How to Make Underbed Storage

Written by cyndee kromminga
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People are always in need of additional storage. Making underbed storage is a wonderful solution to this problem. These instructions are for making underbed storage boxes using old dresser drawers. Scour your neighbourhood yard sales and local flea markets for dressers that have seen better days. You might even find them for free in your neighbour's trash. Be sure to knock on doors and ask first, but these things are usually free for the taking. You will need drawers that are shorter than the clearance under your bed, plus room for caster wheels to be inserted.

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Things you need

  • Dresser drawer
  • Repair tools and supplies (wood glue, hammer, nails, clamps, sand paper)
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Drill and drill bit
  • 4 caster wheels
  • House paint
  • Paint brush
  • Fabric, amount determined by drawer size
  • 1 inch wide Velcro, amount determined by drawer size
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron
  • Straight pins
  • Household cement
  • Masking tape

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  1. 1

    Repair any structural problems that may be present with the drawer. Paint the inside and outside of the drawer and allow it to dry. Repeat with additional coats if needed.Turn the drawer upside down. Measure 2 inches from the sides at each corner and drill 1/4 inch holes through the bottom of the drawer. If your caster posts are a different size, drill holes using their measurements.

  2. 2

    Measure the width and depth of your drawer from the outside edge of the sides and the outside edge of the back and inside edge of the front. Add 3 inches to the width and 1 inch to the depth measurement and cut out a piece of fabric. This is for the dust cover of your underbed storage drawer. Fold under the edges of the dust cover a 1/4 inch and press. Fold over the edges a 1/4 inch again, press and pin. Top stitch the penned edge all the way around the dust cover.

  3. 3

    Measure the shorter sides of the dustcover again and cut two pieces of Velcro using this measurement. Pull the Velcro halves apart. Pin the fuzzy part of the Velcro to each short side of the dustcover on the wrong side. Stitch around the edges of the Velcro to hold. Apply household cement to the back of the bristle half of the Velcro strips and attach to the outside of the drawer just below the top edge of the sides. Hold the strips in place with masking tape until the glue sets up.

  4. 4

    Insert the caster posts through the holes underneath the drawers. Remove the masking tape from the Velcro strip and attach the dust cover.

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