How to Maximize the Storage Space Under Your Bed

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How to Maximize Storage Space Under the Bed

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We’re back in the bedroom today where we are going to organize using the space under the bed. After learning how to clean the bedroom in just 15 minutes, we can now start putting some things away neatly.

See also: How to Have a Clutter-Free Bedroom Quickly

A bed takes up a lot of space in a room, so why not take advantage of all that space underneath it?

If you have limited closet space for storage, the space under the bed provides extra storage space. It keeps less-used items out of sight and put away neatly.

As with any other space in your home, make sure to keep under the bed storage clean and organized. That means keeping the dust bunnies away and putting things back in their place after they’ve been used.

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What do I store in the space under the bed?

Think about the items you want to have accessible on a regular basis, or even seasonally. Since the space is hidden it doesn’t have to be beautiful, but it does need to function well.

In the master bedroom:

Consider these items when using the storage space under the bed in the master bedroom:

  • Luggage: You can even store things inside your luggage to save on space.
  • Linens: Keep your extra sheets, pillow cases, and blankets right under the bed for easy access.
  • Clothing: Keep your out of season clothing stored under the bed and switch them out easily when the seasons change.
  • Shoes: Store the shoes you wear less often under the bed.
shoe storage under the bed

In the kid’s room:

Kids have a lot of stuff, so using the space under their bed makes a lot of sense. Teach them how to organize but let them come up with their own method. This will ensure that the storage space will stay organized. Consider these items to store under their bed:

  • Puzzles or games: Puzzles can be removed from their boxes and placed in Ziploc bags to save space. Cut the picture of the puzzle out of the box it comes in and place it in the front of the bag with the puzzle pieces.
  • Toys: Keep toys that are often used under the bed for easy access.
  • Books: Take an old drawer and put wheels on the bottom and store books in it with spines facing up.
  • Clothing: Store out of season clothing under the kids’ beds as well.
Storage space under the kid's bed

In the guest room:

Since the guest room usually doubles as an extra bedroom in most homes, this is the room you can really get creative in. Consider storing these items under the guest bed:

  • Gift wrap and greeting cards
  • Craft supplies
  • Extra linens and towels for guests
  • Video games, DVD’s, books
gift wrap storage under the bed
via Pinterest

What can I use to store my stuff in?

There are so many types of storage options to use for storing items in the space under the bed. Some of my favorite are:

  • Drawers with wheels: If you don’t have an old drawer to use, you can make your own. Life Storage Blog has a great DIY tutorial here.
  • Storage bags: Storage bags are perfect for storing items like out of season clothing and linens. I have also used them to store baby doll clothes when my daughter was little.
  • Scrapbook storage boxes: Plastic storage boxes for scrapbook paper can also hold other items such as greeting cards. My daughter has some to hold her jewelry making supplies in and some for her scrapbook paper. They stack nicely and fit under the bed perfectly.
  • Items you have around the home: Consider cardboard boxes, baskets, shoe or boot boxes.
  • Vintage suitcases: Add some wheels to vintage suitcases for a cute storage option.
  • Plastic totes: Plastic totes are perfect for storing like items under the bed. You can label them if you chose, but since most of them are clear you can see right inside.
  • Shoe boxes: I like to use the plastic shoe boxes with lids to keep my shoes in.
shoe box storage

While there are plenty of storage options for the space under your bed, make sure you chose what’s best for you. It has to work well in your space. If you need to, measure the space before purchasing any storage items.

Keep the space under the bed clean and organized so you’ll have a tidy and relaxing bedroom.

What are your favorite storage options for under the bed storage?

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66 thoughts on “How to Maximize the Storage Space Under Your Bed”

  1. I am a Chinese junior high student. Unfortunately, I don’t have any spaces under my bed. However, I usually organize my things on the shelf in my bedroom with labels.
    This is an awesome knowledge in real life for organizing messy things. Thanks for sharing and I hope you can make yours tidy and stay safe!

    1. That’s a great idea to organize your things with labels on the shelves. I love how you write the labels on things in both Chinese and English! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Great tips! I love staying organized. It can be difficult when there are other people in the house who aren’t as keen on it though LOL Thanks for sharing! I hope you and your family have a blessed Easter!

    1. Thank you so much! I know exactly what you mean! You work so hard to get everything nice and organized and the next day it’s all out of place again. I completely get it! LOL! Thank you and I hope you have a blessed Easter, too!

