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.



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


Sat, 05/18/2013 - 08:53

Why is there no support for the cabinets in the middle. Over time, this should cause stress on each cabinet. 60 inch width is too wide not to have something supporting the middle of the cabinet. Probably best to add two supports.


Wed, 07/17/2013 - 14:29

Is there a way that I can make this disassemble-able? My husband is in the military and I KNOW we'll be moving at some point. Is there an easy way to get the benches/spacer in 2 pieces for transport?

Also, I'll be building this for our guest room. Our most frequent guests are the in-laws and they are larger people. Any idea about the weight limit?


Fri, 07/26/2013 - 19:03

I scanned through the comments and didn't see my question asked so hopefully someone can help me. It's listed for the plywood to use hardwood. Should the other boards be matching? Say you are using oak plywood, should the 1x2, 1x3, and 2x4 be oak as well? And are those just the listed sizes or need they be exact (how a 2x4 isn't really 2x4)


Sat, 07/27/2013 - 19:02

You can easily set it up so it will disassemble into 4 pieces. I did not attach the benches to each other - only to the centre spacer. I created a ledge for the centre spacer on each bench so that the centre spacer only is screwed to the base in 4 places. Thus you only have to take out 4 screws to take the whole thing apart. The bed is very sturdy. I don't think it would have any problem supporting a lot of weight.


Fri, 08/23/2013 - 18:16

So I decided to make this bed as I already have two storage beds, but they just don't work like I want. For those of you wanting to modify the plans - modify away! I'm made mine taller (to fit two rows of drawers or a cupboard if you don't like drawers) and I'm leaving the bottom bench open in the middle for a cupboard that opens to the long storage area underneath. My other two beds that are storage beds I got for free as one was just the drawers for a queen - stuck them together and they make a full (I use a boxspring on that one); the other is an old waterbed which is rock-solid, just not my style. So let me just say that these plans will accommodate most any alterations as long as you add a bit more structure if going higher or longer. And just remember folks, that the storage area you want in the middle is dark and narrow - I've gotten stuck in there a few times, so be careful!


Mon, 11/18/2013 - 19:35

At the top of these plans, there's a mention of a full sized version of these plans as in for full sized mattresses. Has anyone found those? I can only find queen and king sizes.


Wed, 02/19/2014 - 14:53

I'm pretty sure "D" goes between steps 1 and 3. It is the shelf located at the bottom of each "bench" before you attach the cubby divider (part E)
Hope that helps!


Wed, 01/15/2014 - 06:42

Am I missing something here? All the images on this page are very small, low res and the numbers are impossible to read. When I print it out it's completely illegible.

Please help!

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