Daybed with Storage Trundle Drawers

Free plans to build an easy daybed with storage trundle drawers! Gain tons of storage with this clever design!


Projects built from this plan. Thank you for submitting brag posts, it's appreciated by all!


Author Notes: 

We are crazy for traveling two and a half days, some 8,000 miles, to go to my sister's baby shower and spend just 2 and a half days with my sister. Last night I came home, exhausted, and my husband asked if the trip was worth it.

And I said, Of course it was!

I will do crazy things for the children in our family. Because to me, the children are the most important part of our lives, and I am so excited to be getting a new niece!

I remember when Grace was born, and it shocked me how much stuff baby's get! Strollers, car seats, playpens (are we still calling them pens???), swings, chairs, walkers, gyms, vibrating chairs .... Baby sure can take up a lot of space!

So when my sister said she needed a new daybed, I said, No, you need a daybed with some STORAGE!

We have some daybed plans with storage, but we wanted something super inexpensive, easy for my sister to build (she's in her last trimester), and the space under the bed fully accessible. I immediately thought of our trundle coffee table.

Why not make a daybed similar to it? So I drew up a new plan.

And this is what she made for about $110 in lumber!

And there is a TON of storage under it that is very easy to access!

Even my big girl Gracie could put the drawers back in neatly.

The daybed was finished with Minwax Gel Stain in Red Elm, a favorite of my sister's. You can check out the finishing tutorial here.

And of course, plans to build the bed follow!

Shopping List: 

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

measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
countersink drill bit
General Instructions: 

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!

Dimensions shown above.
Cut List: 

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”

Cutting Instructions: 
Cut 2x4 boards for base (the longest 2x4 cuts) first, and then cut smaller cuts from the scraps to conserve boards, or you'll need to buy another 2x4.
Step 1: 

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.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Add decorative trim with 1 1/4" finish nails and wood glue.

Step 3 Instructions: 

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.

Step 4 Instructions: 

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.

Step 5 Instructions: 

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.

Step 6 Instructions: 

My sister used 1/4" plywood on top of the 2x4 frame.

Step 7 Instructions: 

Here's an alternate slat system that you could use if you prefer that.

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Hi Ana,

Love this day bed plan! Question: could this be modified so that the drawer unit pulls out all together, and a solid top was above them? I.k.e.a. has a storage trundle bed that allows the drawers to remain fixed but the "trundle" portion pulls out. It's called Hemnes Day Bed.

An extra mattress flips down to create a larger bed. This would be perfect for a guest room I'm planning. I need more than a twin, but don't have space to allow for a queen / king unless it's actually bedtime!

Thanks for all you do to inspire us, Ana!


I actually bought a (used) HEMNES day bed and built it, and it's not easy to make, which I suspect is why there is no plan for it yet, even though for every day bed post I see here, Ana gets at least one request for that plan.

In order for the HEMNES bed to work as it should, there is a metal piece, quite flimsy, which is about two inches wide. It holds the slats together from the top and attaches to the head and foot boards. It's thin enough that if you put a mattress on it, you don't feel it on top of the slats. This allows the other slats underneath to slide through them. (i.e. the end of the slats are not capped.)

I have no idea where you would get such a thin metal piece, made to this exact length, and bent in the right shape.

Even if that were cheap to obtain, the rest of the bed still requires a lot of precision. Which I'm not saying is impossible, but definitely harder than most of the plans, where if you mess it up, it just doesn't look good. If you mess up the HEMNES, it doesn't work at all.

Love this . . . this is exactly what we've been needing for our daughter's room! But . . . the PDF link isn't working. Help me, please :)

BTW, love your stuff. You do great work!

Love it. This is not a criticism, just curious. This is very similar in looks to the storage bed in which you could also use drawers, yet of course they are built differently. Is there a reason you didn't go that route? Is one easier than the other?

LOVE THIS! ive been thinking about making something like this for a while and now that i see what it could look like, im totally sold! Thanks for sharing these fantastic instructions with us Anna!

Hi Ana,

We are working on this and everything seems to be going well. But we just wanted more detail on the caster wheels. What size did you use and where are they attached under the drawers? And how many casters on each drawer?.. Two?

I just happen to stumble across this and it was perfect for what we need. Almost done, just can't decided to paint or stain! Plans were fairly easy. I made a few modifications here and there. When I brag it I'll be more specific. Thanks!

I would like to use this bed frame with the corner hutch storage twin beds. I like the idea of the drawers instead of the cubbies. Do you think that would work? Also, will a twin size mattress work on this? Thanks. They are probably silly questions, but his is all new to me! I'm still trying to convince my husband that we can do this!

Hello! I am building this bed for my son for his 13th birthday. It is my first project, and so far is going very well. I was wondering, what is the best way to attach the plywood to the bottom of the drawers. Glue and finish nails?

I love this idea only I'd love to use this for a double bed instead of a twin which is 48 inches wide instead of 42. Do you have modification plans for that already? I think this will work great in our old small 1920's bungalow house's guest bedroom!

I am building this bed now, my first project, and i am starting on the drawers and was thinking ahead to finishing it and was wondering how much stain do you think this would take? A couple of quarts? I have never stained anything and have no clue how much a can really can cover.

Any ideas?

I would like to make this to fit an XL twin mattress. I think I can make the adjustments to the materials but thought I would ask if anyone might already know them to save time. Thanks in advance,

Brenda Hillman