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GENIUS DIY UNDER-THE-BED STORAGE SOLUTION

My parents have sooo much stuff and I’m continually working on helping them sort through and clear out things that they don’t use or need anymore.

This old laminate book shelf is one of those things that was taking up space so it was time to say good bye. But there was a problem. Sometimes I’m not much of a helper because I can kinda have a problem getting rid of things too. Only for me, it’s usually because I’m trying to think up a way to make the item useful again. So when I came across this ugly old bookshelf, a light went on. I mean, with all my parents’ stuff, there had to be a way to use it to help get them organized.

So, this ugly laminate book shelf…

DIY Under The Bed Storage

…was converted to a very useful under the bed storage drawer under my dad’s bed. And it was sooo easy to do! Plus, it was particularly useful because as you can tell, that is a hospital bed in the picture. My Pops is 93, God bless him, and he had some medical supplies in his room that needed organizing. So off I went to adding some inconspicuous storage.

First, I screwed casters onto the back of the bookshelf, which then became the bottom.

 

DIY Under The Bed Storage

Now I could have stopped there and simply slid the whole thing under the bed, but I have to say that it was so darn ugly to look at.

I thought a little paint would make it (and me) happy. So, I roughened up the surface with sand paper

 

DIY Under The Bed Storage

 

Gave the surface a coat of paint primer

 

DIY Under The Bed Storage

 

Oh, by the way, this is what always happens whenever I try to get anything done…

 

DIY Under The Bed Storage

 

I mean, seriously, how can I say no to those big brown eyes when she wants to crawl onto my lap?? Needless to say, she remained there the entire time I primed and painted. …I know, I know, I’m a sucker.

Next, I painted the under the bed drawer green…

 

DIY Under The Bed Storage

 

DIY Under The Bed Storage

Looks like someone found a new bed, too. So much for that pretty little Princess Doggie Bed/Throne (click here for tutorial) that I built for her…

 

diy dog bed

I really liked the green color, but after painting some turquoise stripes on a feature wall in my Dad’s room (click here to see the stripes and learn how to paint perfectly sharp lines), I decided turquoise was the color for the under the bed storage drawer too.

 

GENIUS DIY UNDER-THE-BED STORAGE SOLUTION

So I repainted. That’s what’s so fun about makeovers. If you don’t like something, you just make it over!

I also added some risers under the bed feet that I cut from a 2’x4′ and then glued some felt to the bottom, to give the drawer a little more room to slide. If you don’t have a spare 2’x4′, you can find bed risers here.

 

GENIUS DIY UNDER-THE-BED STORAGE SOLUTION

Look how much storage space!!!

 

GENIUS DIY UNDER-THE-BED STORAGE SOLUTION

I also added some drawer pulls that I refinished.

 

GENIUS DIY UNDER-THE-BED STORAGE SOLUTION

I love how the draw pulls turned out. The used to look like this…

 

DIY SHABBY CHIC DRAWER PULLS

 

But I gave them a shabby chic little makeover. Click here for drawer pull tutorial.

 

GENIUS DIY UNDER-THE-BED STORAGE SOLUTION

For more easy storage ideas, check out the tutorial for these Super Easy DIY Fabric Covered Storage Boxes

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And 26 Incredible Under The Stairs Utilization Ideas.

 

under stairs storage drawers

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Cheers!

Jenise

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49 Comments on GENIUS DIY UNDER THE BED STORAGE SOLUTION

    • Jenise
      February 2, 2015 at 7:51 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much. Will definitely be stopping by! Thanks for the invite!

      Reply
  1. cousin j
    February 2, 2015 at 8:27 pm (1 year ago)

    I love the redo! Although I like both colors, the stripes and handles make it look totally different! Good job!

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    • Jenise
      February 2, 2015 at 8:41 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks J! I’m actually liking the turquoise way more than I did the green. And the handles gives it a much more finished look. Wait till you see what else I’m using the turquoise paint for. :-)

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    • Jenise
      February 3, 2015 at 12:50 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you Gilly! That’s so nice of you to say!

      Reply
  2. Christine
    February 3, 2015 at 12:19 am (1 year ago)

    Oh my gosh! That’s so clever! I never would have thought to transform a bookcase!

