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How To Make Simple Wooden Bed Risers

When you live in a house with limited closet space you really have to use every nook and cranny! With our king-sized bed placed on risers, I can fit several storage boxes under there that hold out-of-season clothes and my kids’ school mementos from each year. I LOVE having these items out of the way but easily accessible.

I used store-bought bed risers in my son’s room and it’s been a great solution for storage in his room.
You can find bed risers in various sizes, but if you have scrap wood in your garage it’s super easy to build your own. This is a great project for a novice woodworker who is learning how to use a saw.


The casters on my bed were really difficult to remove, so I decided to just leave them on. I measured the width of the wheels and built platforms for them to stand on.
I simply cut scraps of wood to form the base and side pieces to hold the wheels in place.

After I created a base, I measured the space for the wheel to sit into, marked it,

and attached the pieces together the old fashioned way (too lazy to drag out the compressor and nail gun for this little project!)

You don’t have to be precise….just use what you have in your scrap pile, and make sure the space the wheel will sit in is accurately measured.

It’s much easier to place the risers into position of you flip your mattress and box spring up first. This is a bit cumbersome but you can do it yourself.

The bedframe, before risers….

….and the frame on risers, adding 2″ to the storage space under the bed. I placed a piece of non-skid rug underlay around each wheel so they would fit in there nice and snug.

Now I know some of you are thinking that with movement (get your mind out of the gutter!) the wheel could pop out sideways and the bed will come crashing down. With that in mind I put my risers to the test and invited three (surprised and delighted) offspring, ages 14, 12 and 10, to take turns doing the old run-jump-land onto my bed to ensure it’s sturdiness, and I’m happy to tell you that the bed didn’t move a centimeter. The wheels are in their risers nice and tight, but if you are concerned you could add another piece of scrap wood to the sides.

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Monday 17th of October 2016

What length is the 2x4? Can't wait to try this out. Thank you.


Sunday 6th of November 2016

Hi Kay! I used scrap wood for this project so the wood is various lengths but 8-10" long should do the trick!


Sunday 3rd of January 2016

Thank you so much! We searched and searched for risers that would fit our futon. Two of the legs are 2x4s and two are 2x3s. This was a great solution and we made them with scrap wood in maybe an hour and a half!

Now the bed is higher--for a month-long visitor with back issues--and we have more storage underneath. I put a sheet under the mattress that functions as a simple dust ruffle.

Kelly @ View Along the Way

Friday 26th of April 2013

So smart! Love the idea to use the nonskid thingies to hold it all snugly.

Rachel O.

Thursday 25th of April 2013

Awesome - I need to make some of these for our bed!

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home

Thursday 25th of April 2013

lisa - what an easy way to do this - thanks so much for the tutorial. i have a bed in my home that could take your advice!