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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  • 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!

  • tanama jenkins-ernst October 8, 2017, 5:15 pm

    I have a king size bed (frame is two twin beds and two twin box springs). Regular riders do not work because the twin frame legs are together in the middle top and bottom. How would I work this?

  • E. Hart April 10, 2018, 9:00 am

    You can look in the scrap bin at these stores too. Sometimes you’ll find pieces you can use for free.

  • Shelley January 28, 2019, 6:22 pm

    So glad I found this, just what I was looking for, thanks

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