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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.
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.
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How to Make a DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer
- 1 – 1/4” Lauan 2×4 Plyboard Sheet
- 2 – 1x4x6 Pine Boards
- 4 – 1 1/2” Swivel Wheel Casters
- 1 – Cabinet Pull
- Kreg Jig
- Wood Stain
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.
Use a Kreg Jig to make a pocket hole on one side of the board. (I only drilled into the jig’s left side.)
Move the Kreg Jig to the opposite side and drill into the jig’s right side.
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!
I ran a bead of glue down each side before the screws were inserted for added strength.
Now the sides of the drawer are complete!
Attach the Drawer Bottom
Run a bead of glue along the bottom edge of the drawer box.
Lay the drawer bottom in place and clamp.
Nail into place.
Now the drawer box is finished!
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.
Add the Casters
Mark the holes for the caster.
Note that I only used three of the four holes.
Drill pilot holes and then screw the caster into place.
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.
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.
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.
Mark the holes for the drawer pull.
Drill pilot holes and then screw the pull into place. The drawer is now ready to be used!
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.
The swivel casters make this drawer easy to slide in and out from under the bed.
The drawer isn’t easily seen when pushed under the bed. If we had a bed skirt, it would be completely hidden.
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!
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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