How to Make a Bed Riser

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If you are living in a dorm or other tight living space, adding risers to your bed can help create more storage space in your room. Bed risers can be constructed at any height you would like, depending on how high you would like your bed to be above the floor and how much storage space you need. The construction materials are minimal in cost. Using strong wood 4x4s and 2x4s can create a sturdy platform to raise your bed and provide ample support. You may also be able to purchase a kit to raise your bed; however, they can be very pricey and often are made of plastic.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • Four 4x4x8 wood pieces
  • Five 2x4x8 wood pieces
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Saw (electric or hand)
  • 6 screws at least 2 inches in length
  • 6 screws at least 4 inches in length
  • 10 brackets

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove your old bed frame and set it aside.

  2. 2

    Cut all four 4x4x8 pieces down to the length you want the bed to be.

  3. 3

    Cut three 2x4s the length of the bed.

  4. 4

    Cut two 2x4s the width of the bed.

  5. 5

    Screw the 2x4s together to make a frame for your bed to sit on, using the third long one in the middle as a support beam underneath the middle of the box spring/mattress. Use the bracket to create a connection between the beams and set your 2" screws into the 2x4 sections and 4" screws into the 4x4 sections.

  6. 6

    Using the four 4x4s, screw them into the bottoms of the bed frame using screws at least 4 inches in length through the bracket connections to create your "legs."

  7. 7

    Once your entire frame is together, place your box spring and mattress on top, and place any objects for storage below.

Tips and warnings

  • There are many companies who sell the plastic kits to make a bed riser. Be very cautious when purchasing these, and be sure to only use risers made out of a very sturdy material. Also be sure to check the height of your bed - if you make it too high, you may need a step ladder. See Resources for photos of how these beds can be built.
  • Always make sure all screws are tightly in, and always check with your dorm's policy on having bed risers. If you are "stacking" your and your roommate's beds (like bunk beds) be sure that the legs are very sturdy and that all screws/bolts are in tightly. You would also need to add additional support for the legs (double up on the lumber to ensure it is safe); make sure they can hold the entire brunt of the weight on top.

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