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The 10 Best Under-Bed Storage Bins, Vetted by a Home Editor

From pretty ones to plastic ones

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It’s one of the most exciting times of the year: swapping our closet for a new season. It’s almost like we’re seeing everything for the first time...except it's a total letdown when our clothes are a huge rumpled mess from not properly storing them the year prior. Wouldn’t it be so nice to take everything out, free of dust, lint and—God forbid—moth holes? Plus, a good under-bed storage system is essential for anyone who’s living in tight quarters with small closets (here’s looking at you, college students). These bins not only make organizing seasonal items a breeze—from summer blankets to winter boots—but they also come with nifty features, like drawers, wheels or dividers that make reaching everything so much easier. Below, we’ve vetted 10 of the best under-bed storage solutions (including sturdy plastic drawers, pretty fabric boxes and rolling containers) that’ll keep your pieces in tip-top shape for the long haul.

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Best Under-Bed Storage At a Glance 

1

Best Overall

Open Spaces Under-Bed Storage

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2

Best With Wheels

Better Homes & Gardens Rolling Organizer

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Best Drawers

Iris Under-Bed Drawer

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4

Best For Dorms

Container Store Long Under-Bed Box With Wheels

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Best With Dividers

Vailando Under-Bed Storage

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How We Chose the Best Under-Bed Storage Containers

In addition to testing several under-bed storage options, our home editor sifted through thousands of top-rated products to make sure they met the following criteria: 1) They were no taller than eight inches high, 2) they used sturdy materials, like canvas or polypropylene plastic and 3) were under $75 for a single container.

Underbed Storage
  • What We Like: set of two, stretchy canvas fabric, structured bottom, low-profile design, doubles as decor, handles make it easy to access, doubles as decor, easy to clean
  • What We Don't Like: expensive 
  • Material: canvas and leather 
  • Capacity: adjustable 
  • Dimensions: 17.9" L x 28.0" W x 7.9" H

This editor has about four of these bad boys under her platform bed right now—and all I can say is wow. When I moved into my new NYC pad, I took the ‘flex bedroom,’ which meant a) paying less rent than my roommate and b) having no closet. So, as you can imagine, I needed lots of storage space, and these canvas storage bins were a game changer. First and foremost, they have an ultra-flexible design that allows you to stuff them to the brim. I’m talking two wool trench coats, four leather jackets and a hefty winter puffer—all in one bin. While the structured base is sturdy enough to keep it from laying flat, the canvas fabric is stretchy, so you can pack it wide and tall. (It also includes a zipper, though you might have to sit on it like I did to get it to close.)

To that end, despite how fat you stuff it, the height won’t exceed 7.9 inches, so it’s guaranteed to fit under a low-profile bed. Plus, what I love most about this set is its stunning design. The leather handles are both functional and beautiful—and make it easy to grab from the deepest corners of my bed—while the beige finish makes it look like decor when it peeks out from the bottom. It’s also super easy to clean: I use a mild detergent with a cold wet cloth on scuffs and scratches and they come right out.

Best With Wheels

2. Better Homes & Gardens Rolling Organizer

Better Homes & Gardens

  • What We Like: caster wheels slide easily on all surfaces, durable polyester fabric, side handles, clear top, zippered closure, looks pretty under the bed
  • What We Don't Like: more shallow than other models 
  • Material: polyester and metal
  • Capacity: N/A
  • Dimensions: 26" L x 15" W x 5.9" H

Crafted from a durable neutral fabric, this organizer is another design-friendly option—and it features a clear top for you to quickly see what you need, plus a zippered closure to keep things in place. The best part, however, is that the bin features four caster wheels and side handles, making it a great option for anyone who needs an easily accessible mobile closet. Plus, the fabric construction goes beyond its good looks—it’s constructed from a sturdy polyester weave that’s designed to resist tearing while the structured frame helps it keep its shape over time. 

“[This bin is] really cool and I'm surprised by the quality,” one reviewer writes. “I searched everywhere and there's nothing else like these. Similar ones are plastic bins on wheels or floppy ones without wheels. These are fabric, so they look nice, but also have a sturdy frame like a real drawer. I bought four and they fit side by side under the foot of my king bed. I have a 6-inch clearance with carpeted floors and I was worried they wouldn't fit…they actually clear the bed with some rubbing. The casters are smooth and don't catch on the carpet.” Plus, another reviewer adds: “This is a wonderful way to store all of those off-season items that you dread having to dig out from under your bed! [The] bin has a clear top so that you can see pretty much everything that is inside of it, and it has a convenient zippered closure…It’s not too big, not too small, but you can fit a few sweaters or pairs of shoes in it.” 

