We all need a bed, and there aren’t very many of us who wouldn’t like a little more storage space… and we want it on a budget, right? Pretty tall order considering how expensive furniture can be. But, where there is a will, there’s a way, so let us introduce you to these DIY storage bed tutorials. These will help you build your own piece of furniture for a fraction of what it would cost you to buy it in a retail store. Save money building your own bed, and save space with extra storage!

collage of storage bed idea photos

Buying vs Building a Bed Frame with Storage

Before we dive into these DIY projects, let’s take a step back. Making a DIY storage bed frame isn’t for everyone, and it requires a few skills and a bit of DIY experience. If this is your first DIY project, sure, you can give it a shot, but you might save yourself some time and stress by buying a storage bed frame, or some under-bed storage boxes for your current frame. 

 

What do You Need to Build a DIY Bed Frame with Storage?

As well as time and experience, you’ll need a few tools. If you don’t already have basic DIY tools like a table saw, hammer, drill, and painting supplies, you’ll spend more money on supplies, but you’ll also have tools you can use for future DIY projects. 

Take a close look at the tutorials below and decide whether you have the space, time, skills, and tools needed to undertake these projects. If you do, great! If not, it might be something you can come back to after you have a few other DIY projects under your belt. 

The Best DIY Storage Beds and Bed Frames

Now let’s take a look at these awesome deas to de-clutter your bedroom and save hundreds of dollars on expensive furniture! We’ve organized them into categories so you can easily find: 

  • The best farmhouse DIY storage beds
  • The best DIY bed frame with storage for kids
  • Cheap IKEA-style DIY bed frames with storage
  • DIY storage bed frames with wheels
  • Vintage DIY storage beds

I wasn’t kidding when I said we’ve got something for everyone! 

The Best Ideas for Farmhouse Style

Who doesn’t love farmhouse-style furniture? It’s timeless, classy, and adds a touch of elegance – just what you need for your bedroom! Get the white paint ready, these farmhouse DIY storage bed frame tutorials are calling your name. 

DIY Platform Bed with Drawers

This platform bed from ‘Woodshop Diaries‘ has a farmhouse style and would make quite a statement in any bedroom.  Free plans, a video tutorial, and lots of tips and tricks for making this awesome bed!

rustic, farmhouse style bed photographed from footboard

 

Pottery Barn Inspired Bed

Make this beautiful Pottery Barn-inspired bed in either king or queen size with this complete tutorial from ‘Do It Yourself Divas‘.  Be sure to click on the links at the bottom of the post for each section of instructions.

Close up of a white Bed Frame with built in drawers

 

Spacious King Size Bed with Drawers

Need something a little bigger? This last one is a king size! DIY storage bed from ‘Kate with a Camera’ via ‘Fine Craft Guild‘ is another ‘Ana White’ plan, executed brilliantly! It looks exactly like the Pottery Barn Stratton Bed. (Which was the intention, it is a knock off!)

King Size Bed with built in drawers

 

DIY Storage Bed with Removable Slats

This farmhouse storage bed from ‘My Love 2 Create‘ has removable slats for extra storage. Loving the star detail on the headboard and footboard! Lots of photos in this tutorial.

dark wooden bed frame with drawers

 

The Best DIY Storage Beds for Kids

If you have kids, you understand just how much stuff they always seem to have. Rather than cluttering up your kids’ bedrooms, opt for smart, space-saving storage with these bed frames. 

Loft DIY Storage Bed for Kids

Jaime from ‘That’s My Letter‘ via ‘House of Wood‘ made this amazing DIY loft bed that’s perfect, because it’s made around toy storage! Free plans and a detailed tutorial to walk you through the process… it’s not as complicated as it looks.

Lofted Bed with desk space underneath

 

Playhouse Bed for Kids

How cute is this?! This adorable house bed from Jen Woodhouse has plenty of storage space, and can be painted and decorated however your kids like. Wondering how to build a bed with storage that your kids will love sleeping in? This is the answer!

kids bed frame shaped like a cabin with open sides and storage underneath

 

Easy DIY Storage Bed with Tubs

This simple design gives you plenty of space underneath to store tubs, crates, boxes, or anything else you like. I’m loving the bright colors used in the storage containers here. You could make some fun labels for them as well! Check out the tutorial over at Hey There Home

kids bed with storage cubes underneath

 

Cheap IKEA Hack Storage Bed Frames

Let’s face it, IKEA reigns supreme when it comes to cheap, easy storage solutions. These IKEA-inspired bed frames are the perfect DIY alternative, and some even use IKEA furniture for the storage components! Check them out. 

Storage Bed DIY with IKEA Cabinets

This genius piece is a DIY storage/platform bed by ‘Oh Yes!‘. This bed was made from IKEA kitchen cabinets!

High platform storage bed made with Ikea cabinets

DIY IKEA Bed Frame from Storage Drawers

This idea is another Ikea hack from a post on Blogspot. The original post is no longer up, but this is simply Ikea “Stolmen” drawers used as a base for a mattress. Doesn’t get simpler than that!

White DIY storage bed frame made from Ikea storage drawers

Storage Bed Frames with Wheels

Wheels make your storage bed frame even easier to use, especially if you like redesigning your room’s layout frequently! Some of the tutorials are more complicated, but it’s worth it for the convenience of wheels. 

