Does your kid’s bedroom look like a field of Lego land mines? Or maybe like a toy factory exploded all over the floor? Or maybe it’s your own room that has clutter you’d like to stow away. I came up with a solution to corral the mess while also giving our kids an alternative play surface other than the floor.

I made an under the bed rolling storage tray, and they can roll it out to the middle of the room to build things on and play, and then store it under the bed when not in use. Here are plans and a tutorial so you can build your own under the bed storage tray too! Keep in mind the size can be modified according to your preference.

What you’ll need for this project:

  • 6 – 1x3s cut to 24″ long (or modify to fit the size you desire)
  • 2 – 1x2s bevel cut to 24″ long at shortest ends (can be modified to size)
  • 2 – 1x2s bevel cut to 20 7/8″ at shortest ends (can be modified to size)
  • Compound miter saw if you want beveled ends to create mitered corners, otherwise a regular saw will work fine and you can just keep the ends straight
  • Brad nailer
  • Brad nails – 1/2″ and 1 1/2″
  • Wood glue
  • 3/4″ wood screws
  • Casters (optional) – if you have carpet then you could just slide it under without the wheels
  • 2 cabinet handles
  • Drill
  • Stain or paint of your choice
  • Tape measure
  • Sander
  • Yard Stick or thin piece of wood cut into 2 pieces at 19″ long

Step 1: First, measure and cut your wood.

How to Build an Under the Bed Storage Tray

Step 2: Sand your wood, then glue the 1x3s together parallel to each other, creating a “pallet”.

How to Build an Under the Bed Storage Tray

Step 3: Turn your pallet over and glue your yard stick pieces to the back, then attach with 1/2″ brad nails. This ensures that the boards are fastened together.

How to Build an Under the Bed Storage Tray

Step 4: Glue and nail your 1×2 boards around the sides, creating a border or edge around the main part of your tray.

How to Build an Under the Bed Storage Tray

Step 5: Stain or paint your tray. It’s easiest to lay down a drop cloth and then elevate the project by placing it on top of paint cans while you apply your finish.

How to Build an Under the Bed Storage Tray

Step 6: Measure and drill holes for your handles (you could do this before you stain or paint it if you prefer.) Tip: Use painter’s tape to mark the distance between holes on your hardware, then center it and stick it onto your tray to mark where to drill. The tape will also help reduce wood splitting.

How to Build an Under the Bed Storage Tray How to Build an Under the Bed Storage Tray

Step 7: Flip the tray over and attach the casters with 3/4″ wood screws. I recommend the type of casters that pivot, but any kind is fine. Make sure they are small so the tray will not sit too far up off the floor. You want to make sure it will still slide under the bed.

How to Build an Under the Bed Storage Tray

Step 8: Stash it under the bed!

How to Build an Under the Bed Storage Tray

No worries if you don’t have experience with power tools, this project can be done with basic hand tools. (The power tools just make it easier/quicker.) A hand saw and good old fashioned hammer and nails will do the job too. Now you can stash away clutter by simply rolling it out of sight.

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