Drawers for the Queen Sized Storage Bed

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Fits the Queen Sized Storage Bed Plans
Dimensions: 

6 - 18" Undermount Drawer Slides
6 - Beautiful Drawer Pulls or Knobs
6 - 1x10 8' Length
2 - 1x12 8' Length
3/4" Plywood Leftover from the Bed

Common Materials: 
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
paint
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
nailer
Cut List: 

6 - 17 1/2" x 25 1/4" pieces of 3/4" plywood (Bottom of Drawers)
12 - 1x10 @ 17 1/2" (Sides of Drawers)
12 - 1x10 @ 26 3/4" (Front and Back of Drawers)
6 - 1x12 @ 27 1/2"
* 1x10 boards measure 9 1/2" wide

Cutting Instructions: 
Measure and adjust your drawers for your bed. You may need to alter the cut list for your bed. Always work from actual dimensions on drawers rather than the "perfect" dimensions given.
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General Instructions: 

Cutting and Building Instructions. Begin by cutting all your boards. The plywood must be cut square. Check for square using a metal square. Always use glue and use 2" nails or screws, unless otherwise directed.Attaching sides to bottom.

Step 1

As shown above, fasten the sides, B (green) to the bottom, A (blue). Build six of these. Keep outside edges flush.

Step 2

Attaching the front and back. Keeping all outside edges flush, fasten the front and back (Boards C) to the drawers (shown in blue above). Make sure you fasten C (blue) to the sides and the bottom (white). Do this for all six drawers. This is shown above.

Summary: 

Drawers for the Queen Sized Storage Bed. Add tons of very useable storage to your room with this plan. Bed plans available here.

Step 3

Attach the Drawer to the Bed. Using the 18" Undermount drawer slides, attach the drawer to the bed, as shown above. Center the drawer on the open cubby. The drawer without the face attached will sit inset 3/4" from the outside of the bed.

Step 4

Push the drawer in. Push the drawer all the way in the bed, so there is a 3/4" gap between the front of the drawer and the outside of the bed. This is shown above.

Step 5

Attaching the drawer face. With the drawer pushed all the way in, center the drawer frace on the drawer. There will be approximately 1/8" gap all the way around the door. When you are satisifed with the placement of the drawer face, nail once in each corner area with 1 1/4" nails. Then pull the drawer out, with the face attached. From the inside of the drawer, nail through the front into the back side of the face. This will hide most of your nail holes. Be aware of where you will be placing your hardware and avoid adding nails where you may need to add screws.

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I can't wait to build this bed!!Quick question though in the drawer material list you list using 2x10s and 2x12s. Do you mean 1x10s and 1x12s - it seems like a 2 inch board would be overkill (and make the drawer really heavy!)

The 1x10's I bought are only 9 1/4 inch wide, I know this will still work for this plan, the sides will just be a little shorter. has anyone made these drawers and found undermount drawer slides for a good price? some are very expensive. HD didn't have any and lowes is a far drive but i'll have to try there.

I was wondering about making one modification to these drawers. I would prefer to have my drawer fronts outside of the bed frame instead of flush with the bed frame. If I extended the depth of each drawer by 3/4", then the drawer WITHOUT the front would become flush and then a drawer front would be mounted and would hit the outside of the bed frame. I would then make my drawer fronts larger then the specs so that they would cover the drawer opening. My reason for this is to add some trim to the drawer fronts to make them a little less modern looking. Do these changes make sense, would this work?

Thanks so much for these plans! I spent ALL of last weekend trawling your site and saving plans; I think we can finish furnishing our entire house for less than $700. This plan in particular is especially appealing because right now we use the space under our bed as storage, but without a good method to keep things contained, so there are always rogue shoes spilling out, among other things. I can't wait to make this and report back with results! Thanks again.

I built the queen straton storage bed for my 10 year old daughter this summer--great plans-- and was pricing some baskets to fit, but found that the sizes wouldn't work for clothes storage and the prices weren't much of a deal either. Now onto making the drawers tonight. Thanks for the easy well thought out plans. It sure makes my love for building that much easier!

These plans were just what I was looking for. I surprised my husband with this for Christmas. I didn't get his shocked expression (this is my first woodworking project, completed with the help of my step-father) on camera, but here are some pics of the bed.

Thanks so much!
**we used side mounted slides instead of undermount.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=270689&id=658034292&l=301a419cc4

I did this bed for my 20 year son for Christmas this year also. We lucked out being given a queen mattress and it was just sitting on the floor of his room (he had a full size previously). I like the idea of the side mounts. As of right now we used the center undermount and the bumpers that came with the drawer slides are not tall enough and therefor the drawer wobbles when opened. I will be going to by the side mounts today....thanks for sharing that small bit of information! Your bed looks GREAT!

thanks. I just realized I was looking at the wrong undermount slides. The undermount slides that are 17" and 19" at Rockler are cheaper (like $9) but have a weight limit of 25 lb.. The 18" slides are about $30 each and have a weight limit of 100 lb. It's more than I expecting to pay but still less than PB. I'll post some pictures soon. Thanks for the advice and the plans.

