Platform Bed Storage Ideas

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The area under the bed can sometimes resemble a dark jungle full of lost or musty items or a random collection of junk. Platform beds change all that, allowing you to reclaim control over the space under your bed. Most platform beds have some sort of storage system built into the platform area, so you can both contain and organize your things.

Drawers

  • Certain platform beds come with two rows of drawers on each long side of the platform, making an actual dresser unnecessary. This frees up floor space, which is indispensable for small rooms. Socks and undergarments can stay in separate drawers, heavy sweaters in another, T-shirts and long sleeve tees in another drawer and jeans in another. Alternatively, you can use the drawer space for out-of-season clothes, keeping in-season clothes in your closet and the out-of-season stuff away but handy.

Hydraulic Lift System

  • Certain platform beds don't come with drawers at the bottom; instead these beds have a hydraulic lift system where the mattress lifts up and you have the entire box-like structure of the platform to store things in. Because this space is so big, it's ideal for larger items and things you don't use regularly, but don't want to part with. For example, the platform storage can keep dust off large photo albums, scrapbooks, old journals and notebooks, even stuffed animals.

Shelves

  • Certain platform beds come with shelves in the platform. Depending on size, shelves serve a variety of purposes. For example, smaller shelves are ideal for books, hard copies of music, and old textbooks or binders. Larger shelves allow you to slide in baskets to create hidden storage -- a collective hamper or a place for shoes and accessories.

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