King size Storage Bed - Highly Modified

Submitted by BJ D on Mon, 03/19/2012 - 12:59

In an effort to gain some space in our home, I decided to build up. The Bed is tall (not a problem for us) but not too tall. The added heigh allowed for an extra 2 LARGE drawers on each side and an additional storage space we refer to as the "cubby." This last space has a pop open latch insted of a drawer due to the side table above them. The cabinets at the foot of the bed have the same pop open latch system and house 4 large laundry bins.

The bed feels incredibly solid and I've already had several compliments from friends. One of the best came from a rather neat and organized contractor friend of ours who's home decor is wonderful. He asked where I bought it. My response: Lowes , in a pile of lumber :)

The time it took to build this was months, due to only working a night or two a week after my toddler went to bed. It could easily be week project.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
less than 700
Type of Wood
3/4 Oak Plywood and Boards.
Finish Used
Chocolate Brown paint with Polyacryllic over.
Recommended Skill Level



Wed, 03/21/2012 - 10:38

Thanks for the compliment!

I just realized that one of the drawers wasn't pushed all the way in for the pictures. Oh well.


Wed, 03/21/2012 - 11:36

This is stunning. What a beautiful build. Anyway you kept track of measurements and such so that you could post your modifications?


Wed, 03/21/2012 - 14:35

I did...

But today is my first chance to start playing with sketchup. I'll see if I can put those together for you. In the meantime. Here's some numbers to look at. Remember, the bed is TALL, but my wife and I are both around 6 feet.
Each side cabinet is 60 inches wide by 20.5 deep by 22.5 tall (to the platform itself). The entire bed is 77.25 wide at the base, with trim.


Mon, 09/07/2015 - 10:30

First of all......


Amazing work!!!  This is exactly what I am looking for to make for my daughters BDay.  She has a small bedroom.   I have never been afraid to take on a new project.  Saying that I will be having the lumber company cut all the pieces for me.   It will house all her clothes/shoes and hamper.


Please tell me that you have the dimensions for this platfrom bed.

HK (not verified)

Tue, 04/17/2012 - 14:20

Do you think its possible to create what you did on the end with the laundry hampers on all three sides, instead of having the drawers?? Do you have measurements or sketch-up of just that section. YOU ARE A GENIUS!!!!


Wed, 04/18/2012 - 10:36

Thanks HK

Having the laundry hampers on all sides is quite doable. Email me if you want and let me know what types of hampers you are many... do you need doors... how tall...what materials you want to use and what size bed. I can help you with the design/modification.


Thu, 06/28/2012 - 14:05

I love the modifications you have made! I want my husband to make me this same bed that you have done. With our 3rd baby arriving in 2 months I really need the space that our clothes are currently occupying. Have you been able to make up plans for this bed? If not, do you have a list of measurements and supplies needed to make this?

BJ Epstein (not verified)

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 21:12

Hey BJ,

This is the other BJ (or as Greta would term it, "chick BJ")! I was looking at this site, and saw a picture of the bed you made, with the caption "BJ D made this." So I clicked on it, and it showed a picture of you, and I was like, "Hey, I know that guy! That's the guy that married my best friend! And that's their daughter! Wow, small world!"

Anyway, I was thoroughly amused, and also, I really like the modifications you made on the bed. I'm totally stealing some of your ideas when we make our new bed frame!



Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:56

yes small world hun. I'd be happy to give tips/tricks I've come across through a few different projects, some from here and some I did solo.

If you don't have a Kreg Jig, get one :)

Nice to hear from you. :)


Fri, 04/18/2014 - 15:18

Hi, I emailed you, but just in case you don't still have that email or it doesn't go through to you. Did you ever make plans for your modifications? If so, I would love to see them. My email is

Thank you!

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