5 Space Saving Storage Bed Ideas


Recently, a good friend asked me a funny question. “Have you heard of this Tiny House movement?”

I guess he just found the Internet last week because everyone has heard of the major shift to smaller homes. I, for one, love the move to smaller spaces and we can personally vouch for it being a wonderful lifestyle. (to a point…)

What really got Kim and I interested in the idea of small space living was the amount of time we spent with our whole family traveling the US in a motorhome. That was four of us (and two Chinese Shar-Peis) for weeks at a time in a space that totaled about 275sf or so.

Not surprisingly, the biggest issue we faced was storage, but those motorhome designers have been around the block a time or two. (ha!, get it?) They know how to find available storage in places you would never think of.

We found the the most useful storage was under the big bed. So I went out looking for a few inspiring storage beds for my “future” tiny house design. (with wheels or not!)

Small Space Living – Storage Beds


This first model is just like the one we had in our Winnebago. I found this one at a site that had tons of these type beds, time4sleep.com.

The thing that surprises you most with this kind of storage is how much more you can fit under the bed this way. We would get the space totally full, then add more, then more… It was usually “nothing else is going to fit under here” three times before we were really done!

ImageKeep Your Drawers Under The Bed

When I first started collecting small space storage ideas back in 2009, I wrote a post at Remodeling Guy that included this neat storage option.

Something like this might require a little custom work but talk about making the most of your space!

In my experience (I’ve built a few of these), the issue can be drawer depth and weight. To use all the space under the bed, the drawer has to be at least half the width of the bed if you can get to both sides, full-width if you can only get to one side. This means very strong drawer hardware is needed and it helps to build two drawers as shown in the picture, rather than one.

The Case for Baskets

Baskets are always a great way to get three happy things at once:

  1. Good usable storage
  2. Nice looking and easy to fit with existing decor
  3. No custom cabinet maker required!

We’ve used baskets to create useful storage on open shelves many times. The same idea can be applied to under the bed. These two pictures I found on Pinterest might inspire you.





Wheely Cool!

If you really don’t have time, money, or inclination to get or build a new bed platform right now, how about this great idea.

Use old drawers on wheels to create easy-access storage under your existing bed!

I thought Thrifty Crafty Girl did a great job on this one:


You can see her entire how-to post here: http://www.thriftycraftygirl.com/2012/03/under-bed-storage.html


No matter how which method you choose (and there are so many more) a great storage bed is the perfect small space storage solution!

Have a Breakfast Nook You Can Be Proud Of!

ImageEverybody luuurrrvves a great breakfast nook!

They have the potential to be one of the most comfortable and cozy spaces in any home.

Here are a few inspiring photos and tips to help you transform your nook into your own little slice of heaven!

This little nook to the right is a great example of creatively imagining a space that is both functional and beautiful!

The use of horizontal wood boards as wall paneling and then painting that an accent color is brilliant!

While it may be a little bit pink for me personally, it’s really a great space that looks like an inspiring spot to start the day!

Connect Built-In Seating and Storage


Built-in seating, commonly referred to as banquettes, is a great way to save space while gaining big in terms of liveability!

Nobody loves the feeling of having more empty chairs around the table than full ones. If you’re like me, it just makes you miss your kids wherever they may be at the moment.

The cool set-up above works comfortably for two without seeming empty yet is easily expanded to seat up to five for a larger gathering.

When It Comes to Windows, Think Outside the Box


These windows make this space sing! Designs like this are getting easier and easier to come by so don’t give-up too quickly! Modern woodworking machines are bringing the costs down and the result of something like this is breathtaking!

The simple chandalier, bright white walls, and unobtrusive open beam ceilings are all ideas you could incorporate into your perfect sun-kissed corner.

A Cleaner Approach


If you’re more comfortable surrounded by clean lines and soft, warm tones, then maybe the highly customized dining area shown above is up your ally.

Top-of-the-line cabinetry and custom cushions work together with just the right shade of paint and some fantastic looking interior brickwork to create a space that is elegant, functional, and very, very comfortable.

The wall-mounted lighting makes that corner look like a great place to kick back with a book or a magazine. Is this one your dream spot?

What About a Simple Splash of Color?


Sometimes the difference between “blah” and “bam!” is as simple as a little bit of color! Find a table at Goodwill or Habitat and hit it with some sandpaper and paint and you’ll soon be greeting each day with a smile!

A close look reveals some attention to detail has gone into the space shown above. The assortment of pillows perfectly ties the table with the window shade and wall colors.

Very nice!

No Breakfast Nook?

Don’t fret, just do a bump-out addition! Take a close look at this one:


I love color, so it’s sometimes tough for me to get into very subdued designs, but this really looks fantastic. The way the table and benches cantilever out with no support really look neat.

The cool thing about this space is that the whole entire thing could be added to any home as a bump-out addition. It’s less expensive than you might think and the added space can be invaluable!

I wrote a post about Bump-Out additions over at RemodelingGuy if you want to read more about that.


Well there you have it. A few ideas that you can use to create a breakfast nook you can be proud of!


~ Tim


Photo sources: Ashley Anderson,  CentsationalGirl, bhg.com, Olivia Kiraly, 28media