Underbed Storage Eliminates the Dust Bunnies

Underbed Storage Eliminates the Dust Bunnies

Captain’s Beds are Growing Up

Storage beds have been a longstanding choice for children’s rooms. They typically feature a platform base that requires a mattress without box springs. Built-in drawers, usually on just one side, eliminate the need for a dresser or chest. Known as captain’s or mate’s beds, they come in twin and full size frames. Some can even accommodate an extra mattress in addition to drawer storage.

Now, this style is coming of age as a choice for many adult bedrooms. With size options spreading out to queen, king and even California king, they feature the same space-saving drawer features on both sides and, sometimes, at the ends. Some feature a lift-up platform frame on hinges that eliminates the need for drawers. Of course, they don’t include trundle options as there is probably no need for a sleepover in the master suite (I imagine).

Styles are simple, but headboards can become elaborate with leather, faux leather, and fabric upholstery. Bookcase headboards are another option that is borrowed from the kid-friendly designs.

Very few storage beds are solid wood. Most are MDF with veneers in a wide variety of finishes. Classic colors are whites and off-whites, black, and brown in dark espresso to lighter latte shades. For adult spaces, look for flush front panel drawers that slide smoothly on premium metal rails. Handles that stick out are pure ankle-busters. Whether you want to save space or just need additional storage for blankets and other bulky items, these are stylish alternatives to standard bed frames.

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