Using the area under your bed as storage space is often overlooked. With the help of bed risers and the variety of under-the-bed storage bins available, its much simpler to convert this space for storage than you might think. Here are some simple steps for elevating your bed for more storage space.
Step 1 – How Much Space is There?
Check underneath your bed to see just how much space is available. Measure the clearance between the floor and the bottom of the bed. Measure the distance between the bed legs on the long and short sides of the bed. Work out the available space by multiplying the three results. For example, height of the bed = 1 foot, length between legs = 6 feet and width between legs = 4 feet. The available space is 1 x 6 x 4 = 24 cubic feet. That is a lot of wasted space.
Step 2 – Slide-In Bins
It is often possible to buy storage bins that will roll under a bed that is 1 foot off the floor. With these, you do not need to elevate the bed.
Step 3 – Under-bed Storage
Under-bed storage can be built in using standard cabinets or chests of drawers. Check with suppliers to see what is available from stock. Once you see what is available, make a choice and look for ways to elevate the bed so that they will fit underneath.
Step 4 – Bed Risers
Bed risers are simply a way to extend the legs of your bed. Many of them look like inverted plant pots or stacked ash trays. They are positioned under the raised bed leg and the leg is lowered onto them. A very simple method to elevate your bed and the shape of the bed riser prevents the bed being pushed off the risers by a sideways impact of pressure.
Step 5 – Longer Legs
Check with the supplier of your bed. You might be able to buy longer legs to fit. You will choose the length that gives the most comfortable height for the bed.
Step 6 – Storage Space
With the bed risers or longer legs in place, you will be able to fit the under-bed storage cabinets underneath and have immediate access to more storage space.
Step 7 – Platform Bed
You can convert the bed to a platform style by removing the legs and then building a platform for the base to stand on. The platform could be designed using pre-cut timber sheets and braced with stretchers that would also brace the platform.
A simple Platform Carcass
Using three pieces of timber 4 feet long by 2 feet wide and two pieces of timber 6 feet long by 2 feet wide make a box 6 feet by 4 feet by 2 feet high and braced in the center. This gives you two enclosures approximately 3 feet by 4 feet into which you can build drawers or shelves to meet your requirements.