The Perks & Pitfalls of Under-the-Bed Storage

The Perks & Pitfalls of Under-the-Bed Storage

Kim R. McCormick
Jan 28, 2011

When you're living in a place with minimal storage — especially for larger items — stashing things under your bed becomes pretty appealing. But what about when those things sit there, largely unused, for months?

Let me confess: my bedskirt conceals a rolled-up 5x8 rug, four vintage hairpin table legs, a mandolin, and two big plastic containers of my fiancé's tech doodads and winter sweaters. The first three things I keep because I really love them yet don't currently need or use them; the others stay at my fiancé's discretion. (The blue chevron rug doesn't go with my couch; I already have a dining table; and the beautiful mandolin was a gift from my dad, but I don't make time to practice.)

While underneath the bed is a good space for seasonal things like heavy sweaters, I've started to feel like my bed is weighed down by lots of stuff. The rug doesn't always stay in place, and I have kicked one of the table legs (ow). I know it's supposedly bad feng shui to keep things there — they say your sleep will be affected — but I don't know what else to do with those few things I'm just not ready to sell.

Do you store anything under your bed? Would you opt for a bed with storage or a leggier look?

Image: 1. Pam & Bryan's Comfortably Creative Family Home 2. How to: Make a Captain's Bed on the Cheap 3. West Elm

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