Extra storage can be hard to find. Sometimes you’ve got to get a little bit creative.
Underneath the bed is one of those places that is underused or crammed with random toys or dirty clothes. Ha! And while there are plenty of ideas for under the bed storage, I love these under bed storage DIY boxes I made. These boxes give you tons of storage and look adorable at the same time. It’s a win-win.
They are very inexpensive to make and easy to put together. This project makes a great beginner’s project and can be completed in one afternoon with just a few supplies. These storage boxes hold a ton, and your kiddos will have plenty of room to hold their clothes, toys and books all out of sight! You might even want to make a set for your master bedroom.
Let me show you how to make these. Let’s get started!
For this project you’ll need a few supplies:
- 2-foot x 3-foot piece of plywood
- 1×12 cut into four pieces (two 37½-inch-long pieces and two 24-inch-long pieces)
- Table saw
- Nail gun
- Corner brackets (8)
- Castors (4)
- Hand sander
- Wood glue (optional)
***Use extreme caution and common sense when using power tools. Follow all manufacturer’s instructions, wear safety gear and build at your own risk.***
Under the Bed Storage Drawer Tutorial
1. Cut out the wood.
First, you’ll cut out your wood using a saw.
We just built a house, so the plywood I used for this project was once our temporary countertop in the kitchen. I was so happy to repurpose them into something fun for our new home! For tips on picking the right wood for your project, check out my DIY kitchen shelves tutorial.
The bottom plywood piece I used was 2-feet by 3-feet. The sides are cut from a 1×12 board. We cut two 24-inch boards and two 37½-inch boards to make these.
TIP: Be sure to measure the space under your bed, and adjust these measurements as needed to fit your space.
2. Sand your wood pieces.
Next, you will sand off any rough edges with a hand sander.
3. Assemble your under the bed storage box.
Next, you’ll assemble your box using a nail gun. Nail guns are my new favorite tool. They make everything so much easier and you can barely see where the nail went in!
We attached the two short pieces first. Put a nail on each corner and then nail along the entire edge every couple of inches. For extra strength, you could add a small amount of wood glue along the edge before you nail your sideboard into place.
We flipped it over and added the other 24-inch piece with our nail gun to the other end.
Carefully lay it down on its side and nail the longer side piece into place with the nail gun.
Flip it around and nail the final piece into place using the nail gun and nails every couple of inches all the way around, including the sides.
I actually made two of these boxes to fit under my son’s bed, so I repeated all the above steps to make another box just like the first one.
4. Stain your storage box.
This is my favorite step–staining!
Wood looks so pretty when it’s stained. I used my favorite color again for this project, dark walnut–the same stain I used on our open shelving in our kitchen, on our garage storage shelves and on our huge farmhouse bench. I really love it!
When I stain, I always use protective gloves and an old rag. I dip the rag into the stain and then rub it into my wood along the grain. I wipe off any excess and then let it dry. For this project, I used one coat of stain.
Make sure you stain inside your box as well. Pay attention to those corners and watch for any drips. Wipe them away before the stain dries.
5. Attach the hardware.
Let your boxes dry for a good 24 hours. Then attach casters to the bottom of your box. I got the castors that swivel around. They make it super easy to maneuver your storage boxes from underneath the bed.
I attached two corner brackets on each corner. I love how it adds to the look, and it will add a ton of extra support to the sides of these boxes.
The last thing we did was add a nice big handle right in the middle of the front of this under the bed storage box. After that, it’s all set to go!
These boxes are nice and HUGE! They can fit tons of clothes, toys or books. I love that they are easy enough for my little guy to pull in and out from under the bed. (Who doesn’t love it when the kiddos can help organize their own things?)