4 Creative Ideas for Under-Bed Storage

under bed storage ideasIf you’re like most people, you think finding extra storage is always a good thing. This is especially true if your home is already limited on space. And one part of the house in which square footage often goes to waste is underneath the bed.

Whether you have a small bedroom or need a place for the kids to store their toys, capitalizing on that wasted space can make a huge difference in terms of keeping your home tidy. Check out the following creative under-bed storage ideas so you can reclaim that space.

Set Up a Storage Bed

Of course, one of the easiest ways to make sure you’re using all of the space under your mattress is to invest in a bed that already has storage built in. An Internet search for “beds with storage” will bring up plenty of options, both for adults and children. If you’re more hands on and want to DIY under-bed storage, check out Pinterest for a world of hacks that involve drawers, shelves and cubbies of all shapes and sizes.

DIY Dresser Drawers

An inexpensive chest-of-drawers is usually pretty easy to find at a thrift store or yard sale, especially if you’re looking for one that’s seen better days. For this DIY under-bed storage idea, you only need to make sure the drawers are intact — scuffs and scratches won’t make a difference. Save the frame for another DIY, and paint the drawers in bright colors or decorate them with washi tape. Add some casters and stylish handles and voilà! You’ve got some awesome rolling drawers that are perfect for stowing toys, shoes, purses, electronics and whatever else you need to stash under the bed.

Spruce Up Some Old Suitcases

One of the more creative under-bed storage ideas is to repurpose old suitcases. These aren’t the roller bags that you see all over the airport these days. We’re talking about the real deal: Leather or fabric suitcases that have non-retractable handles, liners on the insides and little straps with buckles that hold your clothes. (Bonus points if you can find them in cool colors or designs.)

Fasten casters to the bottom of the suitcase, and you’ve created a storage solution that’s not only functional, but gives off a cool vintage vibe if anyone happens to see under your bed. The other nice thing about suitcases is that they zip closed, meaning they’ll protect items from dust. Use them to store everything from spare cardigans and scarves to pajamas and extra sheet sets.

Crates and Baskets on Wheels

Many people already keep items stowed under their beds using decorative baskets or crates. If you want to take this under-bed storage method to the next level, fit your containers with — you guessed it — casters. That way you’ll be able to easily roll items out from under the bed, which can really come in handy if you’re storing things that are heavy or are concerned about scratching your floors.

When it comes to under-bed storage, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel; rather, you just need to attach the wheel to the bottom of something. And if DIYing isn't up your alley, there are a variety of plastic storage bins or crates that come with the wheels already attached!

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