7 best ideas for storage under the bed

I like the idea of ​​tidying up every drawer, cupboard and cupboard in my space à la Marie Kondo, but if I’m being honest with you all: my reality seems a little (okay, A lot) different. It is simply impossible to part with my material possessions! From the useful – pots, clothes, coffee, tax documents – to the totally random – a miniature rubber duck I ‘borrowed’ from a coffee shop – I find myself constantly looking for extra space for all of my what’s this.

With drawers, lockers and cupboards filled to the brim, I recently turned to a storage solution that served me well in my college dorm days: the cavernous space under my bed. But this time, instead of pushing all my possessions under there with wild abandon, I decided to take a more systematic approach. With a few clever tools, think of bed risers and sleek caster drawers, I transformed the dark and forgotten area under my bed into an organized paradise.

Are you trying to clean up your clutter too? If your bedroom is in need of some tidying or if your wardrobes are at full capacity, we recommend that you check out these clever ideas for storing your items under the bed that won’t make you feel anymore. a freshman.

Rebrilliant 12 Pair Under Bed Shoe Organizer
Rebrilliant 12 Pair Under Bed Shoe Organizer

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Over the past few years, my stack of shoe boxes in the corner of my room has grown higher and higher until it almost reaches the ceiling. (Well, not really … but there were A lot.) After the pile crumbled and nearly choked me, I finally decided to swap them out for a set of zippered shoe organizers that I can store under my bed instead. The plastic cover allows me to easily see all the shoes I have while keeping the dust and lint off my suede boots. If you find any without dividers, you can also use them for off-season clothes and accessories.

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When you think of bed risers, you probably think of the large plastic blocks from your college days that aren’t, well, the prettiest. But bed risers are the easiest way to raise the bed to fit containers, drawers, and even luggage, and have come a long way since the early 2000s. Go rustic with faux wood risers or go a little more modern. with extra high white risers. Both will lift your bed off the floor for ample storage space.

Open space under the storage bed
Open space under the storage bed

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My favorite method of storing things under the bed is also the simplest: baskets and boxes. Fortunately for you, there are hundreds of options. Open Spaces’ minimalist under-bed bins are made from soft canvas, so they’ll slide out easily without scratching the floor, while the zippered top and soft lid give you two ways to access items and keep things free of dust and dust. creatures. For anything you’d use more often and need easy access to like extra bath towels, books, electronics, or craft supplies, try woven baskets with lids and handles. They are easy to pull out and won’t be an eyesore when you forget to put them back together.

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Now that your bed is higher than the floor, grabbing a few drawers under the bed with casters could be life changing. A vintage-inspired trunk adds characters and vibes from the past. If you’re in the mood for a DIY, grab an old dresser you wanted to donate and attach little spinning wheels to the bottom of each drawer for your own sliding storage space at a fraction of the price.

Via the largest Flex hand luggage
Via the largest Flex hand luggage

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Storing my suitcases has always been one of the hardest things to do in my tiny apartment, especially since I have multiples for checked and carry-on bags. They take up so much space without providing much use! Then someone told me a why-I-don’t-think-that way to store them: nest and bundle. Duh. Put a smaller suitcase inside the larger one and put things you almost never use (like those tax documents) inside the smaller piece for even more optimized storage.

Space-saving premium vacuum bags
Space-saving premium vacuum bags

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Remember the informants’ vacuum bags? Well, they’re still kicking for a reason – they can help reduce clutter and save space under the bed, a lot of time. They are especially useful for large items like pillows and quilts, and are resistant to mold, mildew, and any terrifying creatures that might be hiding under your bed. Yes, we’re with you – we don’t like buying plastic, but a set can last for decades and protect your clothes for years as well.

Alternatively, if you have a supply of travel cubes, use them! They are great for packing and separating your clothes for a trip, even if it’s just under the bed. When we’re not using them for travel, we use them to stash off-season items in our luggage – smart storage at its best.

Jake Arnold for the Pleated Linen Bed Skirt with Parachute Box
Jake Arnold for the Pleated Linen Bed Skirt with Parachute Box

Parachute photo

Contrary to popular belief, bed skirts aren’t just for stuffy B & Bs anymore. If you get one with sharp seams and flat sides, they can look quite modern. Best of all, they can hide boxes and containers for storage and also help keep dust out. We love how this pleated bed skirt from Jake Arnold’s collaboration with Parachute adds subtle texture and dimension while a crisp white option from Wayfair can make any bed look more like a hotel bed.

This post was updated in May 2022 with even more storage ideas under the bed.

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