Let your bedroom furniture do double-duty with these clever bedside, under-bed, or in-frame storage solutions
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Add storage beneath any bed frame. If you use a bedskirt (covering visibility) you can tuck bins of any kind below the bed. (We recommend plastic bins for easy identification of what's in each box.) If your under-frame space is visible, chose beautiful drawer units or beautiful baskets that complement the surrounding furniture.
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This walnut bed from Design Within Reach functions double duty (and in disguise) as a dresser. With three beautiful built-in drawers on each side of the bed frame a small bedroom lives large.
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On a houseboat where space is at a premium, homeowners built a high bed frame out of a series of Ikea cabinets faced in natural wood and leather pulls. The height of the bed provides a water view and ample storage space for the master bedroom.
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Don't love the look of a bed skirt to conceal your under-frame storage space? Simply drape bed linens casually, untucked, so they just touch the floor.
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No room for under-bed storage? Get creative with storage nearby: Use a bookshelf as a bedside stand for multi-level open storage. Display everyday items–books, a candle, a plant, a clock—within arm's reach, and tuck extra linens in a woven storage basket closer to the floor.
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In a frame
A nod to the Murphy bed look, frame a bed frame with custom cabinets, drawers, and bookshelves. Use the shelving for open display of books, art objets, and framed photographs; use the closed storage to conceal the less attractive stuff.
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Keeping a bedroom's look modern and minimal means openness wherever possible. So, instead of bins under the bed frame, or even a side table, keep the space tidy and serene by installing floating shelves as bedside tables.
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If your existing bed frame doesn't allow for storage, add it elsewhere nearby. Here, a nightstand with drawers allows for minimal visual clutter and plenty of space for all your bedside possessions (books, a journal, reading glasses, etc.).
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Remodeling? Design storage into your daybed or window seat plans—taking advantage of what would otherwise have been negative space. Store room-appropriate items: files in the home office, off-season clothes in the bedroom, throw blankets in the living room.
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Hiding in plain sight
Short on space? Seek out a bed frame that incorporates drawers into the frame. This modern bed's design is so streamlined that the drawers almost seem like solid panels, not compartments that open.