This step by step project is about how to build a bed frame with drawers. Building a bed with drawers will create a significant storage space for your bedroom, but you need to adjust its dimensions as to fit you needs. This woodworking project features a traditional bed frame with three drawers on each side, along with detailed diagrams. Don’t forget to take a look at the king size bed plans, if you want a more simple approach.
There are a few aspects that you should take into account when building the bed frame with drawers. Don’t forget that these plans are designed for a king-size bed frame, so you should adjust the dimensions, if you want to build a bed for your needs. Nevertheless, you should use the techniques and methods described in this article. Align the components at both ends before inserting the screws.
You should also adjust the size of the drawers according to your needs and budget. If you don’t want to create drawers on both sides of the bed frame, you should install a plywood sheet and install 1/4″ thick trims. It is essential to install proper slides otherwise the drawers won’t open and close properly. Work with attention and plan everything with great acre, as opposed to other projects, this one requires complex woodworking skills. All the corners should be square and perfectly aligned.
Building a bed frame with drawers
- A - 2 pieces of 4×4 – 52”, 1 piece of 2×4 – 83 1/2”, 1 piece of 2×6 – 85 1/2” HEADBOARD LEGS & TRIMS
- A - 14 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 29”, 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 76 1/2” HEADBOARD PANEL
- B - 2 pieces of 4×4 – 20 3/4”, 1 piece of 2×4 – 83 1/2”, 1 piece of 2×6 – 85 1/2” FOOTBOARD
- B - 14 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 14 3/4”, 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 76 1/2” FOOTBOARD PANEL
- C - 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 80 1/2 x 14 3/4″, 8 pieces – 13 1/2 x 14 3/4″, 2 pieces – 15 x 80 1/2″ BOXES
- D - 2 pieces of 2×4 – 80 1/2”, 13 pieces – 46 1/2″ FRAME
- E - 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48 x 80 1/2″ PLYWOOD
- F – 12 pieces of 1×10 – 14″, 12 pieces – 23 1/2″, 6 pieces of 1×4″ plywood – 24 3/4 x 14″ DRAWERS
- F – 6 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 25 1/2 x 13 1/4″, 12 pieces of 1×3 – 25 1/2″, 12 pieces – 13 1/4″ FACES
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
- Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface
- One Day
How to build a bed frame with drawers
The first step of the project is to build the headboard of the bed. In order to get the job done in a professional manner, we recommend you to build the legs form 4×4 lumber and the panels form 1×4 lumber. Add glue and insert 1 1/4″ screws, if you want to get rigid joints.
Smart tip: Drill pocket hole trough the horizontal trims when locking the panel to the side posts. Afterwards, drill pilot holes trough the top trims and lock them to the posts with wood glue and 2 1/2″ galvanized screws.
Building the footboard is a straight forward process, if you have pay attention to the instructions described above. Always check if the corners are right angled and plumb the posts, before inserting the wood screws. Center the top trim before locking it into place with screws and waterproof glue.
After the glue has dried out, you should continue the woodworking project by making the plywood boxes that will make the whole structure rigid. Work with attention and with great care, if you want to get a professional result.
As you can notice in the plans, you need to build the boxes from 3/4″ plywood. After cutting the sheets at the right size, using a circular saw with a sharp blade, we recommend you to align them at both ends and to lock them together with pocket holes and 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the edges in order to provide support to the boxes.
Fit the plywood boxes between the headboard and the footboard and lock them into place with 2 1/2″ galvanized screws. Use a spirit level to check if the boxes are horizontal. In addition, use a carpentry square to check if the corners are right-angled.
The next step of the project is to build a small frame, using 2×4 lumber and 3 1/2″ screws. After assembling the frame, you should attach it between the boxes and lock it to the frootboard and headboard, using screws. Recess the frame 3/4″ from the top of the boxes, as you need to fit a plywood sheet over the structure. Level the frame with a spirit level, if you want to get a professional result.
Attach the 48″ x 80 1/2″ piece of plywood on top of the frame and lock it into place with several 1 1/4″ nails. Make sure the surface is even and perfectly horizontal.
The next step of the woodworking project is to build the drawers. In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to build the frame of the drawers from 1×10 lumber. After assembling the frame, by using wood glue and 1 1/4″ finishing nails, we recommend you to attach the 1/4″ plywood bottom.
Smart tip: Build the faces of the drawers from 3/4″ plywood and attach 1/4″ thick trims around the edges, as in the image. Work with attention, in order to prevent costly mistakes. Attach the front faces to the drawer after installing them into place, by using slides. Drill pilot holes trough the frame and insert 1 1/4″ screws from the inside into the faces.
Fit the drawers inside the boxes, by using metal slides. Make sure you leave a clearance gap of about 1/8″ around all the edges. Make sure the drawers open and close easily, before continuing the project with the finishing touches.
Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood filler and let it to dry out for several hours. Afterwards, smooth the wooden surface with fine-grit sandpaper and vacuum the residues.
Smart tip: Apply several coats of stain or paint to the wooden components, if you want to protect them from decay and to enhance the look of the bed frame with drawers.
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