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DIY Nursery: Build A Trundle Drawer With Downloadable Plans!

Babies have so much stuff and our nursery isn’t the biggest room in the house. The nesting instinct is huge over here while we wait for a match on our adoption journey. This week we decided to solve some of our storage problems and build a trundle drawer for more storage under our crib. It was a super easy project and can be done in an hour or two.

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Project List:

1 – 2’ x 4’ MDF panel

1 – 1” x 8” x 12” common board*

2 – handles

4 – castors

Wood glue

Small screws

Paint or stain

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*Be sure to measure for clearance under your crib. Due to the height of the crib rails, I needed to rip my boards to be only 7 ½” wide instead of 8”. If you don’t have a table saw to do this yourself, you could buy 1” x 6” x 12” common boards instead. In this case, the walls would be 6” tall instead.

Cut List:

2 – 1” x 8” @ 23” long

2 – 1” x 8” @ 48 9/16” long

Did you know that Home Depot or Lowe’s will cut your boards to the length you need for free? No fancy saws required at home!

Note: The cut list does not add up to a 2 ft x 4 ft box. The actual dimensions of the MDF panel is ¼” shorter on each side. So is the height of the 1×8 board, making it really ¾” x 7 ¾”. I’ve adjusted the cuts to match the actual dimensions of the MDF board.

We used a Kreg Jig for this project. We love our Kreg Jig and it makes assembling projects super easy! We’ve used it to build a loft bed, a large wall chalkboard, and now this trundle drawer. If you don’t have a Kreg Jig, you could assemble your drawer the traditional way with screws and/or nails.

Step 1:

Drill 3 pocket holes onto each end of your 23” boards.

DIY Nursery Storage Trundle Raleigh Moms Blog

Step 2:

Run a bead of wood glue along the end of the shorter board. Screw your shorter boards and your longer boards together to make a box.

DIY Nursery Storage Trundle Raleigh Moms Blog

DIY Nursery Storage Trundle Raleigh Moms Blog

Step 3:

Run a small bead of wood glue around the top of the boards and attach your MDF panel (your drawer is now upside down).

Step 4:

Screw castors into each corner.

DIY Nursery Storage Trundle Raleigh Moms Blog

Step 5:

Screw the MDF panel to the boards along the perimeter of the box from the bottom. This keep the board attached and make it sturdier.

DIY Nursery Storage Trundle Raleigh Moms Blog

Step 6:

Paint or stain your box to match the nursery.

Step 7:

Attach the handles to the front of the drawer.

DIY Nursery Storage Trundle Raleigh Moms Blog

Ta-da! You did it! Now stuff the drawer full of whatever baby gear needs a home. This drawer is great for holding blankets and crib sheets. If you’re not planning on using a changing table and changing diapers on the floor, it’s perfect for holding diapers!

Ready to try your own? You can download them here or “right-click” the image below!DIY Nursery Storage Trundle Raleigh Moms Blog

Curious about the crib that Jenny purchased? She shared the specifics on her blog, Cloth Diaper Revival.

8 Responses to DIY Nursery: Build A Trundle Drawer With Downloadable Plans!

  1. Jenna October 27, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

    Gorgeous! Where did you get that crib from? And what color paint did you use to paint the drawer?

    • Jenny October 28, 2015 at 9:38 am #

      The crib is a Davinci Jenny Lind in Lagoon. We bought it off of Amazon. We used Sherwin Williams paint that they matched, so no color name.

  2. Daphne October 27, 2015 at 10:45 pm #

    What paint did you find to match the crib? I have th EXACT same crib and am beyond excited to have hubby build this!

  3. Jenny October 28, 2015 at 9:38 am #

    Hi Daphne! I’ll send you a FB message. The paint isn’t a color I picked off the wall and had to have it matched.

  4. Jenna October 28, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

    Is your picture an accurate color of the crib? Online the lagoon looks so light, while yours looks more like teal!

    • Jenny October 28, 2015 at 2:15 pm #

      Yes, my pictures are accurate. The pictures on Amazon are way off! I was surprised when the crib came, but love the actual color.

  5. Daphne October 28, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

    Thank you Jenny! I looooove the color of this crib in real life. It’s my favorite color!

  6. Dayna January 6, 2016 at 2:36 pm #

    I love this! Found it via Facebook on Cloth Diaper Revival. I am expecting #1 and we are going to cloth diaper. I’m addicted to pockets! Glad I have a handy hubby so he can make this for me!!!

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