Under-the-Bed Storage – Organizing Your Bedroom Space

Under-the-Bed Storage – Organizing Your Bedroom Space

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.

Why You Can’t Go Wrong With Shabby Chic Wooden Furniture

Why You Can’t Go Wrong With Shabby Chic Wooden Furniture

Shabby Chic wooden furniture is timeless in every sense of the word. Wood has the ability to bring an element of warmth to any home and when looked after really well can last a lifetime. Wood furniture is extremely versatile and can be used in almost every room in your home. Wooden furniture offers a unique aesthetic appeal to any home.

As part of nature-connected interior design, wood can transform the mood of a room or entire house, creating a homely, welcoming feel and a truly ‘organic’ sense. It’s also not a fad, this material and has been used for furniture construction for generations upon generations, and as such offers a timeless quality that cannot be replicated. Wooden furniture items can be used as statement pieces in your lounge or dining room or they can be a little more understated and used as pop pieces to bring life into your home.

The greatest feature of wood is that you no longer need to make sure that all the wooden pieces in your home match. Yes, we’ll all agree that matchy-matchy wooden furniture has its long-lived moment in the sun and there is nothing wrong with that. We can also agree that we are thankful that time has now passed. One of the latest trends in decorating with shabby chic furniture is known as mixing wood tones and we are delighted!

Mixing wood tones will give any room a more inviting and effortlessly styled feel. In times gone buy matched up wooden furniture would feel calculating and clinical. Not you have the ability to make sure that your home is as inviting as you are by making use of tone matched wooden furniture. As an added bonus, you can pop around second hand or thrift stores to pick up a few bargains. If you are considering buying older wooden furniture you can easily breathe new life into the pieces with a coat of varnish or even new cushions.

There are countless ways to pair old and new shabby chic collection furniture pieces to give your home a striking appeal. Take for instance the idea of placing a few antique seater pieces around a modern wood table. This will give your home a modern feel while not looking at the homey effect. Actually, because you don’t really buy every wooden furniture piece at the same time, from the same supplier you could already have been mixing tones without even knowing you were being stylish.

Since wood tones are in the ‘neutral’ category, it is relatively easy to mix them and achieve a visually pleasing result. If you’re starting with a wood floor and are adding new wood tones such as a table or chairs always try to add in a rug as a buffer. When pairing your woods you need to make sure they have a connection at the end your design process your home should feel connected and well put together.

Visco, Wool, Memory Foam, Down and Discount Mattress Toppers

Visco, Wool, Memory Foam, Down and Discount Mattress Toppers

Rest better with an old-fashioned fluffy feather bed or space-age memory foam mattress toppers that cradle your body for a great night’s sleep.

Revamp an old mattress or add cushioning to a new mattress with a topper that adds padding, temperature control, and support to your bed. Featherbeds are the classic mattress topper, traditionally made from fowl feathers or goose down and placed in a channelled casing that keeps the stuffing evenly distributed. Newer mattress toppers are often made of memory foam, a polyurethane product that conforms to a sleeper’s shape. The foam provides support to the spine and neck and returns to its original shape after use.

Other options include natural wool mattress toppers and soy-based memory foam mattress pads.

Following is a sample of mattress toppers available from Mattress Time online store.

Visco Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Choose from twin, full, queen, king, and California king-sized memory foam toppers that feature the NASA-developed polyurethane foam that fits your body’s contours as you sleep. This topper arrives tightly packed, so lay it flat and let it air out for a few hours before its first use. Also, some reviewers on the site complain about the chemical smell of the foam for the first few weeks of use.

Natural Wool Mattress Topper

Go all natural with the Natura Wool Mattress Pad from Cabelas.com. This fleecy wool mattress topper, pictured below, naturally insulates wicks away water, and repels allergens. Attach the pad to your mattress with thick elastic corner straps. The machine washable pad comes in twin, double and king size.

Discount Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Rated a Best Buy by Consumer Reports, the Spa Sensations brand of memory foam toppers available through Walmart.com (see photo below) are inexpensive foam pads that provide support and comfort rivalling more expensive brands. Sizes range from twin to super king.

Eco-Friendly Soy-Based Mattress Topper

Obus Forme Ultimate Memory Foam Soy Mattress Toppers forgo petroleum-based memory foam for a foam made from soy extracts. The manufacturers claim no chemical odours emit from their product while also featuring the benefits of polyurethane memory foam toppers. Available in a smooth, 1.5-inch design or 2-inch, multi-zone variation that offers different levels of support to different body regions. Prices for twin, full, queen, and king mattress toppers are very reasonable.

All of the above mattress toppers, except the wool pad, must be hand washed or spot cleaned and air dried to protect loft in the featherbed and the cellular integrity of the foam bed toppers. Choose your topper based on the amount of support you desire and the materials you want next to your body for eight hours each night.