Project

Under-the-Bed Organizer

Extra sheets, blankets, and towels are at the ready when stored in rolling drawers fitted with distinctive snap-on covers to keep dust at bay.

Under-the-Bed Organizer

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2006

materials

  • Measuring tape

  • 4 plywood boxes

  • Fabric

  • Scissors

  • Hammer

  • Fabric-to-wood snap kit

  • Spade bit and screws

  • Paint

  • Iron

  • Sewing kit

  • Plate-mounted ball caster

steps

  1. To make drawers, measure the length and width of your bed. Build 4 plywood boxes (or have a carpenter construct them) to fit underneath; allow an inch between boxes and bed legs, and 2 1/2 inches between box tops and bed frame. Cut fabric 1 inch wider than each box on all sides.

  2. Turn sides of fabric in 1 inch. Iron, then sew seams in place. Using a hammer and a fabric-to-wood snap kit (available at hardware stores), screw a snap bottom to each drawer corner and to the center of each side. Affix corresponding snap tops to fabric, and secure to boxes.

  3. Paint as desired.

  4. Add a 1/2-inch, plate-mounted ball caster to each corner of all boxes: Using a spade bit, drill a hole deep enough to accommodate caster; insert caster, and secure with screws. 

  5. Attach 2 drawer pulls to front of each box.

  6. Cut fabric 1 inch wider than each box on all sides. Turn sides of fabric in 1 inch. Iron, then sew seams in place. Using a hammer and a fabric-to-wood snap kit (available at hardware stores), screw a snap bottom to each drawer corner and to the center of each side. Affix corresponding snap tops to fabric, and secure to boxes.

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