If you have a small bedroom, you probably don’t have enough room for your bed and your dresser, let alone the storage you need for shoes, accessories, and other random bedroom items. Don’t fret! You don’t have to settle with your limited space, you can improve your storage situation without making any seriously drastic changes. How? By making this DIY platform bed. This renovation is simple to do and will add an incredible amount of storage to your tiny bedroom! Watch the video below to see how simple it is to make this spacious platform bed.

The trick to this platform bed? Three bookshelves underneath the frame (which you will be making from plywood yourself.) These bookshelves or storage cubes can be from Target, Walmart, IKEA, wherever you’d like – but make sure they’re sturdy! You will be sleeping on them, after all.

Besides this key element, you only need one other thing: a good amount of plywood! You’ll be using the plywood to make the actual platform that will be between your mattress and your bookshelves.

Here’s exactly what you’ll need to get started:


  • 3 bookshelves
  • Plywood for frame
  • 2 x 4’s for spacers
  • Plywood for supports
  • Drill

Step 1: Connect the three bookshelves so they make a “U” shape.

Bookshelves for platform bed in a "U" shapeOWN

Step 2: Cut three pieces of plywood to the exact measurements of your mattress. Lay them on the three sides of the bookshelf “U”.

First layer of plywood for the bed platformOWN

Step 3: Lay plywood across the frame, going from top to bottom. Use 2 x 4’s as spacers between each piece of wood. Screw the wood and the spacers into the original wood planks as you go down to the foot of the bed.

2 x 4 spacers for the plywood bed platformOWN

Step 4: Cut pieces of wood that will extend from the floor to the bottom of your platform. Install those as supports, drilling them into the wooden frame.

Finished platform bedOWN

From there, you simply need to add your mattress, your bedding, and your headboard as you would onto a normal mattress spring! Only this mattress spring gives you luxurious storage space to keep your tiny bedroom organized.

We highly suggest filling the bookshelves with baskets of some kind. This will keep things concealed and chic in your space.

What do you think of the space-extending DIY? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.