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Lift and Store Bed – Perfect for Small Spaces

by Angela On July 10, 2012

The other night I had a very rare opportunity to watch a little HGTV–specifically, Sabrina Soto’s The High Low Project.  If you have not seen it, I highly recommend it.  On the show, Sabrina introduced a couple who was tight on space to a bed with a unique solution.

{Pictured above Pivot Storage Bed from West Elm.}

Yes, you guessed it–storage!  But what made this under-bed storage unique was that the bed easily lifted up using hydraulics.  I was so intrigued that I had to pause the show to start my online search.  In a few clicks I found the Pivot Storage bed frame from West Elm.  The only problem was that the bed frame has been discontinued!  Drat!  Not one to go down easy, I was on a hunt to find more of these beds.  What did I find?  Everything from DIY to higher ticket items.

{Image from Storage Beds.}

On the low end I found the DIY kit from Storage Beds.  Priced at $149.95 it’s definitely the most economical way to do it.  This is also the way to go if you are looking for a very specific look.  I found there are not a ton of options out there for these types of beds, so if you want a more custom look this might be the way to go.

{Pareto Storage Bed from Storage Bed Store.}

I also found more bed options from  and the Storage Bed Store.

As I was in my bliss or blur of searching for ‘lift and store’ storage beds, my husband brought up a good question: “Why wouldn’t you just put storage boxes under the bed like you always have?  Wouldn’t it be easier to just slide the boxes out from under the bed than lift up the mattress?”  GREAT question!  Yes, that has worked for many years for many people.  However, with the popularity of the platform bed, many new bed frames have closed sides.  In other words, the area where a bed skirt used to go has been replaced by wood panels.  So you can’t just lift up the bed skirt and slide something in or out anymore.  For many people with small spaces this is a terrible loss of valuable storage space.  That is why this is such a cool find!

{Forever Storage Mattress from Storage Bed Store.}

Last but not least, on the blog Tiny House I found this video of David Bromstad from HGTV’s Color Splash giving another happy homeowner a lift and store bed.  It’s a pretty short video, but if you want to see how a lift and store bed works take a quick peek here.  Clearly the HGTV designers are fans of these beds!  What do you think?  Would you try a lift and store bed?

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One Response to “Lift and Store Bed – Perfect for Small Spaces”

  1. Rena Sawhill says:

    Bed frames that are made from aluminum or bronze are also great since they have that elegant finish. I always use them at home. ,““

    Take care

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