You can solve the problem of space in which to stash
off-season and the like with...
by BETTY L. WILEY
Waste of any kind irritates me ... and I was long
frustrated by my inability to make good use of the dusty,
narrow space beneath my family's beds. Of course, there
are ready-made "dresser beds" available, but I
found the prices to be just too high. And though I went so
far as to hunt up a number of plans for do-it-yourself
storage sleepers, it seemed that those sets of instructions
were more confusing—and potentially
time-consuming—than I'd hoped.
Finally, I decided to take the situation (and a hammer) in
hand ... and design and build my oldest son a
storage bed, from scratch! To my surprise, the project
turned out to be downright easy. For an investment of $22
worth of plywood, a bottle of white glue, and some
finishing nails, I was able to build a simple (some would
even say crude) but functional piece of furniture.
By following the cutting and assembly instructions below,
you too can transform some under-bed space—which is
probably not being used for anything other than breeding
dust balls—into a valuable storage area!
[ 1] Cut the 4" waste strip from one end. (Always measure
and cut one piece at a time to allow for "kerf" which is
the wood removed by the saw blade.)
 Cut the 17"-wide piece that'll form one end and
 Rip the 3" waste strip from one side of the remaining
 Rip the 7"-wide top piece from the remaining
 Cut the end piece to 37-1/2" long . . . leaving the 17"
 Repeat the first two steps taken in cutting Sheet
 Rip the 17"-wide back piece, leaving the 31"-wide
 Cut the end piece to 37-1/2" . . . leaving the second
 Glue and nail both end pieces to the back . . . as
shown in the illustration.
 Fasten-again using both glue and nails-the bottom to
 Turn the bed-to-be over.
 Glue and nail the narrow top piece to the back (as in
the construction photo).
 Again referring to the photo, install the first
 Using glue and nails, secure the large top piece to the
ends (you can also run a bead of glue along the joint
between the two top sections).
 Fasten the second brace. (I glued and nailed its top
edge in place, but — not wanting to turn the bed over
— I shored up its foot with the pieces of scrap shown
in the photo of the finished sleeper.)
 Guess what . . . you've built a finished storage bed!
Put a mattress or foam pad on top and fill the new
"cupboard" with about 30 cubic feet of whatever you'd like
to get out from under foot!