Under-Bed Storage: 5 Ways To Store More Than Monsters

Though many people will tell you that sleeping on top of your stored belongings is bad ju-ju, we're firm believers that if it's under the bed, it's not only easy to get to, but not taking up precious space in your closet. Visual clarity in a small space keeps things clutter free and that's why we've rounded up 5 ways to keep things tidy and tucked away under your bed.

As long as we can remember, we've always had something lurking under our bed (in addition to the dust bunnies). We've kept art supplies, old collections, photographs, oversized artwork, out of season clothes, the list is endless really. Here's 5 ways to keep the chaos controlled instead of shoving it all under and hoping you don't kick it next time you make the bed or go hunting for that lost shoe.

1. Make Your Own: Our first solution to any problem is to fix it ourselves, so when we ran across this genius under bed storage idea over in our Apartment Therapy LA Flickr pool, we did a mental back flip in celebration. This board + bungee + handle idea works in just 5" of clearance and it works brilliantly!

2. Storage Bags: We love the mildew resistant options from Crate and Barrel Outlet. They are moderately priced between $8 and $15 and hold things of all shapes and sizes without squishing them like those vacuum bags (secretly they still weird us out).

3. Drawers: These North Haven solid wood drawers from LL Bean ($149) come complete with casters, allowing them to roll easy in and out from under the bed. Some beds might require bed lifts, but most should not. They're a great way to keep things tidy and still accessible without the need to hassle with zippers or lids.

4. Stacking Trays/Flat Files: In small spaces, having all of your artwork on display at the same time can often be a far off dream. Instead of limiting your collection, store it nice and flat in a tray or 3 drawer flat file. These stackable storage drawers are sold in packs of two, each drawer is 2" high. A perfect fit for any size collection (rolling them in cardboard tubes went out in highschool). ($134)

5. Vacuum Bags: Although we announced our lack of interest in this method, it is a viable option. These bags keep clothes, blankets and extra linens safe, sound and dust free. These only work if what you're storing is fabric based, but what they do... they do well. You can find this 5 pack at Target for $18.99.

(Image: As linked above)

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