Storage Bed Frame with Wheels

Build this queen-size lift storage bed from these plans at ‘Ana White‘! They also have a daybed size as well. Love the wheels!

DIY Storage Beds DIY Storage Bed Projects

Bed Frame with a Closet’s Worth of Storage

Want to really get crazy? This one unfortunately does not have a tutorial, but is a retail version of the lift bed above. And it’s brilliant! A few little design tweaks and you have a closet in a bed! From French designer ‘Parisot‘.

DIY Storage Bed Projects

 

Vintage DIY Storage Beds

Who doesn’t love a bit of vintage? These gorgeous DIY bed frames with storage are the perfect addition to any vintage-style bedroom, and most of them are easier than they look!

Vintage, Rustic Bed with Crates

Try this platform bed from ‘Diva of DIY‘. It has a really easy-to-follow tutorial with lots of step-by-step photos. And you have to go just to see the amazing metal wall behind the bed! The vintage styling in this room is really well done.

DIY Storage Bed with baskets in cubbies underneath

 

Easy DIY Platform Storage Bed

Ok, this one doesn’t have built in storage, but this gorgeous vintage platform bed takes just THREE STEPS! You’ll have plenty of space underneath for all your storage needs, and it’s beautifully simple. Tutorial from Vintage Revivals

twin size diy platform bed with lots of space for storage underneath

 

Vintage Storage Bed with a Dresser

Oh my goodness, what an upcycle! This gorgeous vintage dresser makes the perfect under-bed storage for a truly unique vibe. Ideal for kids, a daybed, or a full-size queen adult mattress, depending on the size of the dresser. Check out the details over at Ladybird and Fellow

green diy storage bed frame made form an old dresser

 

Where to Buy Storage Beds Online

There are plenty of budget friendly options online if you want to order a bed frame instead of tackling one of these DIY projects. Wayfair is my favorite online store for budget friendly furniture, but Amazon has some good looking options too! Here are a few options we loved. Oh, and if you need a mattress, you must check out the Nectar mattress!

Upholstered Storage Bed Frame

The Morphis Upholstered storage platform bed comes in grey linen or velvet, and the entire mattress lifts to create so much storage space underneath! And, it’s the perfect style to fit into any room. And it starts at only $400!

DIY Storage Bed Projects

 

Bed Frame with Storage Trunk Footboard

The Schreffler platform storage bed is perfect for a small space because the storage area is at the foot of the bed. No trying to force open drawers at the side of the bed into a wall or other furniture! The headboard and frame are gorgeous too, and the attached ottoman provides convenient bonus seating! Love this one! Free shipping too!

Bed frame with storage trunk attached at foot of bed

 

 

Kids Bed Frame with Storage and Trundle

Here’s a great storage bed for the kids. You can get this at Wayfair and no box spring is required. Also, we love the pull-out rolling trundle and 3 storage drawers. Available in white or grey and free shipping!

Kids Storage Bed with trundle

 

Start Your DIY Storage Bed Project Today! 

Are you ready to give one of these storage bed projects a try? If you aren’t there yet, try our post on DIY under bed storage to add organization to your existing bed! Or try our DIY Bed Frames post! You may also want to check out DIY Kids Furniture and  Bathroom Storage Ideas for Small Bathrooms over on our sister site, OhMeOhMy!

 


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13 Comments

  1. Leanne with divaofdiy.com February 6, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Thanks for including our bed in this round up and your kind words! I love our tin wall!

    Reply
    1. Kathy Woodard February 7, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      Thx for sharing it with everyone Leanne! We LOVE your tin wall too!

      Reply
  2. Andrea January 23, 2019 at 7:49 am

    Brilliant idea

    Reply
  3. Heather Hunter February 5, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Do you have the plans for the Stoleman platform stored somewhere? The original source has broke images for me.

    I imagine it’s just placing the bed on top of the drawers but I don’t want to assume and do something wrong.

    Reply
    1. Kathy Woodard February 12, 2019 at 4:38 pm

      Hi Heather,
      I went to the site and tried to search through with the translator, but the site definitely has some issues right now… The bed does indeed look to us as simple as laying a mattress on top. You would think laying the drawers on their side that the drawer frames would create natural braces. Obviously, check out the drawer unit and make sure it would be sturdy enough to support weight from the side… If we find the instructions, we will update!

      Reply
  4. Faizan Ahmed September 18, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Hello Kathy,
    Good and interesting post

    Reply
  5. Teetine September 4, 2020 at 8:37 am

    great. I think this is great idea for me. Because I’m going to get married.

    Reply
  6. Angelica September 23, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks for including our bed in this round up and your kind words! I love our tin wall!

    Reply
    1. Kathy Bates May 4, 2021 at 4:30 pm

      We love it too!

      Reply
  7. Dandre October 14, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Looks great! Cleanest I’ve seen his room in yrs. Fantastic idea for easy storage for toys

    Reply
  8. Lisa October 26, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Great! I found the one I will do that for my room. Thank you a lot for sharing that

    Reply
  9. Felipa December 1, 2020 at 6:58 pm

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    Reply
  10. Giftbasketworldwide March 31, 2021 at 12:16 am

    Your post helped me a lot. Thanks!!!

    Reply

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