Project Overview

A trundle bed on sliders will make sleepovers at your home a dream. It not only gives you an extra bed but it slides under an existing bed to keep the room looking neat and tidy. Continue to Step-by-step instructions.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut your timber
2 Make the first 45-degree cut
3 Measure the width of the base
4 Cut the timber
5 Make a 45-degree cut
6 Measure the length of the base of the bed
7 Cut the timber
8 Place packers under the base
9 Attach the frame
10 Measure and mark for the handles
11 Drill the hole for the handles
12 Putty the timber
13 Attach the sliders
14 Sand the frame
15 Varnish the bed
16 Attach the rope handles
17 Ready to use
  • Step 1. Cut your timber

    To make this D.I.Y. project even easier we’ve had the wood pre-cut at Bunnings. The plywood base for our trundle bed is 1880 x 910mm. We had the Tasmanian oak for the frame cut at 1920mm x 2 and 950mm x 2. When choosing the timber for your hardwood frame, remember than it needs to accommodate a mattress, under-bed sliders and also fit under the bed.
  • Step 2. Make the first 45-degree cut

    Put on your safety gear. Take one of the 950mm pieces of timber. Set the mitre saw to 45 degrees and cut the timber close to the end.
  • Step 3. Measure the width of the base

    Use the tape measure to work out the width of the base. Transfer this length onto the 950mm piece of timber. Remember that your measurements are for the inside edge of your frame.
  • Step 4. Cut the timber

    Change the mitre saw so that the 45-degree angle is opposite to the one you cut. Cut the timber to size. Repeat steps 2, 3 and 4 to cut the frame for the other end of the trundle bed.
  • Step 5. Make a 45-degree cut

    Take one of the pieces of 1950mm timber and make a 45-degree cut close to the end.
  • Step 6. Measure the length of the base of the bed

    Measure the length of the base of your bed. Transfer this length onto the 1950mm piece of timber. Remember that your measurements are for the inside edge of your frame.
  • Step 7. Cut the timber

    Change the mitre saw so that the 45-degree angle is opposite to the one you cut. Cut the timber to size. Repeat the previous steps to cut the frame for the other side of the trundle bed.
  • Step 8. Place packers under the base

    Place the base on a flat working surface. Put the 10mm window packers under the base. These will elevate the base, making it easier to attach the frame.
  • Step 9. Attach the frame

    Place a bead of glue along the edge and mitre cut on one of the pieces of timber. Place it against the base, so that the edges are flush. Use the nail gun to secure it to the base. Repeat this process to join the three other pieces of timber. Always check that the edges are flush before nailing the timber into place. Wipe away any excess glue.
  • Step 10. Measure and mark for the handles

    Measure and mark where you want to drill the holes for the two rope handles. Ours were 550mm, 750mm, 1150mm and 1350mm in from one end of the base.
  • Step 11. Drill the hole for the handles

    Use the 10mm drill bit to drill the holes for the handles. The holes need to be drilled in the plywood base and the timber frame. On the frame, drill as close as possible to the base.
  • Step 12. Putty the timber

    Use a suitable wood putty to putty up any holes or imperfections in the timber frame. If any of your nails are sticking out, use the hammer and nail punch to hide them.
  • Step 13. Attach the sliders

    Apply PVA glue to the top of the sliders. Stick the first slider to the base of the bed. Repeat this for the other seven sliders. Four of the sliders should go in the corners of the base and the other four evenly spaced along the sides of the base.
  • Step 14. Sand the frame

    Once the putty and the glue for the sliders has dried it’s time to sand the bed. Use the 180 grit sandpaper to make the frame and the base smooth. You might need to turn the bed over to properly sand all of it. Wipe away any dust.
  • Step 15. Varnish the bed

    You can stain or paint your trundle bed to suit your décor. We’re using Cabothane Clear because it brings out the grain of the timber. Apply the varnish with a good quality paint brush and let it dry. You might need to apply three coats of varnish. Remember to lightly sand in between coats.
  • Step 16. Attach the rope handles

    Once the varnish is dry, you can attach the rope handles. Wrap tape around the end of the rope, which will make it easier to thread through the holes. Thread the rope through the holes in the side, then through the bottom. Tie off the rope with a simple knot to make sure the handles are secure. Cut off any excess rope with a sharp knife or scissors.
  • Step 17. Ready to use

    And there you have it, a trundle bed on sliders that will make the next sleepover at your house so much easier.

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions which came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings team member.

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