Buy or DIY: Kids Underbed Storage

If your little one is anything like ours, he or she has a lot of stuff and not a lot of space. Kids need access to books, blocks, and art supplies to stimulate their young minds, but they also need a spot to put all those wonderful things away when they're done with them. Underbed storage to the rescue!

DIY:

1. DIY Rolling Storage Crates, Teal & Lime, approx. $120/set of 4 These are an even hipper option that would end up looking great in a teenagers room/college dorm. You could stencil them with simple numbers that would be universally useful. I really want a set.

2. DIY Chalkboard Drawers, IHeart Organizing Unwanted dresser drawers were given new life with the addition of casters and a coat of chalkboard paint. Such a smart way to label kids' stuff!

3. DIY Pottery Barn Knockoff Underbed Rolling Basket, Simply Organized, approx $22/set of 2 I am staunchly in favor of rolling storage for kids, and these are a great not-too-kiddy option they can still use when they grow up.

4. Painted Rolling Toy Storage Using Drawer Boxes, LizzieJane Baby Another take on repurposing dresser drawers.

BUY:

5. Rolling Storage Crates, Serena & Lily, $88-118- I adore these but would definitely make them myself. The smallest is 8.5" high so you would need to have a high clearance on your bed.

6. Banker's Box Under-Bed Storage, Ana White on Dollar Store Crafts, less than $2/each at Costco I think this idea is genius - generic banker's boxes are easy to customize, easy to re-customize when your kid outgrows pink or green or Justin Bieber, and easy/cheap to replace if they get banged up.

7. Pysslingar Underbed Storage Box, IKEA, $9.99- Jaunty, and available online- I wish it came in the other Pysslingar colorways. Another IKEA option is the Kusiner Underbed Storage Box, IKEA, $7.99 - This one has a lid to limit overflow and a sheer front so kids can see what's inside.

8. X-Large LEGO Storage Brick, The Container Store, $31.99 (on sale) These are ridiculously expensive but I just had to include them because they're so cool. You can build with them!

9. Dilling Underbed Storage Box, IKEA, $14.99 While I'm more inclined to use the kid-friendly options listed above, sometimes it's not necessary for children to access their under-the-bed storage. Plain, heavy-duty boxes can be used to hold out-of-season clothes, archival boxes of art projects and school papers, and keepsake toys they've outgrown but might want to pass along someday.

10. Rolling Underbed Storage with Chalkboard, Walmart, $36.97 These are low enough that they might even fit under your living room sofa to stow away toys at day's end.

(Image credits: Teal & Lime; IHeart Organizing; Simply Organized; Lizzie Jane Baby; Serena & Lily; Dollar Store Crafts; Ikea; The Container Store; IKEA; Walmart)

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