Having an IKEA drawer bed can help eliminate other furniture in a small room. The use of space in the drawers under the bed can also add storage to free space elsewhere. For example, you can store bedding under the bed to save space in a hall closet. The placement of the bed will make a difference in relation to the number of drawers to build. You may be able to install drawers on one side of the bed only, if you are going to lean against a wall. Moving the bed to an angle in the room can make both sides of the bed more accessible, however.
Draw the bed platform and the framing on the graph paper. Never start construction until you have created the exact layout of the bed. Create a platform to hold drawers for a bed that only has a mattress and a box spring. Use plywood to build a simple flat box that is exactly the size of the mattress. Include a small border around the platform to keep the mattress on top of the slide. Use this method to create a child’s bed with drawers, because an adult’s bed usually uses box springs, along with a mattress.
Design height and depth of the drawer according to the height of the bed. Build a platform to hold a single level of drawers on all four sides, if you are going to use both box springs and a mattress. Build the platform with the sides to ensure the total depth of the spring’s base. Note that the box springs slide off a platform with the sides. Calculate the final height of the mattress, so that the bed looks appropriate in the room.