10 Beds That Look Good and Have Killer Storage, Too
If you live in a small space or have a tiny bedroom, you already know you need to maximize every square inch of your room. But you might be overlooking a great spot to create some additional storage: your bed.
Forget about your closet for a second. Here are some super creative and easy ways to add extra storage using your bed.
High Platform Bed
Floating House: Master Bedroom
To create additional storage, the master bed is raised to allow for storage underneath; this is called a "Captain's Bed" and is commonly used on boats. A step stool is needed to make the bed accessible.
If you're short on space, a raised platform bed will give you the ability to put the equivalent of an entire dresser underneath your mattress. This custom bed features pull-out drawers which can be used to store clothes, extra bedding or even shoes.
You'll need an extra bench or steps to get up and down from a bed this high, but it's a great solution for a particularly tight spot.
Twin Bed With TV Cabinet in Small Space
The footboard of this bed opens to reveal a television, perfect for late night (or nap time) viewing. The bed's platform is made from repurposed benches that also provide extra storage for books and pillows.
If you want to keep your TV out of sight, a built-in cabinet for your bed is the way to go. This set-up would require a custom solution that will vary in size, based on your space, the size of your TV (or whatever else you might be trying to hide) and the size of your mattress.
If you would like to create something like this, your best bet is to get an estimate from a local contractor or handyman to see if it will work for your configuration.
Lofted beds can free up a tremendous amount of space, allowing you to add a variety of storage solutions. This example includes many different sized shelves, drawers and even a desk play area. Stairs lead up to each child’s bed and there's additional built-in storage in each of the two staircases.
Boy's Room Under Bed Storage Boxes
Portable storage containers such as painted wooden crates or metal bins that can be personalized are a stylish option for children's rooms. With an endless array of colors, patterns, fonts and shapes to choose from, these storage containers are a cool and decorative addition to any room.
A solution which doesn’t require any customization is simply making use of empty space underneath your bed. Measure your available space, then choose bins or rolling drawers that fit under your bed frame.
If you don’t want your bins to be seen, you can push them in toward the middle of your bed so they are less visible. Alternatively, you can choose attractive matching bins and store them at the edge of the space underneath your bed so they become part of your room’s decor.
Kid's Room With Under-the-Bed Storage
When one closet can't hold all the clothes, shoes and toys that pile up in a child's bedroom, you need alternatives. A child's bed with drawer underneath like this one from Room & Board is a space-saving storage solution for books, shoes and toys, so you have enough room in the closet for your child's clothes.
If you’re looking for a new bed for your small space, you might want to consider an option with concealed storage built-in.
This twin bed has a handy drawer at the footboard, allowing kids to quickly clear up all the toys and books off of the floor and easily put them away. In a guest bedroom, this drawer would be a great spot to store extra bedding pillows, towels and toiletries.
Platform beds also often have storage options built-in, like this one. Under-bed cubbies allow you to store books or other small items, using wire bins to help tame the clutter. Adding a cactus or a tray can add some visual interest and immediately bring some more personality and warmth to your space.
Stow-Away Guest Bed
Trundles, or pull-out beds, allow you to store a second bed under your main bed. When you need it, you can simply pull it out, and when it’s not in use, you can slide it back into its hiding spot under your own mattress. This is an often overlooked option but a great choice for a guest bedroom or kid's room.
If you don’t have any room underneath your bed and need a quick, simple solution, try a basket or trunk at the end of your bed. For smaller spaces, you could even choose a narrow storage bench or two storage cubes placed next to one another.
Freestanding bedroom storage certainly doesn't have to be stuffy. Witness this stunning Erinn Valencich turquoise mirrored armoire, which anchors a bedroom designed for three young girls and provides ample storage space. "I love mirrored furniture for the sparkle it brings," Erinn says. "For a large piece like this, it opens up the room and doesn't appear so massive." The piece was custom-designed, but a version of it will appear in the Erinn V Maison furniture line.
Room With a View
This botanically inspired guest bedroom has a light, airy feel thanks to French doors that open onto a veranda. Designer Sarah Barnard extended the ambiance with a pair of glass-front armoires flanking a window seat. "This room didn't have a proper closet," she says, "so this was our solution for putting one in that didn't look big and ugly." A grid pattern in the glass made of oil-rubbed bronze wire echoes the hardware on the doors, softens the look and takes the focus off the clothes inside.
A Hidden Treasure
This bedside table in the same bedroom by Sarah Barnard has an antique look but is actually new and it has a winning feature. "What's fantastic about this table is that it has a writing surface that pulls out at the top," she says. "People tend to accumulate things on the top of the nightstand, which renders it unusable. So you just pull out the writing table and you can put a teacup or a book there."
Just Pop the Top
If you're looking for an ingenious place to tuck away extra bed linens and pillows without adding an inch of extra footprint to your bedroom this pivot storage bed frame from West Elm fits the bill. The frame comes in full, queen and king sizes and can be combined with most West Elm headboards. The storage area in all versions is just over 10 inches deep.
This mirrored nightstand echoes the opulent finishes used throughout this bedroom designed by Erinn Valencich. Note her clever lighting trick: "I decided to hang pendant lights over each nightstand instead of using standard lamps," she says. This leaves the table surface free for other items. Storage is also available inside the table behind the touch-latch doors.
Clean and Simple
A stunning ocean view like this one calls for clean lines in the bedroom. The owners of this home already had the bed frame shown, so designer Sarah Barnard added an upholstered headboard and had this electronic storage console custom-made to match. The room was fairly small, so mounting the console on the wall preserved the illusion of ample floor space.
Sleek Modular Storage
This cozy unit from West Elm combines a six-drawer storage bed frame with a sleek headboard and modular nightstands. Finished in white lacquer or a chocolate veneer, this low-slung contemporary set makes it easy to stash books, linens and clothing out of sight. Sizing options run from twin to king.
Functional Focal Point
Framing a bed with built-in storage not only provides a place to store odd items, but it gives the eye a place to land. "This was an older home where the space had become convoluted over the years with lots of add-ons," says designer Connie Gustafson. "We eliminated some closets and opened up the space to make a nice master suite. We designed this shelving specifically so the bed could fit right in." The simple architectural details on the built-ins match the character of the home, and drapery tassels on the doorknobs add a polished look.
Modern Earth Tones
Erinn Valencich designed this simple nightstand as part of her Erinn V Maison furniture collection. "The wood drawers and lacquer frame are great for texture while keeping a very modern look," Erinn says. "I love a mix of materials it's like adding jewelry to an outfit!"
West Elm's Hudson collection adds a playful asymmetry to the contemporary bedroom. The five- and six-drawer dressers feature offset drawers of different sizes; a three-drawer version and a nightstand are also available. The dresser shown here has a white lacquer finish but also comes in chocolate or barley-colored ash veneer.