Followers of Feng Shui will tell you to store nothing at all under your bed. Feng Shui experts will tell you to leave this storage space as empty as possible.
But that is not practical advice for people living in small spaces. The fact is that the empty space under your bed can be a very convenient storage space for a multitude of items ranging from books to off-season clothing.
Here’s a good compromise:
Use the storage space under your bed, but keep it as neat and as tidy as possible. That means... no dust bunnies, no crinkled up pieces of paper or old gym clothes. If you can resist the urge to just shove things under your bed, you can keep the feng shui gods happy while also taking advantage of this very powerful storage space.
In short: store things under your bed is storage containers. And make sure nothing is without a specific storage space.
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Under Bed Storage Solutions
Measure the width and height of the space under your bed. I always recommend people triple measure and then write the measurements down on an index card that will easily fit into your wallet. This way you'll always have it with you when shopping.
A few tips:
Don't just shove stuff under the bed, you've got to put things in containers. I like long, low, plastic containers for this purpose, but you can also use canvas or even DIY yourself a wood bin on coasters.
Look for bins that are... long, have wheels (or easily glide), and open at each side. This way no matter what end of the bed you're on you can easily retrieve items.
Since under bed storage doesn't have to be pretty, you can use all those old cardboard boxes you have waiting around for something to do. Remove the top flaps so you can easily pull them out and see the contents at-a-glance.
Similarly, you can use shoe boxes with the tops removed. Even better are larger boot boxes.
Finally, consider re-purposing drawers to use as under bed storage.
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What to Store Under Your Bed
The great thing about under bed storage is that it's close by and convenient but it's out-of-sight so, as mentioned above, it doesn't have to be pretty or decor-friendly.
Here are some things you should consider storing under your bed:
Out of season clothing. Due to your bed’s proximity to your clothes closet this seems like a no-brainer. Don’t try to store anything bulky, like sweaters or ski jackets.
Linens, also a no-brainer. Keep your extra set of sheets and pillow cases... right under your bed.
Shoes. Store only a small collection of shoes in your closet. That means the ones you wear on the regular. Keep the shoes you were less regularly under your bed.
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What to Store Under Children’s Beds
Since kids have a lot of gear, using the space under their beds makes sense. A few ideas for what to store under your child's bed:
Toys they use often.
Books! This way they are not grabbing books off a bookcase, but can slide them out from under the bed. Your little reader will be able to retrieve them and (maybe even) store them easily.
Puzzles and games -- any toys that are flat or narrow.
Teenagers rooms will be set up more like an adult's: clothes, shoes, linens,... etc.
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What to Store Under the Guest Room Bed
You can really get creative here since this room doubles as a storage space in most homes. Things to store under your guest room bed:
DVDs, games and CDs - these are perfectly sized for sliding under a bed.
Gift-wrap and cards.
Once again, under bed storage is a great options for linens, especially your guest linens.
In short, as long as you keep it neat, you can really use the space under your bed to your advantage.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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If You Have a Lofted Bed
If you have a lofted bed, you can get really creative here as a lofted bed changes the space from storage space to livable space. For a child’s or teen’s bedroom, this is the perfect place for a cozy desk setup or reading nook.
In an adult’s room, you can store your desk, or you could use the elevated space to store all of your clothing. Think about installing a wide, deep set of drawers in the space where you can store all of your tees, sweaters, sweatshirts, denim and out-of-season clothing.... How nice to be able to roll out of bed and find your clothing right below you. A desk or work space would also work in an adult's room. This would be especially helpful for those who live in studio or one bedroom apartments. Just don't let your workspace take over your sleeping space. It's important to keep them separate by storing your work items neatly. Don't let papers or files take over your bedroom.
Finally, remember that with a lofted bed, it's even more important to keep the space under your bed neat, tidy and attractive since it's so exposed.