Afraid to even look under the bed? Here are some tips for turning that dust bunny haven into a useful storage space.
A well-organized area under the bed can not only provide much-needed storage space, it can also make cleaning easier. With everything in its place, you won’t have to worry about catching the vacuum cleaner on stray shoelaces or random piles. No matter what your budget, from cardboard boxes to a whole new bedroom set, you can make the under-bed area a useful part of your home, even if you do not have an Ottoman or storage bed.
Under-Bed Storage Bags
One of the simplest and least expensive ways to organize the space under the bed is to use storage bags. You can buy low, wide bags specifically made to fit into this tight space. Some are purely plastic; others are partly canvas, but most allow you to see the contents inside and keep out the dust. Bags work well for storing items such as extra blankets, comforters, and sheets that are good to have handy, but not needed every day.
Some bags allow you to compress items into an even smaller space by vacuuming the air out of the bag. For fluffy items like comforters, this can add even more room to store things under the bed.
Under-Bed Storage Bins
Many stores sell plastic storage bins that are made to slide under the bed. These are perfect for storing all kinds of items, such as clothes, shoes, or even craft supplies. You may be able to save money by buying several bins at once in a bulk pack.
Under-Bed Stand-Alone Drawers
Another storage solution you may want to try is plastic drawers that are made to be stacked. By putting them side by side instead of on top of each other, you can easily create an under-bed dresser. Some furniture stores also sell stand-alone wooden drawers that are made to slide under the bed. Before ordering them, measure your bed to make sure they’ll fit under the bed you have.
Under-Bed Built-in Drawers
If you’re thinking of buying a new bed, for yourself or a child, you may want to consider buying a bed with built-in drawers. The most common under-bed dressers are twin-sized (often called mates or captain’s beds), but you can also find them in full, queen, and even king sized, especially if you look online. If you order a bed online, be sure to check the price of shipping or wait for a free or discounted shipping special, since the cost for such heavy items can be more than the furniture itself. Many drawer beds also have the option of a bookcase headboard, which can add even more storage space.
Under Bed Boxes
Of course, you don’t necessarily need to spend any money to clean up the area under the bed. Good old cardboard boxes may not be pretty (or do the best job keeping out dust), but they also won’t be seen much since they’re under the bed. (And you can always cover them up with a dust ruffle.) If the contents are well organized, any storage solution can work just fine.