Classic Storage Bed (Queen)

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 08/02/2019 - 13:09
Difficulty
Intermediate
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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
Dimensions for storage bed, cubbies are 20" deep
Fits a standard Queen Mattress, cubbies are 20" deep

Preparation

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)

OPTIONAL DRAWERS SHOPPING LIST

  • 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
paint brush
Cut List

Carcasses

  • 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.

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
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.

Instructions

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.

BUILD THREE BENCHES.

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.

CONTINUE FOR ALL THREE BENCHES

Step 3

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

CONTINUE FOR 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

END BENCH ONLY

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

SIDE BENCHES ONLY

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

OPTIONAL DRAWERS

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.

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Comments

marie421 (not verified)

Tue, 07/31/2012 - 11:27

Hello never done any wood work but love this bed and want to try, but i think i would want more storage were can i find the directions on how to double the amount of drawers...

Christopher Lambert (not verified)

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 12:31

I will be using your design to build this bed. I currently hive a medal frame with no headboard and we need the storage for our things.

I do have one statement. I think that if you are adding drawers to the design then the back of each bench could be open as long as you provide lateral and vertical support. The spacer in the middle will help support the weight. You could cut 3 to 4 inch strips of plywood (or any 3/4" inch scrap) to conserve wood and spend even less. What do you think?

I really like you plans and will use them as a guide. I will also be building your closet organizer as well. I am so glad I found you.

Very Respectfully,
Christopher.

Christopher Lambert (not verified)

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 12:32

I will be using your design to build this bed. I currently hive a medal frame with no headboard and we need the storage for our things.

I do have one statement. I think that if you are adding drawers to the design then the back of each bench could be open as long as you provide lateral and vertical support. The spacer in the middle will help support the weight. You could cut 3 to 4 inch strips of plywood (or any 3/4" inch scrap) to conserve wood and spend even less. What do you think?

I really like you plans and will use them as a guide. I will also be building your closet organizer as well. I am so glad I found you.

Very Respectfully,
Christopher.

natasha

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 07:49

Hi I was wondering if the downloaded pattern has all the adjustments mentioned in the comments or if I need to add them?

and if theres away to add 5" of height to this, and it still be sturdy ?
would love some help I will be starting this, this week !!

chrisevan

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 06:07

I keep receiving these e-mails stating that there is a new comment, but when you click on the link..........NOTHING NEW. Is there something wrong with the site?

Guest: Kelly (not verified)

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 09:18

Hello. I'm jumping in to the woodworking game with this project. I know -- CRAZY!! Anyway, Lowes has agreed to cut the plywood for me (thank you), and I'm going to put it together. I've studied the plans for days, but I have a few questions.

1) I was looking at screws, and while the plans say 2", they don't list the size (10, 12, etc.). Given I think I'm going to be screwing into the edge of plywood (see question below), I would think I would need a thinner screw, but I wasn't sure, and the gentleman at Lowes wouldn't say.

2) Also, I have the Kreg jig coming ... if I use it on this, or decide to use the countersink bits I got, do I need to use special wood or Kreg screws, or will any do. You mention in your TOOLS AND TIPS section using "gold" screws -- do you mean brass?

3) And forgive my ignorance but how many screws would you use to join the plywood edges?

4) Any suggestions for making those first two joints -- right angles with huge pieces of plywood sounds awkward ...

5) I know I must predrill the holes, (and I assume it's with a slightly smaller drill bit than the screw size), but do I screw into the edge of the plywood?

Thank you so much for your help! Am so excited to make this bed!

Happy Holidays!

Kelly

Alanna.Smith (not verified)

Tue, 01/01/2013 - 20:37

Will MDF work with this project? I know it is weaker than plywood but it is also a lot cheaper. Anyone have any suggestions?

Thyri

Tue, 04/09/2013 - 00:12

I'm thinking about building this as I want to upgrade to a queen size bed from a full size. If I do, I thinking I may alter the the bench at the foot of the bed to have 2 smaller drawers, but have the center of the bench open in the back and have a door in the center of the front of the bench. That way that long space in the center of the bed can be used for storing things like camping gear or skis. I may want to put a frame around the openings to make up for the support that's being lost from not having a center divider and solid wood across the back.

kazey

Sun, 05/05/2013 - 16:27

I have been looking for tutorials on making a bed and at the same time I can use as a storage. Thank you for sharing this Ana. This is truly helpful. I will follow the steps and make one for me. - JustFab