Whether you're moving to a new place or upgrading your current bedroom, you can free up floor space and create a fresh, uncluttered look with a new storage bed. These beds feature cabinets and drawers built into the base below your mattress, making more efficient use of your bedroom. Most storage beds feature a base with drawers along the sides, but there are plenty of other options that use your bed space in a variety of unconventional ways. These beds feature unique designs and styles to fit any bedroom decor scheme. Read on to find out what kind of storage bed is right for you.
Storage Bed Features
Storage beds provide significant space to keep possessions tucked away, such as heavy blankets and comforters when they are not in use. The storage options may include shelves, drawers, or cabinets. In some cases, your storage bed may hide away a separate small bed or even an extension section for extra sleeping space. Storage may be accessed many ways, and sometimes only on one side, for beds that need to be against a wall, or quick-access open shelves on bookcase headboards.
Drawers and Design
Most storage beds with drawers feature one or two rows at the base of the bed that use either durable ball-bearing or plastic glides. Drawers are often crafted with tough dovetail corner fittings for long-lasting use. Drawer pulls tend to be flush, using simple recessed finger pulls to avoid catching clothing or electric cords, and many storage beds feature drawers that sit slightly recessed under the bed. In some cases, traditional high-rise beds have storage drawer add-on options that look like built ins, but slide in and out on rolling casters.
Storage beds feature a similar range of styles as other beds. Commonly, storage beds are made of simple finished or veneered wood, but occasionally they incorporate upholstered headboard and accents as well. Storage beds with lower open shelves are just right for accommodating your fabric or wicker baskets for a more personalized look, or they can be used without baskets to store and display decor and coffee-table books.
Storage Bed Types
Under-bed Side Drawers and Cabinets
The most common type of storage bed features a platform or slat mattress support over a double row of drawers and sometimes low cabinets. Often called a captain's bed or a mate's bed, this substantial bed typically has drawers on both sides. It may feature a cabinet opening at the foot that provides storage space for long, slender items. These beds have a substantial appearance and tend to be tall.
Some storage beds provide drawers at the foot of the bed, rather than the sides. These beds feature much deeper drawers than side-storage beds, making them ideal for tucking away seasonal linens and extra pillows. Because these are designed for longer storage, they often have cedar-lined drawers to deter moisture and ensure your linens come out smelling fresh.
In addition to lower drawers, some storage beds feature a bookcase or shelved headboard. This is ideal for mounting reading lights and keeping bedtime necessities close at hand. Depending on the bed's design, a standard nightstand might block the headboard-end drawers, so these beds are ideal for ensuring you have alternate storage space. Wing additions or built-in sections to either side of the bed provide storage that doesn't block the side drawers. Some bookcase headboards, with or without wings, feature shallow, short drawers ideal for storing items like glasses or tissue. A headboard storage bed is an ideal choice if you like reading at night.
If you live in a small space and have young children, a trundle drawer bed might be a good choice. The trundle drawer runs nearly the entire length of the frame, providing space for a trundle mattress. After children graduate to their own bed, use the trundle drawer for longer-term storage of large items. Subdivider inserts are easy to install and improve organization significantly. Children's storage beds, including bunk bed and daybed styles, may also come with a trundle drawer option.
Other Storage Beds
Less traditional storage bed options include beds that have a lift-up mattress base for seasonal storage of heavy items, or beds with side shelves behind a headboard so you can sit up comfortably in bed. There are also storage beds with options like fold-out tables and writing desks, lit headboards, or built-in reading lights. While uncommon, these bed styles provide unique solutions for capitalizing on space, especially when used in small apartments or studios.