Storage Bed

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MDF and #2 Pine

This bed is made from MDF with wood trim and drawer fronts. There are 3 "boxes" making up the bed. I've added a headboard and adjusted the drawers to provide for 100lb full extension drawer glides. The bed also has extra trim, like quarter round on the bottom allowing a polished look. I painted all the trim before installing so there were no cut-in lines.

Required Skill Level: 
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Valisper flat blue (said to be chalkboard ready, haven't tried it yet) Semigloss Colonial White trim. This was a modification of a storage bed on this site.
Estimated Cost: 
MDF, trim, and handles were $335. Drawer slides were additional $150 from Rockler


I love this... perfect for our guest room/ granddaughters (Lily and Sophie) room. Now for my husband to come on board and build them.

I think dd should open all the drawers and pitch her clean clothes into it from the door. Make a game of a chore! It's better than leaving then all over the floor...

Thanks for the complements. It's nice to know others think it is good. :)

I can make the dinner and the table it's served on!
Excuse me while I go clean up the spilled milk!

can you tell me what drawer slides you used for this? I looked on Rocker, but the only ones they have with a 3/4" side clearance are over $40 each. I just can't do that right now. I'm wondering if I could just adjust the drawer sizes a bit. Thanks!

I built this storage bed (queen) and tried about 10 different slides. No joke. I still need to write up my post on it.

I ended up going with the Knape & Voigt side-mount slides like the ones from Lowes. Make sure to buy the slides then measure the drawer. I mounted them on the slide just like this picture on this post did. The slides I used cost $14-$15 and I used the 10% off coupon.

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I used Rockler Centerline Full-Extension 100# slides 1/2" side clearance- I have a contractor discount so I think I got 15% off. 

I also had to do shims to get the correct spacing. You could avoid this by making the drawer wider than the plan.  I altered the faces o the drawers to cover the entire drawer opening to hide the front of the slides.
I admit the first drawer probably took me half a day to align- but after that, I did a LOT better.  
I hope this helps!  Bed has been in use now for 4 months and it is VERY solid!

I can make the dinner and the table it's served on!
Excuse me while I go clean up the spilled milk!

This does help a lot! I would never have thought about using shims as spacers. What a great idea! I am also wondering how you attach the boxes together so that it is easy to get them apart to move around? You have been a great help.

I never attached them together. They are on carpet so they are not going anywhere- they are HEAVY! You could simply get a flat bracket from the box store to put together. To keep them from sliding back and forth you could use a flat "L" bracket.

My biggest advice is measure twice, check your plans twice and take your time.

Let us know how it goes!


I can make the dinner and the table it's served on!
Excuse me while I go clean up the spilled milk!