Wednesday, February 16, 2011

"S" is for Storage

Underbed storage for the girls:


I designed and built these long bins specifically to fit under the girls bunk beds.

Recently when the girls bunked their beds we were left with a vast open unused space below:


To make the best use of that space I decided rolling storage bins were the answer.



They are 1/2" plywood boxes with wheels attached.

I measured, designed and constructed three boxes to fit the space.
They are long - 40" by 21" wide but not too deep - only 7" - which is good because kids do better with shallow drawers and bins.  Too deep and the clothes only get piled and lost.

I attached five wheels to the underside for easy rolling in and out and the middle wheel helps carry the weight:



In other updates I added wall lights for reading in bed:


And updated their wooden name letters to attach to their beds:


The letters are hanging on hooks so when the girls decide to switch places they can easily switch the letters as well:



The kids room is coming along, about one-third done.
Stay tuned for more updates.


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33 comments:

Mel said...

Great storage solution.

A Vintage Vine said...

OMgosh! Love it.....the room is looking perfect! You never get enough storage in a girls room!

Holly said...

Jaime, that was a brilliant idea. You can never have enough storage, and these look great too!

BEACH BUNGALOW said...

So cute! You can never have enough storage!

Stop by the Beach Bungalow sometime soon and say hello!

Sue
xo

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Wonderful and so neat! My daughter definitely needs these. Under her bed is scary! Your under bed storage is really great!

Rene said...

Those storage bins are fantastic! I need to make one for our pantry. You are such an inspiration Jaime!

-Rene

Madigan at madiganmade said...

What a great solution. It looks clean and neat (and easy to access, too).

Denise said...

Wow. I am really loving this room. It looks like a photo out of a magazine.


Denise
Extreme Personal Measures

Restoration House said...

Great idea Jaime! Wonderful extra storage.
Kim:)

Judy said...

Wow, what a great idea. That's awesome storage. I am a follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back. We are neighbors...I am from Rockland.

Little Lovables said...

Wow, you are truly amazing, what a great storage solution! I so wish I had an ounce of those skills.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

This looks fantastic - streamlined and organized. Makes me smile!

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

so cool... love that storage idea!

Minkee Baby Gifts said...

I love this idea! I am going to copy you for the sofa area in my 320 square foot home - this will be perfect!

Sweetened by Kagi said...

Hello,
I just stumbled upon your blog and I absolutely LOVE it! The room looks perfect :) I am your newest follower, I hope you will follow me too :)
I look forward to reading your future blog posts!

http://sweetenedbykagi.blogspot.com/

Fawn said...

That's a great idea--love it! I think I'm going to have to make some for my boys.

Jamie said...

What a great storage idea. And the letters are cute too. I'm your newest follower. I'm throwing my first link party today (Monday) it would be great if you would stop by and share your project.
http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

Busy as a Bee in Paris said...

lucky girls! love the storage bins and the darling letters too! once again, just visiting from a to z

Handbags*N*Pigtails said...

Your girls' room is adorable. We have bunkbeds too and I totally agree that the room underneath is wasted space. You made a great solution though!
Visiting from Beth's A to Z link up:)
XO,
Sarah
HandbagsnPigtails.blogspot.com

April said...

Love this idea!

Tammy said...

What a great tutorial for storage. I like the simple lines with the girls bunkbeds.

Beth@The Stories of A2Z said...

Fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing your tutorial at A2Z!

Krafty Kat said...

Excellent idea! Love those heart sheets and initials too!

the cape on the corner said...

i love all your updates, but that rolling storage is genius! that was definitely wasted space before, and it even looks cuter now! fantastic job!

Debilou ~ Mississippi Mama said...

love the idea of under the bed storage.. great job on the boxes. Those letters are so cute.

Sommer said...

Okay I know I spelled your name wrong before... sorry. But I am now following you because you're amazing! I think I have a girl crush on you lol. Wow your projects are over the moon! Pretty please link this up too! http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/vip-party-6.html

Cheers!
Sommer

Melissa said...

Love these, just went and bought the wood for them to go under my boys new bunk beds! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful idea to add storage and clean up their new room!

Amber D. said...

love it! I think the drawers would look nice with a 2 drawer pulls on each one that match the dresser! : )

Attempting Aloha said...

Whaddup! Here I am, browsing Pinterest for kids' storage solutions, and who do I find?? My blog bff, Jaime! I've pinned this and will be linking to it in my post either tomorrow or Thursday. :)

You're a rock star!

Aloha,
Charlie

Mary said...

Did you nail these together? It doesn't look like you screwed them. If so, what size finish nails did you use? How thick is the plywood?

Thanks in advance.

Charity said...

I am curious about the relative age of your girls...mine are pretty young, and I am wondering if the drawers are heavy??

Charity said...

I am curious about the relative age of your girls...mine are pretty young, and I am wondering if the drawers are heavy??

Kristen. Jason. Sofie said...

what a great idea! totally pinning this for later use! and i love the heart sheets! where did you find those?