Best Drawers

3. Iris Under-Bed Drawer

Iris

  • What We Like: deep with easy-sliding drawers, stackable, good for shoes and cosmetics, sturdy plastic, clear design makes it easy to see what’s inside 
  • What We Don't Like: might be too shallow to store taller items 
  • Material: plastic 
  • Capacity: 27.5 quarts
  • Dimensions: 29.13" L x 17.38" W x 5.88" H 

Here, another under-bed storage option that’s been a savior for my closetless living situation. Rather than your typical zip- or lift-off lid, this clear unit has a sliding clear drawer that makes it easy to grab pieces when the weather inevitably boomerangs from hot to cold (and back again). Yet, what I love most about this guy is its size. While the 29-inch length allows it to go super deep under the bed, the 27.5-quart capacity can hold everything from a blow dryer to Chelsea boots. On that note, this has also been a lifesaver for my winter shoes or cosmetics that are prone to spilling, where the plastic construction is super easy to clean (and shows zero scuffs or scratches on the exterior). To top it all off, these are great for stacking: Two of these guys on top of each other offer approximately 10 inches of height, creating a mini closet under my bed.

It also has a 4.3 out of 5-star rating with more than 1,300 reviews on reviews on Amazon: “[Living] in an apartment with limited space, my dresser drawers have long exceeded their maximum fill line… I purchased three of these under-bed drawers, placed them side by side, and created a new dresser under my bed. I also taped the tops of them together to assist from separation and sliding when opening and closing the drawers, which works great. These are super sturdy, which was a nice surprise compared to other plastic drawer containers I have used. The drawer is completely enclosed in its plastic casing with a clear top to see the contents if needed. The drawers slide in and out with ease as well,” one reviewer writes.

Best For Dorms

4. Container Store Long Under-Bed Box With Wheels

The Container Store

  • What We Like: split lid makes it accessible on both sides of a twin bed, wheels, durable polypropylene materials, stackable design
  • What We Don't Like: expensive for a set of 6 
  • Material: polypropylene
  • Capacity: 56 quarts
  • Dimensions: 35⅝" L x 18¼" W x 6½" H

Designed and molded to accommodate twin-sized beds, this box is an absolute must-have for anyone who’s living in a dorm. It’s made from clear, virtually unbreakable polypropylene and the easy-open, locking lid is accessible from either side—you can open it from the left or right side of your bed, thanks to the 35-inch length (most twin beds are 38 inches wide). The cherry on top, however, is that it has wheels that make it easy to move around and the 6.5-inch height is designed for stacking (make sure you get a super-tall set of bed risers). 

One student writes, “I used multiple containers under my bed when I went off to college. They were easy to store food, linens, books and any odds and ends. I raised my dorm bed and stacked the containers under my bed, they rolled and stacked easily, so it maximized the space I had in my room. I then moved into an apartment and it was such an easy move with everything already packed in the containers!!!” And of course, they’re great for the home as well: “I spent way too much time searching for the right size of under-bed storage for our king-size bed. Most containers were too tall. Others were just a little bit wider, so I couldn't maximize the space. I have three of these containers under each side of our bed for a total of six. They fit perfectly! The wheels make it noticeably smoother to slide under the bed and the split lid is perfect for the times when you just need to grab something from one end,” another reviewer says.

Best With Dividers

5. Vailando Under-Bed Storage

  • What We Like: set of two, adjustable dividers with three compartments, reinforced handles, study PP board bottom, two-way zippers
  • What We Don't Like: might need replacement after a few years
  • Material: linen, oxford, plastic
  • Capacity: 60 liters
  • Dimensions: 33.7" L x 17.1" W x 6" H

Life goal: Fold all of our clothing in Kon-Mari bundles before storing it for the easiest unpacking come next year. This sturdy storage solution is split into three compartments that make it a breeze to organize everything from T-shirts to jeans in neat little packages. It also features reinforced handles on three sides, PP boards at the bottom that help to maintain its shape, a transparent lid for easy access and two-way, double zippers to keep everything fresh. 

The set’s 4.7-out-of-5-star rating with more than 1,300 reviews speak for themselves: “They fold up and are easy to put together. The dividers can be used if needed or can be left out, so the compartment inside can be adjusted to your needs. I used the dividers and was able to put all my summer T-shirts and capris into one of the boxes. I used the other for purses and sling bags that had been hanging in an unruly mess on a hat stand. The plastic on top is see-through so I know what is in the box immediately without having to add labels. They fit perfectly under my bed (I only have about 7 inches of clearance). I have other ‘between season’ clothing as well as blankets and such that need a good home that is out of my way until needed and I am planning to order more of these as soon as possible,” one person raves. 

