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Storage Beds Save Space - West Elm Storage Bed

Updated on June 15, 2012

Venezia Rialto Storage Bed

What's a Storage Bed?

A storage bed is simply a bed that comes with storage. There are two types or you can get a combination of the two. The first type of storage bed is a bed with drawers in the frame of the bed. Typically, the drawers are under the slats that support the mattress. The number of drawers can range from one to as many as twelve (at least 12 is the most I've seen).

The second type of storage bed is where there is storage in the headboard. Ususally, this type of storage is more like shelves for books than compared to drawers for clothes or items you don't want exposed.

Positives and Negatives of Storage Beds

The nice thing about storage beds is that they can be big space savers when you don't have room for a dressor. They can also offer some flexibility in choice of whether you would like a large bed like a King or a smaller bed, but have room for the dressor. By combining the two, you can take more space for the bed since the dressor is in the frame.

The other nice thing about storage beds is that they can offer a second dressor if you already have one, but need additional storage. It seems like older houses typically came with small closets and having two dressors can help prevent closet stuffing.

There are negatives of beds with storage. First, they can be very heavy and difficult to move. Second, the beds are stypically solid all the way to the floor which makes cleaning under them harder. You can find raised storage beds, but they may have to be custom ordered. The third negative is price. They tend to be expensive to buy new. Much more expensive than a headbored and a dressor separately for similar quality. But, used storage beds for sale can be much less expensive (That's what I purchased). To find a used bed, I recommend watching your local craigslist.

Venezia Storage Beds

Venezia storage beds are high quality handbuilt beds that blend steal and wood with a modern design. The beds come in all sizes and offers flexibility in the number of drawers based on the model. One of the challenges with Venezia is that there isn't much information about them online. You may have to find a local dealer like Soma Sofa in San Francisco to answer questions about them. One of the really nice things about Venezia is that they will custom build storage beds to your requirements. Besides models based on the number of drawers, they also offer the Rialto. The Rialto offers larger pieces of wood and tends to look less busy. Plus it has six very large drawers. The canopy and the abode models are very similar. They have a mosaic like headboard and drawers, but the canopy model has a large square brushed steal frame for hanging a curtain or cover over.

West Elm Storage Bed

The West Elm Storage-Bed resembles a captains bed a bit, but looks much more modern. It has six large drawer areas and comes in a dark brown wood color. It can be used with a box spring and mattress or only a mattress. This is a middle of the road for a headboard and a places to hold baskets offered near $1000. The baskets that can be used as drawers may be purchased separately. Unfortunately, this bed isn't available in the stores. So it's difficult to know how well the drawers function, but from examining other West Elm products that they do carry in the stores, the quality appears acceptable.


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      Glenda Flaim 

      7 years ago

      We ordered this bed because we thought the design was elegant and smart. The queen size set us back about $1500 with taxes and shipping. We received the original bed on 12/29 and was set up by the white gloves service. After they left to my dismay I noticed that the frame had a rather large dent and the paint was scratched, I ran after them so they came back and try to "fix" it. They actually had a can of paint on the truck that made me think that this happens quite often. However the paint sheen did not match the original paint and looked like a big smear. I then called West Elm and asked for a replacement, the first phone call with customer service was very pleasant and they offer to send out a new frame. The day after I realized that also one of the drawers front was damaged so I called back to have replaced as well. This experience was much less pleasant but I thought maybe I got a "not so nice and helpful" operator. Anyway, 2 weeks later the new frame arrived when unpackaged it was actually worst that the one we had and the drawer front replacement was not included. You can immagine how annoying this was we had to take everything off the bed and the storage for nothing... and the crew that delivered the frame told us that "it happens all the time"!!! Again I set out to call customer service I was on hold for exactly 47 minutes and 36 seconds but I was determined to talk to someone and get this resolved. Finally an operator got on the line and assured me that a full bed replacement would be sent out. Today we received our replacement, no drawer front was included in the shipment but at least they were able to replaced the smeared piece. Needless to say that the quality of this bed is very poor compared to the price, I can get much better quality at Ikea for a third of the price. I wish I could return this bed but at this point I have donated our original bed frame so we are stuck. Will never buy something from West Elm again... and since I am an architect I will make sure that anyone I know or will ask or recommendations knows about this. I wish I had read some of the bad reviews West Elm has (and they are plenty around) and not made the commitment to buy this bed.

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      Ryan Hudson 

      9 years ago

      Excellent hub! You have done a good job. Really the storage beds saves move space as other takes more. I learnt something new from this hub. Storage beds are wonderful except some negative but its negligible. Thanks for the nice hub.

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      10 years ago from United States

      cool hub! ty for the info

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      Violette DeSantis 

      10 years ago from Broomall, PA

      My husband and I have a storage bed with the twelve drawers. Like not having the dust under the bed and enjoy the air type mattress. LOL. Since we live in a small house (used to be a one room school house) with three girls I'm considering murphy beds to fold down from the walls for the two youngest and a loft area for the oldest. This will make their room bigger. Storage space is key if you don't want a big house.

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      Woody Marx 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Storage beds are really wonderful. I had one at one time growing up and found that they were my favourite place to keep everything from my secret comic book collection to my glasses (a place I knew they were handy but not likely to get broken in the nightime.) Ah, my old storage-bed. I wonder where it is today?

      Thanks for great hub! :)

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      Paul Edmondson 

      10 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      Yes, the storage next to the ground is another con. This can be extra annoying if you have a long sheet or bedspread that is constantly getting in the way as you open and shut the drawers or if it covers the inside of the drawers once you open them.

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      10 years ago from singapore

      great hub. really informative. i learnt new things from here. it's great tht you have listed the pros and cons. thanks again.

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      10 years ago

      Another problem with the beneathe bed storage is that it is sooo low to the ground, and that is an inconvenience. But, if you're really cramped for storage, it is a good idea.

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      rodney southern 

      10 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Excellent hub Paul! Great job!


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