Beds With Storage, Part 2

By Core77 on August 13, 2015 in Design - Other

Finding enough bedroom storage space can be a challenge for many end users, so beds that incorporate storage can help anyone needing more places to stash some stuff.

As I’ve noted before, one of the common places to incorporate storage is under the bed. The other place is in the headboard, and the Buden bed from Viesso uses storage in both places. There’s open storage at the foot of the bed, and the headboard has a drawer on either side—especially helpful if there’s no room for a nightstand. 

Many storage beds incorporate drawers or cubbies into the base. That can work well, but such designs can be hard on those end users who have trouble with bending down to access those drawers. 

The Avery bed from Serena & Lily uses a different approach: a shelf and eight storage baskets, which are included. This design allows the end user to arrange things in a basket while working at a more comfortable height, and then just drop the basket into place. And end users who would like to pull out a basket and carry everything to another place in the home will also find this useful.

When it comes to headboard storage, I’d recommend against hinged designs such as this one that open from the bottom. I have a bed with this design, and it’s very awkward to reach into the storage space when I’m in the bed. However, it is easy to get hit in the head. If you must use such a design, please be sure the latching mechanism is strong enough (another concern I’ve learned about from personal experience).

A better option for closed headboard storage would be a door that lifts up, such as this one from Prepac.

A different approach to headboard storage is to provide cubbies that hold bins or baskets, such as this child’s bed from 4D Concepts. (But please don’t call the one with blue bins the boy’s headboard and the one with pink and purple bins the girl’s headboard, as 4D Concepts does.) Those bins would be great for holding things like pajamas or stuffed animals. But I’d caution about putting things on the top, especially heavy things that aren’t secured with museum wax or an equivalent, if the home is in earthquake territory or if there are pets that might push things off the headboard.

An adult version of this headboard approach comes from Lang Furniture, which has cubbies that can hold baskets (which Lang also sells in sets of four). With this design, some cubbies could use baskets to provide concealed storage while others could be left open for quicker access to something like a magazine or a cell phone, or for items to be on display.

Rather than having front-facing shelves, some headboards have shelves to the side. These shelves don’t allow the same easy access during the night, but they have the advantage of avoiding any problem with items falling from the headboard onto the bed and its occupants. In this bed, the middle shelf can be placed in one of three positions, which is a nice design feature. 

This bed from Objets Mecaniques has a somewhat similar headboard, but it’s more hidden and holds less—a design trade-off. The slanted design might make it more comfortable to read in bed.

The Cayman bed from Milano Furniture hides storage shelves within the headboard. With this design the end users could pull the shelves out before going to bed if they wanted somewhat easier access during the night. (It’s still not shelving that could be readily reached from within the bed.) And end users who use this bed will need to have enough space beside the bed for the shelves to be extended. But items could be stored without significant dust problems if the shelves are usually kept closed.

The Somnia bed from Vitamin Design uses the space behind the headboard for storage that isn’t shelving. This type of storage would work for things that might roll off  a shelf or for smaller items that don’t make good use of shelving space.