Daybed with Storage Trundle Drawers
Free plans to build an easy daybed with storage trundle drawers! Gain tons of storage with this clever design!
3 - 1x8 @ 10 feet long
2 - 1x12 @ 6 feet long
6 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
2 - sheets 1/4" plywood (for drawer bottoms and bed top)
2 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
3 sets of straight caster wheels (non swiveling kind)
2 1/2" and 1 1/4" PH screws
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
2 – 2x4 @ 32”
2 – 1x12 @ 32”
4 – 2x4 @ 16 ¾”
2 – 1x2 @ 9”
2 – 1x3 @ 32”
2 – 2x4 @ 72”
2 – 2x4 @ 69”
2 – 2x4 @ 36”
6 – 1x8 @ 36”
6 – 1x8 @ 22”
2 – ¼” plywood 23 ½” x 36”
3 – 1x12 @ 23 ½”
3 – 1x3 @ 23 ½”
6 – 1x2 @ 8 ¾”
Drill 3/4" PHs around top and sides of end panels. Then attach to top header and legs with 1 1/4" PH screws and wood glue. Keep back edges flush.
Add decorative trim with 1 1/4" finish nails and wood glue.
Build frame. You can just frame up with wood screws or attach with 1 1/2" PHs and 2 1/2" PH screws and glue. Attach frame flush to top with ends as shown in diagram using 2 1/2" screws.
I changed up the drawers so the sides overextend the front in the cut list. If you do this, you can place ¾” PHs on the outsides and attach with 1 ¼” PH screws. Then when you add the drawer faces, it covers the PHs up. I also shortened the drawer to 36” overall length so you can put drawer faces on both sides if desired.
Insert drawers under bed and attach faces with face frames so the drawer bottoms are flush with the end bottoms - you want this to look like a real drawer! Note that the drawer faces will be flush to sides of drawer boxes. Also, for all four sides finished, you can add drawer faces to the backs too!
TIP: Attach handles to face before attaching so you don't have to drill through 2 thicknesses of wood later on.
TIP: Check the height on the flooring you are using - for example, thick shag carpet could alter the height of your drawers.
TIP: Leave a little bit of a gap to the top for overfull drawers or heavy weight on bed frame.
My sister used 1/4" plywood on top of the 2x4 frame.
Here's an alternate slat system that you could use if you prefer that.