King Storage Bed

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 10:06
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Creating a King Size Storage bed is no more difficult than a queen. You simply make the bottom bench wider! As Twenty-Six-2-Life says, those drawers are huge! Thanks for sharing your photos, Kate.

Dimensions shown fit a matress approximately 84" long x 78" wide. Measure your mattress and adjust to fit.


Shopping List

5 Sheets 3/4" Plywood or MDF (includes drawers)
3 - 1x12 @ 6 feet long (drawer faces)
6 - 1x10 @ 8 feet long (drawer boxes)
5 - 2x4, 8 feet or stud length
10 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long

Common Materials
1 1/4 inch screws
2 inch screws
3 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

Cutting List for 2 Benches (SAME AS QUEEN)
A) 2 - 3/4" plywood @ 58 1/2" x 15" (back of the benches)
B) 4 - 3/4" Plywood @ 20" x 15" (sides of the benches)
C) 2 - 3/4" Plywood @ 20 x 60" (top of benches)
D) 2 - 3/4" Plywood @ 19 1/4" x 58 1/2" (Shelves)
E) 2 - 3/4" Plywood @ 19 1/4" x 12 1/2" (Cubby Divider)
F) 2 - 1x2 @ 60" (Trim for face of bench, top)
G) 2 - 1x3 @ 60" (Trim for face of bench, bottom)
H) 6 - 1x2 @ 11 3/4" (Trim for face of bench, vertical)
Cutting List to modify one of the benches to a foot bench

Cutting List for the End Bench (Modified for the King)
A) 1 - 3/4" plywood @ 74 1/2" x 15" (back of the benches)
B) 2 - 3/4" Plywood @ 22 3/4" x 15" (sides of the benches)
C) 1 - 3/4" Plywood @ 22 3/4 x 76" (top of benches)
D) 1 - 3/4" Plywood @ 19 1/4" x 74 1/2" (Shelves)
E) 1 - 3/4" Plywood @ 22 3/4" x 12 1/2" (Cubby Divider)
F) 1 - 1x2 @ 76" (Trim for face of bench, top)
G) 1 - 1x3 @ 76" (Trim for face of bench, bottom)
H) 3 - 1x2 @ 11 3/4" (Trim for face of bench, vertical)
I) 2 - 1x2 @ 24 1/4" (Trim for sides of foot bench, top)
J) 2 - 1x3 @ 24 1/4" (Trim for side of foot bench, bottom)
K) 2 - 1x2 @ 11 3/4" (Trim for side of foot bench, back corner)
L) 2 - 1x3 @ 11 3/4" (Trim for side of foot bench, outside front corner)

Cutting List for Center Spacer
M) 2 - 2x4 @ 60" (Sides of the spacer)
N) 6 - 2x4 @ 33" (Joist for the spacer)
O) 1 - 3/4" Plywood @ 36" x 60" (Top of Spacer)

Cutting Instructions

The drawer faces of this piece depend on your 1x10s being 11 1/2" wide. Measure and adjust the height of the bed to fit this measurement. Drawers are designed for undermount slides. If you wish to use side mount slides, adjust the drawer width for the slide clearance (normally 1/2" on each side of the drawer).

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


Step 1

You will need to in addition build the two side benches as directed in the Queen plans. For the end bench, attach the back to the sides as shown here.

Step 2

Now add the bottom to the end bench as shown here. Attach on all three sides with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and glue or 2" screws and glue.

Step 3

Now add the center divider.

Step 4

The top goes on top. This will all be hidden, so go ahead and screw right through the top into the sides, back and dividers.

Step 5

Step 6

The sides will match the face frame trim on the side benches if you trim them out. Use 1 1/4" finish nails and glue.

Step 7

Construct the spacer and use it to attach the three benches (two queen size and the end king). Lay plywood on top or wood slats.

Step 8

Begin constructing the drawers as shown here. Drawers are optional.

