Clever Bed Designs With Integrated Storage For Max Efficiency

Of all the furniture integrated in most home interiors, the bed is one of the best when it comes to built-in storage. There’s a lot of flexibility from this point of view and lots of different and suitable ways to add storage to a bed without sacrificing comfort. Under bed storage is only one of the options. There are many others to choose from so let’s have a look at a few inspiring and really clever examples.

Storage bed - closet combination
Storage bed - closet combination -shelves
Storage bed - closet combination - under
Storage bed - closet combination - pull
Storage bed - closet combination - storage

Considering the size and structure, this piece of furniture is an interesting combination between a bed and a closet. This is a design offered by French manufacturer Parisot. It appears to be a great furniture piece for teenagers and dorm rooms where floor space is limited. The bed has built-in shelving on the exterior and a mattress which can be easily lifted to reveal even more storage underneath: two drawers, six open compartments and two large shelves.

Closet hidden under bed
Bed systestem for small spaces
Closet under bed
Storage system under bed

A similar option is offered by Italian manufacturer bed storage this piece offers, the design is modular, allowing the user to add stairs or addition storage around the bed. A small door offers access to the storage area underneath without requiring the mattress to the lifted. For full access, raise the bed when needed.

Hotel room with bed storage system

Storage beds are not only useful in small apartments or dorm rooms. They can also be adapted for hotels, like this particular one found in a Berlin hotel. The space was designed by Spamroom. The central element here is a piece of furniture which incorporates multiple functions. It is, first of all, a bed but it also includes a bar area with stools, modular seats and storage. The bed’s design is a modern and sculptural one, with integrated storage compartments on one side, under the mattress, individual seats at the front and an extension serving a bar for the kitchenette on the other side.

King loft bed system
King loft bed system angle

To address some of the needs of modern urban living, Casa Collection came up with a line of innovative beds which incorporate multiple functions into one compact design. These beds have more than just comfortable mattresses. They include lots of storage as well as functions such as a daybed or a desk. Their design is a functional and practical alternative to the popular Murphy bed. By raising the bed on a platform, the studio was able to maximize its functionality. All the models are customizable and allow the user to choose the best configuration for the space below.

Ceiling beds and storage under
Lift up bed
Bed up system

A lot of people appreciate fold-down beds for their space-efficiency. By being stored vertically on the wall, they free up floor space which can be used in a variety of useful ways. But they’re not the only type that does this. The BedUp designs do the same thing by being raised to the ceiling with cables. When not in use, the beds can simply disappear, making room for a sofa, a table or other space configurations. There are three main models, one being suspended by bands for a more intimate sleeping area, one suspended by metallic cables and one designed for students with an integrated desk.

Bed hidden under floor view
Bed hidden under floor

Architect Viktoriya Yakusha came up with an idea for a storage bed ideal for kids and playrooms. The main idea of this design is to hide the bed under a platform. This way the floor can be used for play or other activities. In addition to that, the platform is large enough to also include drawer storage, useful for hiding toys, organizing toys and other things.

Single study office
Single study office-bed

The StudyBed is a furniture piece designed for students or for anyone who wants to save space by combining two functions into a single structure and doesn’t mind mixing work with relaxation. This bed is both a bed and a desk and only one of these functions can be used at a time. It can be easily converted in just a few seconds. All StudyBeds can accommodate a standard Imperial size mattress but custom sizes are also available.

From desk to bed-multifunctional furniture

This is another interesting combination between a bed and a desk. It’s the type of furniture which could be ideal for small spaces or for home offices which also function as occasional guest rooms. Since both the bed and the desk are integrated in this compact piece, you have more freedom to decorate the rest of the room however you please. In addition, this unit also has some useful built-in storage for things like files or personal items. Check out our full article for more details.

Loft bed with storage drawers under

Apart from the options presented so far, there are also a few other solutions for adding storage to a bed. A more unusual one is to have the bed integrated into a large wall unit. You could create a corner nook with a comfortable mattress and a few shelves. Under it there could be storage and the rest of the wall could be one large storage unit. This idea can be used if, for example, you want to create a cozy reading nook in the room, not necessarily an actual sleeping area.{found on irarquitectura}.

Storage under bed - simple bed

Of course, simpler options are also available. A platform bed can easily include practical storage underneath. It can come in the form of open compartments and shelves or as pull-out drawers. These can be mixed and matched to obtain the best possible combination for a specific bedroom.

Platform bed with storage under

And speaking of platform beds, their versatility is quite wonderful since the platform can be raised as much as needed in order to integrate the required storage space. In fact, the bed could look something like this, with numerous drawers underneath. If the layout allows it, have it integrated into a nook and add curtains for privacy.

single bed closer to window with storage under

Here’s another example showcasing a single bed raised on a platform and featuring lots of storage underneath. If you decide to use a similar idea in your home, consider having the bed placed by the window. It would offer a beautiful view. Such designs can be useful for attic spaces where there’s usually not enough room for a large closet.

Brooklyn loft house with a platform bed

Of course, you could complicate things a little bit and add even more storage to your bed. In fact, the bed can merely be an accessory integrate in a much more complex structure which also includes a bookcase, a staircase, drawers and lots of storage. This could actually be very fun in addition to being very space-efficient.

Large drawers under bed

In some situations, in can be practical to have the whole bedroom raised on a platform. This could be the case with open bedrooms which are very small and part of an open floor plan. This design solution allows you to have a large and comfortable bed and enough storage in a very small space. The platform offers a lot of room underneath for large drawers for storing pillows, blankets, clothes and other things.

Ikea kitchen cabinets into a platform bed

Most of the time this sort of designs is difficult to find or very expensive. No worries though because there are always solutions. For example, you could build your own platform bed with lots of built-in storage by repurposing some simple Ikea kitchen cabinets. You can have these arranged in a lot of ways in order to get the desired combination.

cardboard boxes underbed

Most beds already offer the needed space for storing various items. All you have to do is put it to good use. A very simple idea is to use cardboard boxes. You could have them stored under the bed and use them to store clothes, toys and all sorts of other things. If you don’t like the look of the boxes then you can just decorate them with some tape and paint as suggested on homehappyhome.

Old suitcase storage under bed

Instead of boxes you could also use vintage suitcases, in case you have any. Pretty much everyone has a few suitcases in their homes and most of the time they just sit there. Put them to good use and have them placed under the bed. Use them for storage and maximize your bedroom’s space-efficiency.

Simple under bed storage system

If you like the casual look of simple plastic containers, you can also have these stored under the bed. You can have them labeled so you always know where to find the thing you need and to also have everything nicely organized. The containers can also be customized in a lot of other ways. You could spray paint them or decorate them if you want to change their look so they match the rest of the décor.{found on sawdust2stitches}.

Rolling storage system under bed

If you have some free time and you enjoy simple DIY projects, you could also have some rolling drawers built for the space under the bed. The project is described on Theidearoom. Each drawer requires a piece of plywood or MDF board for the base, two more pieces for the sides, four wheels, screws, a handle or knob, wood glue, staples or small nails, sandpaper, paint or stain and a drill.