  • What We Like: tight locking lids prevent insects or moisture from seeping in, wheels, sturdy plastic, latches designed for stacking 
  • What We Don't Like: some reviewers reported that they didn’t fit under the bed (be sure to measure before purchasing)
  • Material: plastic
  • Capacity: 60 quarts
  • Dimensions: 34.62” L x 7” H x 18.75” W

Finally, something that is guaranteed to keep bugs out. While this storage bin has plenty to offer—like smooth gliding wheels and a stackable design—we’re impartial to the colorful latches that secure the lid tightly to the base. Not only does this help keep creepy crawlers from getting in, but it also means everything inside will be protected from unwanted odors, dust or mildew that can accumulate under the bed. 

Take it from one reviewer, who says, “I used this primarily for storing winter bed sheets and seasonal throw blankets under my bed. This product is awesome! I like the flatness and how it fits under my low-to-the-ground bed with no problem. The seal is perfect and no bugs or water can get in: they’ve been under there for over a year now, and I’ve even had an ant infestation since then. [Everything inside remained bug-free], just a great product overall.” Another person writes: “This container is actually bigger than what I needed, but I will now be able to store all my out-of-season decorating pieces all in place. Keeps them safe from all sorts of possible problems, such as being stepped on, possible moisture issues, or other items nicking them. Plus, with the wheels, I can store it either under the bed or under my table in my basement with ease to get it out.”

  • What We Like: durable canvas exterior with polyester lining inside, handles on all four sides, available in two finishes, monogrammable, oversized length, zippered top
  • What We Don't Like: fabric top doesn’t allow you to see what’s inside
  • Material: canvas, polyester and cotton
  • Capacity: N/A
  • Dimensions: 28" L X 18" W X 6" H

Yet another beautiful, sturdy fabric option? This canvas bin from Lands’ End. Not only does its design feature handles on all four sides that make it super easy to reach, but you can personalize it with initials or words (like “blankets” if you want something chic that can also be put on display). The 100-percent cotton fabric is also ultra-durable—available in navy and khaki finishes—and polyester lining gives it an extra layer of protection against bugs and spills (just be sure to spot-clean only). 

“These under-bed canvas storage bags are great: Because they are not rigid, you can push it down and make everything fit. I originally ordered the navy color and liked it so much, I just bought a second one in the tan color. I ordered two different colors so it would be easier to identify which items were inside the bags before pulling them out. A firm board bottom comes with the bag, so it keeps its shape. [It also] has a very nice zipper to make it easy to open and close,” one reviewer raves.

Best Plastic

8. Iris Store and Slide Tub

IRIS USA

  • What We Like: fully transparent design with detachable lid, low-friction disks make it easy to slide
  • What We Don't Like: lack of handles/drawers makes it tough to access from deep under the bed
  • Material: plastic
  • Capacity: 40 quarts 
  • Dimensions: 6.3'' H X 28.5'' W X 18'' D

Simple, reliable and straightforward: This is a great option for anyone who’s looking for a no-frills plastic tub. The detachable lid clicks in place while the low-friction disks on each corner of the bottom make it easy to slide and store (per its title). You also have a 100-percent clear body—so you can see everything inside—and the 40-quart capacity offers plenty of room for shoes, blankets, coats, board games and beyond.

“Six bins fit nicely under a queen bed (might have even fit eight??). The bins are smooth sliding on hardwood and the lack of wheels means the inside of the bin is square and does not [take up extra] space to wheel. They seem strong and snap closed unless overloaded,” one reviewer writes. Plus, another person says, “Holds a lot. Seems quite sturdy and the ‘feet’ on the bottom help it slide easily. Great for storing my Christmas ribbons, bags, tags and other supplies. Since it's see-through, I can see what is inside, which makes getting to things easier.”

Best For Shoes

9. StorageLAB Under-Bed Containers

storageLAB

  • What We Like: set of two, fits 24 pairs of shoes, adjustable and removable dividers, durable fabric, structured bottom, clear zippered top, handles
  • What We Don't Like: some compartments might be two narrow to fit a pair of big shoes (like boots)
  • Material: polyester and plastic 
  • Capacity: N/A
  • Dimensions: ‎17.76" L x 13.82" W x 5.94" H

If you’re anything like me, you may have gone a little overboard with buying sandals this summer. This shoe storage bag is just the thing you need to keep every pair together until next year. Each bin in the set of two fits 12 shoes (24 pairs total), where the adjustable compartments were designed with different footwear—from stilettos and knee boots to Crocs—in mind. Plus, if you need a segmented storage option for your hand towels, hats, scarves or foldables, this guy also works like a charm. The woven fabric makes it durable, while the plastic zippered top makes it easily accessible. (And it even has handles on the sides, so it’s easy to pull). 

