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If “cozy” describes your bedroom, then your best bet for creating a clutter-free space is getting creative with your storage. A common solution? Maximize the space under your bed with a storage container. This simple trick transforms an otherwise useless space into a fully functional storage area for storing out-of-season clothing, extra bedding, or that pile of stuff you just can’t bring yourself to part with—hey, we all have one. From stylish baskets to rolling shelves, under-bed storage has come a long way since the plastic bins you may remember from college.
Here, the best under bed storage solutions in a range of styles.
Storage Lab’s Underbed Containers offer the best of both worlds when it comes to debating the best storage method—bins or bags. Storage Lab’s Containers are a hybrid of the two. They offer the durable structure of a bin with the flexibility of a bag. The sleek design offers a more elevated look compared to most storage bags on the market and the all-over fabric design keeps items discreetly stored and protected from external damage. Measuring 33-inches in length by 17-inches in width and 6-inches tall, these are a good fit for most beds. Storage Lab says each bag can hold up to 60 liters or the equivalent of one large comforter or over 20 articles of clothing. Its firm sides and sturdy structure maintains its shape even without being filled so these bags are best kept under the bed even when not in use.
Most people think of plastic bins when they hear “under bed storage” and while they can be a great option, we think bags are an equally great buy for under bed storage. Whitmor Zippered Underbed Bags are the best budget set we’ve seen. The Java Set comes with two bags, each with a height of six inches, a width of 18-inches, and a length of 42-inches. Their lack of structure makes them a perfect fit for virtually any size bed with room underneath. But, don’t be fooled by the fabric, these bags are very durable and designed to stand the test of time. Whitmor's Underbed Bag is made with breathable material that repels dust and dirt so it’s great for storing bedding and clothing. Each bag features a clear top and convenient handles so items are easily accessible when needed.
Plastic containers are most people’s go-to when it comes to storage, and for good reason! The airtight design safely maintains items ranging from pictures and important documents to clothing and bedding. We love Sterilite’s 66-Quart Ultra Storage Box not only because they are a reliable and durable option but they also feature the convenience of gliding wheels at the base. The bins measure 39 1/2 x 20 1/4-inches with a height of 7-inches so they’re on the taller side due to the wheels, so we suggest customers measure before purchasing. As with all plastic containers, these tack on top of each other to optimize space so they are also versatile for most other storage like attics or basements.
Shoe storage can be tricky, on the one hand, keeping shoes inside the box they came makes it easy to keep them in good shape, but on the other hand, shoes out of sight are shoes out of mind. When you don’t have easy access to seeing what your footwear options may be, it’s easy to forget what you actually have. That’s why we love Woffit’s Under Bed Shoe Organizer. It offers larger-than-average compartments so you won’t have trouble fitting different shoe styles and sizes especially those who are trying to accommodate more than one person. The set includes two separate storage units with the option of one 12-pair capacity unit plus a 4-pair boot capacity unit, two 12-pair shoe storage units, or a 16-pair shoe storage unit paired with a 4-pair boot storage unit. The design is super durable and features extra-long zippers and reinforced handles to ensure that it can withhold wear and tear and last a long time. All storage units are collapsable when empty so they’re easy to store when not in use. Color options include black, gray, or beige.
Plastic bins are the classic storage containers most people think of because of their durability and versatility and we think of all the options you can choose, Homz Clear Plastic Snap Lock Lid containers are our favorite. These are perfect for storing fragile items, books, bedding, decorations, etc, and comes in a set of two 60-quart plastic containers, each with a stackable square design to maximize storage compared to containers with rounded edges. The shallow low-profile design (6-inch height) makes it easy to fit under most beds. Each box tapers at the base so bins can nest inside one another when not in use. The clear top and sides make it easy to view what’s inside. Both bins feature large latches to secure the lid in place, seal everything inside, and acts as a comfortable grip handle when maneuvering. Due to their durability, these can also easily be used in an attic or other storage aside from under the bed.
Space Saver Premium storage bags are large and sturdy and best known for retaining their seal for an extremely long time. Reviewers say the Jumbo Pack is the best value and each bag is capable of reducing original volume by an impressive 80 percent. Space Saver’s Jumbo Pack includes six bags measuring 40 x 30-inches which can fit up to four pillows or a queen size bedding set, and a hand pump. Depending on the height of your bed, the brand offers a variety of bag sizes that are sure to fit easily underneath. Each bag is waterproof and features a triple seal to ensure items remain safely sealed for long-term storage needs. Smaller sized bags can also be used for travel as a way of maximizing luggage space.
IKEA gets a lot of flack for being the “fast fashion” of furniture, but we think they are a perfect option for stylish, quality storage especially for those on a budget. IKEA’s Malm Underbed Storage Boxes are great because they easily transform a bed into a storage-bed without having to purchase a brand new frame. These two drawers feature an elevated, smooth wood veneer finish and easily slide under the bed on castor rollers. The drawers fit flush against the bed but have extra height for a stylish, faux built-in appearance. IKEA offers two different sizes, one that fits a Twin/Full/Single and one for a Queen/King. Both sizes come in five color options: Black-Brown, Brown Stained Ash Veneer, Gray Stained, White, White Stained Oak Veneer.