The best under-bed storage solutions

Quilts and off-season clothing have a place here.

When home space comes at a premium, it’s natural to want to make the best use of every square inch. Most closets, cupboards, and drawers are designed for quick and easy access, but too often that same prized space is taken up by bulky items that don’t even see much use (I’m looking at you, my four inexplicable pairs of extra curtains). One of the best places to stow items of this nature isn’t in a drawer, but under a bed, where there’s often an abundance of unused space and where frequent access isn’t a necessity. Whether it’s off-season clothing or extra blankets, we all have something taking up storage space that could be put to better use, and the perfect location for these once-in-a-blue-moon items is already sitting in your bedroom.

Here are some of our favorite under-bed storage solutions currently on the market.

Rigid, locking boxes with a clean finish. Amazon

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If you’re looking to maximize every bit of space under your bed, you can’t do better than this set of six under bed storage boxes from Iris. Their translucent plastic construction, buckling handles, and slim profiles make them perfect for sliding under the bed in ones and twos and retaining visibility of what’s inside while keeping it secure, tidy, and uniform. Measuring 22 by 16.5 by 6.5 inches, they’re low enough to fit under any bed and stack securely into one another in the event that more space is available. Since they’re made of rigid material, bugs also have a hard time getting in, making this a great choice for wool blankets and coats.

A functional set of zippered containers available in two colors. Amazon

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These large under bed containers from storageLAB provide 60 liters of space in a short, 6-inch profile that’s ideal for blankets, rugs, comforters, and other bulky textiles thanks to a flexible inner plastic structure and reinforced sides and bottoms. With a stylish woven fabric finish and a clear plastic top, these zippered containers sport durable handles on the exterior to ensure longevity throughout numerous seasonal switch-outs. If style and finish are considerations in your under bed storage needs, this set of two boxes will meet the occasion.

Most freedom. Amazon

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For irregular items, sets of shoes and toys, or odds and ends, this rolling underbed cart from Whitmor is a good alternative to traditional under bed enclosures. The wheels allow easy in-and-out motion in the event of more frequent use, and the open-top construction ensures that any items stored only need to clear the bed itself upon removal. It’s constructed with a steel mesh finished with white epoxy, and has a footprint of 23.7 by 24 inches—compact enough to place at least two under most beds.

Label window included. Amazon

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For a-la-carte under bed storage, or bags that can move between beds, closets, and beyond, Dokehom has you covered. This thick bag is made of a durable fabric with a waterproof finish and has an outer surface that flexes to the shape of the contents within, making it a good choice for comprehensive protection of irregularly shaped items. Measuring 22.4 by 13.4 by 11 inches and offered in five different colors, this bag is a versatile and cost-effective option that need not be limited to under the bed. Like some of its more expensive competitors, it also includes reinforced handles and durable zippers on its exterior.