Rolling Under-bed Storage Boxes With Faux Pallet Wood

4 Materials
10 Hours

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Steph got a new bedframe that left a lot of usable space between the floor and bottom of the bed. She decided it would be a perfect space for storage boxes and the build would be a good excuse to use up some of our scrap wood.

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Because of the price of lumber in 2021, Steph wanted to make the boxes out of lumber scraps we had on hand. This required a little creative engineering to make those scraps work. Here she is cutting a piece of plywood that used to be part of a storage cabinet that we deconstructed many years ago.

We had some boards leftover from when slide-out shelves were added to my kitchen cabinets. Here Steph is cutting them to the size she needs on the table saw.

Here are all the boards cut to size and ready to be assembled. You can see we used quite a few varieties of wood and wood finishes.

To make some of the pieces the right width, we glued and clamped additional pieces to make them the correct width. Those blue things are very large silicone pads we use to keep the glue from sticking to the workbench.

This is the layout of the side pieces with the pallet wood. It was at this point we had to ask ourselves, was it worth it to continue with pallet wood that had to be removed of nails, sanded, stained, sealed, and cut to size in the August heat OR go buy a couple of boxes of faux pallet wood that didn't need any prep?

Buying faux pallet wood or weathered wood was the correct answer! We picked up two boxes. The faux pallet wood needs NO prep or finish.

Time to assemble using wood glue and brad nails.

Once the box was assembled it was time to add the faux pallet wood to the sides. We cut the faux pallet wood to length, making sure to mix up the variety of colors of wood. The faux pallet wood was glued and brad nailed into place.

Appliance casters were added to the bottom of the boxes. Appliance casters move forward and back not side to side which is perfect for under-bed storage.

To give a more pallet look to the wood, upholstery tacks were added to give the look of the nails that are found in real pallet wood. Pull handles were added to the front and back sides of the boxes.

Pull handles were added to the front and back sides of the boxes.

The finished boxes are in place.

The boxes are great for storing things that take up valuable space in a closet like bags, travel stuff, and blankets.

Suggested materials:
  • Weaber 1/2 in. x 4 in. x 4 ft. Weathered Hardwood Board   (Home Depot)
  • Shepherd Hardware 9441 7/8-Inch Threaded Stem Appliance Caster, Dual W   (Amazon)
  • /8 x 7/8 in. Pronged Tee Nut   (Amazon)
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  • C Sue Upton Rauscher C Sue Upton Rauscher on Aug 31, 2021

    I need to do this as my home is lacking in storage!! My problem, dogs shed like crazy I need tops!! Love this and thanks for sharing!!

  • Paula Countryman Paula Countryman on Sep 04, 2021

    I have so much of my craft making supplies and other storage items beneath my bed and its a struggle getting it out. The rolling under the bed storage boxes would be perfect!