    And what a super adorable helper you have!!!

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    • Jenise
      February 3, 2015 at 12:49 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much Christine. And Lily says thank you too. She helps me like that on all my projects. :-)

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  3. Havok
    February 3, 2015 at 12:25 am (1 year ago)

    Ohhhh my goodness that is brilliant! I love it! Now I wish my bed were a bit taller to be able to do that, ha!
    I love that you painted them, too, though. There are a ton of beautiful bed frames that have the built in storage underneath, and this mimics them perfectly, while being so customizable!

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  4. Jessica
    February 3, 2015 at 12:26 am (1 year ago)

    Wow! Great idea! I’ve seen people turn old drawers into storage like this but not a whole bookshelf! I’m loving the color and those drawer pulls.

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    • Jenise
      February 3, 2015 at 12:53 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much Jessica! It just seemed like such a waste to get rid of the bookshelf so I gave it a shot and luckily it worked out (which doesn’t always happen). I’m going to be doing a quick tutorial on the drawer pulls in the next few days. They were pretty ugly before I painted them.

      Reply
  5. Brittany
    February 3, 2015 at 7:57 am (1 year ago)

    What a great idea! I love what you did with it.

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    • Jenise
      February 3, 2015 at 3:14 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much Brittany! It’s been coming in pretty handy for sure. :-)

      Reply
  6. Jennifer S.
    February 3, 2015 at 12:40 pm (1 year ago)

    I love this idea. We live in a small-ish house with eight children. I’m always looking for ways to maximize our storage. This is brilliant. Already pinned it.

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    • Jenise
      February 3, 2015 at 3:14 pm (1 year ago)

      Yay! Thank you. I’ve packed so much more stuff in there since taking those pictures. It really is such a space saver. And if you don’t have a spare book shelf, you can always get one super cheap on Craigslist.

      Reply
  7. Becky
    February 4, 2015 at 12:23 pm (1 year ago)

    Ok, I find the word genius is overused in blogland, but YES, this does qualify as genius. Love it! Thanks for linking up to the Vintage Inspiration Party!

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    • Jenise
      February 4, 2015 at 12:57 pm (1 year ago)

      Haha, Becky, thank you. I did hesitate to use the word ‘genius,’ but my friend who loves it convinced me that I should. And thank you for hosting!

      Reply
  8. Becky
    February 4, 2015 at 7:23 pm (1 year ago)

    PS–Just shared on Facebook.

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    • Jenise
      February 4, 2015 at 7:40 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much for sharing, Becky! That’s so thoughtful of you!!!

      Reply
  9. Joy @ Yesterfood
    February 4, 2015 at 8:45 pm (1 year ago)

    What a brilliant idea, and I love, love the turquoise color and white stripes! I want one under every bed!! :)

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    • Jenise
      February 7, 2015 at 2:10 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much Joy!

      Reply
  10. Bharati
    February 6, 2015 at 12:05 am (1 year ago)

    Wove, that really a great idea. Visiting from akadesign

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    • Jenise
      February 7, 2015 at 2:15 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much Bharati!

      Reply
  11. Jann Olson
    February 6, 2015 at 12:11 am (1 year ago)

    Love it in turquoise! Such a clever idea. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    • Jenise
      February 7, 2015 at 2:15 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much Jann and as always, thank you for hosting!

      Reply
  12. That shelf turned into a grain sack striped under the bed storage on wheels is wonderful. Inventive. Useful. Pinned it too.

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    • Jenise
      February 7, 2015 at 2:16 pm (1 year ago)

      Awe, thank Joy!!!

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    • Jenise
      February 8, 2015 at 4:33 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Lorelai! I will be sure to stop by!!

      Reply
  13. Stella Lee@ Purfylle
    February 7, 2015 at 10:22 pm (1 year ago)

    I really like the turquoise. You’re little helper is just adorable too, mine is a little heavier but she thinks she is that little, (well her head is about that size)

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    • Jenise
      February 8, 2015 at 4:36 pm (1 year ago)

      Haha! I used to have a 60lb pitbull. She was the sweetest thing who definitely thought she was a lap dog and my little Lily would totally boss the big one around.

