Here’s a quick home project that I have recently done to change the way we store things under my daughters bed, as we weren’t maximising the space available, and I wanted to create an under bed storage system that was both functional and pretty!. Hopefully it gives you some ideas as to what would work best for your kids, and even for your own bed.
My daughters bedroom is pretty organised – she has my organising bug which is really lucky. However, she also absolutely adores reading, and as such every morning we find the area around her bed looks like this:-
Absolutely not the end of the world by any means, but it’s a slip hazard for her getting out of bed, and after a few days it means that there is a mountain of books and she can’t find what she wants to read that easily.
A quick trip to IKEA helped completely!
Before I go shopping for projects and home items, I like to prepare first.
Making sure that I have the right measurements for items like storage means that I save time, energy and money by not buying the wrong things and having to make returns etc…., so I always measure up what I want to get, and make notes that I keep in my handbag to ensure that what I buy is worth it.
As such, with the knowledge that I wanted to sort out her under the bed storage in some way, I made sure that I had measured the space that was available first.
Measuring what the maximum height was under her bed, and the width and depth as well meant that when I was out and about on a shopping trip, I could more easily purchase storage items that would fit well and house as much as possible.
My check list for the items was as follows:-
- Storage for things that aren’t used very often – ideally lidded to protect from dust
- Storage for her toys / books and blankets that she may want to grab quickly and easily
- Colour to match the rooms decor ideally
- Wheels on the storage would be easier to move
- Maximise the space available with as much storage as possible
So – I got to IKEA with my checklist to hand, and started to take a look around for ideas and inspiration…..
Firstly I came across some great clear plastic storage boxes with lids that felt secure and good quality – and I bought two to fit the space. One would be for craft and stuff to do on rainy days, and the other for clothes that she has now outgrown that we want to keep either in case we have another child, or for relatives to have etc….
The only issue was that these had no wheels/castors but I felt that this was an easy compromise as she wouldn’t be pulling these boxes out very often, it would more likely be me and I had no issues with that.
Next came the storage for her to use – and these pink plastic boxes on castors were the perfect fit, so I bought 4 as this amount fit the space available.
TIP – these come in clear, blue and green so will work for most decor schemes
There is now a place for everything, and she can grab what she needs when she needs it. Its easy to tidy things up at the end of the day, and when she wakes up cold at night she can lean over and grab a blanket which is a bonus.
The other thing I love is the way the storage by her bedside table is for books – she can pull this out when she wants to read, and it’s easy to grab what she wants and to put it away. Each week we change what books there are in this storage unit, and there is a lot less mess on the floor for her to slip on each morning when she gets out of bed.
I am really happy with these storage solutions, and over the past few weeks they have really stood the test of time with my daughter too.
What have I learnt?
My top tips for spaces such as these are as follows:-
- Buy storage that fits your needs, and that fits the space available
- Work out what you would ideally like before you shop for it
- Make storage work for you, and for whoever uses it
- You don’t need to spend a lot of money on storage to get the right products
What do you think? Do you have a similar system for your kids beds or are you going to try these products? I’d love to know so leave a comment below – thanks in advance!