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DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer

Utilize the space under your bed with a DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer.

Have you been working on organizing your home in the new year?  Our 1950’s home has small closets and a constant problem for me is shoe storage.  It doesn’t help that my feet are large and my shoes take up so much space.  I made a DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer that has helped with my shoe storage problem.

DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer

My drawer holds eight pairs of shoes and easily slides under our bed.  This project was an easy DIY and I’m so happy with the end result.

Today the Power Tool Challenge Team gals are sharing organizing projects.   See all of the projects shared at the end of this post.

How to Make a DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer

Supplies

DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer - Supplies Needed

Make the Cuts

First decide the size drawer you’d like to have.  My drawer is 2’ x 3’.  When deciding the size, I started by measuring my shoes to figure out how large the drawer would need to be to hold eight pairs.

  • Plyboard – Cut to 2’ x 3’
  • Pine Board – Cut 2 pieces to 36”
  • Pine Board – Cut 2 pieces to 22 1/2”

Make the Drawer Box

The drawer box was assembled with pocket holes made using a Kreg Jig.

Clamp the two 36” drawer sides to a workbench.

How to Make a DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer - Steps to Make the Drawer Box

Use a Kreg Jig to make a pocket hole on one side of the board.  (I only drilled into the jig’s left side.)

How to Make a DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer - Steps to Make the Drawer Box

Move the Kreg Jig to the opposite side and drill into the jig’s right side.

How to Make a DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer - Steps to Make the Drawer Box
How to Make a DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer - Steps to Make the Drawer Box

Turn the board around, clamp into place, and make two more pocket holes.

Assemble the Drawer Box

Clamps and clamping squares helped to keep the box square as the sides were screwed into place.   We use clamping squares for nearly every woodworking project that we complete!

How to Make a DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer - Steps to Assemble the Drawer Box

I ran a bead of glue down each side before the screws were inserted for added strength.

How to Make a DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer - Steps to Assemble the Drawer Box - Clamping Squares are so Helpful
How to Make a DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer - Steps to Assemble the Drawer Box - Pocket Holes Hold it Together

Now the sides of the drawer are complete!

How to Make a DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer - Complete Drawer Frame

Attach the Drawer Bottom

Run a bead of glue along the bottom edge of the drawer box.

How to Make a DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer - Glue the Drawer Bottom to the Sides

Lay the drawer bottom in place and clamp.

How to Make a DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer - Attach the Drawer Bottom - Clamp the bottom in Place after Gluing

Nail into place.

How to Make a DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer - Steps to Assemble the Drawer -Nail the bottom into place.

Now the drawer box is finished!

Completed Box for DIY under bed storage drawer

Stain

I used Minwax stain in Weathered Oak on this drawer.   When I used this stain on the Farmhouse Tray that I made in April, it gave the wood a beautiful aged look.  The pine sides of this drawer didn’t absorb the stain very well so the stain effect is subtle.

DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer - Stained with Minwax Weathered Oak Stain

Add the Casters

Mark the holes for the caster.

Adding caster wheels to a DIY under bed storage drawer

Note that I only used three of the four holes.

Adding caster wheels to a DIY under bed storage drawer

Drill pilot holes and then screw the caster into place.

DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer - Add the Casters

Add the Drawer Pull

Center the drawer pull on either a long or short side of the drawer.  I chose to center it on a long side.  A woodworking rule with a center scale is so handy for tasks like this.  It finds the center with no thinking or measuring involved!  My brain so much appreciates the ease of using this tool.

Put the woodworking rule on the drawer with the zero in the center of the rule where the drawer center appears to your eye.

How to Find the Center of Wood Without Measuring using a center scale ruler

Then move the ruler until you see the same number on both ends.  Here you can see 18 on the left side of the drawer.

How to Find the Center of Wood Without Measuring using a center scale ruler

And I see 18 on the right side of the drawer.  That means 0 is perfectly in the center!

Now that 0 perfectly marks the center of the drawer, position the drawer pull into place so that it is centered.

Using a center scale ruler to attach a drawer pull

Mark the holes for the drawer pull.

Using a center scale ruler to attach a drawer pull

Drill pilot holes and then screw the pull into place.  The drawer is now ready to be used!

Drawer with wheels used to store shoes under a bed

DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer in Use

I couldn’t wait to fill my DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer with shoes.  This storage drawer keeps my shoes handy and having eight pairs of shoes out of my tiny closet gives me more storage space.

drawer on wheels used to store shoes under the bed

The swivel casters make this drawer easy to slide in and out from under the bed.

DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer to store shoes

The drawer isn’t easily seen when pushed under the bed.  If we had a bed skirt, it would be completely hidden.

Bedroom with blue walls, antique furniture and a DIYunder bed storage drawer

If you would like an under bed storage drawer but don’t want to make one, here are a few available to purchase.

Be sure to visit the Organization Projects made by my Power Tool Challenge Team friends this month.  Click on the links to visit each project.  You are sure to find a project or two that you’d like to make for your home!

DIY Organization Projects - Get ideas for projects you can build to help to organize your home. virginiasweetpea.com #organize #powertool

Create and Babble – Simple DIY Workbench

H2OBungalow – How to Build Built In Bookcases with Cabinets

Designed Decor – Puzzle Game Table

My Repurposed Life – Easy Build Storage Shelf

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31 Comments

  1. Oh this is a fantastic project! Thank you for the whole tutorial. I never have enough room in my closet for the shoes. I always have to change out the seasons. It’s ridiculous. HMM…..giving me lot of ideas for all over my house! pinned!

  2. Paula what a great inspiration I will have to try it one of these days and thank you for your personal blog

  3. Wow you are super smart for doing the business! Lack of enough storage is a big problem for us. The way you showed how to find out storage space is magnificent. Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a great idea! I love the idea of under-bed storage, but using plastic bins never appealed to me. This sliding tray is not only practical but also looks great. Thank you so much for the detailed tutorial.

    Thanks for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

  5. Not sure which I like more, the fact this drawer is so easy and handy or that I don’t see a speck of dust anywhere on your floors! Put a pillow in that and Sherman would love it. Well, maybe a slightly larger one but our dogs don’t mind squishing themselves into anything. 😉 Great tutorial. Pinned

  6. We purchased large drawers to match a twin bed set we have, but they are large and hard to pull out! I love that you made your own and put a handle for ease in pulling out! You’re so handy with tools!! Donna

    1. I am lucky to have a husband who guides me through the process. I come up with the idea and he comes up with a plan for how to make it.

  7. Paula, this is such a great post, and particularly good for this time of year. Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party–I’ll be featuring you this week, so that more people can learn from you!

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