How to build bed risers

Updated February 21, 2017

Beds take up a lot of space in a bedroom, and if your room is small and you are in need of storage, the space beneath the bed can be almost as valuable as the sleeping area itself. Bed frames are often too low to allow you to make use of the space beneath the bed, but by adding bed rises you can greatly increase your storage capacity. The money you save by making your own, rather than buying them, can be put toward storage boxes to use underneath.

Collect 4 to 8 bricks, 1 to 2 per bed leg, depending on how high you wish to raise your bed.

Lay heavy felt on a work table. Heavy felt is available at fabric supply stores or fabric warehouses.

Lay a brick on the felt and trace around it, then trace around it again, adding 4 inches to each side. Repeat this step until you have drawn 4 outlines. When using 2 bricks, increase the size of the second tracing to 8 inches per side.

Cut out around the largest outlines you have made.

Lay each brick or bricks in the centre of each felt rectangle, where the brick was traced around. Wrap the brick or bricks like you would a gift package, and hot glue the felt in place.

Set the felt-covered bricks under the legs of your bed.

Peel the labels from 4 1-quart paint cans. Leave them as-is or paint them in a colour of your choice. Let the paint dry before continuing.

Fill the paint cans with sand. This will give them stability.

Tap the paint can lids firmly in place after filling.

Place the paint cans beneath the legs of your bed.

Things You'll Need

  • 4-8 bricks
  • Heavy felt fabric
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • 4 paint cans, 1 quart each
  • Paint (optional)
  • Sand
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Marjorie Gilbert is a freelance writer and published author. An avid researcher, Gilbert has created an Empire gown (circa 1795 to 1805) from scratch, including drafting the gown's patterns by hand.