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.


Ana White (not verified)

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 10:17


Pottery Barn does not make a full size stratton bed. In fact, they call this bed (knocked off in this plan) a Full/Queen.

A queen measures 60x80. The platform for this bed is 60x80.

A full measures 54x75. This would mean about 3" of the top would show around the mattress. It meets the standards of those purchasing this bed for a full size, so I most likely will not modify this plan in the immediate future to fit exactly to a full size.

Anonymous (not verified)

Thu, 01/14/2010 - 19:29

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MikeM (not verified)

Sun, 01/31/2010 - 14:56

Ana, Great Site! Just made all of the cuts, but realized that your list is short a 1X3 as 3 are needed for 3 - 60". Additionally, I had an extra 2X4 and an extra 1X2. I will be assembling tomorrow as I'm one of those people that doesn't stop until it is complete. Thanks for all your hard work on the site and plans.

Blue & White Wear (not verified)

Fri, 02/12/2010 - 16:41

This is awesome! Thanks for sharing this! Now I need to find someone to build it for me!

Joy (not verified)

Sun, 02/14/2010 - 06:34

Our family downsized to a much smaller home a few months ago and none of our furniture fits in the new space - including our big sleigh bed! This is exactly what we want to buy - but now my husband and brother can build it for a lot less! Brilliant! When we build it this spring, I'll send you pics.

Nikki (not verified)

Mon, 02/15/2010 - 13:50

Ok, I am soooo excited to have found these plans. My husband and I have been talking about building a bed just like this for some time now because I am too cheap to fork out the money for some boards of wood but since neither my husband nor myself have any woodworking experience he has been resistance to start our first project with something this big. Your plans have giving both of us the confidence to try and tackle this long awaited project. Thank you so very much. We are going to start tomorrow!! I will let you know how it turns out. Yay!

Anonymous (not verified)

Sun, 02/21/2010 - 07:58

Dear Ana, I just love this bed! Thank you very much for sharing your plans, I think I'll be able to build something like that for myself. Only... I'm afraid the mattress may slide off the benches. Shouldn't I add some sort of skirting (sorry, I don't know how to name the thing in the furniture-makers' lingo) around the top? If so what is the best way to fasten it to the benches? Mary

Laurie (not verified)

Thu, 02/25/2010 - 08:27

I love this bed! I'm going to modify it to fit exactly a double sized son's room is small and his Ikea Hopen bed is just too big. I love the drawers, I may be able to get away with not having a dresser in the room, which will save space too!

Ana White (not verified)

Thu, 02/25/2010 - 09:35

Pottery Barn recommends using a standard rug pad to keep the mattress in place and also to create a moisture barrier to fight mildew.

Anonymous (not verified)

Mon, 03/01/2010 - 17:44

For mildew control, why not drill lots of small holes in the platform to allow for air flow and no extra cost.

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