A $22 Storage Bed

With this reader's simple storage bed plans and some inexpensive basic materials, you can create space to stash off-season clothing and the like.

| March/April 1983

  • storage bed - the completed unit with mattress on top and empty compartments
    What the storage beg may lack in aesthetics it more than makes up in functionality.
    Photo by Betty L. Wiley

  • storage bed - the completed unit with mattress on top and empty compartments
Waste of any kind irritates me, so much so that 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: I designed and built 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 my Cutting and Assembly Instructions, 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!





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