3 Simple Under Bed Storage Ideas That Will Help You Get the Most Out of Your Space

3 Simple Under Bed Storage Ideas That Will Help You Get the Most Out of Your Space

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Unless you live in a 3,000-square-foot home with seven bedrooms, chances are good that you’re a bit short on storage space. If you’re looking to maximize your square footage, the extra space you’ve been dreaming of may be right under your (snoring) nose: It’s time to talk about under bed storage ideas. With space aplenty, the area below your bed is one of the most important and underutilized storage spaces in the bedroom. Whether it’s in a sprawling master bedroom or a tiny studio, this spot is worth taking advantage of for both the sake of storage and serenity (who doesn’t feel calmer after saying goodbye to clutter?). The best part is that it doesn’t take much to make the most of this space. In fact, by incorporating these three simple tweaks, you’ll find your space doubled and in order — talk about organizational joy! Keep reading to learn more about our favorite under bed storage solutions.

The standard height under most beds varies from seven to 12 inches. While there is a wide array of under bed storage ideas that take this differential into consideration, raising your bed frame could potentially double your vertical space without infringing on your square footage.

For under $10 at Walmart, a four-pack of bed risers will add six inches of height to your under-the-bed space. Made to support up to 300 pounds, simply attach the plastic feet to your bedposts and marvel at the extra height. And if your bed skirt falls short, spring for a more attractive set, like these wooden stacking risers from Amazon.

Another way to increase the space under your bed is to simply buy a tall bed frame, like this Olee 18-inch Steel Slat Bed Frame. Design lovers take solace in the fact that there’s a whole internet’s worth of comforters and dust ruffles to conceal the underbelly of your beautiful bed.

3. Add Wheels for Ease of Access

The space under your bed is literally on the floor, making it somewhat difficult to access. Not only do wheeled under-the-bed storage ideas offer ease of access, but their design inherently keeps them off the ground and less likely to collect dust bunnies.

Easily attachable to any low-profile basket, box, or drawer, these casters make it so that any of these essential storage organizers can be converted into under-the-bed storage. With a power drill, a set of casters, and your container of choice, you’ll have a rolling, space-saving storage solution.

1. Buy Low Profile Under Bed Storage Organizers

Apartment Therapy readers are well versed in low-profile storage bins, but in a quickly evolving home goods market, there are some options that may surprise you. Here are a few quick and easy under bed storage ideas available to purchase. Don’t be afraid to alter baskets or bins to fit your needs. Remove lids, paint, or add labels or casters to pieces that may need some sprucing up.

This set of under the bed storage boxes from QVC come in a variety of colors and patterns, and have a clear panel at the top so you can see exactly what’s stored in them. Each bin has a zippered top, easy carry handles, and a steel frame to keep them structured while in use. When you don’t need them, they can conveniently be collapsed to save space.

If you’re like me, your well-concealed under-the-bed bins have a tendency to end up getting stuffed with wadded-up clothing and items that are easy to forget about. With no walls to encourage overstuffing or hide poorly organized goods, this rolling wire shelf from Overstock is the perfect solution for wannabe minimalists.

If you want to keep things tidy but have a lot of stuff to stash, open bins, crates, or baskets are the next best option. No lid means less stuffing, and being able to see what’s inside means more opportunities to realize you don’t actually need what is in that box! We love this simple rolling wood storage box from Wayfair.

If you really want to load things up under there (less room for monsters … ), a sturdy, lidded bin is a perfect option. You can’t go wrong with these giant plastic Tupperware bins from Walmart. We love this pick for its secure latches, clear design (the better to see your items, of course), and wheeled design.

A more chic version of the giant plastic bin above, this Modern Weave under bed storage basket from West Elm is sturdy and made from handwoven rattan peel. This whitewashed storage container is as functional as it is stylish.

This Farmhouse fabric lidded storage bin from The Container Store is made of a poly-cotton blend, which gives you a little more wiggle room inside. It also has a handle on each side, making it easy to slide out and then put back under the bed.

The Underbed Storage from Open Spaces comes as a set of two 18” x 28” canvas containers.They measure 8” tall when unfolded, zip fully closed, and are padded with an enclosed panel on each side and the bottom to help preserve their boxy structure. The bins look like soft suitcases, complete with accent stitching all around and a chic leather handle on one end, which makes it easy to pull them out from under the bed.

This durable set of under-the-bed drawers from Macy’s will ensure your belongings are kept safe and dust-free. The plastic drawers are set side by side on an easy-to-assemble metal frame that raises them off of the floor, but keeps them low enough to fit comfortably beneath the bed.

This post was originally published on January 10, 2019, and was last updated on June 24, 2022 to reflect current prices and offerings. Sarah M. Vazquez also contributed to reporting.

Jessica Isaac

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Jess is an interior and architectural photographer based in Los Angeles. While she has the honor of peeking inside designer homes on a regular basis, she loves real homes designed by real people most of all.

