A bed can offer more than a good nightís sleep: It can also offer additional storage, and who doesnít need that? Utilizing a bed for storage as well as sleeping is especially helpful in a small bedroom or in any bedroom that may be lacking in other storage options. Some beds offer built-in drawers and cubbies, but even with an ordinary bed you can use the space beneath the bed to increase storage capacity.
Beds with Storage Drawers Beneath If youíre shopping for a new bed, a great option is a bed that has drawers built into a platform style base. Depending on the design, the drawers may be accessible from the foot of the bed or from either or both sides. This style of bed effectively gives you an extra dresser without taking up one additional inch of floor space and itís an easy way to keep clothing, shoes or accessories clean and neatly organized. All you need to do is position the bed in the room so that you can easily access the drawers; make sure that you allow enough room to pull the drawers out all the way. When it comes to design styles, youíll find beds with drawers in traditional or contemporary styles, as well as in rattan and wicker, which can be a nice choice in a tropical style bedroom.
Storage in the Headboard Beds with bookcase style storage in the headboard were very popular in the 1980s and 90s, but you can still find them in some stores and online. Or, check local want ads, garage sales and resale shops for a bargain price on a used headboard and frame. The bookcase headboard usually features cubbies and shelves and, in some cases, sliding doors that let you tuck some items out of sight. Bookcase headboards are perfect for holding books, a reading lamp, a clock and box of tissues, as well as a few decorative accessories or framed photos. The advantage to this style of bed in a small room is that it lets you eliminate nightstands.
Under the Bed Donít overlook the storage space that exists under any regular bed; there is a lot of square footage there, when you consider the size of your mattress. Many people store items under the bed in boxes or bags, and vacuum sealable bags let you make the most of your available space. You may also consider under-the-bed storage containers: These are designed to fit easily underneath a bed and some are equipped with rolling casters and easy open lids, making it a cinch to get into the bins. These are especially useful for storing items that you may need from time to time. In addition to providing a place to store sweaters, jeans, and other clothing, they can be used to hold gift wrap, seasonal decor, books, files, toys or anything that needs to be stored. Some are designed with compartments to hold specific items like shoes.
Suitcases can also be used to store items under the bed and they keep everything neat and dust free. No matter what type of container you choose for under-the-bed storage, a bed skirt can keep the items out of sight and keep your bedroom looking neat and tidy.
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