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.
1 – 2’ x 4’ MDF panel
1 – 1” x 8” x 12” common board*
2 – handles
4 – castors
Paint or stain
*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.
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.
Drill 3 pocket holes onto each end of your 23” boards.
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.
Run a small bead of wood glue around the top of the boards and attach your MDF panel (your drawer is now upside down).
Screw castors into each corner.
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.
Paint or stain your box to match the nursery.
Attach the handles to the front of the drawer.
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!