer slides to the 1x4, with front edge of drawer slide cabinet member flush with front edge of 1x4.

The holes in the center of the drawer slide should line up with your pencil mark, 1" up from bottom edge of 1x4 - so you know your slides are being installed level.

Remember that the opposing drawer slide needs to be installed in mirror.

Set the 1x4s inside the cubbies and nail to the sides of the cubbies with 1-1/4" brad nails.  The front edge should be lined up with the front edge of your plywood carcasses.

Build the drawer boxes from 1x6s as shown.  The sides should always be 18" to match your drawer slides.  The fronts and backs may need to be altered in length to fit your openings and your drawer slides.

Build the boxes with 3/4" pocket holes on the outsides and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Nail 1/4" plywood to bottom of drawer box with glue and 3/4" brad nails.

Install the drawer member slides on the drawer boxes.

Fit drawers inside the drawer slides.

Step 9

Measure and cut the drawer faces to fit.

You may need to cut the drawer down in size with a table saw.

Nail drawer face in a few places to front of drawer box with even gap around all four sides. Avoid nailing where hardware will be placed.

Remove drawer and further secure with 1-1/4" screws (you can use pocket hole screws) from inside of drawer.  Avoid screws where hardware will be placed.


MommaP (not verified)

Fri, 12/18/2009 - 04:26

I am soooo excited! I LOVE this bed plan! Wed don't have a box spring for our bed and I've been looking for a good platform bed but they're so spendy. This is perfect and budget friendly! My parents have decided for Christmas to help us buy the wood and build this bed for me! I'm very excited for Christmas so I can have this bed. I'll post pics and let you know how the build goes. This will be the first thing I've helped build since shop class in HS. It's been a LONG time! Thanks again for the plans, Ana. :)

Primary Work at Home (not verified)

Sun, 12/20/2009 - 04:23

I am looking for this design and your post is very helpful. This is a perfect guide. Thank you for sharing this one.

kristen (not verified)

Tue, 12/22/2009 - 17:48

what size bed is this for? i am looking for a might have mentioned it but in excitement might have missed it! :)

Anonymous (not verified)

Sun, 12/27/2009 - 14:53

For years I've used a similar concept...... the drawers and frame from a water bed! Not as nicely finished as these, but it kept the mattress off the floor and provided extra storage.

John B (not verified)

Wed, 12/30/2009 - 09:36

Great plans! Looking forward to looking at your other plans.

Minor error in cut list... Part M should be 60 inches not 20.

Will sat I find the center section a bit amusing. strong enough to drive trucks over. If this was part of a home floor, it would have only the two long beams and only a cross piece at each end. Your design will out last the house it is in (grin).

Thanks for posting them as free plans!

Ana White (not verified)

Wed, 12/30/2009 - 10:42

Hi John, Thanks for catching that! You are the first out of some 30,000. I will fix this right away.

If you are doing it yourself, you might as well be doing it right, right? Of course, you could just build the spacer as you say.

Glad to have you on my blog!


MommaP (not verified)

Fri, 01/01/2010 - 12:22

In the plans on step 4 it calls for a board 58 1/2 x 19 1/4" but it's not on the diagram for cutting the plywood?? Are you just missing this part? or am I reading the plans wrong?

Ana White (not verified)

Fri, 01/01/2010 - 14:37

You are totally right - there needs to be 2 more of D, the bottom shelf of the bench. To save you plywood, what I would do is on the last piece of plywood, cut 2 of these out (instead of the piece for the top of the spacer, 20" x 60").

Go ahead and build all the benches as stated in the plans. Build the spacer frame. Then from your scraps, cut 2 pieces of plywood to fit on top of the spacer. Just make sure that the splice in the plywood is centered on one of the spacer joists. (each piece will be approximately 20" x 30"). As you can see from previous comments, the spacer is overbuilt as it is, and does not need a full sheet of 3/4" plywood.

When I get a free second, I will modify the cutting layout to show this.

Thanks for catching this!


Anonymous (not verified)

Fri, 01/08/2010 - 09:10

I have just found your site and am looking forward to trying many projects! I would love to make a full size stratton bed for my 10 year old son. Would it be possible to modify that plan??
Here's hoping,

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