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  14. Sarah R.
    February 8, 2015 at 7:25 am (1 year ago)

    WOW! I have done this with a single drawer, but I NEVER would have thought to do it with an entire bookshelf- this is AWESOME!! So glad you linked up at Snickerdoodle Sunday- hope to see your latest makes next week!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

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    • Jenise
      February 8, 2015 at 4:37 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much Sarah! The drawer has definitely been coming in handy and is seeing a lot of use! I’ll be sure to stop by next week!

      Reply
  15. Lisa @ Fun Money Finds
    February 10, 2015 at 10:35 pm (1 year ago)

    That is truly a brilliant idea! There is never enough storage space and I would never have thought to transform an old bookcase into under-the-bed storage. I love it!!!

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    • Jenise
      February 11, 2015 at 12:45 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much Lisa! It has definitely been getting a lot of usage. :-)

      Reply
  16. Shawna
    February 12, 2015 at 12:04 am (1 year ago)

    Dang it!!! I was trying to figure out what to do with a hollowed out bookshelf (I cannibalized the last remaining shelf for something else) on Sunday… couldn’t think of any use and got rid of it. I’ve been brainstorming under bed storage ideas for months. I was stuck on the “recycle old dresser drawers”… garbage pickup was yesterday. I found your site tonight. I feel so dumb. That would have been perfect and FIT perfect!! Brilliant idea. (Especially helpful as I plan to actually store books down there).

    Thanks for sharing :) Why couldn’t I have seen this sooner?

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    • Jenise
      February 12, 2015 at 12:24 am (1 year ago)

      OH NO!!! I’m totally feeling your pain! But if it’s any consolation, I bet you can easily get another one really cheap on Craigslist. Although, that wouldn’t stop me from wanting to kick myself. But I tell ya, this storage is coming in so handy. I’m using it every single day! Well, next time, I’ll try to post sooner. :-)

      Reply
  17. Leslie
    February 13, 2015 at 12:33 am (1 year ago)

    What a wonderful idea! I’ve been looking for a good way to add storage to my daughter’s room without taking up more floor space. This is perfect! Thank you so much for sharing.

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    • Jenise
      February 18, 2015 at 12:59 pm (1 year ago)

      You are so welcome Leslie! So glad I could provide some inspiration!

      Reply
  18. Michele
    July 22, 2015 at 11:38 am (1 year ago)

    I love your idea, so I’m going to do the same to my daughters room. I just have one question, did you need to put extra support for the wheels or are they just attached to the back? If you could please help with this, I would really appreciate it.

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    • Jenise
      July 24, 2015 at 4:30 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Michele, I did not put extra support. But I made sure to attach the wheels to the sides of the book shelf which is about an inch thick. Hope that helps. :-)

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  19. Pamela
    August 5, 2015 at 10:59 pm (12 months ago)

    I’m kinda new to pinterest( yes I’ve been living in a cave,lol). So I’m aware this from January but I wanted to tell you what a great idea!!!& What a great job you did, it’s very cute.

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    • Jenise
      September 23, 2015 at 9:05 pm (10 months ago)

      Sorry for the delayed response, but thank you so much Pamela! It’s never too late to discover the fun of Pinterest! I sometimes get seriously lost in it for way too long. :-)

      Reply
  20. Colette
    August 13, 2015 at 2:04 pm (12 months ago)

    I was at Walmart and saw some shelves for 15.00. I am thinking I will buy some and make some much needed storage.

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    • Jenise
      September 16, 2015 at 2:58 am (11 months ago)

      That’s not a bad price Colette. Perhaps check out some garage sales too. :-)

      Reply
  21. S. Barnes
    February 25, 2016 at 1:42 am (5 months ago)

    Thanks for this idea. I am currently using a hospital bed and need extra storage for supplies. This is perfect. Trying to make the room look like a real bedroom and not a hospital room. Love organization.

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    • Jenise
      February 25, 2016 at 1:51 am (5 months ago)

      Yes, that’s exactly my situation. My dad uses a hospital bed and he has a lot of medical and personal care supplies. So this turned out to be a great solution. It keeps his stuff private and the rest of the room looking nice. He just turned 94 and is doing great; he just does things little slower than he used to. :-)

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