Don’t let that space under the bed go unused! Maximize the functionality of all that square footage and make easily accessible storage bins on wheels.
A DIY tutorial to build storage bins to fit under the bed using plywood. Make the most functionality of underbed space with storage bins on wheels.
My girls recently bunked their beds but whether your beds are bunked or not truly doesn’t matter because there will almost always be unused space under the bed. That dark underbed space where the monsters live is prime real estate for some serious storage!
I designed and built three long storage bins specifically to fit under the girls bunk beds.
These storage bins are made from 1/2″ plywood painted white with wheels attached. So basic and simple but help keep all the things where the are accessible and organized. In hindsight I probably should have added a pull, maybe a handle or cut out finger hole but they are easy enough to grab and pull out just as boxes.
First I measured the length of the unused empty space then subtract 10″ or so for ample spacing between bins. These bins are each 21″ wide and there’s plenty of room for movement. Next measure the depth, my bins are 40″ deep and still hide just enough under the bed.
Lastly measure the height. For the height you want to take into consideration your wheel height and leaving a bit of open space at top to grab the bin (or less if you’re going with hardware pulls). My bins are 7″ tall which is plenty because I’m a firm believer that kids do better with shallow drawers and bins. If you make the bins too deep all the clothes get piled and lost and nobody can find anything.
- 1 – 40″ x 21″ (1/2″ plywood, bottom)
- 2 – 39″ x 7″ (1/2″ plywood, long sides)
- 2 – 21″ x 7″ (1/2″ plywood, short ends)
- wood glue
- #6 – 1 1/4″ wood screws
To build the boxes attach the short ends to the long sides first using wood glue and countersunk screws. Then attach the bottom to the sides.
Lastly attach five wheels to the underside for easy rolling in and out. I added the middle wheel to help carry the weight of the bin once filled. Also I used swivel wheels but probably should’ve used the stationary wheels which helps the bin stay on a track under the bed.
These storage bins hold a ton of clothes! They are super accessible to pull out and kids can see exactly what is in the bin without having to fumble through. I only wish I built these sooner!
In other updates I added plug in wall sconces for the girls so they can read while in bed:
And painted a wooden letter for each girl to attach to their footboard:
The wooden letters are hanging on hooks so when the girls decide to switch places they can easily switch the letters as well:
Two sisters sharing a room with their baby brother on the other side! Truly I love having all the kids in one room, it’s sort of like camp except this is real life and they are learning to live with each other which makes for great life experiences. Ah the joys of a shared bedroom.