Bedroom 2013-08-14 12.28.42-735118

Published on August 27th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


RAST Storage Bed Hack

2013-08-14 12.28.42-735118

Materials: RAST 3 drawer dresser x3

Description: I moved to a new 1 bedroom apartment recently without a lot of storage space, so I was inspired by this site to try my own hack. My initial plan was to buy a MALM 6 drawer like with this hack but when I went to Ikea I found three RAST on sale for $34.00 each and besides the price the fact that they were unfinished they were also solid wood, so I got them instead. As far as I know no one had done this exact hack before so I decided to be adventurous.

First thing I did was purchase and assemble the three RAST and then when I had the dimensions to start sketching out my idea. I then took my initial sketch to Lowe’s and the guys there helped me change a few things while still keeping the overall idea. The final plans (made in Google Sketchup) are attached here.

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bed and bedroom view 2-741683

bed and bedroom view 3-743905

The lumber bought was a bunch of 2×4 pieces of lumber and one piece of plwyood for the bed base. The guys at Lowe’s kindly cut it all down for me and the total cost of lumber was $67. The first step was to secure the three RASTs to each other which I did using 1 1/2 inch wood screws, which were used throughout the project. After that I built the legs by placing two pieces of the 2x4s against each other and securing them at three points. Once that was done I put the plywood on top, screwed it to the other pieces, and then from there assembled the bed from on top. Once it was assembled I first stained the drawers and then the frame itself (only the visible parts of the frame are actually stained for ease) and if I ever need to move again I can disassemble the frame and move it as individual pieces. The headboard visible in the picture was purchased previously and I coordinated the colors to match it.

Overall it was a lot of fun and now I have a completely custom bed frame. My cat also very much likes all the storage space underneath, which I used to hold my suitcases along with extra bed linens and out of season clothing.

Also as far as the height of the bed (which some people were concerned about) it’s 32″ without counting the mattress and I’m 5’4″ with fairly short legs, but I can get up and down without a step stool.

~ Rosemary, United States


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Jules Yap

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19 Responses to RAST Storage Bed Hack

  1. ruetta says:

    I love this hack! Space is always an issue for me. I also end up piling everything on any available horizontal surface so I don’t want a dresser. With my bed on top of the dressers that problem is solved.
    I have a queen bed and did not want it against the wall on one side so I am using 3 Rast’s on each side. My cats love the tunnel under the bed. Thanks for the idea.

    • Alice says:

      Hi, I’m looking at how to modify this hack for a queen bed too. You just put three on each side of it and did you use a piece of plywood for the mattress to go on? Thanks!

      I am looking at something like this, but my bed is so small it basically has to be against the wall so I’d almost want to do 3 on one side and 2 or so wide, and somehow reinforce the rest with 2×4′s like Rosemary did here. Is yours freestanding or do you access the other drawers via the “tunnel”?

  2. Emma Emilie says:

    Amazing hack!
    Have you tested the loveproof-thing yet? :)

  3. Jody says:

    I have been contemplating a hack like this. I’m so glad to know it works!!! Good job and thanks for sharing. Hurray!!!

  4. Rosemary says:

    Hi I realize this reply is months late but the fraction of an inch wasn’t really an issue. The 2×4 that runs along the side is screwed directly into the base of the bedframe and the sides so its technically not attached to the Rasts themselves and is essentially floating there.

  5. kathleen says:

    I was just at Ikea yesterday contemplating something similar! How did you deal with the sides of the Rast, though, that stick up that fraction of an inch over the rest of the top? Love what you did, though!

  6. Leelee says:

    I am in love with this ! We have a very small home and my 10 yr old has no space left after her dresser and stuff took up most of her space! I need this so badly but have no idea how to do it : (

  7. Peter says:

    Ah that’s so exciting! The original hack you referenced is my bedroom! :) Glad to see that it worked out for you as well–I have had mine like that for over a year now and it’s been great.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Nice hack! It looks very sturdy and you get a lot of storage space in the drawers and in the “cave” under the bed.

  9. Lauralla says:

    nice idea, you could also place a small tent where there is the open part, to hide all the things inside :)

    • Rosemary says:

      I’ve considered something like that like a short curtain, but so far I haven’t felt the need. Plus the cat likes it because it’s like a little cave.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Is it a double bed?

  11. Anonymous says:

    … the question is… is it loveproof ?

  12. Anonymous says:

    How sturdy is this? From what I seen at the show room rast doesn’t seem too sturdy.

    • Rosemary says:

      It’s quite sturdy, and if anything it might be overbuilt judging by what the guys from Lowe’s said, but we all agreed it would be best to overdue it rather than underdo it. I’m about 140 pounds but the guy who helped me design it, who built something similar for him and his wife, said it could easily hold him and he was about 200.

    • Rosemary says:

      Also the RAST itself is pretty solid, especially the three I have screwed together here (I didn’t put the backing board on them and put screws at four points to secure them to each other), since it’s not particleboard, it’s actually solid pine wood, which is one reason I sprung for them.

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