Why does it say 6 drawer slides? I'm assuming that is 6 sets of drawer slides? I'm looking at Lowe's and it seems they sell them one at a time, which means I need 12, right?

World Market has a bed, Chase Storage Platform Bed, which has four underbed storage drawers, (two on each side). The drawers are flush with the bed and are on rollers, but they are not attached to the bed. It comes in queen and king size. It has a headboard that can be purchased separately.
Do you have any plans for a bed that is similiar to this?

I am having lots of problems with this plan. Nowhere can I find "Undermount" slides. All HomeDepot has is "Bottom Mount". Is this the same?

If so, I bought those. But they do not work. The way the instructions in the bottom mount show a flush surface on both sides of the face the drawers are mounted to. As built the Bed does not have a flush surface since the trim work to either side protrudes.

Pictures would be very helpful here! Please help! I have the drawers built but can not figure out what to do here.

Undermount are not the same as bottom mount.

You might want to search whether you can get undermount slides shipped to you at a reasonable price. I also could not find undermount slides in my area. I searched online, but the shipping costs made it cost prohibitive for me to order them online. If you run into the same problem, there is a way to work with the bottom-mount slides.

I bought bottom-mount slides like you did. I solved my problem by buying some extra trim and nailing it to the inside of the benches. This gave me a flush surface onto which I could screw the slides. Once you add the drawer faces to the drawers, you won't be able to see the extra trim you added inside.

I wish I could offer some pics of how mine turned out, but I don't own a digital camera and I haven't yet figured out Google sketch-up. Good luck!

Ok I figured it out. These were the cheapest I found....

Blum Solo Concealed Undermount Slides For 18" Drawers 3/4 Extension 100# Class Cream (Overlay)

These are meant for applications like this where the sides are no flush and there is an overlay drawer, like this project. These types of slides are for upscale drawer finishes where you dont want to cover up any dovetailing. But they work for this problem I am having because there is nothing that protrudes from the side of drawer and they only raise the drawer higher which is where i have room to work with. Side to side the drawers are all a little bit different and the margin of error to small to fit side slides at all.

Do not order the 18 inch Blum Overlay UNLESS you want the drawers to stick out. The way the instructions on here are made the drawers should lay FLUSH with the outside of the cabinet. If you want FLUSH mount then you need Blum undermount slides for INSET. Those are a little more expensive.

if you get the OVERLAY mounts then you can still make the drawers you just need to make sure the drawer faces you make are wider all the way around the edges so they completely cover the openings.

So I have installed the Blum Undermount (inlay) ones. Well... these do not work either!

The drawers, properly mounted and installed have less then 3/4 of an inch, more like 1/4=1/2 inch of inlay left. Far less then what is described in the directions here. So, even with the inlay mounts they drawer faces will STILL not sit flush with the outside.

I think these directions for the drawers need refinement in several areas.

1. The size of the drawers.
2. The thickness of the materials (both the Blum undermounts can accomodate up to 5/8ths inch material. 3/4 inch is overkill
3. Cheaper (euromount) slides can be used if the width of the drawers are more carefully sized to fit in the chest. As is there is not enough side clearance.

Anyhow. I am going to cut some new faces of a thinner material (i think plywood can get had in 1/4 inch or less, and then use very thin molding around the edges to reinforce the edge of the face. This thinner drawer face will help to allow the inlay, though a slight bit of it will protrude.

Hey, I am wondering if you have the trim for the drawers listed in the materials list and if not why not? Also I want my drawers to look just like the ones in the picture above so please can you give me the info I need to do that? I don't mean the drawer pulls, just the trim.
Thanks

Hey, I am wondering if you have the trim for the drawers listed in the materials list and if not why not? Also I want my drawers to look just like the ones in the picture above so please can you give me the info I need to do that? I don't mean the drawer pulls, just the trim.
Thanks

Hello Ana,

What do you mean by the under mount drawer slides? I am not familiar with what you are suggesting we use here. I am new to this site and new to woodworking but have always had an interest in it. Can you provide a link to a picture or an name brand with item number that you use for this drawer slide please. That would be great.

Hello Ana,

What do you mean by the under mount drawer slides? I am not familiar with what you are suggesting we use here. I am new to this site and new to woodworking but have always had an interest in it. Can you provide a link to a picture or an name brand with item number that you use for this drawer slide please. That would be great.

Does anyone have an update on the model # for the drawer slides?
Having trouble determining the correct model for undermount drawer and bottom mount to cabinet???? help please?

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