Tips and Solutions for Under Bed Storage to get the most out of your small living quarters
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If you have lived in small spaces your entire life like I have, you will know a thing or two about imaginative storage.
However, if you are just coming to grips with a small living space for the first time, or even if you are a seasoned small-space veteran, there are always more tips and tricks to get the absolute most storage space out of your small abode.
Follow along below and get more out of your space. Think vertically, get organized, and hey – if you’ve got any ideas that I haven’t covered, please leave me a note!
What is under bed storage?
The basics of storing things underneath your bed. Under bed storage is the act of storing items underneath your bed.
It is a great way to utilize otherwise unused space.
Let’s say you’ve got a queen mattress. That’s about 33 square feet. In my eyes, it’s 33 square feet of wasted space if you’re not utilizing a storage strategy beneath it.
Sure, it’s nice to have a place to sleep (ha ha!) but what good is it doing you the other 16-20 hours that you’re not in bed? What a major opportunity to find some storage!
You can store all sorts of things under your bed. The type, size, and amount of things depends on the type of bed you have, how high off the ground your bed frame is, and various other factors.
However, with a bit of ingenuity, I’m sure you can find something that will be perfect for storing under your bed – unless, of course, your mattress is on the floor. If that’s the case, single pieces of paper are a great item to store below the bed!
Why is it useful?
Under bed storage is incredibly useful because it opens up previously unused storage space! Think about it – if you’re in a small apartment, or if you rent a room, or even if you just have a lot of stuff, you will have a great area to store all kinds of things.
Sometimes you just need things out of the way. Other times, you may use something occasionally, but not need it lying around. Or, of course, you might have a lot of sentimental items that you just can’t throw away, no matter how little room you have!
Under bed storage solves clutter and keeps you organized. It’s a must-have in the toolbox of any organized person – or any non-organized person who wants to stay sane while living in a small space!
What can you store under your bed?
Here’s a list of some of my favorite things to keep stored under your bed
Seasonal Clothing – If you’ve got a wardrobe that requires it, you could save a lot of closet and dresser space by putting your summer clothes under your bed when winter comes, and vice versa.
Paperwork – Store all kinds of historical paperwork beneath the bed. So long as you don’t need regular access to it and it’s not the type of thing that should be kept in a more sophisticated place.
Craft Supplies – Construction paper, markers, scissors, pencil crayons, glitter, tape, glue, string, stickers, and anything else you can think of for the kids or for your own crafting exploits will fit neatly under almost any bed.
Seasonal Decorations – Much like seasonal clothing, there will be certain seasons or holidays where you have one type of decoration over another. What to do with the decorations you aren’t using? Store them under your bed of course! Great for Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter items.
Sheets and Blankets – Why pack your linen closet full of sheets and blankets when they can easily and conveniently be stored under the bed? This is particularly useful if you don’t have a linen closet, of course. When it’s time to change your sheets, everything is already in your bedroom for easy accessibility.
Lego and other toys – Kids can finally put their toys away under their bed without you finding it in a heap of dust and clutter months later!
Luggage – If you’ve got enough height between your bed and the floor, store your unused luggage under there. It usually just sits in a closet anyways! (TIP: Make sure you store other things in your luggage before putting them under the bed. Double storage solution!)
Rolled Rugs – Maybe you’re moving and don’t have a place for the rug yet, or maybe you’re keeping a valuable or important rug that you’re not sure where to place.
Instrument cases – Depending on your instrument, you might need a lot of height, but depending on the bed, you should be able to fit a guitar case or a similar sized instrument case under your bed for storage.
Table leaves – Where are your table leaves right now? Perhaps in a closet somewhere, or the garage. They could be under your bed – in fact, they will fit under almost any bed, so if you have a low-to-the-ground bed and frame and can’t come up with anything else that will fit, your leaves might be a great choice.
Ironing boards – Like table leaves, ironing boards are low profile and will fit under most beds and frames.
Sporting equipment (skis, surfboard, yoga mat) – If you’re in a really tight space and don’t have the luxury of an extra storage locker or space in your building or elsewhere, this is a great option for some of your sporting goods. A lot of these items will be flat, so they should fit under most beds nicely.
Beds with Storage
One of the two types of under bed storage. The first way to utilize under bed storage is by getting a bed frame with storage. There are many kinds of storage frames to choose from, and I’ve taken the liberty of including some of them below. Amazon has a great selection, and typically has better prices than some other stores – I recommend them for pretty much everything you need to buy.
Bed frames with storage are certainly a bigger investment compared with the other kind of under bed storage, but there are more things you can do with them.
Beds with storage are a great option if you are looking to improve the style or decor of your room. They offer great storage space (you can usually get fairly high drawers, which allow for different items to be stored) while being an amazing center piece for any room. The drawers will have been designed to fit in with the look of the bed, and can actually add to the aesthetics of your room.
The drawers are great for conveniently separating your items if you have a number of different types of things that you’ll be storing below your bed. Shirts can go in one drawer, pants in another, scarves and accessories in yet another! And these types of beds are becoming easier to find thanks to more and more people realizing the amount of wasted space a traditional bed wastes. Stores like Archers Sleepcentre or even Amazon have some great deals too!
A lot of bed frames that include storage are platform beds, meaning they do not require the use of a box spring. This is usually why they are able to fit the drawers and actually give you usable space. Instead of a box spring, the mattress rests on a ‘platform’ – either wooden slats or a solid platform.
Storage Containers for Under Bed Storage
The other under bed storage option. Your second option for under bed storage is to use the bed and frame you already have, and get some storage containers that will fit your items and fit neatly below your bed and frame.
The advantage to this method is that it is significantly cheaper than buying a bed frame that has storage. Not only that, but it is more flexible, because you can either buy one big bin that holds a larger item, or many smaller bins that hold smaller items, thus keeping them separated. The possibilities are endless, as long as the containers fit under your bed.
Storage containers allow you to keep your room looking the way it is – plastic storage boxes with lids are great for putting under your bed and getting out of the way. Although, you can also add to your decor by getting some nice wooden storage boxes, or wicker baskets, or even some cool fabric storage cases…fit them close to the edge of your bed and they’ll become a very cool and functional decor enhancer.
There are lots of types and sizes, so you can always change it up, get in and out easily, and store lots of different types of items.
Storage beds might not allow you to store the larger items because the drawer necessarily cut the storage area up, keeping you from putting something too long or wide under there. Getting the right sized storage container gives you the same sort of storage advantage, but allows you more options.