Ah, the eternal hunt for bedroom space — a problem endemic to anyone born in or after the late '90s. Yep, it's a tricky state of affairs, but by buying just a couple of bedroom organizers, you can turn your baby boudoir from tiny to terrific in seconds. Of course, there are limits, especially if your bedroom bears a closer resemblance to a Lego set than it does a mansion wing.
Just a few weeks back, when I first moved into my apartment, I found myself deep into the bedroom storage ideas side of TikTok. The backstory? In short, my humble bedroom was at its limit with space — my partner loves (like, really loves) — clothes, which meant each and every wardrobe was bursting at the seams. If that sounds like an exaggeration, I can assure you it's not. At one point, you couldn't shut the door. My first port of call? Under our bed. There's an abundance of dead space under our beds, so why not make the most of it?
Ideal for those of us who don't want to do any major DIY for fear of upsetting our landlord or wreaking havoc on a first-time buy, these under-bed storage buys keep prices relatively low and style high.
9 under-bed storage solutions that change the game
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My #1 for style, price, and practicality
Size (in): H6 x W42 x D18
Made from: Fabric and vinyl
Topping the charts, this uber-affordable storage bag comes in a set of two, freeing up plenty of space in your cabinets and drawers. With a see-through top, it's ideal for storing clothes and items you still frequently use, acting like an under-bed wardrobe in itself. Plus, thanks to the zip closure, items prone to dust or moth holes are kept safe and sound. According to users, it's also relatively sturdy for the price and can hold a whole lot of clothing. Ten points all around.
Clear and simple
Size (in): H6.63 x W35.87 x D16.65
Made from: Plastic
Complete with built-in handles for easy transport, this is a hardwearing choice with a fuss-free design. In fact, it's this pared-back approach that first caught my eye when I was looking for something subtle and slick for my new apartment. Again, because it's completely transparent, remembering where you put your clothing and footwear is never an issue, and the smooth plastic surface is easy to care for — just a few wipes every now and then.
A rustic touch
Size (in): H8 x W33.8 x D26
Made from: Wood
Who doesn't love a little bit of reclaimed-industrial chic? Honestly, this design came to me like love at first sight, offering a simple set-up (dreamy), a hardy construction, and swiveling wheels for easy access. At home with most decor styles, the dark wood color is my favorite, however, there are other equally versatile shades to choose from. Whether it's winter sweaters, denim, or even blankets you need to store, this has your back. Count me in.
It's on wheels!
Size (in): H7.125 x W27.5 x D25.625
Made from: Fiberboard, fabric, and plastic
IKEA has always been known for its understated but timelessly cool designs, and this container box is no exception. Perfect for storing away seasonal clothing, bedding, and other odds and ends that can clutter your bedroom, it's a hardy construction with a soft-top fabric cover that zips up, keeping dust at bay. As for keeping yours in the best condition possible, this is easy: Simply use a damp cloth and gentle cleaner, et voilà. Style-wise, it says young professional with everything together. Here for it!
Handmade and premium
Size (in): Custom
Made from: Felt
Available in a spectrum of hues, from oatmeal to mossy green, this design can be sized to suit your needs (there are plenty of dimensions to pick from). Constructed using premium felt, it features handles and works wonders under the bed. It's also got a special, crafty touch, thanks to its bespoke design. Plus, according to shoppers, it's a sturdy piece that nailed their individual briefs. Modern, contemporary, and above all, unique. That's a full house!
Size (in): H6 x W28 x D18
Made from: Cotton canvas
Whether you opt for the "natural true navy" or "natural khaki pebble" shade, just know that this design will look aptly cozy in your home, offering those iconic seaside aesthetics the brand is known for. Primed with a hardwearing canvas construction and YKK zippers, it's built to last and offers an ideal home for off-season garments and extra throws. Aesthetically speaking, this would work effortlessly with any light and airy home. We're talking cream floorboards and big windows.
Soft and creamy
Size (in): H7.9 x W28 x D17.9
Made from: Canvas
Neutral tones are the way forward — especially when you're sharing and can't decide on decor. Something like this soft-lid design is going to appeal to you and your roommates, offering a homey feel thanks to the canvas outer (designed especially for breathability) and a sustainably sourced leather handle. Add to this an easy zipping function that allows you to retrieve items without completely opening the bin, and we have a winner. Oh, and the zipper seals your contents, so don't be fretting over dust on your favorite cashmere. Did I mention the full set can be zipped together, too? Ideal.
Size (in): H8.5 x W26 x D21
Made from: Rattan
Color: Light brown
Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know that rattan is back in a big way. Providing a natural elegance no one can argue with, this design is a small but smart piece of kit, ideal for storing pillows, shoes, and even scarves under your bed. In terms of quality, a lot of shoppers have expressed their satisfaction, with some also highlighting its covert credentials. In other words, it does a great job at hiding and tidying those pieces that otherwise pile up on our chair or "floordrobe."
Fit for a king
Size (in): H5.8 x W35.4 x D19.7
Made from: Manufactured wood
Sized to suit a queen- or king-sized bed, this wheeled design is built with a long-lasting MDF, promising plenty of years of use. As for storage space, there's a lot to play with, making it perfect for chunkier items like bedding, thick wool sweaters, or giant teddy bears you still haven't parted with (guilty as charged). Plus, the assembly is an absolute breeze, so even the clumsiest DIYers can manage, which is always music to my ears. As for looks, it's as classic as it gets, divided through the middle for separating your storage.
Should you use under the bed as storage?
Absolutely. After all, what else are you going to do with all that space? Think of it as a blessing in disguise to harbor all your extras — you know, those items not quite essential enough for the wardrobe, but still occasionally needed. Whether that's your summer clothes during winter or vice versa, the unused vacuum of space below your mattress is a far better alternative than dumping it in a cramped closet. Out of all the small-space bedroom ideas I've considered recently, under-bed storage containers, baskets, and bags are by far the most ingenious.
Part of their allure is their simplicity, but also the satisfying way they hide the messy items you were otherwise saving for a rainy (or indeed sunny) day. None of this should come as a surprise, though. In many ways, it's common sense. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that under-bed storage is not just a nice-to-have, but instead, an essential component for a tidy room.
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