How to build a storage bed frame

Mr. HowToSpecialist December 12, 2012 Comments Off
How to build a storage bed frame

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.


 

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.

In order to build a storage bed frame, you need to use the following:

Materials:

  • 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” SIDE BENCHES
  • B – 2 pieces of 3/4” plywood – 15 1/4 x 22”, 1 piece – 12 3/4 x 22” SIDE BENCHES
  • C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 57”, 7 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 27 1/2” long FRAME
  • D – 2 pieces of 1×2 – 77 1/2”, 2 pieces – 80”, 11 pieces – 12” TRIMS
  • D – 2 pieces of 1×3 – 77 1/2”, 2 pieces – 80”, 2 pieces – 12” TRIMS
  • E – 1 pieces of 3/4” plywood – 19 3/4 x 31 1/2”, 2 pieces of 1×10 – 19 3/4” LARGE DRAWER
  • E – 1 pieces of  1×12 – 35”, 2 pieces of 1×10 – 33” LARGE DRAWER
  • F – 1 pieces of 3/4” plywood – 19 3/4 x 22 1/2”, 2 pieces of 1×10 – 19 3/4” SMALL DRAWER
  • F – 1 pieces of 1×12 – 26”, 2 pieces 1×10 – 24 ” SMALL DRAWER

Tools:

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

Tips:

  • Pre-drill holes in the wooden components, before driving in the screws
  • Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
  • Adjust the size of the headboard, according to your needs and tastes

Time:

  • One Day

 

Building a king bed frame with drawers

Building a storage bed

Building a storage bed

 

Building a storage bed frame can be done in may ways and sizes, but in this project we show you all you have to know about making a king size platform bed frame with drawers.

Smart tip: You could use these techniques to build a storage bed frame in any size. Plan everything before getting the job started.

 

 

Check out this VIDEO TUTORIAL! It’s that simple to build a storage bed!

 

 

How to build a storage bed frame

Building the side benches

Building the side benches

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.

Align the components before driving in the 1 1/4” pocket screws. Alternatively, drill pilot holes and insert 2” wood screws.

Building the front bench

Building the front bench

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.

Smart tip: If you don’t have a pocket hole jog, you could drill pilot holes and drive in  2” wood screws.

Assembling the bed frame

Assembling the bed frame

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.

Fitting the frame

Fitting the frame

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.

Smart tip: Attach the frame to the benches, after aligning it at both ends and leveling it with a spirit level.

Attaching plywood

Attaching plywood

 

Check if the frame is level before attaching a piece of 3/4” plywood into place. Secure the plywood into place with 2” wood screws, makings sure the head of the screws are aligned with the surface.

 

 

Installing the front trims

Installing the front trims

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.

Fitting the side trims

Fitting the side trims

 

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.

 

Building the front drawers

Building the front drawers

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.

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

Building the side 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.

Smart tip: Attach a nice piece of wood to the front face of the drawers, if you want to get a professional result. Fit the drawers in place and check if they slide properly.

How to build a storage bed frame

How to build a storage bed frame

Last but not least, you should take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, you need to fill the head of the screws  or any other hole and let it dry out for several hours. Afterwards, you should sand the surface with fine-grit sandpaper, along the wood grain.

Smart tip: Protect the wooden components from decay, by applying several coats of stain or paint. Apply the product in a properly-ventilated location.

 

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