The Best Summer Projects for Increasing Resale Value

The Best Summer Projects for Increasing Resale Value

Summer is the time for hanging around the fire pit with friends, taking a dip in the inflatable pool in the backyard, and hosting an outdoor movie night under the stars. But if you’re a homeowner, the warmer months are also a good time to take stock of your house and yard — and make adjustments as needed. Especially if you plan to sell your house anytime soon, put these summer projects at the top of your to-do list.

Energy-Efficient Upgrades

When the air conditioner is roaring at full blast, you’re probably at least slightly more aware of just how much energy your home is using on a regular basis. For that reason, summer can be a good time to make energy-efficient changes, such as updating your appliances, swapping out lightbulbs, or installing solar panels, says Kent Rodahaver, a real estate agent in Florida.

“Changing out lightbulbs from incandescent or fluorescent to LED is a very inexpensive undertaking that not only adds value, but will also reduce heat and energy consumption,” he says. 

To that same end, update your window coverings — blinds, curtains, and shades — to help keep your house cool on hot summer days while also refreshing your decor, Rodahaver says. 

And according to HomeLight, these updates can also have a big payoff when you sell your house: 48 percent of agents who responded to the real estate company’s summer 2022 agent insights survey said homebuyers are increasingly prioritizing energy efficiency in their search. Agents also estimated that the ROI of energy efficiency updates has increased from $6,556 to $8,246 over the last year.

Major renovations have a time and a place, but during the summer, you’d probably much rather spend your time at the beach, riding bikes, or traveling. Instead, tackle upgrades that still offer a return on investment, but that you can complete over a long weekend, like replacing or repainting the front door, updating light fixtures, or painting one room at a time, Rodahaver says.

“Smaller renovations allow for a stress-free and fun project, rather than a larger home improvement project,” he says.

Accents, Hardware, and Finishes

It’s still a very competitive seller’s market out there, which means homebuyers hoping to sell their home in the near future really don’t need to invest a ton of money into renovations this summer, says Jeremy Kamm, a real estate agent in New York City. That said, making affordable changes — like upgrading accents, hardware, and finishes — can still help keep your home looking fresh.

“For example, a powder room that is dated can instantly be transformed with accent wallpaper or a new faucet,” he says. “Wallpaper is very trendy right now and can be far less expensive than tile. Swap out the mirror and lighting, and you have yourself an entirely new powder bathroom without the headache and labor of new tiling, sinks, or vanities that can be very expensive.”

The same is true for the kitchen: Instead of a full-blown overhaul, swap out the cabinet handles and drawer pulls, install a new pendant light above the island, and update the faucet.

“There’s no need to renovate if smaller, less costly, and less laborious changes will get the job done,” says Kamm.

Cleaning and Decluttering

Spring cleaning may get all the buzz, but during the summer months, you can throw open all the windows and really get to work, dusting and scrubbing to your heart’s content while still breathing fresh air. Or, on days where it’s simply too hot to go anywhere, you can crank the AC, blast some music, and feel like you’re being at least slightly productive.

Cleaning and decluttering both go a long way when it comes time to sell your home, even though they’re not big-ticket projects, says Texas real estate agent Mary Beth Harrison.

“Think of it as knocking two items off your to-do list: beginning the ‘moving out’ process and creating a blank canvas where buyers can see themselves living in,” she says. 

When the weather’s warm and plants are in full bloom, you can really get a full picture of what’s going on in the front and backyard. This makes summer an ideal time to tackle landscaping projects like replacing your grass with xeric plants or building garden boxes

Summer is also a good time to replace or add exterior lighting, since you’ll be ideally spending more evenings on the patio or the porch with friends. Also consider patching or replacing your driveway and sidewalks, and tackling any outdoor addition projects, such as patios, decks, screened-in porches, and gazebos, according to New York real estate agent Gerard Splendore.

“Curb appeal is always crucial, as it is the first impression buyers receive when arriving at the property,” he says.

Projects Not to Do in the Summer

On the flip side, summer is a particularly bad time to do anything in the attic (because it gets so hot) or anything that will put the air conditioner out of commission during peak hot temperatures, says Splendore. 

How to Decide Whether to Toss or Upcycle Furniture

How to Decide Whether to Toss or Upcycle Furniture

Restoration can be a labor of love — and a real money saver — if done right. Joe and Meg Piercy, stars of “Renovation Goldmine,” have made a career out of it. In their new show, airing Saturdays starting April 30 on HGTV, the Chicago-based couple put upcycling first as they help people renovate specific spaces in their homes. At the center of each renovation is an emphasis on cutting costs by reviving old items. 

Despite many success stories, it can be tricky to determine whether a piece of furniture is worth restoring (or if it should just be thrown out), but the Piercys have some hard-and-fast rules as part of their process, which they shared in a recent interview with Apartment Therapy.

“First of all, if something has mold or smells really bad, or it smells like an ashtray, that’s going to be really hard to salvage,” Meg said. “Getting intense smoke smells out of pieces is hard.”

