When the closets are packed full, and the garage has no more free space, one of the best places you can go is down under! Under the bed, that is. These DIY under bed storage ideas are not only smart organizing, they are budget-friendly too. And let’s be real for a second… when you are working on a budget to decorate your home, nothing throws shade on all your efforts more than a bunch of clutter! So let’s clean it up and get it put away.

Let’s make use of that unused space under the bed to create a storage solution that’ll handle those extra shoes, seasonal clothing, and other everyday items you need to stash! And if you need a new bed frame, too, why not create one with built in storage? These ideas are mostly for adding storage under your bed, but if you’re looking for a bed frame with storage built in, consider DIY’ing it and check out our post on DIY storage beds!

Cheap DIY Under Bed Storage Ideas

You don’t need to spend a lot of money on your under bed storage projects! There are plenty of options out there that won’t break the bank. These DIY under the bed storage ideas are an easy way create a ton of new storage space even in a small home and on a tight budget! Psst – if you’re trying to do more for less money, check out our post on decorating bedrooms on a budget!

Extra Storage for Dorm Rooms

From “Her Campus,” here’s an idea on how to make good use of what little space you get in your small bedroom or dorm in college. Now, while you may not build a bed frame tall enough to shove that many plastic storage bins under, any home decor store (even Target) sells bed risers to raise the height of your bed posts. Voila. Extra room under the bed!

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Budget-Friendly DIY Project

Sara Miller” has a genius idea for making custom (and very cheap) DIY storage containers for under the bed. They use packing boxes with contact paper on the outside, but you’d never know from how good the front of the storage bin looks! All the details you need are in the tutorial, including plans for how to make these fit any under bed space! 

under bed storage boxes lined with contact paper

DIY Underbed Storage for Almost Free

We had you at “almost free,” didn’t we?! We’re not kidding – these DIY under bed drawers are seriously budget-friendly, but they don’t look that way! Find all the secrets over at “Mimzy and Company.”

built-in underbid storage drawers

DIY Under Bed Storage With Wheels

Wheels make everything so much easier when it comes to under bed storage. Having a good set of wheels means you can easily roll out your storage containers, grab what you need, and roll them back in. They’re great for all floor types, and make things a lot easier for kids as well! Check out these DIY plans with wheels to get started.

Extra Shoe Storage With Wheels

Shoes can be messy and take up a lot of space, and if your collection is like mine, you’re probably looking for somewhere to store them! Under bed storage is perfect for shoes because they’re still easy to access, but not something you need to use every day (especially if you have your main shoes stored somewhere else, like on a rack by the door). This tutorial from “A Loverly Life” is cheap and easy if you have old dresser drawers you’re not using! I love a good upcycle project!

old dresser drawers with casters to create DIY under bed storage

Underbed Storage DIY Drawers

This tutorial from “Life Storage” is one of the most in-depth we’ve seen – it has everything you need! Plus, their storage drawers turned out beautifully. These will look great in any bedroom! 

large under bed drawers

DIY Underbed Storage With Wheels for Lego

Here’s a great idea to take care of Lego storage! “The Happy Housie” has this tutorial for their Lego DIY storage cart, above,  that slides right under the bed. If you have ever stepped on a Lego creation at 2 o’clock in the morning, you know the importance of a place to put all the pieces!

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Low-profile Under Bed Drawers DIY

If you don’t have a whole lot of space under your bed, this low-profile under bed storage DIY solution might be just what you need. Even though it’s almost flat, you’ll be surprised by how much extra storage you have! Find all the details over at “Sweet Pea.”

low profile diy under bed drawer for shoes

Rolling Storage Drawers for Under Bed

This tutorial from “Simply Beautiful By Angela” adds some much-needed storage space under her kids’ bunk beds. Love how these turned out, they fit the space beautifully! 

drawers underneath bunk bed

DIY Rolling Storage Bins

This amazing under bed storage project is from Jaime Costiglio. They made these DIY storage bins to go under their girls’ bunk bed. This one has a full tutorial and lots of photos – you can’t go wrong!

