DIY Bed Risers

bed riser 4.1

Emilee’s bed was about 1/2″ to low for the storage boxes that needed to fit under it so I was going to purchase bed risers. The only problem was I just couldn’t pay $20 for something I could make for a fraction of the cost, so I made them myself. It’s not like bed risers are pretty and they’re going to be hidden by a ruffle anyway.

bed risers.1

I started with this fence post from Home Depot. It was my lucky day! It was on sale for a whole $1. I wish I needed more of them for something. It’s hard to pass up a deal like that.  Anyway, I cut four 4″ pieces for the bed risers.

bed riser 2.1

I didn’t have a drill bit big enough for the bed post to go into so I made 3 smaller holes to form one big one.

bed riser 3.1

It worked perfectly. We took the wheels off, because frankly they were stupid. The bed post fits about 1/2″ to 3/4″ inside the riser to give it stability.

bed riser 4

Now the storage boxes fit perfectly under her bed. You do what you have to do when you move to a smaller place and have limited space.

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{ 7 comments… add one }
  • NaDell November 8, 2013, 2:05 pm

    Great idea! I was just trying to figure out how to make my bed taller for that same reason (well, mostly to get rid of a stack of boxes in the corner of my room.)
    Sounds like a quick and easy project!

  • Jeanine November 8, 2013, 4:35 pm

    You are a clever- clever girl! 🙂

  • Eva December 29, 2013, 5:24 pm

    Perfect & exactly what I’d like to do! Thank you for posting. What type of saw did you use? I went to both home depot & lowes.
    Unfortunatly, they do not have a saw that is able to cut through 6×6 posts. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

  • leanneja December 29, 2013, 9:11 pm

    I used a chop saw to cut the 4×4 fence post into 4″ pieces.

  • Sheldan March 16, 2015, 1:55 pm

    Home Depot will usually make a few cuts for you for free, within reason. I would also recommend putting a replacement cap on the feet, or place a washer in the hole of the riser to prevent the wood from splitting as easy.

  • Brittany December 28, 2015, 1:51 pm

    I went to Home Depot today..looking to do this for my bed. The same post was $13 here. So I just got a regular 4×4 board but they only had the treated ones. Hope it works the same. I was disappointed.

  • leanneja December 29, 2015, 1:29 am

    I’m sorry they were so expensive where you are. I think a 4 x 4 board will work just fine. Good luck!

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