How to build your own under stair drawers for under £100

Check out these brilliant space saving drawers that slide seamlessly under the stairs. Adding soft close rails to this was a must and makes shoe storage fast and simple.  Do you have wasted space under your stairs? Why not try it yourself?  Here’s how I did it.

You’ll need a few tools including a cordless drill, jigsaw, hand saw, tape measure and setsquare.   materials include some 9mm MDF sheets, basic 2×4 pine wood, a selection of screws and some soft close runners.  Read on below for where I purchased mine.

Starting from this:

understairdrawer start

So, first things first, you need to decide how many drawers you want and a rough idea of what you’ll be using them for.  For mine we wanted shoe storage and somewhere to put the dirty washing.  You can make the drawers as wide or as tall as you like but remember to ensure the runners can handle the weight.

Next you’ll need to mark out the drawers and cut a hole.  Make sure to check the material your cutting into is reasonably thin and there aren’t any electrical wires or plumbing behind.  Start by drilling a hole and then cutting the shape with a jigsaw.  It’s important to get a nice straight line so use guide bars where possible.  When you have a good hole it’s a good idea make the replacement or the front of the drawer from the off cut.  This ensures you get good angles and the draw fits nicely.

I would say that one of the most important bits of this project is the frame for the runners to sit on.  It’s important to ensure the frame is perfectly square and the front of the frame width measures the same as the back.  This will allow the drawer to run smoothly when sliding in and out.

understairdrawer frame

Once the frame for the runners is complete you can begin to build the drawer itself.  This should be quite straight forward and can be anything you like.  For the shoe drawer I include one shelf and made sure there was a back panel to prevent shoes falling out.  Some of these images should help you:

under stair drawers step by step

With regards to the runners, I found mine on this website.  I decided to get the soft close version and had to make sure that they could manage the weight of the drawer and the shoes.  Check the load capacity before buying.  Also check the length and extended length for the runner to make sure it will extend far enough for easy access.

Final steps.  Add a knob or handle, paint inside and out, oil the runner and fill with shoes.

This was all a relatively easy construction and most competent DIYers can do this.  It’s not going to work for ever house due to different wall and stair types but 9 times out of 10 you’ll be able to make it work.

For more information or to hire me to fit some for you, send me a message via the contact page.

Thanks for reading.


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