How To Make Under Bed Storage

under bed storage


There is no doubt that finding the extra storage can be difficult, but, you have to be a little bit creative to figure that out.

The under bed storage is pretty inexpensive to make and is easy to put together.

Moreover, for beginners, this project can take some hours with a few tools and materials.

The under bed storage holds a ton, and you will have a lot of space to hold your garments or books!  Under Bed Storage Ideas

Let us show you how to make under bed storage. Here you go!

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Step 1: Gather Required Tools and Materials


  • 1/4" Plywood Sheet
  • 1/2" Plywood Sheet
  • 1 1/4" x 48" Wooden Dowel
  • 2 1/2" Furniture Sliders (for Use on Carpet) [Quantity 4]
  • 1" (or 3/4") Pocket Hole Screws [Quantity 8]
  • 5/8" Staples
  • #6 Flat Washers [Quantity 3]
  • #6 - 32 x 1 1/2" round head machine screws (with matching nuts). [Quantity 8]


  • Pocket Hole Jig
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Table Saw
  • Staple Gun
  • Pencil
  • #6 Counter-sink bore drill bit
  • Radial Arm or Chop Saw (optional)
  • Tape Measure
  • Wrench or pliers
  • Clamps
  • Corner clamp (optional)
  • Sandpaper or sanding block

Step 2: Cut the Sides of Your Box

You will have to cut sides of the box from the 1/2" plywood.

Due to joinery, deduct 1" from the length of the width you gauged, for front and backboards.

 Also, deduct 1/4" from the stature of every one of the four sideboards.

We need a box with measures of 30" wide by 29" long x 5 1/4" height, our cuts are given below:

  • (2) 30"x5" panels for front and back
  • (2) 28"x5" panels for right and left sides

Step 3: Connect Sides

For joinery, you need to opt for pocket holes. You will drill pocket holes on the right/left side pieces.

The right/left side pieces will settle in the between of the back or front pieces.

Next, follow directions for the pocket hole jig. For each right/left piece, you will need to make two holes where it will associate with the front piece and another two holes where it will interface with the back piece.

 Our jig suggests 3/4" pocket screws for 1/2" plywood, however, they are difficult to find out. Therefore, we decided on 1" pocket hole screws and balanced the jigs.

When pocket holes are drilled out, you can join the four sides (right/left/back/front) together.

You can use a corner clamp in case that you have one, to ensure the pieces are joined equitably at 90-degree edges.

We use the table saw and manual for making a 90-degree edge to arrange the pieces up while joining these screws.

Step 4: Cut the Bottom Panel

We cut the bottom panel after the sides of the box are joined.

Measure the length and width of your box to ensure you got what you were expecting. 

Our length and width matched the arrangement, 30"x29". Cut the suitable measured board from 1/4" plywood, such as:

30"x29" panel from the bottom

Step 5: Attach Bottom Panel

We opted to join the panel from the bottom to the sides of the box with the staple gun.

 In this case, 5/8" staples did great, in our tests, for joining 1/4" plywood to the edges of the 1/2" plywood.

Moving forward, you need to lay the box down and line up the 1/4" plywood board to each of the four sides of that box.

 Utilizing the staple gun, you can staple the bottom panel to edges of the panel sides.

 We utilized 5 staples for each edge. 

Step 6: Cut the Wooden Dowel Handle to Required Length

In this step, you will need to make the handle for under bed storage box.

You can have a wooden dowel of appropriate length to make that handle.

So, you will measure, mark and then cut that wooden dowel to 30"

 (it must match the expected width of your box).

You can use the radial arm saw for making that cut.

Step 7: Prepare the Handle to Install

In this step, you will drill the countersunk holes for attaching your wooden dowel handle. Now, clap dowel in place.

You will need a steady center line so all of the screws will connect to the box at a similar angle.

 Now, mark three uniformly spaced points along the middle line.

Utilizing a 1/8" drill, pre-drill the pilot hole into three points marked along your dowel. Utilizing a #6 countersink bit, drill into three pilot holes,

while the bit must prevent you from drilling excessively into that dowel. 

Step 8: Attach the Handle

Moving forward, using a few clamps, center and then line the dowel up along your front of the box.

Since we decided to use the machine screws, you will have to pre-drill into the front of your box.

Now, utilizing a 1/8" drill, line up with the current holes in dowel, yet, this time drill further so the bit gets past front board's 1/2" plywood.

Utilize a screwdriver to join the wooden dowel to the front board face with three #6 round head machine screws.

Put #6 washers on the substitute side of the screw (inside the box) and safely fasten it with #6 nuts.

Don’t forget to use the pair of pliers or wrench to turn the nut, while utilizing the screwdriver to keep the screw from spinning. 

Step 9: Sand

In this process, you will need to sand as well as light all the edges and side panels wherever they meet.

We utilized the sanding block for this purpose. Also, use a brush to get rid of any dust.

Step 10: Installing Furniture Sliders

Now, you need to flip around the box and line up furniture carper sliders in all the four corners.

Also, remove adhesive backings one at a time and simply press the slider into a spot for about 30 to 60 seconds. 

On the off chance that you are looking to store something heavy in your under bed storage,

 you might need to use the extra slider in the middle.

Step 11: Slide Into Place

In this final step, ensure that you load it up with your stuff and slide the box into place.

If your measurements were good, it should slide effectively under the bed.

 You can also verify whether the drawer is not catching anything on the sides or top of your bed frame.

You can also watch this short tutorial to understand more about the process:

Final Words

Finally, if you have gone through each step and have applied appropriate measurements,  9 Things You Should Never Store Under the Bed

then your under bed storage is finally finished!

Let us know if you still have any questions about that process. We would love to help you out!

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