There are many of the same principles at work here as with the Treasury Organization. Clever use of space, some artistic folding and separation, a bit of aesthetic flair. Plus, since all of these ideas are about to be proven, under-bed storage can look great, so ditch the visions of dusty plastic bins and bulky ottomans and get inspired by designer-approved bedroom storage ideas.
The best stylish and practical under bed storage ideas
“The space under the bed can be used as invaluable storage, whether it’s in the form of drawers at the base of a Divan bed or just a void under a bed frame.” Saskia Howard, Creative Director at Howark Design suggests. Small bedroom storage ideas thrive in this type of approach.
For the latter, be sure to store items neatly away so they don’t look cluttered or cluttered. Avoid cheap-looking plastic boxes in favor of attractive baskets with a lid or decorative boxes that are designed to fit under beds and look neat and tidy. Using decorative pull-out baskets or boxes means easy access to contents and easier cleaning.
We especially love the foldable linen baskets with lids from Amazon (Opens in a new tab).
“Go further and think of a bed curtain that will hide either storage baskets or divan drawers,” Saskia continues. “While jackets are sometimes considered old-fashioned, choosing a design detailed in the fabric of your choice can be a stylish and practical solution.”
1. Build a detailed bed frame
When it comes to under-bed storage, our minds tend to go to bulky ottomans or unaesthetic plastic boxes. But, as all of these ideas are about to prove, you can maximize the space under your bed in incredibly elegant style (and in a subtle way both).
Case in point, the gorgeous Scandinavian bedroom that makes the most of a small nook by building everything in it – including two extra-wide drawers at the base of the bed.
“When building our small cabin (30 square metres) here in Sweden, storage was a key factor in creating an uncrowded, bright and airy space.” Explains Nicky Brantmark, founder of My Scandinavian Home (Opens in a new tab). “We were scratching our heads trying to think of ways to sneak in without ruining the aesthetic. When the corner of the bed was an empty shell, we looked around for beds with front/end storage space but couldn’t find it. In the end, we decided to design it ourselves and get the bed nook and drawers custom made to measure by a local carpenter.
The bed platform is wall-mounted on each side with central pillars in the middle. The two drawers are made of wood and are about 200cm deep (they run the entire length of the bed) and are on castors so they are easy to move out (the ladder is removable). We put white boards at the front of the drawers to give it a seamless look.
“Having lived in our little cabin all summer, these drawers were absolutely lifesavers and stored absolutely everything from towels and bedding to clothes and other belongings!”
2. Keep it simple with subtle woodcuts
You will notice that there is a theme turned on here – hidden. Storage should not be seen under the bed, rather it should be integrated into the room and only noticed when it is in use. Drawers that lie flat inside the base of the bed are ideal for this.
Now, you can opt for a divan bed but while the designs are getting increasingly chic, they still add a lot of visual volume to a room and aren’t the most elegant of options (although don’t worry, we haven’t completely avoided a divan, we’ll get to that later). Alternatively, for a solution that perfectly fits your space and suits your needs, create a design that builds into under bed storage separately.
In this renovation in Seattle, Casework (Opens in a new tab) The loft bedroom has been completely overhauled, relying heavily on built-in items due to the awkward space. The homeowners wanted to transform their master bedroom and bathroom to include a closet and more practical storage space as well as add a nursery room with a built-in bed for a nap with the baby. Explains Casey Kessler, founder of Casework.
We often build bed frames with custom drawers on each side of the bed for extra storage. For a more complete look, I always choose wooden or woven boxes or baskets to hide things.
3. Make the most of the niche
How cool is this space? We’ll start under-bed storage in a second, but can we take a moment for the green stripes, please? How they are cleverly moved to the ceiling to make this small bedroom look even bigger. And see how the floor and bed frame roughly blend into one, making the floor space seem taller, too.
Using the bed frame not only created a hint of a larger room and took advantage of an awkward recess that wouldn’t fit in a make-out bed anyway, but it also provided the opportunity to have plenty of under-bed storage.
When space is tight, consider built-in or made-to-measure furniture. Here we had a daybed/guest bed made to fit the alcove perfectly. It has drawers under the bed. Made to order with foam, the mattress is frankly less expensive than you might imagine. Jordan and Russell of 2LG Studio demonstrates.
4. Be careful with the (elegant) skirt.
This is a great under bed storage idea if you are renting or on a tight budget. It’s pretty simple – “If you need to store items under your bed, a bed skirt is a great way to hide any bins or boxes.” Designer Mary Flanigan suggests (Opens in a new tab).
