This step by step diy project is about how to build a storage bed frame. If you need to use the space of your room efficiently, you should consider building a wooden bed frame with drawers. If you have basic power tools (circular saw, drill machinery, electrical screwdriver) and know the basic woodworking skills, you could get the job done by yourself in just a weekend. Take a look over the rest of the bed frame plans.
You need to build a durable bed frame, so you need to use quality materials and professional tools. We recommend you to use 3/4” plywood or MDF to build the frame of the bed frame, as well as the bottom of the drawers. Nevertheless, you also need to buy 1×2 and 1×3 lumber for the wooden strips you have to attach to the frame of the storage bed. If you want to get accurate cuts, we recommend you to draw the cut lines with a L-square and use a circular saw with a fine blade.
There are may techniques you could use the assemble the components together. The most professional result could be obtained, if you drill pocket holes and insert 3/4” wood screws. Nevertheless, you could also get rigid joints, by drilling pilot holes and inserting 2” wood screws. Make sure the components are aligned, before inserting the screws. You could use these techniques to build a storage bed frame in any size.
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Building a king bed frame with drawers
- A – 2 pieces of 3/4” plywood – 15 1/4 x 22”, 1 piece – 12 3/4 x 22” FRONT BENCH
- A – 1 piece of 3/4” plywood – 22 x 55 3/4”, 1 piece – 15 1/4 x 57 1/4”, 1 piece – 22 3/4 x 57 1/4” BENCH
- B – 1 piece of 3/4” plywood – 22 x 74 1/2”, 1 piece – 15 1/4 x 76”, 1 piece – 22 3/4 x 76” 2xSIDE BENCH
- B – 2 pieces of 3/4” plywood – 15 1/4 x 22”, 1 piece – 12 3/4 x 22” 2xSIDE BENCHES
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 57”, 7 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 27 1/2” long FRAME
- D – 1 piece of 1×2 – 77 1/2”, 1 piece – 12″, 1 piece of 1×3 lumber – 77 1/2″, 2 pieces – 12″ TRIMS
- D – 2 pieces of 1×3 – 80”, 10 pieces – 12”, 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 80” TRIMS
- E – 1 pieces of 3/4” plywood – 19 3/4 x 31 1/2”, 2 pieces 10″x19 3/4” 2xLARGE DRAWER
- E – 1 pieces of 11 3/4″x35”, 2 pieces of 10″x33” 2xLARGE DRAWER
- F – 1 pieces of 3/4” plywood – 19 3/4 x 22 1/2”, 2 pieces 10″x19 3/4” 4xSMALL DRAWER
- F – 1 pieces of 3/4″ plywood 11 3/4″x26”, 2 pieces 10″x24” 4xSMALL DRAWER
- 7 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 4 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 8′
- 3 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 8′
- 6 pieces of drawer pulls
- 6 drawer slides
- 500 pieces of 1 1/4″ screws
- 100 pieces of 2 1/2″ screws
- 500 pieces of 1 1/4″ brad nails
- glue, stain
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Pre-drill holes in the wooden components, before driving in the screws
- Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
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Storage Bed Frame with Drawers Plans
The first step of the project is to cut the components for the frame of the bed and for the drawers. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need 7 pieces of 3/4″ plywood for the project. The purple components are for the frame of the bed frame, the yellow components are for the front drawers and the blue components are for the side drawers.
Mark the cut lines on the plywood sheet and get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper for a professional result.
Continue the project by cutting more components.
Mark the cut lines accurately and you’ve done half of the project.
More plywood, more cuts, more components.
Mark the components after cutting them, so it would be easier for your at the assembly.
Cut the components for the side drawers.
As you can see, there are very few cut outs left from this project. You can use them for other awesome builds. See more plans HERE.
How to build a storage bed frame
The first step of the project is to build the frames for the side drawers. In order to get the job done in a professional manner and to save time, we recommend you to use 3/4” plywood or MDF. Cut the sheets with a circular saw having a fine-teeth blade, or cut the, directly at the diy store. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the bottom component and of the middle partition. In addition, drill pocket holes along the top edges of the side components.
Attach the back to the front unit. Align the edges with attention and use 2″ brad nails and glue to lock everything together tightly.
More building details for the front unit.
Continue the woodworking project by building the front bench of the bed. Therefore, cut the plywood sheets at the right size and assemble them together with 1 1/4” pocket hole screws. Use a spirit level to make sure the bottom and top components are level, otherwise the bed frame won’t have a neat appearance.
Build the back of the unit out of 3/4″ plywood and drill pilot holes before securing it to the frame of the storage unit. Insert 1 1/4″ screws to get the job done in a professional manner.
More building details for the side storage units.
Attach the 3/4″ plywood back to the side units. Align the edges with attention and insert 1 1/4″ screws to lock everything together tightly.
After assembling the three benches, you should fit them together as in the image. In this project we show you how to build a king bed frame with drawers, but you could use these techniques to build any bed, if you adjust the dimension of the components.
Use a carpentry square to check if the corners are right angled, otherwise the components won’t be aligned one with another properly.
Use 2×4 lumber when assembling the frame for the storage bed. In order to support the mattress efficiently and to distribute the weight properly, you have to build a small frame and attach it between the wooden benches. Use 2×4 lumber to build the frame. Drill pilot holes trough the rim joists and insert 3” wood screws into the short components.
Check if the frame is level before attaching a piece of 3/4” plywood into place. Secure the plywood into place with 1 1/4” wood screws, makings sure the head of the screws are aligned with the surface.
Next, you need to attach wooden trims to the edges of the components. As you can see in the image, you need to cut the wooden strips at the right size and secure them into place with glue and finishing nails.
Make sure the trims are flush the edges of the benches, otherwise the bed frame won’t have a nice appearance. Sand the cut edges with 120-grit sandpaper and a sanding block. Use 1×3 lumber for the bottom and side trims and 1×2 lumber for the middle and top trims. Use 2″ brad nails to secure the trims into place.
Make sure you space the trims properly, for a neat result.
Continue the woodworking project by attaching the trims to the sides of the bed frame. Use the same techniques and methods to get the job done. Build the bottom trim out of 1×3 lumber, while the rest of the trims should me made of 1×2 lumber. Use glue and brad nails to secure the trims into place properly.
Make sure you check out this diagram, before attaching the trims into place with 2″ brad nails.
Building the drawers for the bed frame is a straight forward task, if you use the right materials and tools. Build the bottom of the drawer of 3/4” plywood and the frame from 1×10 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the side components. Lock everything together with 1 1/4″ screws.
Drill pocket holes along the four edges of the bottom component. Align the edges with great care and insert 1 1/4″ screws to secure the bottom into place tightly.
After assembling the front drawers, you should give them a nice look by attaching a piece of 1×12 lumber to their front face. Use glue and 1 1/4” screws, driven from the inside of the drawers. Add handles to the drawers.
Building the side drawers is not a difficult process, as you need to use the same techniques and materials described above. Cut the plywood and the wooden boards at the right size and assemble them together with 2” wood screws. Use the techniques described above for drilling pocket holes to the components.
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