How to Repurpose an Old Bookshelf Into Under-Bed Storage

by Diywitherinb

Do you have an old bookshelf hanging around that you want to repurpose? I have a great idea for you–repurpose a bookshelf as a DIY under-the-bed drawer storage box. I’ll show you the easiest steps on how to transform an old piece of furniture into a functional piece of storage.

Old bookshelf

Tools and materials

  • Old bookshelf
  • Plywood or thick backing material
  • Wheels (4x)
  • Wood screws
  • Scrap wood pieces (for trim)
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush or roller
  • Handles or knobs (optional)
  • Screwdriver or drill
  • Saw (if needed for cutting plywood)
  • Sanding block or sander
  • Paintbrush or roller applicator
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Ruler or straight edge
Disassembling the bookshelf

1. Disassembling the bookshelf

Carefully disassemble the bookshelf by removing the shelves and any other unnecessary components. You should be left with a box-like structure.

Adding thicker backing

2. Adding thicker backing

Measure the dimensions of the back of the bookshelf and cut the plywood or thick backing material to fit. Attach the backing securely to the back of the box using wood screws and a screwdriver or drill.

Adding wheels and supports

3. Adding wheels and supports

Flip the box over to work on the bottom. Attach four wheels to each corner of the bottom surface. Make sure the wheels can swivel for easy mobility. Additionally, add support blocks or pieces of wood near the corners to elevate the box slightly off the ground and provide stability.

Making trim for the box

4. Making trim for the box

Using the scrap wood pieces, create trim to cover the raw edges of the plywood backing. Measure the length of each side and cut the trim pieces accordingly. Attach the trim to the edges of the box using wood screws.

Sanded and primed surface

5. Sanding and priming the surface

Smooth out any rough edges, surfaces, or imperfections on the box with sandpaper. Sand the trim and the entire surface to prepare it for painting. Apply a coat of primer to the entire box, including the trim. Priming helps the paint adhere better and provides a smoother finish.

Painted box

6. Painting the box

Choose your desired paint color and apply it evenly over the primed surface. You may need multiple coats for full coverage. Allow the paint to dry completely between coats.

How to repurpose a bookshelf

7. Adding hardware

If desired, you can add handles or knobs to the front of the box for easy opening and handling. Measure and mark the positions for the hardware, then attach them securely using screws.

How to repurpose a bookshelf

Use your repurposed bookshelf as a mobile storage box under the bed or anywhere you need storage for various items like toys, books, and crafts. Enjoy your DIY under-bed storage project and the functionality of your newly repurposed bookshelf!

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