Crates for the Storage Bed

Hey guys!  I am loving this spring weather we’ve been blessed with in Texas this week!  Perfect building weather:)  I finished the storage bins for the full sized storage bed I build last week.
I designed my own plans for these.  My goal was to achieve the most amount of storage space with the least out of pocket!
I started with two 8ft. sheets of 1/4″ plywood.  I had the guys at Home Depot rip each sheet at 10.5″ x 8′.  I also purchased two 1 x 12’s.  (You can have them cut the rest of the measurements but I just used my miter at home).
Here are my measurements:
1/4″ plywood:
12 – 10.5 “x 10.5” (sides of crates)
12 – 10.5 “x 28” (bottoms, back and front of side storage crates)
6 – 10.5 x 24 (bottoms, back and side of the end of the bed storage crates)
1 x 10’s:
4 @ 29.5″ (face of side storage crates)
2 @ 25.5″ (face of end of the bed storage crates)
These are the 1 x 12 faces.
I used Gorilla Glue Wood Glue for every joining piece
and followed up with my Ryobi battery-powered nailer.
I used 1/4″ plywood to make the entire crate to maximize the storage space.
Here is where the 1x 10’s come in.  For aesthetic reasons I did not want to use the plywood for the face of the crates so I used a ton of Gorilla Glue Wood Glue to attache the 1 x 10 to the front of the crate.  No nailing needed!
I left it to dry….
Crate 1 down:)
After building 5 more crates it was time to stain!  I stained the storage bed with Minwax Dark Walnut and I wanted a contrast for the crates.  I went with my gut and purchased Minwax Special Walnut and applied one coat to the face of each crate.
I followed up with one coat of Minwax Polycrylic in Clear Gloss.
Now for the handles!
I purchased this rope at Wal-Mart for $4.97 and it was more than enough!
 I found this big ol’ drill bit in my hubby’s tool box and it was the perfect size for the rope!
Next I measured where I needed to drill for the handles.  On the 4 side crates I marked at 19 3/4″ and 9 3/4″.  On the short end crates I marked at 16 3/4″ and 8 3/4″.  I placed the marks 6.5″ from the bottom of the crates.
I drilled each hole…
and then cut 6 pieces of rope at 28″.
I pushed one end through the front of the crate and tied a knot at the end
and I followed up with the other side.
To keep the crates from scratching the storage bed…
I purchased these felt pads at Wal-Mart for $4.97.
These are easy, just pull off of the sheets and stick to the bottom of the crates.
I put four on each crate.
Now the reveal!
I purchased the bedding at Wal-Mart, on clearance, for $10 marked down from $39!  The throw pillow was $1 down from $10!
I am going to build a headboard for this next and I have changed my mind on the one I am going to build.  I fell in love with the Reclaimed Wood Headboard on Ana’s site!
I think it will finish this look of nicely!  In case you were wondering, my 7-year-old is in LOVE with his new bed!  He has asked to take a bath and go to bed early every day for the last week!  The new will wear off but it’s nice for now;)
Hope you all have a great Spring Break with your families!

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  1. Helen Ward on March 20, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    I am a bit confused as you say you used 1×10’s for the faces so what did you do with the two 1×12’s? you say you got at the very top. There is a picture of you saying here are the 1×12’s faces but this looks like plywood?
    Did you use 1×10’s for the faces or 1×12’s?

  2. Helen Ward on March 20, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    I was wondering you don’t say what length the 1×12’s or the 1×10’s are (is it 8ft?) and how many of each

  3. Meesh on October 14, 2015 at 12:30 am

    What’s the color you used for the darker shade???

  4. Sandy Mccullah on October 14, 2013 at 6:15 am

    are the faces 1×10 or 1×12? thanks!

  5. Mandy Lee on May 5, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    This is Awesome! I have a king sized bed with a frame that is not supporting too well and was looking for ideas to support it better and create more storage space. I am excited to see what I can come up with on my own. I am also really interested in creating something of my own for my children so they can more space in their rooms to play! Thanks for the genius idea and directions for us simple folk 🙂

  6. Mandy on March 3, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Do you have any idea how to do the same thing for a queen sized bed frame? This is awesome!

  7. Melody on February 8, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I just found your site from Ana White’s brag board. You did a great job on your bed and I love how you made the most of the storage space! I think I’m gonna copy your drawers. (:

  8. Arlington Mama on May 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Love it! Saw this on the before and after party at TDC. This project won’t work for my bed, but I’m going to HAVE to use the rope pull idea for something! I love it!

  9. [email protected] on April 4, 2011 at 1:33 am

    Wow! That was a lot of work. Good job.

    • Ashley on April 4, 2011 at 1:41 am

      Thanks! It was a lot of work but so worth it;)

  10. Ellie on April 3, 2011 at 1:20 am

    What a nice bed! Love the look of the crate-drawers.

    • Ashley on April 3, 2011 at 2:51 am

      Thank you so much:))

  11. Funky Junk Interiors on April 2, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Amazing. Completely amazing. I can’t get over the brave projects you’re whipping out like nothing. This is not only an awesome idea, it looks so great!


    • Ashley on April 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      Thank you so much Donna and thanks for hosting such a great party:)

  12. Tonya on April 2, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Ok this is EXACTLY what I need for my son’s room. I wonder if my goofy self could copy this? You did a GREAT job!

  13. Candice on March 19, 2011 at 4:11 am

    Amazing! I wish I had the equipment to copy you!

  14. alastair1277 on March 17, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Wow, very creative and impressive. Looks awesome and really functional!

  15. Pamma on March 16, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    What a creative powerhorse you are! This is fantastic!

  16. Bee happy on March 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    It looks fab, well done. I love the rope handles, nice touch 🙂

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

  17. joetterer on March 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I want one!

  18. TeenaBugg38 on March 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I love this!!!! It is brilliant!!!

  19. LoriD on March 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    What a perfect bed for a boy! I'm actually going to attempt some boxes like this for under my daughter's daybed – maybe with wheels, maybe with just the felt pads so I can get a deeper drawer.

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