Bed frame question

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Project by Alonso posted 11-19-2009 11:32 PM 4327 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello LJ’s

I’ve been working on the design for my next project, a bed frame queen size with a shoe’s storage compartment underneath.
Here’s where I got stuck,

How can I attach the storage to the bed frame?
Should I use heavy duty ball bearing slides, with a couple of casters under the storage? Or just the slides?

The storage is 75×26 x ¾, so I guess it will be kind of heavy once it’s full of shoes

Please any help will be highly appreciate it.


-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#1 posted 11-19-2009 11:45 PM

i think i would use more boxes instead of one big one with heavy duty siides

-- gagewestern

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#2 posted 11-20-2009 12:21 AM

You may also consider NOT attaching it to the bed and simply adding rollers/casters to the bottom of the shoe compartment. Not only will this keep the frame from getting too heavy, it’ll also keep you from having to mount any giant drawer slides/hardware to your beautiful bed frame. If you are worried about the overall height of the compartment plus casters, you could recess the casters into the corner compartments.

Also, is it just me or are you going to run into trouble with that second illustration and the center structural mount? I’m thinking that your drawer is only going to slide in halfway. :)

Just my opinions. Great idea and I’m excited to see some photos when you are done.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#3 posted 11-20-2009 12:32 AM

I like both of those ideas…..and you will definitely have a problem where that support is located…and it just looks like its hanging out in space….not anchored to the structure at all to aid in supoport..Great concept though, I like the storage box under the bed idea!


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#4 posted 11-20-2009 12:40 AM

Have you consider making two or more smaller boxes. It make pulling them out easier however you decide to mount them or have the roll on the floor. An the physical issue of putting them in place etc. would be easier to accomplish.


-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#5 posted 11-20-2009 02:58 AM

I made a twin bed similar to this, but instead of having one large pullout drawer I have 4 92 on each side) That allowed for supports in the center of the bed as well as using pretty standard glides (I used Blum self-closing glides) Many people call this a captain’s bed. Also by splitting the drawer into smaller ones you can reducde the weight and ease of pulling it out.

-- Patrick

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#6 posted 11-20-2009 05:53 PM

I agree with McLean about adding casters and simply making rolling boxes that fit beneath the bed. No extra joinery needed then.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#7 posted 11-20-2009 09:01 PM

I would agree with dividing the shoe box up into 2, 3, or, even 4 separate boxes. I’d mount them on rollers and refrain from mounting them to the bed with slides. The only reason to use slides would be if you were planning on enclosing the boxes as if they were drawers. The only concern I would have is the boxes sliding straight in and out from under the bed. You may want to add some side rails/guides to ensure the boxes slide in and out straight. Nice design. My wife would love the shoe storage idea.

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#8 posted 11-21-2009 09:45 PM

I’ve seen beds with storage under and most have not been attached. Just a set of straight rollers so the unit(s) will slide straight in and out. I’ve also seen a drawer box that contained the rollout drawers. This wasn’t attached either.

-- dhampton, Ohio,

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#9 posted 11-22-2009 04:12 AM

My daughters bed has a trundle bed underneath. It is a double over single. It is very similar to your design. I did not attach it to the bed. Take a look.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#10 posted 05-21-2010 12:17 PM

With consideration for your one piece design, I would suggest you investigate the Accuride ball bearing slides that are made to lay flat and attach to bottom of cabinets for large furniture slideouts. I believe you could use just 2 perpendicular planks laying free on the floor and you will only need to frame in approx 1-1/2” clearance for the slides. With consideration for overall weight of your design I would build in poplar and choose a high quality stain application prior to assembly.

View Moron's profile


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#11 posted 05-21-2010 01:30 PM

some designs are just not meant to be. Although it looks like a good idea in theory, you will hate in when its applied. that big drawer will become skewed, twisted and it will become a nemisis of frustration so if you do chjoose to proceed…..............get rid of the wieght. You dont really need dividers for shoes, perhaps one donw the middle from front to back to prevent warping of the bottom.

Accuride makes slides that are used for tool roll-outs in a truck bed but for them to work well, they requier a lot of wieght to bear down on them and I doubt the shoes and drawer combined will be enough. so maybe split that drawer into 2 drawers.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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