How to Build a DIY Storage Bed

Free Building plans to build your own DIY King size storage bed

There’s a first time for everything…and this was my very first time building a DIY storage bed.  It was empowering, exciting, and challenging.  It was also a little humbling…as I had several “whoops moments” during the process.

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Unfinished DIY storage bed in small woodworking shop

I have “whoops moments” a lot.  Since this was the first time building a bed, I learned several things during the process and made several mistakes.  I’ve since built a few more beds with a few less mistakes haha.  I learn everything the hard way…

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You might also notice that I learned it wasn’t the best idea to build a King Size bed in a one car garage workshop haha. Good thing it’s build in pieces for easy disassembly!

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For more of my bed builds, check these out:

The free building plans over on Build Something give you all the details on a King size bed.  You’ll see the mistakes I made and I explain how to fix them in those plans, but I’ve since rewritten the plans with diagrams and graphics (and without those mistakes) for both a Queen and a King Size Bed and you can find them here.

And to help visualize the assembly better, I made a YouTube video for this bed build.  It’s old, so don’t judge me too harshly 🙂  It’s still a really helpful instructional video.  Here’s the DIY Storage Bed video.

Now, the step by step plans can be found in the links above. But, if you’re new to bed building, let me give you a few tips to ease your stress level 🙂 Building a bed…especially a large bed like this…can be a little overwhelming. But you have to take it one step at a time.

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I like to build my beds in sections to break it down a little and to make it easy to move around if you have to take it from your shop to the bedroom it’ll be placed in…or if you move houses (which we seem to do a lot).

How to build a DIY Farmhouse King Size Storage Bed--free plans, tutorial, and video!

Bed Building Tip #1: Build In Sections

I designed this DIY storage bed to be made in four separate pieces plus slats so that it would be easy to assemble and disassemble.  First, I built the headboard.  Then the footboard, then the 2 sides, and finally, the slats.

Building in parts makes the build more “digestible” and not so overwhelming

How to build a DIY Farmhouse Storage Bed

Tip #2: Use Brackets to Assemble Bed

As I mentioned, I designed the bed to be built in four separate pieces.  They assemble using these bed brackets.  You mount the bracket with slots onto the head and foot boards, and the brackets with “hooks” or “teeth” onto the bed sides. Below they’re shown on my modern bed frame build.

When you’re ready to assemble, it’s super easy to slide the teeth on the side rails into the slots on the head and foot board and the bed is assembled in about 60 seconds and if and when you need to pack up and move it, it also disassembled in about 60 seconds as well. No fancy hardware or joinery needed. I highly recommend using these brackets when building beds.

Tip #3: Leave Room For Bedding

In the plans, I’ve already taken this into account. However, it’s always best to measure your mattress size and leave an inch or two on each side when building your frame to allow you room to tuck in your bedding.

DIY King Size Storage Bed

Speaking of leaving room for bedding…here’s something you may find funny 🙂 I actually made this bed for a friend and it’s a king size.  We don’t have a king size bed, so we don’t have a king size mattress.  You can’t take pictures of a king size bed with a queen size mattress!

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After brainstorming a minute, I came up with a solution.  In case you ever want to know how to stage a king size bed with a queen size mattress, try this 🙂  Place the queen on one side of the bed, and stuff the other side with a bunch of pillows.

Then, turn your queen size sheet longways and place it across the top and your queen size comforter longways across the bottom and fold it over a little like those fancy people do in the magazines.  If you throw a bunch of pillows on top, you’ll never notice the lumps haha.  Now you know all my secrets from this build 😉

What’s cool about this build is that since it’s built in separate pieces, you can build only the headboard if you want, leave the storage off the end, and modify the size pretty easily.

Free Building plans to build your own DIY King size storage bed

Now, go grab the free plans over on Build Something for a King size, OR head over here for the updated King OR Queen Size, and get out there and get building!

Until next time, happy building! 🙂

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7 Comment

  1. Mike Fantini
    June 9, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Tring to match the finish, if you could tell me how you did the finish that would help greatly, Thanks

    1. Shara, Woodshop Diaries
      June 14, 2018 at 5:25 pm

      I used Minwax Special Walnut, then mixed white paint and water (50/50) and brushed that on top, then wiped it off. You want to work in smaller sections and not let it dry all the way. This is called whitewashing. If it’s too dark still after you wipe it, you can do another coat to make it lighter. It’s trail and error and personal preference. It’s really fun to do.

  2. Brian
    June 14, 2018 at 11:50 am

    What is the stain/finishing process that you used?

    1. Shara, Woodshop Diaries
      June 14, 2018 at 5:21 pm

      I stained the bed in Minwax Special Walnut, then mixed some white paint and water (50/50) and brushed on, then wiped off. This is how I whitewash. Once you wipe it off, if you want it lighter, just brush some more on and wipe off again. It’s kind of trial and error, but its really easy to do.

  3. […] I wasn’t able to get the finished pictures of it before moving.  In the meantime, check out this gorgeous king size storage bed plan  ?  And also, check out the plans for these other modern nightstands I built a while back to go […]

  4. Jason
    August 29, 2018 at 9:30 am

    What wood did you use to build this?

    1. Shara, Woodshop Diaries
      December 15, 2018 at 11:17 am

      I used pine boards and birch plywood

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