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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

DIY Underbed Storage Bins from Plywood

Build underbed storage bins on wheels to maximize the functionality of all that space!

diy underbed storage bins

I designed and built these long bins specifically to fit under the girls bunk beds.

Recently when the girls bunked their beds we were left with a vast open unused space below:

bunk beds with unused space

To make the best use of that space I decided rolling storage bins were the answer.

bunk beds with underbed storage bins

diy plywood storage boxes on wheels

They are 1/2" plywood boxes with wheels attached.

diy plywood storage boxes on wheels

I measured, designed and constructed three boxes to fit the space.
They are long - 40" by 21" wide but not too deep - only 7" - which is good because kids do better with shallow drawers and bins.  Too deep and the clothes only get piled and lost.

diy plywood storage boxes construction

I attached five wheels to the underside for easy rolling in and out and the middle wheel helps carry the weight:

diy plywood storage boxes construction

underbed storage bins for kids clothes

In other updates I added pull in wall sconces for reading in bed:


And updated their wooden name letters to attach to their beds:


The letters are hanging on hooks so when the girls decide to switch places they can easily switch the letters as well:



Two girls sharing a room with their baby brother on the other side.  The joys of a shared bedroom.

36 comments:

  1. OMgosh! Love it.....the room is looking perfect! You never get enough storage in a girls room!

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  2. Jaime, that was a brilliant idea. You can never have enough storage, and these look great too!

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  3. So cute! You can never have enough storage!

    Stop by the Beach Bungalow sometime soon and say hello!

    Sue
    xo

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  4. Wonderful and so neat! My daughter definitely needs these. Under her bed is scary! Your under bed storage is really great!

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  5. Those storage bins are fantastic! I need to make one for our pantry. You are such an inspiration Jaime!

    -Rene

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  6. What a great solution. It looks clean and neat (and easy to access, too).

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  7. Wow. I am really loving this room. It looks like a photo out of a magazine.


    Denise
    Extreme Personal Measures

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  8. Great idea Jaime! Wonderful extra storage.
    Kim:)

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  9. Wow, what a great idea. That's awesome storage. I am a follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back. We are neighbors...I am from Rockland.

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  10. Wow, you are truly amazing, what a great storage solution! I so wish I had an ounce of those skills.

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  11. This looks fantastic - streamlined and organized. Makes me smile!

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  12. I love this idea! I am going to copy you for the sofa area in my 320 square foot home - this will be perfect!

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  13. Hello,
    I just stumbled upon your blog and I absolutely LOVE it! The room looks perfect :) I am your newest follower, I hope you will follow me too :)
    I look forward to reading your future blog posts!

    http://sweetenedbykagi.blogspot.com/

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  14. That's a great idea--love it! I think I'm going to have to make some for my boys.

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  15. What a great storage idea. And the letters are cute too. I'm your newest follower. I'm throwing my first link party today (Monday) it would be great if you would stop by and share your project.
    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

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  16. lucky girls! love the storage bins and the darling letters too! once again, just visiting from a to z

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  17. Your girls' room is adorable. We have bunkbeds too and I totally agree that the room underneath is wasted space. You made a great solution though!
    Visiting from Beth's A to Z link up:)
    XO,
    Sarah
    HandbagsnPigtails.blogspot.com

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  18. What a great tutorial for storage. I like the simple lines with the girls bunkbeds.

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  19. Fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing your tutorial at A2Z!

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  20. Excellent idea! Love those heart sheets and initials too!

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  21. i love all your updates, but that rolling storage is genius! that was definitely wasted space before, and it even looks cuter now! fantastic job!

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  22. love the idea of under the bed storage.. great job on the boxes. Those letters are so cute.

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  23. Okay I know I spelled your name wrong before... sorry. But I am now following you because you're amazing! I think I have a girl crush on you lol. Wow your projects are over the moon! Pretty please link this up too! http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/vip-party-6.html

    Cheers!
    Sommer

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  24. Love these, just went and bought the wood for them to go under my boys new bunk beds! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful idea to add storage and clean up their new room!

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  25. love it! I think the drawers would look nice with a 2 drawer pulls on each one that match the dresser! : )

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  26. Whaddup! Here I am, browsing Pinterest for kids' storage solutions, and who do I find?? My blog bff, Jaime! I've pinned this and will be linking to it in my post either tomorrow or Thursday. :)

    You're a rock star!

    Aloha,
    Charlie

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  27. Did you nail these together? It doesn't look like you screwed them. If so, what size finish nails did you use? How thick is the plywood?

    Thanks in advance.

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  28. I am curious about the relative age of your girls...mine are pretty young, and I am wondering if the drawers are heavy??

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  29. I am curious about the relative age of your girls...mine are pretty young, and I am wondering if the drawers are heavy??

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  30. what a great idea! totally pinning this for later use! and i love the heart sheets! where did you find those?

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  31. Just did almost exactly this project this month. It really helped in decluttering the house.

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  32. Where did you get the bedding from?

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  33. Did you make the bunk bed? or did you buy them somewhere? If you made them could you show us how you did that? Thanks a bunch. I just discovered your blog and i LOVE it

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