When it comes to making the most out of the space in your home, we believe that we are experts at Noa & Nani. Our team knows all the best hints and tips to maximise space in your home, and most of the time, it all comes down to storage. This is why we have put together the ultimate guide to storage beds, filled with all the information you could need to decide which storage bed option might be best for you and what to store inside of it.
3 Types of Storage Beds
First things first, let’s go over the different types of storage beds available. Here at Noa & Nani, we have a wide selection of beds with storage available, but a few different styles are offered. Knowing the differences between storage beds types will allow you to make an informed decision on making the most out of your storage space.
1. Bed Frames with Drawers
For a bed that provides extra storage for your bedroom without impeding on your space or style, choose a bed frame with built-in drawers. Perfect for the master, guest or children’s bedroom, bed frames with drawers offer storage space that is easy to access, making them perfect for keeping everyday items tidied away. In addition, unlike other storage bed options that are better suited for longer-term storage, bed frames with drawers are ideal for smaller spaces that don’t have as much available space for other storage furniture, such as drawers or wardrobes.
2. Ottoman Beds
Ideal for long term storage, ottoman beds boast ample space with their clever design that means the entire bed doubles as storage space. Much like any ottoman furniture, ottoman beds feature a hollowed base, with the top of the bed being able to be lifted like a lid. With a hinge construction, you can find both partial and full ottoman beds on the market that means you can lift either half of the bed or the entirety of the base to store things inside. Similar to storing items under a regular bed, ottoman beds offer extra protection and privacy for your belongings so that they are not so easy to find or get to.
3. Divan Beds
If you’re looking for a storage bed that incorporates contemporary style while saving on space, then you should explore divan beds. Not only are they fantastic for saving space with their specially designed bases, but divan beds are also versatile in that you can find both ottoman and drawer constructions available. Divan beds are best for those looking for a bed that provides storage without a bulky frame as they are smaller than other bed frames of the same size.
What to Store in your Storage Bed
Now you have an idea of the styles of storage beds available, let’s think about how to make the most out of your storage space. Of course, having a storage bed and using it to its full potential are two different things, so look for tips and ideas for what to keep in your storage bed here.
Storage Beds for Children’s Rooms
We all know that children especially seem to have endless items that need storing, whether it be toys or clothes they’re still growing into, so storage beds for children are not surprisingly extremely popular.
If your children are small, it is best to store things that they do not want or regularly need to prevent them from accessing storage spaces on their own. However, if they are older, then this is a great way to practice independence for your children by allowing them to store and retrieve their belongings.
What to Store in Children’s Beds
- New Clothes
- Books & School Records
- Memory Boxes
- Board Games
- Extra Bedding & Decorations
Making the Most of a Guest Storage Bed
For many of us, our spare or guest bedrooms are often our first go-to space for storage in our homes, so what better place to utilise a bed with storage than here? Plus, storage beds are an excellent option for adding extra storage to your home without cluttering the space or making it appear untidy.
What to Store in the Guest Bedroom:
- Out of Season Clothes (i.e. coats and winter boots or summer clothes)
- Gifts (for Christmas or birthdays)
- Seasonal Decorations
- Extra Bedding
- Fitness Equipment
Don’t Waste Space: What NOT to Store in your Storage Bed
You can use your storage beds to tidy away pretty much anything that’s taking up space in your home, but don’t get too eager and accidentally store things that you probably shouldn’t. Instead, follow our checklist for items that you should not keep in your storage bed for various reasons, whether they’re items you’ll need access to regularly or things that will take up space that is better used for other items.
- Clothes and bedding that are not vacuum packed.
- Empty suitcases; make sure you fill them with other stored items first!
- Daily essentials that you need easy access to.
- Anything you’re keeping ‘just in case’, time to let it go!
- Things that aren’t easily visible or adequately labelled.