When you live in a small space with smaller storage options, a blank slate under the bed becomes valuable for storing, well, whatever will fit. We've rounded up smart projects, inspiring photos, and a useful shopping guide to help you make the most of your available bed-to-floor storage options.
Above: This image from IKEA shows how a VEDDINGE kitchen cabinet door with a molding surround and wheels attached can double as a sliding shoe organizer. Talk about clever on wheels.
Smaller items like shoes and books—while not inherently bulky—can collectively take up a lot of space, so using extra storage under (or in Shannon's case around the perimeter of) a bed can help keep items corralled and prevent clutter piles from forming.
The above (from Design Sponge) is a nice example of how luggage and storage boxes can functionally and attractively work under a bed.
In this instance, a bench creates the allusion of extra underbed storage and allows for extra storage space for books—but shoes, magazines, or decorative storage boxes could work in a similar way. Plus it looks great.
Storage boxes often get a bad rap as being flimsy and/or unattractive but there are lots of elevated options on the market, such as these dark rattan boxes (similar ones also available here) that are functional storage units and perfectly lovely if peeped under a bed.
While baskets and bins are an obvious choice for storage, for beds with a lower bed-to-ground threshold, the folks at Wohnidee have turned IKEA's EKBY ALEX unit into rolling under bed storage. If this type of DIY unit isn't in your future, a narrow storage box can work in a similar fashion.
For those who are interested in fashioning their own bed-storage unit, this past year we featured a smart how-to tutorial for building a DIY sleeping space with extra storage underneath.
If external storage is at a minimum, investing in a storage bed (like the West Elm platform storage bed frame, $1,399, shown above) could prove to be a smart move. Check out our Annual Guide to storage beds for a wide variety of options.