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Under Bed Storage Box

Put under-bed space to use with a rollout storage chest. You can make it from a single sheet of 1/2-in. plywood on a Saturday morning.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Assemble an under-bed rollout

Some of the most useful and underutilized storage space in the bedroom is right under the bed, but you can take advantage of it with this durable rollout chest, made from a single sheet of plywood for $60. Plastic versions are also available for as little as $20, but wood looks better, lasts longer and lets you custom-size your rollout.

Measure the distance between the floor and the bottom of the bed. Subtract 1/2 in. for clearance under the bed and 1/2 in. (on bare wood) to 1 in. (on thick carpet) for casters. Subtract another 1/2 in. for the hinged top to arrive at the maximum height for the storage box sides.

Mark all the pieces on a sheet of plywood and cut them with a table saw or a circular saw. Fasten 3/4- in. square nailers to the edges of the base with glue and finish nails or screws (1/2-in. plywood is too thin to nail into on edge). Attach the sides to the base, adding square nailers at the corners. Fasten the caster supports to the sides, then nail the outer side pieces to the caster supports.

Attach the front and back. Add the filler strips on top of the caster supports and the last nailer along the top edge of the back. Finally, nail on the fixed top, set the hinged top against it and screw on the hinges. Attach the hinges using 1/2-in. screws so they don’t stick through the top.

Figure A: Storage box construction

Figure A: Storage box construction

Figure A: Storage Box Construction

Figure A, a Cutting List and a Materials List are available in pdf format in Additional Information below.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • Hammer
    • Tape measure
    • Circular saw
    • Drill/driver, cordless
    • Drill bit set
    • Straightedge
    • Wood glue

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

See Materials List in Additional Information at the end of the Step-by-Step section.

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May 29, 3:14 AM [GMT -5]

This is such a cute idea and will be a great addition to my daughter's college dorm room!

May 26, 11:10 PM [GMT -5]

I really like this idea, I think it is cost effective and practical - using up most of the space you have! I wanted to ask, is it possible to use another material other than wood? Because wood can get kinda heavy.

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