Shelf Bed Storage

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Introduction: Shelf Bed Storage

In need of a bed that will hold all of your storage needs? The Shelf Bed Storage is a great idea on a low budget that is a great alternative to a bed and a closet.

All you need is....

3 Storage Shelves

12 Cubes Supply Holders

1 Sheet of Plywood

Mattress and Bed Clothes

Things to Store!

Step 1: Get Three Shelves and Turn

The first step to having great Shelf Bed Storage is to purchase or make three shelves. I was able to purchase my shelves at a big named store. If you have a full sized bed, like the bed that is shown, then shelves that hold four "cubes" fit perfectly! Once you purchase these shelves, turn them on their side.

Step 2: Shape Into a U

Once you have all of the shelves turned on their side, then shape them into a U Pattern. You do this so that you are able to utilize all twelve storage boxes, four on each side, that the shelves would normally give you.

I also put school materials that I rarely need in the middle part of the U so that they are safely out of the way. Some of the things that you could put on the inside U of the bed would be Holiday Decorations, extra cleaning supplies, keepsakes that you don't have room to show off yet, ect. If you have anything like this that you would like to be out of the way, now would be the time to put it underneath the bed.

Step 3: Put on Plywood

After all of your shelves are in a U shape, you simply need to put on a sheet of plywood over them. The one I have shown is in a strange shape because it was re-purposed from a wood shop in town. You do not need to make the strange shape of the one shown. A simple square shaped plywood will do. I recommenced that you get at least 1/4" or 1/2" thick plywood.

Step 4: Matress

After the plywood is placed on the U shape, next comes your mattress! Like it was mentioned earlier, The mattress shown is a full and it fits perfectly!!!

Step 5: Make Your Bed! Enjoy

Once the mattress is on, all you need to do is make your bed and take a nap!

Step 6: Fill Your Storage

Once you wake up from your nap, you will be able to fill your storage bins with whatever you wish! I have mine filled with clothes, shoes, and school supplies but the possibilities are endless! The Shelf Bed Storage provides the user with a cheap and clean way to have a bed that looks like a million bucks! ENJOY!

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    55 Comments

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    Tm2kerns
    Tm2kerns

    Question 10 months ago on Step 5

    What about a king size bed

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    AmberW103
    AmberW103

    Question 2 years ago on Introduction

    NEED ANSWER ASAP please.
    My bed is a full size bed. i called my local Lowes and Home Depot, both places say that the plywood only comes in one size.
    48in*96in. i need 53in*75in. any advice????

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    Fixyourproblem
    Fixyourproblem

    Answer 11 months ago

    Our Home Depot will cut it to size for you. Your plywood doesn’t need the full surface of the bookcases. You just need about 6 to 8 inches over the center hole.

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    sheriew17
    sheriew17

    Question 3 years ago

    Was wondering if you could get back to many of us who've asked about the queen size dimensions and also if we could use our box spring on it instead of plywood? Thanks for taking the time to get back

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    Fixyourproblem
    Fixyourproblem

    Answer 11 months ago

    Yes you can use a box spring it would just make the bed higher.

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    malibuluv209
    malibuluv209

    Answer 1 year ago

    For future readers getting 4 of these 4 cube storage shelves will work for a queen bed it adds that extra length needed to prevent a hangover mattress. I got mine from walmart they are called better homes cube storage.

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    chrisrf76
    chrisrf76

    Question 1 year ago on Step 6

    What would the weight limit be? Would it be able to hold a couple that the total weight is about 350?

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    Fixyourproblem
    Fixyourproblem

    Answer 11 months ago

    If you purchased a thicker piece of plywood 1/2 or 3/4 inch you should be fine. Most of the weight is dispersed over the bookcases

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    MarkSindone
    MarkSindone

    2 years ago on Introduction

    Seems like a good idea if you need some storage! I reckon that it's easy enough for people to replicate because those storage shelves are easy enough to purchase from IKEA right?>

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    Dalton0930
    Dalton0930

    Question 3 years ago on Step 2

    I have a queen size mattress & box springs could you please send dimensions & can I use my mattress & box springs?

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    imserlick
    imserlick

    Answer 3 years ago

    Here are the actual Mattress sizes for every size bed for sale in the U.S. I hope this helps you to make frame for the mattress size you own.

    Screenshot_20180811-182804_Chrome.jpg
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    dm090601
    dm090601

    Question 3 years ago on Step 1

    Where did you get your shelves?

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    DonE23
    DonE23

    Question 3 years ago on Introduction

    Wondering what dimension would be needed for a Queen Bed.

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    PamelaH93
    PamelaH93

    3 years ago

    I see from other comments you bought the shelves at Walmart. Do you know the brand? And what thickness of plywood did you use? My kids have broken beds before, and I want to make sure it's sturdy.

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    Bigsigh
    Bigsigh

    3 years ago

    I'm wondering if anyone has has any problems with the maximum amount of weight the shelves will hold? I'm thinking about two adult people...

    Also, is there anything anyone would have done differently now that they've had it a while? Problems keeping the mattress in place?

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    StacieO2
    StacieO2

    Reply 3 years ago

    My question as well.. id hate to go through all this only to have it break underneath. Also, has anyone tried this that has memory foam mattress??

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    BrandyL25
    BrandyL25

    Reply 3 years ago

    Extra strong velcro or rug non-slip pad could be a good way to stablize mattress. Nailing shelves together so they dont seperate, or xtra long bungy ties. Thats what comes to mind.

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    Bigsigh
    Bigsigh

    Reply 3 years ago

    thank you for the suggestions! Be blessed

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    Siong1227
    Siong1227

    5 years ago

    I am making a bed similar to this-
    I am going to attach wheels to a sheet of Plywood & place the Plywood Under the shelves. Then I will be able to move the bed to clean or re-locate.
    The Plywood on Top- I will cut out 2 doors and inge them so that I can easily access storage in the middle. -