When I first heard this idea I cringed. I was NEVER going to be one of “Those” people! Yes, I’ve encouraged others with space issues to embrace this idea, but it was unthinkable for me. After visiting a friend and being inspired by her supply of food, I decided I wanted to bulk mine up some more, but the only problem was, I had NO more room! At least that is what I thought…
I’m not crafty in any way! In fact I despise crafts, they take time and money I don’t care to spend. The talent I loathe most though, is Decorating. I’ve tried hiring professional decorators to help me, but I must be difficult to work with, because they never call me back. Then, I was introduced to Pinterest! Countless of wasted hours later, this room was born…
Even though the decorating process was pure misery, I was pretty happy with the end result. Sorry, it’s a little overkill on the teal and coral color, but I’m a novice in this department and could care less. At this point it’s staying the way it is!
When gazing at the guest room one day (because it’s the only room that manages to stay clean), it occurred to me I did have room for more food… under the BED! Immediately I ripped the box springs off the bed, stuck a bunch of buckets in its place, and wha-la, I was more excited than a kid on Christmas Day!
My husband immediately put his stamp of disapproval on my idea, whining that it would be uncomfortable, look dumb, hard to get to, etc. I reminded him maybe he should buy another gun (this solution solves most problems), and instantly my idea was ingenious!
I couldn’t believe I was able to stick 19 buckets under the bed (well over a year supply of food for one person)! I could have put 5 more if I ditched the bed frame.
To measure, just stick buckets on top of the bed, or inside the bed frame to see how many will fit. Or you can just trust my math ;)
# of Buckets Under a Bed:
- TWIN – 3 rows x 6 in each column = 18 Buckets
- FULL – 4 rows x 6 in each column = 24 Buckets
- QUEEN – 5 rows (maybe) x 6 in each column = 30 buckets
- The Queen shape is a little off, so staggering might be best.
- KING – 7 rows x 6 in each column = 42 Buckets
My husband maybe had ONE point… it will look dumb. I couldn’t let all those hours on pinterest go to waste, so I thought for a minute and remembered I had some thin boards I could use. I put my bed skirt over the boards and buckets, threw the mattress back on, and quickly solved the ugly problem.
My husband probably isn’t the only one with a list of complaints so let me address some of them here:
- UNCOMFORTABLE – It’s very supportive if you make sure not to leave any gaps, so it shouldn’t be any different then using a box spring! I used the guest/baby room for it so it doesn’t matter, since I don’t have to sleep on it :)
- HARD TO REACH– I would recommend putting long-term food, and things you don’t need often under the bed. Regardless of what is hidden underneath, I would much rather lift a mattress up than drag 4 kids to the store ANY day!!!
- LOOKS BAD – See above! You can’t even tell the difference, at least that is what I tell myself!!! Plus it keeps the monsters from hiding under there!
Maybe you need to sleep on this idea first, but in the meantime, we’ll be sleeping on ours :)