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Storage Drawers with Wheels

Need an easy one for the grown ups? From ‘BHG’, use old drawers to put a little under bed storage space to use. There’s no tutorial published for this one anymore but all you need to do is add knobs and wheels to some old drawers, and there you go!

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IKEA-hacks for DIY Under Bed Storage Ideas

Love IKEA? Yep, us too. Their pieces are so versatile, and honestly usually pretty affordable for what you get. The best thing about IKEA is that there are TONS of people online who are pros at coming up with incredible IKEA hacks – using IKEA products (or similar) in amazing new ways. Check out these mind-blowing under bed storage ideas, inspired by IKEA. 

Under Bed Drawers DIY From IKEA

Oh Yes” has a great tutorial for you on their DIY storage platform bed made from IKEA kitchen cabinets. Drawings and plans along with the instructions so you can fully understand this project. Also see this project in our round-up of DIY storage bed tutorials!

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Underbed Storage with Lift-Up Bed Frame

Another Ikea hack from… yep, “IkeaHackers!” They used two small twin-size bed frames inside a super king to maximize the space underneath this low bed. This is such a good idea for a guest bedroom to store extra bedding with limited space!

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DIY Storage Under Bed – IKEA-inspired 

The team over at “Curbly” are big fans of IKEA hacks, so of course they have an underbed storage DIY idea you’ll love! These underbed drawers are are made out of… wait for it… picture frames! It’s also on swivel casters to make it even more convenient. 

thin diy underbed drawer made from a picture frame

DIY Rolling Storage Containers From IKEA

If “simple” is one of your favorite words, you’ll love this one. All you need is some caster wheels and basic storage containers from, you guessed it, IKEA! These are a great idea for kids’ bedroom storage. Even for anyone with no DIY experience – it only takes a few minutes and you don’t need any tools! Get the deets here at “Heathered Nest.”

underfed storage basket on wheels

More DIY Under Bed Storage Plans

Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? No worries – we have plenty more plans and tutorials for you to peruse! See if any of these strikes your fancy… 

DIY Bed with Built-In Storage

Build this farmhouse bed with built-in storage drawers using the free plans from “Ana White.” This is not a small project folks, but still, totally worth it! Not only will this bed frame last to be passed down, but it will be really useful for storage as well.

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DIY Rolling Storage Drawers

From “Grillo Designs,” this is one of my all-time favorites. The details are really what make these the perfect under the bed storage containers. From the wallpaper lining the bottom of the drawers to the detailing on the front of the drawers and the gorgeous drawer pulls, couldn’t love this more! 

DIY under bed drawers lined with wallpaper

Declutter With These DIY Under the Bed Storage Ideas!

Hopefully you’ve found a DIY underbed storage idea that works for you! Need a bed before you use these DIY under bed storage ideas? No problem! Jump on over to one of our most popular posts, DIY Bedroom Decor and 18 Gorgeous DIY Bed Frames!

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  1. Sandra Sweeney May 12, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Great ideas!

    Our bed is very low to the ground, so we’ve found that the plastic storage bins with lids slide well on the carpet. Another idea I’ve heard is to attach “EZ Sliders” to the under side of a container is you have carpet – this would be good for drawers and other boxes. If you have vinyl flooring or wood, EZ Felt Sliders with felt padding would help containers slide on those flat surfaces.

    1. Kathy Woodard June 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      Great ideas, thanks Sandra!

  2. janet May 14, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Where did you but the wheels thatyou put on the bottom of the drawers?

  3. Stapper July 4, 2016 at 4:43 am

    Love some of them, but can you clean them all easily?

  4. Jason Evans September 9, 2016 at 2:49 am

    Such a practical and clever solution. With two kids at home some extra space will be really appreciated. Thank you for sharing these amazing ideas!

  5. Edward October 13, 2016 at 5:07 am

    I’ll need this for my kids’s bedroom. Their toys are everywhere, sometime i want to throw one of its but they won’t let me. We are living in a small space home so this is great solution for us. Thanks for sharing the tutorial links.


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