Build a bed box and create practical storage space

Many bed frames stand on their four feet and the free space under the slatted frame serves primarily as a paradise for dust mice. In order to master this cleaning effort and also to use the storage space, building a bed box is a good solution. There are several solutions and variants with practical properties.

Basic ideas in planning

Beds have standard lengths of two meters and widths between ninety centimeters and two meters. The volume is sufficient to accommodate many bed and nightwear sets. Under a bed in a child's room, a bed box can become the easy-to-use storage place for the toy, which otherwise lies around on the floor as a trip hazard.

When planning to build a bed substructure yourself, there are several guiding principles:

  • Style issues such as the appearance of the bed from the side are important?
  • What should be stored in the bed box and how heavy is it?
  • What type of movement and ability are allowed by the nature of the ground and the surface?
  • Should the entire room or only parts of the bed be used?

In order to respond to the needs and circumstances individually, there is a whole range of design principles that meet the respective requirements and tastes:

A bed box can be flush with the bed frame or can be sunk in to disappear from view. Especially with designer beds or, for example, bamboo frames, the recessed insertion maintains the elegant and light style of the bed.

Movement and guidance of the bed box

When asked about the type of movement of the bed box, the nature of the floor and the size of the construction are decisive parameters. On smooth floors made of wood, plastic and tiles, glides with felt stickers can also suffice instead of castors built underneath. Rolls are always recommended for loop pile and carpet goods. It is more complex to hang it in with the side guide rails, as it works with drawers. In addition, the mostly relatively deep bed box elements at the two front corners mostly need a supporting guide, again made up of rollers.

Controls and dust cover

Flush-fitting rectangular bed boxes are usually the most practical to use with grip holes or recessed grips and are safest to prevent unintentional snagging. A recessed grip can be created from a recess in the upper front bed box wall. Handle holes are drilled with wood core bits or cut out with a jigsaw.

Fittings can significantly increase the user-friendliness, especially with recessed drawers. Interesting creations can be made from ropes and thick ropes that serve as pulling aids. Even if they shouldn't be visible, they can be attached to open hooks on the underside of the slatted frame and kept ready.

Whether a lid should be put on often depends on the type of construction of the bed frame. Some frames already offer a relatively dust-protected space for a bed box pushed underneath. If you do not need a lid, straps made of leather or fabric on the slatted frame can serve as dust brakes on the top of the bed box walls.

Tips & Tricks If you want to accommodate heavier objects in your bed box, a plywood instead of multi-purpose plate, a transverse burst in the type of support cross or a middle placed additional felt rail or support roller can support the box floor.

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