Lone Star Underbed Storage Frame
When you have a small space, or if you have a lot of stuff to store, space becomes a premium, and having an underbed storage system makes the job so much easier!
I have designed ample amounts of storage in the Tiny Texas House, and the Lone Star Storage Bed contributes its share of storage to the whole. I designed the bed frame and enlisted the assistance of my landlord for assembly and heavy lifting. Since this was considered a prototype, I built it with inexpensive stud grade 2”x 4” pine and 3/4 “ MDF board. It functions very well but it is quite heavy. I don’t have many options of furniture placement anyway, so the weight is a non-issue. I may design and build another storage bed frame with sliding doors to hide the totes inside. For now, the extra bed sheet serves as a skirt.
The Lone Star Storage Bed is an extra long twin size bed. It has nine storage bays and six of the bays have under bed plastic tote on wheels. The totes are 39.5” L x 20.25” W x 7” H. The size of each bay is 39” L x 22.5”W x 8”H. The Lone Star Storage Bed adds approximately 30 cubic feet of underbed storage.
The bed is a little higher to the top of the mattress than a standard bed. From the floor to the top of the platform frame is 25″. The mattress is 11″ thick making the total height of the bed 36″ high. There is no box spring. It is unnecessary with this mattress as long as it is on a platform bed.
Sterilite 66 Quart Ultra Storage Box with wheels are designed to fit under a regular bed. You can probably get 3 totes under a regular bed. You can get as many as 9 totes with the Lonestar Undebed Storage System.
These particular containers are great because the lid works on a hinge, so you can pull out the container 1/2 way, just open the lid and get to your most used items easier. Things that aren’t used as much can be stored in the back of the container. The built-in castors make moving the container in and out much easier. You can use any regular storage bin that will fit under your particular configuration.
I have spare bed linens, out of season clothes, shoes and boots not worn regularly, electronic components that I don’t want to discard, etc., stored in the bed. One of the floor bays holds 2 oversize totes filled with 3 months of freeze dried food from Food4Patriots. I could easily re-arrange the totes and store 6 months supply of Food4Patriots for 1 person using only 2 of the 9 bays.
The underbed storage frame could also be used:
- as a toy box for children
- to hold your collection of comics for adults
- as a chest-of-drawers to replace a piece of furniture in a small bedroom
- long-term food storage (#10 cans in an open sweater box would slide in and out nicely
- long-term water storage
- a dresser to hold your everyday clothes if space is at a premium
There is also a large collection of coordinated bedding sets available ranging from your favorite NFL team to every superhero in the universe to Bugs Bunny and every other comic cartoon character ever seen on TV. For a more grown-up scene, you could pick a view of the beaches of Hawaii or the moon over a glass smooth lake.
Lone Star Underbed Storage Frame Budget
- Materials $118.20
- Mattress $300.00
- MainStays 6 Piece Coordinated Bedding Set $60.14
- Sterilite 66 Quart Ultra Storage Box with wheels – Case of 4 @ $74.53 X 2 = $149.06 Free Freight
I bought the 4 x 8 x 3/4″ MDF from Home Depot because they cut it for free.
Lone Star Underbed Storage Materials
- 3 4′ x 8′ MDF 3/4″ X 4″ X 8″ @ $31.95= $95.85
- 6 8′ X 2″ X 4″ Stud Grade Pine @ $2.60 = %13.00
- 1 lb DeckMate #10 2.5″ screws = $9.37
Here is a closer look at the joints for the underbed storage frame. You can see how I measured the 2×4 and cut a groove out of the MDF, then screwed the 2×4 into it’s edge.
Do-overs: If I had this bed frame to do over again I would leave the floor out of one bay which would make that bay tall enough to hold a trunk or deep plastic tote. I’m working on a design that will have even more storage. I would also turn the upright legs by 90 degrees and cut the groove deeper. It would give make better use of the dead space and give me a smaller storage area at the head or foot of the bed for additional storage.
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