Thursday, September 3, 2009
Sure, you can get basic plastic storage bins that will fit under your bed. But what are your other choices? Let's look at some, in order of height. The cardboard box above is only 5" tall, and it's inexpensive. Update on Oct. 9, 2011: This box was sold by Ace Hardware, which no longer carries it.
John Lewis has a pinstripe under-bed box made from recycled cardboard; it's 15 cm (5.9") tall. Update on Oct. 9, 2011: John Lewis no longer sells this box, but the company does have this water hyacinth one.
This under-bed storage box from Crate & Barrel is made from cotton, combined with polyester made from recycled plastic bottles. It's 6.3" tall. Update on Oct. 9, 2011: Crate & Barrel no longer sells this box.
Caraselle provides this under-bed storage box; it's 17 cm (6.7") tall. Update on Oct. 9, 2011: Caraselle still sells some under-bed storage, but it's more basic stuff - nothing this lovely.
The Sierra Box Company has blue, yellow, red and white plastic under-bed storage boxes; they're 6.75" tall. Update on Oct. 9, 2011: The Sierra Box Company is going out of business, and only has limited stock left.
And then there are the canvas boxes from PB Teen, in a range of sizes and colors (stereotyped as for girls and guys). The under-bed box is 7" tall. Update on Feb. 13, 2011: Now there's girls solid colors, dorm solid colors, and dots.
Pottery Barn also has some 7"-tall under-bed baskets - on sale right now.
The wonderful John Trosko of OrganizingLA made me aware of these under-bed storage boxes - 7" tall without the castors, 9" tall with them. Update on Aug. 12, 2012: These now come in two colors: dark brown and natural. The photos show them without the optional castors, but they do still come with them.
Here's the expensive one of the bunch: an under-bed leather storage trunk, 24 cm tall (9.45"), from The Holding Company. The same company has under-bed boxes for much less money. Update on Oct. 9, 2011: I'm no longer finding the less expensive boxes.
Lombok has two different under-bed storage baskets; both this one and the other one are 24.5 cm (9.65") tall. Update on Feb. 13, 2011: Lombok no longer carries these baskets, but it does have a white under-bed storage basket.
Finally, there are two options, both from the U.K., where I couldn't find any dimensions, so you'd need to contact the sellers if you wanted to know more. This one comes from The Empty Box Company; there's a wide range of patterns to choose from. The lid and the dividers are options, available for an additional fee.
These open-top solid wood under-bed storage boxes can be customized; the word "toys" can be replaced with a child's name (or, I imagine, anything else you wish, as space allows). Update on Oct. 9, 2011: I'm no longer finding these boxes online.
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