DIY 6 Drawer Dresser

Thanks so much for all of your great comments and shares on my daughter’s dresser bed I shared last week!  As promised, I am back today to share the dresser!  I am titling this post just a dresser, because it actually makes a perfect 6-drawer dresser with or without the bed.  The only thing you would need to do different is trim both sides if you will see both sides.  I will touch a bit more on that later.  Here is how the dresser looks all finished up.

DIY Dresser Bed Side View

DIY Platform Dresser Bed

How fun is that?  And can I get a woot woot for some serious storage here??  This mommy loves that.

You can download our FREE PLANS for this dresser and bed HERE or by clicking the button below!  I will share some tips and photos with you on the build like always!  Also, be sure to check out tomorrow’s giveaway!  We will be giving away many of the tools I used on this project!

Print Dresser Bed Plans

Here we go!

I built my frame first.  This will be the frame for the drawers.  Simple… Just basic cuts here.  I used my Ridgid Miter Saw to make all of my cuts and added 3/4″ pocket holes to all of my pieces.  For the pocket holes at the ends of each piece, I lined the wood up in the Kreg Jig like this…

pocket holes for dresser frame

And for the pocket holes that run the opposite way, I lined them up in the Kreg Jig like this…

Pocket holes for front frame

Your ends may look a bit like this in places which I found totally comical 🙂

pocket holes drawer slides

Build the rectangle first…

Frame of dresser

You can see where I put all of my pocket holes above…. Next, I measured and added the next pieces.

Dresser Frame

And, finally I added my dividing pieces.

Drawer front how to

Once you have the frame made, you will set it on top of the back piece of plywood to mark where everything lines up.  This is a HUGE TIME SAVER guys!  It makes the rest of the build super easy!

Drawer drawer front on back

Just use a pencil to clearly trace around the entire frame.

Just like the bed, I used my Kreg Rip Cut with my Ryobi 18V Circular Saw to rip down the plywood for the dresser.  This bed uses a lot of plywood.

To keep the cost of the wood down, I decided immediately to use a favorite product for the plywood.  Many of you have heard us talk about PureBond Plywood.  It’s an amazing hardwood plywood that we use on so many of our furniture pieces.  What’s so cool about it?  Well, it’s made in the good ol’ USA.  It’s formaldehyde-free making it safe for me and my family.  It’s affordable!  You get the look of a beautiful hardwood at the cost of plywood, and it’s made from reusable resources.  But, our very favorite thing about it is what it looks like.  It’s BEAUTIFUL!

Since learning about it a few years ago, we made it our go-to brand for plywood.  It was an easy choice!

PureBond_Pledge

You can get PureBond at the Home Depot.   I decided to go with birch for both the bed and dresser.  It comes in a huge 4′ x 8′ sheet which is next to impossible to get in the car with 5 kiddos in tow.  That’s why I let Home Depot do most of the work for me!

I had the nice man in the lumber department rip the sheet down.  

Home Depot cut wood

Ryobi Circular Saw and Kreg Rip Cut

This saw is AMAZING.  It uses the same battery as my drill and cuts like butta!  You just attach the Rip Cut to it , and you can very easily and accurately rip down your wood.

Once you have all of your cuts for the frame made, you will need to make your pocket holes on the frame itself.   I used my K5 for this part.  You can see here how I put the wood into the Kreg Jig to make the 3/4″ pocket holes.

Pocket holes on side of dresser

dresser sides with pocket holes

I built the side frames first and attached them using Gorilla Wood Glue and 1.25″ pocket holes screws.

Wood Glue

Building a dresser

You can see I faced the pocket holes to the outside on this part.  Yes, this is opposite than normal.  But, it was easier to attach, it grips more wood, and most importantly, I get to cover those holes with my trim in just a bit!

Now for those drawer slides!  Can I get another woot woot for no metal drawer slides??  This is a great way to have fully functioning drawers without the hassle of metal drawer slides that can be a booger to attach and often times fall apart with use.

Basically these drawers run on the same ‘L and T’ system that my other daughter’s built-in bed does.  You will create L’s and T’s onto the back frame that will serve as your slides.  These are all built by 2×3.  I used 3/4″ pocket holes on all of these since that is the thickness of the frames that they will be joining to.

Pocket holes for Drawer slides

Use a bit of Gorilla Wood Glue on each piece…

Gorilla Wood Glue

Then just attach them to your frame.  The plans show exactly where to attach each one.

Pocket Holes

DIY Dresser using Kreg Jig

The side pieces will have a small space between the side frames like this…

Building a dresser wood drawer slides

Here they all are ready for that top frame to be attached…

DIY Dresser with wood drawer slides

To attach the top frame, you will just lay it on top of the whole thing and attach it through the pocket holes you have already made.  These holes can be a bit tough to reach at times which is why you all NEED one of these…

Ryobi 18v Right Angle Drill

That’s Ryobi’s 18V Right Angle Drill… So perfect for those wonky angles that make you want to pull your hair out!  The make reaching them a breeze, and I chose to use the shorter Kreg bit making it even easier!  Once you have the frame attached, it’s time to trim the side (or both sides if you are only building the dresser)…

Trim of dresser

I used an inexpensive baseboard for this part.  I love how thick it looks!

Side of dresser

Now to attach the top piece!  Right angle drill to the rescue again!  LOVE this thing…

Ryobi Right Angle Drill

Now on to the drawers.  These are a simple design using 1/2″ Purebond plywood.   Basically you build a box like this…

drawer sides

And then attach a drawer base using 1.25″ wood screws.  Be sure to pre drill with a  drill bit on this part to keep your wood from splitting!

Predrill drawer bottoms

Your drawers should fit pretty snugly into each opening like this…

drawer fronts

Now for the trim!  I chose to line mine up about 1/2″ wider than the drawers to beef it up a bit.  This also allows the drawers to stop easily.   You can do this, or just simply trim to the edge of the drawers.  It’s just a different look… Both work!

trim for drawers

I filled all of my nail holes and cracks with 3M Patch and Primer and I was set!  I painted the entire bed a color from Sherwin-Williams called Antique White.  It’s the perfect off-white!

3M Patch and Primer

Here she is all finished!

DIY Dresser Bed Side View

Dresser Bed Drawers

DIY Platform Dresser Bed

I love it!  It serves as a bed, dresser and nightstand in one… Great space saver guys!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I would LOVE for you to share and pin this with all your friends!  Also, be sure to check out tomorrow’s giveaway!  We will be giving away many of the tools I used on this project!  Woohoo!!

Happy Tuesday!

~Whitney

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  • looks awesome. but I’m also wondering about the costs and you seem to need a lot of tools for this

  • Christina

    I was wondering the cost to build this and can I still build this without a kreg??

  • Nic

    What was the cost?

  • Jaime Costiglio

    Whitney loved that the plans don’t require drawer glides. I feel that the weight of clothes + wood always seems to loosen the glides no matter how well I’ve attached them. Does the wood glide well against each other? I’m thinking rubbing a wax candle on the edges would solve any stickiness. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jules

    What paint did you use?

    • Tiffany W

      In the post she said it was a Sherwin Williams Antique White Paint.

  • Jacalyn Anderson

    You make this look so easy!! I have the rip cut as well but I find it is always binding with my saw… Any tips? Thanks!

  • Christa Lind

    Just out of curiosity. .what was your cost to build this? I love it!!!

    • Jamie @ Roubinek Reality

      I am curious about this too. LOVE LOVE LOVE the project. 🙂

    • Raechal

      I see that lots have asked what the cost was but it won’t let me see the answer on anyone’s post! Does anyone know their cost?! Thank you 🙂