Introduction: DIY Bedside Storage

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Just a little something for anyone in need of a little bedside storage.

First ⭐ Materials

For Building: Postage Box • Scrap Cardboard • Box Cutter {or Xacto Knife} • Ruler • Glue Gun + Glue • Marker For

Beauty Purposes: Tape • Wrapping Paper + Tissue Paper •

Optional: Packing Tape / Duct Tape / Scotch Tape • Jewelry pieces / Rocks / Marbles

Step 1: ⭐ Figure Out Your Measurements

If you do not have a postal box, you can start by making measurements for however large you want your storage box to be. {The Postal Box is 15 1/2 in. in length and approx. 5in in height.}

⭐ As you can see from the image above, there are pencil marks on the box, so after you've made your foundation box {postal box} you want to make the measurements for what drawers or openings and add-ons you want for your storage box.

For the top, I wanted a small area for small items as well as a sort of "book stopper" to keep books from falling. I wanted a large drawer for "snacks" {don't judge} and two other openings were added to fill in the box for support.

Step 2: ⭐ Cut Out Openings & Prepare Top Region

First cut the necessary openings you want for the inside of the box.

Then cut the portion pieces for the "book stopper". You'll need a back and front piece {If you're making them go down an angle, you'll want to make the the front piece one size smaller than the back.}

Then cut the side pieces. At each curve, this will be the height of your next step, which are the dividers for the inside of the stopper.

Then glue all the pieces together to create one large "stopper". When you're finished gluing, use scotch tape to make the edges neater and softer.

{A little tip: To make the tape go around the curves a little better, set the piece on one side of the curves, then cut strips to be set on the other side. This will enable you to overlay some parts of the tape to accommodate the curves.}

Step 3: ⭐ Measure, Cut, and Glue the Inner Walls.

To make your box more sturdy, these walls will be used for that and the linings for your drawers.

Cut them to fit the height of your foundation box.

First, I glued the side opening walls. this is the wall that will be the farthest inside the box and little hard to settle into it, so good luck.

Then glue the middle wall for the the smallest opening for the front. This will separate the two openings from the largest drawer.

To close off the second opening and the side drawer from the largest drawer, glue a long piece of cardboard straight in the middle.

So in all, one side of your foundation piece will have three openings, one on the side and two in the front. The other side will be your biggest drawer.

The two front openings can be left as one drawer but I preferred two openings because I wanted to have an inner wall in the middle for better support when putting books on top of the finished piece. Without it, the foundation box with heavy books on top will be more likely to curve inward and become less supportive of the books in a short amount of time.The more pieces to hold up the top on the inside, the more solid the structure will be for anything put atop it.

Step 4: ⭐ the Top Layer

Glue the "book stopper" to the top. And if you want, you can add the scotch tape on all the shown edges of the inner walls

Step 5: ⭐ Measure, Cut, and Glue Your Drawers.

This part is pretty much self-explanatory. To start, simply take the inner measurements of each space you want a drawer in and build your walls around them. As you can see from the picture, I made two drawers, one 'faux' drawer for the middle opening, and left one opening for my pocket-books.

You can add handles of course as well.

Step 6: ⭐ Decorate!

I just wrapping paper and glue to cover the entire box. But of course, you can paint it, cover it in regular paper, stickers or whatever. Just have fun!

And then you're done! :)

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