  3. Great tips, Michelle!! I’ve been trying to organize and put away our winter clothes and guess where I’ll be putting them!! Thanks for the inspiration!!?

  4. We live in a small footprint space and I keep our extra shoes (haha, who am I kidding…’my’ extra shoes) in plastic bins with little wheels on one end. You have shared so many awesome ideas for under-the-bed storage. Great post!

    1. The plastic bins with wheels is a great idea for storing shoes! It’s so hard to only have a few pairs of shoes. We need so many! LOL Thank you so much for reading!

  5. I love under-the-bed drawers with wheels. When we have bought beds at Ikea we have been able to buy drawers to go under them. We also store clothes in them, blankets, and for kids – puzzles and books. I especially like them for book storage for kids. Easily accessible and easy to put away.

    1. Thank you so much! Sure! I’ll bring my kitchen table and chairs and you can give them a makeover while I organize your closet. 😀 I need to put away my winter clothes, too, but I can’t trust the weather. Wednesday it was 80 and Friday morning we had snow flurries! UGH!

  6. Great ideas. One thing I’m learning to use more of is produce boxes from my local fruit stand. They don’t mind me using them in place of their plastic bags, and their sturdiness and compact sizes comes in handy when I need to store something. I don’t know if I would use them under the bed because of possible pesticide residue, but in the garage they are perfect. If I was certain they were used for organic fruit, under the bed would be a perfect place to use them.

    1. Thank you! That’s a great way to reuse the boxes like that. I’m not sure about storing them under the bed, either, but it sounds like they work perfectly in the garage! Thank you for sharing!

  7. I use under our bed for storing my faux flowers. I have long rubbermaid containers with lids and wheels. They allow me to straighten my floral stems out and leave them there. I should keep them with my other crafting supplies, but I like how safe and protected they are under the bed where no one else knows they are there .

    1. That’s a great idea for storing the faux flowers! You’ve inspired me to get some of those containers now. I have so many flowers and putting them in totes sometimes bends them. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Michelle,
    Such a useful post. I can use your tips and ideas to store away a lot of winter stuff with now summer showing up. Also, I borrowed the idea of hiding away my props that I use for my blog away from the regular eyes to retain that surprise and secret. Thank you for an amazing post. Lovely tips.

  9. This is a really helpful post, Michelle. Personally I don’t use under my bed for storage space, since I’m lucky enough to have lots of closet and storage space elsewhere in the house. But I’ve totally seen videos on YouTube talking about this topic (especially when it comes to seasonal clothes), and I’d likely utilize it if I lived in an apartment, for instance, or lived in a smaller space.

    1. That’s great that you have the extra space to store things elsewhere. Then you don’t have to worry about pulling everything out to clean under the bed. ?

  10. I love your storage and organisation ideas. Under the bed is a great place to store items. I use to do that when my children were younger because they have so much stuff. However, now that they are older and I am older I decluttered under the bed. Have a great weekend.

  11. I have things stored under 2 of my beds. The master bed is too low to store anything but I have lots of closets that need decluttering. Guess where that stuff isn’t going? Time to throw some stuff out. ?

  12. This is something I need tohave a re-loook at. I have some storage items under my bed, but its not always fully organised. Thanks for the ideas, I know what I will be doing over the next few weeks!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

  13. I’m a big believer in using “forgotten” spaces like under beds. Where do you suppose I hide the 2 inserts for the dining table? Yup under a bed! Great post!

  14. Awesome ideas! Older homes very often have little storage space built in and that’s the case in our home! Finding creative ways and spaces to neatly tuck away items not being used very often is a must. Your tips are perfect!

    I never in a million years would have thought of using an old drawer with wheels on it for book storage. Awesome! Easy to find, easy to do and yet perfectly accessible. We have a billion book around here and this will do the trick!

    I’m with you on the plastic totes too. Those work amazingly well for just about everything under the sun. Whatever you put in them stays dry, clean and easy to find. Love them!

    As always, I learn something every time I visit! 🙂

    1. Thank you! Our home has no space at all so I have to get creative with everything, too. I need another home just for storage space! ??
      The drawer with wheels would be perfect for your books! I just recently cleaned off my bedroom bookshelf and had to part with a ton of books. I hate letting them go.
      I always enjoy your visits and comments! 🙂

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