Do It Yourself Bed Frame with Drawers


If you need storage space in your bedroom, consider building a platform bed and putting drawer storage in it. This type of bed frame is easy to build if you have basic carpentry skills. You can save money by designing your own bed with drawers. Additionally, you can make the drawers a size that meets your needs.

Do It Yourself Bed Frame with Drawers
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Look at platform bed options in a furniture store to see what configurations are possible. Some drawers have rollers that run on the floor while others have drawers with slides.

Also consider if you want one or two drawers on the side. Determine if you want the drawers to extend all the way across the bed or just halfway. Decide if you want drawers on both sides of the bed.

Draw your plans. Make sure you have the exact measurements for your mattress as well as for the available floor space in your bedroom.

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Choose ¾-inch plywood for an inexpensive option. You can also choose regular lumber of any type you prefer. Buy enough for the outer perimeter of the bed frame plus interior support pieces. You also need enough plywood to cover the top and bottom of the platform bed. Remember to allow extra lumber for errors.

Pick out lumber for the drawers. This can be thinner plywood. You can also select premade drawers if you wish. Another option is to use drawers from an old dresser.

Purchase any trim you want to add to the bed as well as hardware, such as drawer pulls. Also purchase wood glue and screws for assembling the project. Buy drawer slides for the drawers. Select paint or stain to finish your bed frame.

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Gather your circular saw and jigsaw. If you are using special joints, you need a router. You also need a screwdriver and bits as well as an electric drill. A sander is necessary to smooth the wood for finishing. You need paintbrushes to finish your project.

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Carefully cut the lumber. You need two narrow pieces for the ends and two longer pieces for the sides. You also need to cut brace pieces that go across the bed and also serve as support pieces for the drawers. Use the jigsaw to cut out the holes for the drawers on one of the longer pieces of the bed frame.

Router the joints. If you want a simpler look, you can miter the corners. Attach the outside pieces together. Add the center brace pieces.

Build the drawers. Attach the drawer slides to the drawers. Measure and match the other half of the drawer slide to the inside of the bed frame and the brace pieces. Attach it. Make sure the drawer slides properly.

Attach plywood to the top of the platform bed. Turn the entire project over and attach plywood to the bottom as well to give the bed frame added stability. Flip the bed back to its rightful orientation. Add trim to the bed if desired.

Sand the rough edges of the wood. Add primer and paint the wood. Or stain the wood and add a protective finish. Attach the drawer pulls. Set the mattress on the finished bed.

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