Step 9

Add the fronts and backs. Mount the faceless drawer into the bed with undermount slides. The drawer will inset 3/4", giving space for the drawer face (next step).

Step 10

Place the drawer face on the drawer and attach with 1 1/4" snails and glue, leaving an even gap around all sides. Attach handles or knobs as desired.


Darlene - Our … (not verified)

Mon, 01/04/2010 - 12:37

If you know of where to buy the baskets that would fit the spaces in the queen size bed...please let me know.

cottagewish (not verified)

Mon, 01/04/2010 - 17:26

So very excited to have found your site. You ROCK! I just spent the last couple years installing all new trim in my home and now am ready to tackle more...can't wait to hone in on a project and mirror your plans.

ScrappinAway (not verified)

Fri, 01/08/2010 - 05:43

I am sooo excited to try this, I have been wanting new bedroom furniture but didn't think I could afford what I wanted but this looks like a great solution!!!
Wow, that was a really long sentence, lol!

Celina (not verified)

Sat, 01/09/2010 - 14:43

I have wanted this bed for so long and couldn't bring myself to splurge. I am dying to get started on this project! Love,Love,Love your site!

Jeanne (not verified)

Sat, 01/16/2010 - 02:38

I just discovered your blog and am doing the happy dance!!

I have wanted a copy of the stratton bed for 2-3 years and hubby refuses to help me build anything without a detailed set of plans. However, After reviewing your plans it looks like you have plans for every size except a full size bed. We have a full size bed in our guest room and don't have any room for anything larger. Can you tell me what the best way to modify one of your sets of plans for a full sized bed would be? Or send a link to point me in the right direction if you have already posted it and I have missed it.

Thank you so much for posting the plans that you work on free for us to use on your blog!

Ana White (not verified)

Sat, 01/16/2010 - 20:23

Hi Jeanne, I'm so happy you stopped by! BUT I'm so sorry to let you know that there most likely will not be plans posted for the full size Stratton anytime soon. This is because the differenc in mattress sizes is only 5" on the height and 6" on the width. Pottery Barn does not sell a full sized Stratton because of the similarity in size. They actually consider the queen a full/queen.

The easiest way to modify the plans for a full size would be to make the daybed version, but wider. If you made the Daybed version you would just need to make each of the benches 15" wider.

Melissa Padgett (not verified)

Tue, 01/19/2010 - 18:03

My husband and I are getting ready to build this bed. I'm contemplating doing drawers or baskets. I was reading through the plans for the building the drawers(flipping between these plans and the plans for the drawers for the queen size bed) - You use 1x10s in the construction of each but in the queen size bed drawer plans you say 1x10s measure 9.5 inches wide - but in the plans to make the drawers for the king size bed your measurement for the 1x10s are 10.5 inches wide...I might be reading the plans wrong...can you tell me which is correct for the king bed drawers?

Hope this makes sense! And we absolutely LOVE your blog. I've shared it with everyone that will listen :) :)

Ana White (not verified)

Tue, 01/19/2010 - 20:13

DRAWER SIDES are made of 1x10s that measure 9 1/2" high, not 10 1/2" high as shown in the diagrams.

The king drawers are the same as the queen, just a little wider to accomodated the longer bench on the bottom.

Sorry for the typo in the diagrams - too many late nights!


Sun, 05/01/2016 - 17:49

Hey, for your cut list. D & E for the king size end bench correct?

Retorical i guess. Shouldn't it be

D) 1 - 3/4" Plywood @ 22" x 74 1/2"

E) 1 - 3/4" Plywood @22" x 12 1/2"

I'm making my bed and had to fix those.


Callie (not verified)

Tue, 01/26/2010 - 12:01

I love your Blog! Amazing notes. I was looking at the picture for the stratton bed and there are some hutches to the left and right of the bed. Do you have plans for those hutches? I think they are awesome--I would love to use them in my place :)!