Queen Sized Storage Bed

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 11/12/2009 - 22:44
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Special thanks to Twenty Six 2 Life for sharing their bed made from these very plans. This bed plan is unique because it's just three benches, arranged to make a bed. Drawer plans, daybed plans, and king and full plans are also available.

Fits a standard Queen Mattress


Shopping List

Wood Shopping List Make sure you read this post on choosing your wood. If you choose to save a little by buying MDF, you need to spend a little extra for special screws. You will need to screw the piece together when using MDF. 5 Piece of 3/4" Hardwood Plywood 4 - 1x2s 3 - 1x3s 3 - 2x4s

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
paint brush
Cut List

Cutting List for 3 Benches A) 3 - 3/4" plywood @ 58 1/2" x 15" (back of the benches) B) 6 - 3/4" Plywood @ 20" x 15" (sides of the benches) C) 3 - 3/4" Plywood @ 20 x 60" (top of benches) D) 3 - 3/4" Plywood @ 19 1/4" x 58 1/2" (Shelves) E) 3 - 3/4" Plywood @ 19 1/4" x 12 1/2" (Cubby Divider) F) 3 - 1x2 @ 60" (Trim for face of bench, top) G) 3 - 1x3 @ 60" (Trim for face of bench, bottom) H) 9 - 1x2 @ 11 3/4" (Trim for face of bench, vertical) Cutting List to modify one of the benches to a foot bench I) 2 - 1x2 @ 20 3/4" (Trim for sides of foot bench, top) J) 2 - 1x3 @ 20 3/4" (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 @ 17" (Joist for the spacer) O) 1 - 3/4" Plywood @ 20" x 60" (Top of Spacer)

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

Cut out all your pieces as directed in the cut list. Make sure your plywood or MDF pieces are perfectly square. When fastening, you can use 2" nails or 2" screws, unless otherwise directed. Always use glue. Remeber, you need to make 3 benches.


Step 1

Back and Sides of Bench. Fasten the back (shown in blue, piece A) to the sides (shown in green, pieces B) as shown above. Do this for all 3 benches.

Step 2

Bench Top. Fasten the top of the bench, C (shown in purple above) by nailing or screwing through the top of C into the ends of A and B (shown in blue and green above). Do this for all three benches.

Step 3

Cubby Divider. Fasten the cubby divider, E, as shown above in green. Use the above measurements to guide you. Make sure you nail through the top, bottom and back into the edges of E. Also check for square (see HOW-TO section). Do this for all 3 benches.

Step 4

Trim Out of the Bench Front. Begin by nailing F in place (shown in green above). Keep all outside edges flush. Then nail G (shown in purple above) in place as shwown above, keeping outside edges flush. Finally, nail H (shown in blue) in place. Center the middle trim H on the vertical divider. For the outside trim H, keep outside edges flush. Use the measurements above to guide you. Do this for all 3 benches.

Step 5

Step 6

Framing the spacer. Start with boards M, shown above in blue. Mark out the placement of all the joist first (shown in green above). Then predrill. Then add the joists, N, shown in green above.

Step 7

Adding the Spacer. Predrill and secure the spacer in place, using 2" screws. Follow the measurements and instructions above. (You may wish to assemble the bed in the room)

Step 8

Final Bed Assembly. You may wish to sand and paint or stain the bed first, then move into your room, and then fully assemble. I recommend doing a test assembly first. Add the plywood to the top of the spacer, as shown above. Then use 1 1/4" screws to screw from the insides of the cubbies into the adjoining benches, securing all the benches together.

Step 9

There is no way around a certain amount of scraps. Save your scraps. You can use them to build drawers.

Step 10

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
If you want to save a little more money, and buy one less sheet of plywood, just cut the top of the spacer from the scraps. Cut 1 scrap at 47" x20" and the other at 13 x 20" . Screw to the the top of the spacer so that the plywood seam is centered on the spacer joist.


Ana White (not verified)

Sat, 11/14/2009 - 15:36

I'm really in trouble now! My sister has been looking at my site and asked if we could build a Stratton Bed together for her. I might be building this too . . . !

In reply to by Ana White (not verified)


Sun, 08/07/2016 - 18:43

Wanting it taller and doubling the storage, do I make two separate frames and stack them or is there another way? If I stack them how do I keep them stuck together to they don't move apart?

Ana White (not verified)

Fri, 12/11/2009 - 09:21

For those of you building this bed - I've done some research on the Pottery Barn Stratton bed, and many people have complained that it can create mildew under the mattress because the mattress sits on the benches. I am sure this is true for most captain beds. Might be wise to pick up a rug pad (very cheap) to add a small air gap. That is what Pottery Barn recommends.


Tue, 03/29/2011 - 15:50

When I built this bed over a year ago, I went to a local furniture store and the sales lady told me that she has never heard of a mildew problem on mattresses used on platform beds. They sell platform beds at their store and haven't had any complaints. So I didn't buy a rug pad and I haven't had any problems with mildew or mold yet...

Kevin L. Nault (not verified)

Tue, 06/14/2011 - 21:52

It depends where you live – I used to live in Juneau, AK, where everything mildewed, and now live in Albuquerque, NM, where it's almost unheard of.