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What are some good storage ideas?

Asked by mayratapia_ (368points) July 30th, 2010 from iPhone

I share a rather small 10×13 ft room with my sister. There is already two twin beds, one drawer, and a bedside table in our room. Since there would be very little walking space I need an efficient way to store a variety of objects. All I need really is ideas, so any storage idea WILL help. Thank You.

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gailcalled's avatar

Drawers or boxes that slide under your bed. Or a unit that hangs from the ceiling. (Unless you can build a second story.)

GeorgeGee's avatar

On a couple of occasions I’ve built a platform bed that was basically a plywood box with a foam mattress on top. Lift the mattress and lid and there’s a closet-sized space within.

gailcalled's avatar

@GeorgeGee: That’s a wonderful idea but cumbersome for items used often. I need two friends to help me turn my mattress.

john65pennington's avatar

Have a big yard sale and sell everything except essentials for living.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

Since you don’t have a lot of available floor space, you should utilize the walls. I’d look into some shelving to hang above your bed.

GeorgeGee's avatar

I did note that I used a FOAM mattress ;D It’s nice and light, @gailcalled

gailcalled's avatar

@GeorgeGee: My mattress is foam also, but extra-long and hard for me to manipulate alone. Maybe if I were 16 again…

tranquilsea's avatar

IKEA is a wonderful store for storage ideas in tight living spaces.

christine215's avatar

if you have a closet, you can use half the closet to put a chest of drawers in

Coloma's avatar

I have a set of wicker trunks that I use for pajamas and sweats, another for extra bedding, blankets, comfortors etc. and the smallest one for misc. ‘stuff.’

They can also double as end tables or coffee tables or ?

SamIAm's avatar

bed raiser help tremendously and come in different sizes…

you have to think vertical expansion… shelves, raising your bed, working with what wall space you have.

also, go through your stuff and get rid of what you don’t use/wear/need… the container store has some really great storage options and you can also use this site for ideas!

YARNLADY's avatar

A hammock can be used to store things. How about a vertical mesh organizer? There are a lot of different types of over the door storage ideas. And don’t forget the under the bed storage.

I love this loft bed, as did my son.

jca's avatar

shelves are really cheap. you can buy the tracks and some wood or fake wood and put up really wide shelves, maybe 3 or 4 and you can put everything from clothes to stationery supplies to you name it.

gailcalled's avatar

@YARNLADY: I love that loft bed also. I would have loved to have had something similar when I was growing up.

Re; a chest of drawers in closet; it’s more efficient to build shelves in part of the closet and two tiers of hanging poles in the other.

augustlan's avatar

About a foot (or two, depending on what you want to store) from your ceiling, run a shelf all the way around your room. It’s only really good for things you don’t use often (or just want to display, like stuffed animals or something), but it’s completely out of the way and offers a ton of horizontal surface.

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