Introduction: How to Make a Modular Queen Storage Bed
This queen sized bed is constructed of 6 main boxes, and four drawers, providing plenty of storage. The idea here was to make a modular bed made up of several boxes which could be transported individually in a car or up a set of stairs, and then put together on location.
Step 1: Cutting Plywood
For this build I'm primarily using plywood. I had some nice mahogany plywood on hand, which I decided to use for all visible parts, and then I'm using regular 3/4 and 1/2 inch plywood for all other parts, desguised with mahogany edge-banding. That way, the whole bed will look like it's made out of mahogany, although it only actually uses a little bit.
Cut List (w/ metric)
Step 2: Boxes
I started with putting together the main boxes - and there are four of these, using pocket screws. I'm using simple construction methods for this build, and this is where I think pocket screws are perfect - the boxes come together quickly, and it's nice and sturdy.
Now on the front edges of the plywood, I'm putting on some mahogany edgebanding, and this is what will be visible from the outside.
Step 3: End Section
For the end section of the bed, I decided to go with a more open concept shelf. And for this I will use some mahogany plywood, as well as a post on each side, which is actual wood, and I'm just cutting that to size. I'm also curving the corners, for a smoother look, and so you won't hit your toes on any sharp angles.
Those end sections I connected just with glue and some brad nails, and then I added some nails for re-enforcement. Since the inside of these will be visible, I didn't want to use pocket screws, I wanted a clean look.
For support on the sides here I'm using two mahogany posts, so just cleaning the pieces up a bit with a hand plane.
Step 4: Support Pieces
Now the edge banding really makes a huge difference, and I put it on all the plywood edges which will be visible.
Next up, a little light sanding on all the boxes, and on the edges of the edge-banding. Still working on the end sections of the bed, I fixed the spot for the posts, and then secured with glue and brad nails. These pieces really add a lot of support, and make this section so much stronger.
For a finish on all the boxes, I'm using a water-based polyurethane, which is nice because it dries quickly, and leaves a nice finish.
Step 5: Routing the Drawer Pieces
Now, let's move on towards the drawers!
In total I'm making four drawers, because the bed will be pushed against a wall, so all the drawers will be accessible from one side. If however, you're building a bed which will be positioned in the middle of the room, then you could make eight drawers, four for each side.
I started with routing the grooves for the inside pieces, where the bottom piece with slip in. Since I'm making four drawers, there were 16 pieces to route.
Step 6: Connecting the Drawers
Now to connect the drawers together, I'm using glue and brad nails. I'm gluing in the bottoms too, since it's plywood and won't really expand and contract, and I'm using a 1/4 inch prefinished maple plywood for the bottom.
Step 7: Drawer Slides
So here are the main boxes, on top of each other, with drawers inside. I also added a divider piece for the main boxes housing the drawers, as well as some bottom supports, against connected with pocket screws.
To connect the drawers, I'm using some really nice long 24 inch drawer slides, for full extension, so just attaching those to the drawers, and then the other part to the inside of the box.
Step 8: Drawer Fronts & Hardware
For the drawer front here I'm using some of the mahogany plywood, so positioning that right, attaching with glue and pin nails, from both sides. And then I'm adding clamps while the glue dries.
Next, hardware! Finding the center, and measuring the marks, then drilling the holes and securing the screws. I chose some oil rubbed bronze pulls here.
For a final finish, I'm adding some of my tung oil wax polish, on all the outer sections, so the drawer fronts, all the edge banding etc.... and this is just to give it that super smooth feel.
Step 9: Assembling the Bed Together
K, so at this point, the shop is really crowded and I'm ready to assemble this bed together!
So first of all, I have a new headboard to match here, and this build will be in another instructable coming soon.
Now I'm basically attaching all the boxes together. I started with connecting the drawers which will go against the wall, then I continued with the end section, and then the front areas. It worked fine to transport the individual boxes in the car, and since they are simply screwed together, it would also be easy to take them apart if you ever need to move the bed again.
Step 10: Conclusion - Watch the Video
For a much better perspective, make sure to watch the video that goes over all the steps of the build.