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Old 08-10-2012, 10:51 PM   #1
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How to lock storage under bed.

We have a queen bed with a lot of storage beneath the platform. I'd like to lock it for security of some items I like to store inside. Does anyone have a good idea for me? I just spent a half hour at Home Depot in the hasp section, and they were either too small or too weak looking. The bed platform overhangs the sides by about 6 inches, and I'd like to attach it in one or two places. Any ideas are appreciated!
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What's wrong with the typical padlock hasp?

Just mount a couple and bolt the section with the swing cover on the bed decking. Then you can get a matching key 2pack set of padlocks.




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Full.Monte.......Unless you want to get really exotic, use the hasp that "Scarab0008" posted. Take the arm with the hinge and mount one on each side of the bed on the INSIDE so that that the arm swings over the edge of the frame and is on the outside of the bedframe. Mount the part with the round hole on the underside of the bed. When you lower the bed down, the part with the round hole will drop through the part with the hinge. None of the screws will be accessible and the locks would be hidden under the bed.
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Full.Monte.......Unless you want to get really exotic, use the hasp that "Scarab0008" posted. Take the arm with the hinge and mount one on each side of the bed on the INSIDE so that that the arm swings over the edge of the frame and is on the outside of the bedframe. Mount the part with the round hole on the underside of the bed. When you lower the bed down, the part with the round hole will drop through the part with the hinge. None of the screws will be accessible and the locks would be hidden under the bed.
Thanks! That's a good idea. I didn't understand how to use a hasp without bending it 90 degrees, but then I was thinking about mounting it on the outside of the bed frame. Mounting it on the inside of the storage compartment makes sense. I didn't quite understand how Scarab0008's solution would work without your explanation.
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If you use two, one on each side, you my need a second person to lift the bed (hold the latch up off the locking side)
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Thanks! That's a good idea. I didn't understand how to use a hasp without bending it 90 degrees, but then I was thinking about mounting it on the outside of the bed frame. Mounting it on the inside of the storage compartment makes sense. I didn't quite understand how Scarab0008's solution would work without your explanation.
Don's idea is good - but it is different from my idea. I didn't concept it that way because the top of the base box needs to be pretty solid to mount the swing plate like that.

Below is a picture to illustrate the way I suggested (just picture the lid being larger). The screws are all hidden when closed - the swing plate is screwed or bolted to the thick wood of the deck lid - and the loop for the lock is simply screwed into the base. Plus you can put a block behind the loop for more strength.

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I would use 2 and put both them on the "foot" of the base box so you could hold them open with only 1 person like The Arnolds suggested.

Either way, maybe the hasps could be placed at the corners to take advantage of the add'l framing?

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