“I have been frustrated with floppy under-bed shoe storage that was difficult to get out from under the bed, and when I would get them back under, the shoes would bunch up and it would be a mess. This is sturdy and slides out from under easily—and without messing up the shoes! And you can customize the size of the spaces for shoes,” one reviewer writes. Another person adds: “The material is sturdy and the sides and dividers are strong (not cardboard like some other products on the market). The bottom insert provides extra strength to keep the dividers in place. It’s very easy to put together and the sections can be adjusted to fit any size of shoes. My husband and I love our under-bed storage containers (straw color) and they are now under our queen-sized bed.”

Best Vacuum Bag

10. Hefty Shrink-Pak Vacuum Storage Bags

Hefty

  • What We Like: pack of three jumbo bags, one bag is large enough to compress a mattress topper, valve fits most vacuum attachments, zippers slide for an air-tight seal
  • What We Don't Like: not re-usable 
  • Material: plastic 
  • Capacity: N/A
  • Dimensions: 48” W x 35” D

This space-saving bag is about to become your new best friend. The pack comes with a set of three jumbo vacuum storage bags, which can each fit everything from king-sized comforters, pillows, towels, clothes, blankets—you name it. The air-tight, one-way valve fits most vacuum attachments (per the manufacturer) while the water-resistant construction protects everything inside from odors, insects, dirt and mildew. Plus, it has a clear, see-through design with red-and-yellow Double Closure™ zippers that slide together for an air-tight seal.

According to one reviewer, the bags are so big, they can even fit a mattress topper: “I had a full foam mattress topper for a futon [and] I wanted to put the topper in my linen closet but it was TOO BIG. I tried and tried to roll it, fold it to no avail. Enter the XL Hefty bags! The topper was SO big I needed help wedging it into the Hefty bag, but it did, indeed, fit. I zip-closed the bag and vacuumed the air out. AMAZING. It's now about one fourth the size. I was so happy, I put some other blankets in storage bags too. So much fits in my closet now!” That said, the reviewer also notes: “You need to be careful that your items are near the suction hole so that you don't suction the bag to itself. An easy fix: just open the bag, reposition your stuff, close it again and re-suction. These are really meant for VERY LARGE things and the final product will still be kind of wide. Overall, I could NOT have put the mattress topper away if not for this bag. It's a win in my book!”

What to Consider When Buying Under-Bed Storage Containers

As with any storage product, you want to make sure you’re purchasing something with the items you want to store in mind. Are you looking for something that you can keep your off-season clothes in? Best to go with a container that has drawers, so it can double as an under-bed closet. Need something for your extra shoes? You’re going to want to find something with dividers. And of course, make sure you’re selecting something that will fit under the bed (bonus points if it has a pretty design). 

  • Size: Measure the space from the base of  the bed frame to the ground. While most containers won’t exceed a height of 10 inches, it’s best to err on the side of caution: Stick with options that measure between 5 to 8 inches tall. That way, if you have some extra room, you can stack them on top of each other. And of course, be sure you’re selecting something that’s oversized in length, so you can fit everything from blankets to boots.  
  • Material: For fabric options, choose a sturdy material like canvas or cotton that won’t tear or rip when you tug on it. Polyester is also a popular choice, but be sure it has words like “durable” and “reinforced” in the description so it doesn’t feel flimsy (or collapse over time). And if you’re looking for something ultra-durable, you can’t go wrong with polypropylene plastic, which is molded to resist cracking. 
  • Features: Again, you want to think about what you’re storing inside these bins, along with features that’ll make life easier. If these are containers you’re planning on using daily, look for handles, wheels or drawers to make your storage items easily accessible. Otherwise, if it’s mostly going to be a seasonal storage option, go with a container that has a zipper or latch that’ll prevent bugs or mildew from seeping in.

What Goes In Under-Bed Storage?

The short answer? Anything! In general, people tend to store seasonal items, like winter coats, summer blankets, beach towels, or anything that has a three-to-four-month lifespan. But there are also some great storage options for specific items, like shoes (see number nine on this list), bags (see number five) or board games (see number eight). The storage options are endless—just be sure you’re shopping with its intended purpose in mind.

What Not to Keep Under the Bed

Avoid storing important documents or work-related items that you might forget about. The under-bed tends to become a vortex of “save for later” items, and more often than not, this becomes an out-of-sight, out-of-mind situation. To that end, it’s probably best to avoid storing things that you use daily (if you can). While under-bed boxes with drawers make things more accessible, it’s more likely that you’ll forget what’s there—and curse yourself for going an entire season without your favorite pair of boots.

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