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Closet on Wheels

Martha Stewart Living, September 1998

The space under your bed can be put to sensible use with these bins, made by attaching casters to a wooden box, a drawer from a chest, or a wine crate. To determine how high your box should be, measure from bed frame to floor, and subtract 1 1/2 inches (for clearance) plus the height of the casters. You will need one box (painted, if desired); four casters with mounting screws; a 12-inch-long piece of 1-inch-wide cotton-twill tape; and two upholstery tacks. If the bottom of the drawer or box you're using is thin, reinforce the corners with triangles of thin wood attached with wood glue before mounting the casters. Drill holes for casters with a bit slightly smaller than the screws, and screw casters in place. To make a pull handle, fold the twill tape into a loop with cut ends together, then fold raw edges over twice by 3/4 inch. Place folded ends inside box at center front, 1 inch below top. Hammer tacks through folded tape.


Comments (10)

  • Rottsy 11 Apr, 2013

    Or... Just go to Target, Walmart, etc & get the under-bed storage bins for about $10. Some even have wheels!!

  • just me 3 Oct, 2012

    great stuff . . . BUT. . . three views are offered . . . nothing happens when the arrows are clicked . . . ???

  • noina 20 Oct, 2011

    Is there a way that you can make the print darker? Really, grey on white? I can't read them clearly

  • Chipper97 21 Jul, 2011


  • 1sewsilly 2 Jan, 2011

    Will the dust bunnies multiply in my storage boxes or under them :)???

  • Stefanierouleau 2 Jan, 2011

    Love the idea. If you want to make your box bigger in-depth you can add certain block posts that fixes in each corner of your bed raising the bed up for extra storage. Making the boxes for under you bed with bigger depth adds for more storage.
    Stefanie Rouleau

  • Big_Benford 2 Jan, 2011

    Isn't it bad feng shui to store stuff under the bed?

  • sutclifc 18 Feb, 2015

    The boxes under the bed can't possibly any more bad feng shui than the piles of sheets that leap out of my armoire when I open the doors....

  • quiltermtabar 26 Apr, 2010

    I am excited to try making these, I have wood floors and this should work great!

  • Pickybingbing 28 Jul, 2008

    My husband and I made custom boxes to fit the leaves of our dining room table. They are safe and nick free under our bed until we need them.