We ask a lot of our furniture in addition to their normal uses. The dining table is often a desk, art studio or crafts room. Sofas and arm chairs are sleepers, forts if you have kids, pet habitat and headquarters for The Big Game.
Isn’t it time to think about the piece of furniture that gets the most use in your house, every single day?
Your bed can work a lot harder than just being a place to sleep.
Capture some of that wasted space underneath for extra storage. It would be great to make things simple and just go buy a new bed, like the handsome walnut Matera Bed with built-in drawers from DWR (shown above).
But most of us need to make do with what we have. Ikea and Target are just two places you’ll find many clever and inexpensive under-bed trays and bins. From collapsible fabric versions to hard plastic bins with lids, it should be easy to find something that will work for you.
Here are some tips to consider:
Take some measurements of the stuff you’d like to store and the space under your bed. Allow for a little extra space by buying a shorter bin than you think you’ll need, especially if your bed is over carpet or has slats underneath that hang below the side rail.
Containers that aren’t as wide as the whole bed give you some extra space for your feet, so you won’t stub your toes or accidentally kick the bin out the other side.
I like the idea of closed storage to help keep things free from dust and my cat, but I frequently drill ventilation holes into sides of hard plastic bins to keep air circulating. A standard drill with a ¼ inch or larger bit should work fine. Be careful of course! And pre-mark holes if you want an attractive pattern. Make sure to put holes on at least two sides of the bin.
I will also attach self-adhesive felt feet underneath the bins to make them easy to slide and to keep them from marking up my hardwood floors.
Stash those extra sheets, store those shoes, bury those bulky blankets until wintertime. Free your other shelves and drawers for the things you use more often.
Until next time!
Resources and photos courtesy of DWR, Ikea and Target.