We have already discussed bedroom storage options in the previous page. In this section, we will read more tips and tricks for this tricky storage project.
Sometimes, we have to be more specific with the methods we use for organizing our studio/small apartment bedroom. Just because you want things hidden does not mean they have to look ugly.
For instance, tongue-and-groove paneling evokes a neat, cottage-like charm to an attic bedroom, and on the other hand, it is still meeting its practical purposes.
Ugly pipes and imperfect walls are concealed; greater insulation against wind noise and drafts; and the bed has been thoughtfully incorporated into the overall design — these are always a welcome idea to make awkward spaces workable.
In a roof-top bedroom, a related approach helps to turn a regular mattress into a multi-functional piece of furniture. The area beneath the bed is separated into three cupboards to make for easy storage of smaller items.
Meanwhile, the lower part of the wall behind is boxed-in to create a storage for bulkier items (e.g. bed linen). Armed with a few cushions against the cupboard doors, the bed transforms into a sofa. The narrow shelf along the top of the cupboard, likewise, serves as a bedside table.
If carpentry is not your strongest suit, a same effect can be done by resting the mattress on a platform fabricated from modular storage boxes.
Other low items of furniture (e.g. metal filing cabinets or architectural plan chests) could serve as bed supports.
4 Best Under-Bed Storage Ideas
- Most divan bed bases have storage compartments, usually in the form of cabinets or drawers with sliding doors. Other types, however, require you to lift the mattress up at one end to access access the storage underneath. The former has the potential to be difficult to use in a confined area, or if your apartment has bedside tables. The latter, on the other hand, are best for storing seldom used items.
- It may be better to buy a slatted or sprung bed frame, and tackle the organization underneath with suitcases or lidded boxes. Labels and color coding make it more convenient to keep track of the contents.
- Very low beds (e.g. futons) are not useful when in providing extra storage space. However, there are bases that include space for storage boxes or shallow drawers.
- Some beds that incorporate storage tend to be heavy, so take extra precaution to guarantee minimum damage to the floor or carpet. It is advisable to first fit the furniture with castors. Also, make sure to drill holes in the base, allowing air to circulate under the mattress.
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