Under Bed Storage
This project up cycles drawers from a bedside unit into neat under-bed storage. You might be lucky and find one large drawer that fits beneath your bed perfectly, or you can use two small drawers. The only downside is the dust that can accumulate under the bed, but topping the drawer with an old roller shade keeps the contents dustfree. A patterned self-adhesive vinyl gives a new look to the drawers – this comes in all sorts of designs, including the graphic paint splatters used here.
1Find two drawers that fit underneath your bed. When measuring their dimensions, bear in mind that the drawers will have extra height once the wheels are attached. Use repair plates to connect your drawers together.
2Screw two of them in place on the back of the drawers – behind the front piece of wood and on the back of the drawers screw the third repair plate on the base of the drawer fronts.
3The base of the drawers will be too thin to screw the caster wheels into, so use small offcuts of wood to give the drawer base more depth. Glue these in place in the four outer corners of your drawers.
4Screw the wheels in place on the underside of the drawers. The screws will also keep the wooden blocks in place. To give the drawers a more uniform look and to disguise the join between the drawers, use a self-adhesive vinyl.
5Measure the drawer front, allowing extra for the vinyl to wrap around the edges, and cut the vinyl to these dimensions. It’s very easy to cut in straight lines as most vinyl backing papers are printed with a grid.
6Stick the vinyl on little by little and smooth it down with the credit card, making sure you push out any air bubbles trapped underneath the vinyl. Wrap the vinyl neatly around the corners, clipping into the vinyl a little as necessary. Cover the sides in the same way.