She also shared that when something is “functionally not working,” it’s difficult to attempt a restoration or refurbishment. “Unless it means a ton to somebody, it’s usually not worth the effort you’re going to put in,” she said.

“I would say pieces to stay away from: water damage, mold, and cigarettes,” Joe said, in agreement. “Pieces to gravitate toward would be things that have dovetailing. There are certain brands that you could actually recognize that are stamped on the top right or left drawer of a dresser.” He recommended several brands — including Drexel, Henredon, and American of Martinsville — that are often safe, quality bets in the furniture restoration game. 

“I just think if you love it, it’s worth as much effort as you want to put into it,” Meg added. “But they become a bigger headache than they’re worth, if there [are] any of those problems.”

“Renovation Goldmine” airs Saturdays at 8/7 central on HGTV.

What is Wainscoting: The Unsung Design Detail that Totally Makes a Room

What is Wainscoting: The Unsung Design Detail that Totally Makes a Room

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Maybe you’ve got a room that feels like it’s lacking character, no matter how many times you’ve changed up your decor. Perhaps it’s time for something a bit more dramatic. If you love the storied charm of old buildings, wainscoting (pronounced (WAIN-SCOT-ING) is a great way to add value and style to your home. Here, we’ll answer all your questions about wainscoting and how you can use it in your space, with some of our favorite examples.

Wainscoting is paneling (most often wood, though that’s changing quickly!) that’s added to walls to add a bit of depth and visual interest. The rules of wainscoting of the past were pretty standard: it was about one-third the height of a wall, made of wood, and painted white. While that look certainly endures today, we’re starting to see cool new trends like different geometric shapes incorporated into the wainscoting, along with dark, dramatic colors that pop against painted white walls (instead of the opposite) and even very tall wainscoting that doesn’t follow the one-third rule. 

Our Favorite Wainscoting Ideas

If you love this look as much as we do and want to achieve something similar in your own home, whether you’ll DIY or have it professionally installed, you’ve come to the right place. Keep scrolling for nine looks you’ll love.

1. Geometrically gorgeous

The wainscoting shown here definitely bucks tradition with its clever use of columns made of alternating triangles and circles. Painted a bright, peppy teal color set against a tangerine background, this wainscoting definitely stands out and gives this room tons of visual appeal. 

This homeowner chose black wainscoting set against a light gray wall for a look that’s both moody and beautiful. Dark gray hanging lanterns above the table coordinate with the wainscoting for a room that looks modern and sophisticated.

3. Ceiling-height paneling

Painted in a deep navy hue, this floor to ceiling wainscoting by @jennyatfullcirclehomes is certainly different. What is wainscoting if not dramatic, right? Here, the owner has used it to surround a historic brick fireplace for a dramatic, elegant vibe. 

Rachel @mr.yoderswife opted for soothing neutrals for her kitchen revamp. She incorporated wainscoting in a slightly darker color than the wall, but both are in the same color family for a continuous look. She added a chair rail to the top of the wainscoting to pull the whole thing together. 

One thing to consider when adding a wainscot, besides the height, is how it relates to other objects in the room. In this bathroom on My Domaine, the wainscot skirts the window, but terminates directly under the medicine cabinet, for a neat look. (The ledge at the top is a convenient spot for toiletries, particularly in a bathroom with not much space around the sink.)

This wainscot spotted on Houzz has a geometric pattern that’s very different from the paneling you typically see. This would be perfect in a hallway, entryway, or any room that needs a little extra pizzazz.

Adding a chair rail and then painting the space underneath in a contrasting color can create the effect of a wainscot without the heavy lifting of paneling the wall. The black wainscot in this hallway from Seventeen Doors corresponds nicely with the black door beyond.

Just because wainscots are typically made from wood paneling doesn’t meant they have to be made from wood paneling. In this gorgeous dining room seen on Dwell, colorful tile makes for an elegant and unusual wainscot.

This beautiful historic home in Amsterdam, spotted on The D Pages, has a wainscot made of marble. If that’s not luxurious, we don’t know what is.

Thinking of trying the look at home? If you’re DIYing, Craving Some Creativity has an excellent tutorial for using trim to create the look of paneling — without the bother of installing actual panels.

Nancy Mitchell

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As a Senior Writer at Apartment Therapy, Nancy splits her time among looking at beautiful pictures, writing about design, and photographing stylish apartments in and around NYC. It’s not a bad gig.

6 Affordable and Easy Ways to Add Lighting to a Closet Without Wiring

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Gregory Han

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A Los Angeles native, Gregory’s interests fall upon the relationship between design, nature, and technology. His resume includes art director, toy designer, and design writer. Co-author of Poketo’s “Creative Spaces: People, Homes, and Studios to Inspire”, you can find him regularly at Design Milk and the New York Times Wirecutter. Gregory lives with his wife Emily and their two cats—Eames and Eero—in Mt. Washington, California, curiously investigating the entomological and mycological.

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