Bed skirts may not seem like the most adorable addition to a bedroom and yes they may have once had a reputation for being petite… And the It can hide behind them all kinds of sins. Take inspiration from this farmhouse bedroom and make it super simple in a light, subtle texture so it doesn’t look too formal or ruffled.
5. DIY a stylish solution
Ready for a weekend project? This ingenious idea was designed by Grillo (Opens in a new tab) It really allows you to maximize the space under your bed and you can create a design that suits your style as well. Keep the fronts plain and simple for a more minimalist Scandi look, or to add color or pattern with bold shades or some leftover wallpaper pieces.
Now if you’re a newbie to DIY, you can recreate this look using ready-made wooden crates (just check that they fit perfectly under the bed). This set of wooden crates are from Amazon (Opens in a new tab) Absolutely perfect. Attach small wheels to each corner and add a handle for easy access. very easy.
However, if you’re fantasizing about more of a project and really want to use every inch of your space, take inspiration from the Medina project and build the boxes yourself so they fit right in. “Rolling storage boxes under the bed are the perfect space-saving solution for stashing shoes, bags and other things you can’t fit in a wardrobe!” Medina says. “
6. Or off the shelf
And if DIY isn’t really your thing, of course there’s always IKEA. IKEA dominates the bedroom storage section and under-bed storage options are elegant, simple and affordable. No DIY skills necessary.
To organize small items, try a lightweight storage bag like the STUK Bag that comes in various sizes with a zip-up lid to protect items from dirt and dust. Storage boxes like the VARDÖ box are great for quilts and seasonal clothes, equipped with a protective fabric lid and easy-access wheels. Grant Robertson, Lead Interior Design at IKEA explains. VARDÖ is what’s pictured above and is a personal favorite of ours, and it’s easy to hide with a curtain.
For small bedrooms, multi-purpose solutions help to increase the space. FREDVANG offers under-bed storage while it doubles as a bedside table, which means it can be folded and tucked away when needed. Or for storage built into the bed, the MALM ottoman is perfect because the bed turns over and gives a clear view of the stored items.
7. Choose an elegant ottoman bed frame
We turn to the classic divan beds, a simple solution that no one thinks of. And as you can see in this bedroom, it can look elegant if you choose the right design, color, and fabric. Look for styles with drawers that span the full length of the bed, and look for handles that are level so they almost disappear when not in use.
“Don’t overcomplicate it.” stylist Christian Pence advises (Opens in a new tab). “I always choose a simple ottoman storage base, upholstered in the same color/fabric as the headboard. I don’t care to put the curtain or cover over the divan, let the bed throw or the blanket hide the handles if necessary.
Just remember to keep sizing in mind, divan beds are bulkier than standard bed frames—”check carefully the size of the bed frame itself.” David Norman from Furl . says: (Opens in a new tab). We think beds come in standard sizes, but that often refers to the size of the mattress. Many ottoman beds have large frames to accommodate the mechanism needed to lift them, so the footprint is much larger than it needs to be. Storage beds are meant to make more of your space, not take it out.
8. Maximize awkward spaces
Platform beds are such a huge interior design trend right now that they go with that simple, unfinished look that’s making the rounds. Personally, we love the style but it doesn’t leave much room for efficient bedroom storage. But you can get the look of a minimalist platform, and make room for storage underneath. Again, if your budget is tight and feeling a challenge, you can DIY this look and create a bed frame from scratch.
Check out this studio bedroom designed by Studio DB, the bed frame is raised, not only making it feel like its own private area within an open-plan area but also creating space for spacious drawers underneath.
Is under bed storage a good idea?
Who wouldn’t think more bedroom storage is a good idea? Even if you have limited space for your freestanding storage pieces, you’ll always need a place to sleep, so this also doubles as extra storage. Simply choose an option that fits your style and budget, whether it’s simply sliding a few baskets under the bed or opting for something durable and compact.
How do you make under bed storage look good?
Quite frankly? The best way to make under-bed storage look good is to hide it. Or make it as subtle as possible if you want a long bed or a built-in design. However, if you want to display your storage, or have a bed frame where that is your only option, consider using pretty baskets or simple wooden crates that are functional but don’t add much visually to the room.
As Mary Flanigan suggests, “You can always put wicker baskets under the beds because they are both functional and aesthetic and keep the space tidy. It is also easy for children to access and use.
Vintage pieces like old suitcases or suitcases can also act as under-bed storage and add character to a room; They work especially well in a more modern, rustic bedroom.