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DIY Bed Risers (With Wood)

Jack Gordon - June 2, 2020 - 0 comments

Storage space is a significant factor, especially when decorating a dorm room or playroom. Often, we tend to maximize storage space by using the area under our beds effectively. However, some beds are too low that they restrict us from fitting under-bed storage containers, which is a significant inconvenience. Are you looking to find extra storage space beneath your bed or rise it a bit? We have a solution for you-try DIY Bed Risers.

I have always had a tall bed, and there was this time I bought a sleep number, not my usual thing. The feeling wasn’t nice at all- it is like being a truck driver then being given a car. In the real sense, I was not going to lie on such a bed anymore. I wanted to seek for a solution. Typically, purchasing a bed riser is inexpensive, as I have tried it before, but it did not give me the comfort I was looking for.

It was not until I tried out DIY risers that I experienced some comfort laying on my raised bed. Plus, I’m quite obsessed with affordable and easy organizing. From linen cupboards, thrift drawers turned into wooden cube wall shelves, to these DIY bed risers- I love maximizing on the resources I have and optimize space usage. Do you wish to make yourself a set? Keep reading this article as I will highlight the full tutorial on making a wooden bed riser.

Note: To make your bed higher, you can use bed riser as we did, you can also try other solutions from Terry Cralle such as mattress topper, wheel and bed wedge.

What Do You Need To Make A Wooden DIY Riser?

You will need some tools and supplies to get this job done. Some tools required include a Gold foil paper, hand saw, mod podge, 1-inch drill bit (to make the hole), power drill, felt, and fence posts. As for supplies, you need to get a 2-inch screw, wood glue, sandpaper, stain or paint, and a wooden board.

How To Construct Wood Bed Risers At Home

Step One: You need to determine how high you want your risers to be. You need to determine a safe height that you will raise the bed. First, measure the height of the legs, of your bed, before cutting the wood pieces. As for me, I cut the fence posts into four equal parts, at 6 inches each. When cutting, make sure that one end of the riser is as flat as possible to make it sit on the floor better.

Step Two: You will use your drill bit to make a hole on top of the wood. Drill this hole to half an inch, three-quarter-inch, or even deeper depending on the height you want to achieve.

Step Three: Before you assemble, it is wise to lay the riser under one of the legs to ensure that it fits properly. Your bed’s leg frame might differ, so it is wise to take the measurements. Make sure that the size of the hole you drilled fits the bed’s leg frame correctly without shaking before assembling. If it does not fit, use your drill bit to expand it a bit. Now, assemble the pieces you cut using wood glue and the screws.

Step Four: If you do not mind a treated wood look- this could be your final step. However, for me and others who love something that matches our style- I choose to make a DIY riser that looks like gold bricks. After sanding the wood, I wrapped the risers with a ‘gold’ metallic wrapping paper. Applying mod podge to this paper, you line it to the riser’s bottom tightly. I proceeded to wrap it around the risers’ top and trim the excess paper for a perfect outlook. Besides, you can also use a stain or paint to achieve that treated look.

Step Five: If you decide to use paint, wait for it to dry then proceed to put on the risers. You can buy a longer bed skirt that can fit your bed’s new height. Also, if you mind the risers scratching your floor, one key takeaway is to attach a felt piece at the bottom of each, especially if you frequently glide your bed when making it.

What Weight Can DIY Bed Risers Hold?

These particular bed risers can handle pretty equal weight to that of your conventional bed frame because you use the supports of the leg frame to make your riser’s base size.

Now, you have your DIY riser- a quick and straightforward storage solution (less than 30 minutes). Before using or fitting the risers as appropriate for your situation, you need to make sure that it is safe and robust. Although the DIY risers are not the fairest of all DIY projects, with a longer bed skirt, you can hide them to maintain your home’s aesthetic properties. Furthermore, compared to risers, available on stores, the DIY ones are incredibly cheap- some even going for as little as $2.


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