DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer

6 Materials
1 Hour

Is organizing your home a goal for the new year? Our 1950’s home has small closets and a constant problem for me was shoe storage. I made a DIY Under Bed Storage Drawer that has helped with my shoe storage problem.

The drawer isn’t easily seen when pushed under the bed. If we had a bed skirt, it would be completely hidden.


Make the Cuts

First, decide the size drawer you’d like to have. My drawer is 2’ x 3’. When deciding the size, I started by measuring my shoes to figure out how large the drawer would need to be to hold eight pairs.

  • Plyboard – Cut to 2’ x 3’
  • Pine Board – Cut 2 pieces to 36”
  • Pine Board – Cut 2 pieces to 22 1/2”

Use a Kreg Jig to make a pocket hole on one side of the board. (I only drilled into the jig’s left side.)

Move the Kreg Jig to the opposite side and drill into the jig’s right side.

Turn the board around, clamp into place, and make two more pocket holes.

Clamps and clamping squares helped to keep the box square as the sides were screwed into place. We use clamping squares for nearly every woodworking project that we complete!

I ran a bead of glue down each side before the screws were inserted for added strength.

Now the drawer box is complete.

Add the drawer bottom and glue and nail into place.

I stained this piece with Minwax stain in Weathered Oak.

Mark the holes for the caster. Note that I only used three of the four holes.

Drill pilot holes and then screw the caster into place.

The last step is to add the drawer pull.

The swivel casters make this drawer easy to slide in and out from under the bed.

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  • William William on Dec 27, 2021

    Simple and a great solution. A lot of people use old drawers with casters for under bed storage. Your idea is custom and can be made to fit a persons needs.

    • Millie Millie on Jan 02, 2022

      I used old drawers and it works great!

  • Millie Millie on Jan 02, 2022

    Love your project! I was fortunate enough to have drawers from a buffet that I was discarding.