Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Bedside Caddy Keeps Things Close at Hand

green bedside caddy with Kleenex box, remote, magazines, eyeglasses

Nightstands and bookcase headboards provide convenient storage for books and magazines, the Kleenex box, your eyeglasses, and other essentials - but another option is the bedside caddy. The It's A Keeper bedside caddy above comes in three different colors. Update on Dec. 9, 2009: This product doesn't seem to be available any more

bedside organizer with Kleenex box, remote, magazines and more

Talus Products Company makes two different bedside products: the bedside organizer (shown above) and the Sidekick bedside and sofa caddy.

black bedside caddy with Kleenex box, eyeglasses, and more

Richard's Homewares makes this bedside caddy.

bedside organizer

And KangaRoom makes the bedside saddle. Update on Dec. 9, 2009: This product seems to have been discontinued.

bedside caddy with magazine, hairbrush, lotion and more

Want something other than basic solid colors? Over on Etsy, Munzies sells bedside caddies. (This one is a gift set; it includes a travel size tissue cover, a paperback book cover and two lavender sachets.) Update on Dec. 9, 2009: This Etsy store has closed.

bed caddy with remote, notepad and pen, eyeglasses, and more

Arlene's Bags has this bed caddy. Arlene makes everything herself; she has quite a choice of fabrics. Update on May 23, 2011: It seems Arlene doesn't make the bed caddy any more - it's no longer shown on her site.

patterned bed caddy with magazine and paperback book

And take a look at the bed caddies from Taffy Curry! Right now there are 24 choices. Update on May 2, 2015: I'm no longer finding Taffy Curry on the web.

The bed caddies shown above all have a flap which tucks under the mattress, with the bed caddy hanging down. (And some of them seem to be supporting a lot of weight, so I hope they stay in place OK. At least one person has had a problem with this.)

Bed Zak takes another approach and uses a metal frame; the pockets come up rather than hanging down. The company has copyrighted the pictures, so I can't include one here. Update on July 4, 2011: BedZak is now SlenderPockets.

sheet with pocket, holding a remote

Another alternative approach is to get sheets with the pockets sewn in! Take a look at NeatSheets, with optional side pockets on the fitted sheets. [via Apartment Therapy]

bed caddy with magazine, eyeglass case, and more

And if you're a do-it-yourself type of person, you can always make your own, as Katherine and Lynn did. Here's one pattern for a bed caddy - the caddy shown above.

Update on May 23, 2011: And here's more information on making your own bed caddy, courtesy of a reader.


Michele said...

I could really use one of these. DH and I want to put a king-sized bed in the bedroom of our 1950's house, which is not designed to hold such a large bed. I have been thinking about really small nightstands, but these caddies might just work.

Jeri Dansky said...

Michele, I empathize. My early-1960s house has small bedrooms; my master bedroom has room for my king-size bed, a small nightstand (and maybe a second one, but it would have to be very shallow) - and that's it. Oh, and a piece of kitty furniture in a corner.

Sheila said...

Hi - Nice variety of caddies - I also make caddies for beds, chairs, and nightstands if anyone would like to see: http://www.hodgepodgeia.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=19_34


Jeri Dansky said...

Sheila, I'm glad to know about your caddies; thanks for commenting.