Under bed storage-boxes verses drawers

November 4, 2021

Today we will analyze the difference between under bed storage boxes verses under bed storage drawers. Both are a great way to create more storage space in the bedroom. Usually, they are available in standard sizes and fit easily under regular sized beds. A storage box for an under bed is usuallymade of plastic, but you can also find them made of fabric.

Plastic Storage Boxes

The plastic storage boxes usually come with rollers and with a lid. They are perfect for storing quilts, pillows and seasonal clothes. The rollers under the storage box mean that it can be pulled out or transported with little effort. Especially if heavy items are being stored. The height of the boxes varies and here it becomes tricky. The average plastic storage box with lid is between 6-7 inches tall and fit under almost any bed. It is essential to measure the available space under your bed before ordering. Another advantage of having a storage box with a lid, is the protection from dust, mold or insects. The plastic is also easy to clean. Let’s summarize the advantages of plastic storage boxes:


  • Storage box with rollers for easy pull out
  • Lid to close for protection of dust
  • Transparent storage box
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Available in many sizes

Fabric Storage Boxes


The fabric storage box sits usually flat on the floor and needs a little more effort to be pulled from under the bed. Especially if heavy items are being stored. The height of the fabric storage box can range from 7-9 inches and will fit under most beds. Some of the fabric storage boxes come with a lit, that can also be closed with a zipper. Due to the breathable material, mold formation inside the box is prevented and is optimally protected against pests such as moths. Because of its height, they are great for storing winter and summer clothes. Some of them are also stackable so they can be used for different applications.  Let’s summarize the advantages of plastic storage boxes:


  • Higher storage capacity because of its height
  • Breathable and light material
  • Stackable
  • Available in different materials
  • Available in many sizes

Storage Drawer Boxes

The storage drawer box is quite often attached to the bed with metal slides. Sometimes you can also find it free floating on wheels. The material that is used for the drawers varies from MDF to particle board to solid wood. Depending really on the weight capacity of the metal slides, someone must be cautious not to overload the drawer. The draw back is that dust will accumulate inside the drawers. Also, most of the drawers need to be assembled and are made out of the same material as the bed. Let’s summarize the advantages of  storage drawer boxes:

  • Very stable
  • Usually bought with the bed


So what is the best storage option out there? It really depends what you want to store. Many of our customers want to use the storage for sheets and everything related to beds. That will require a lot of space to store sheets etc. Personally, I like the fabric storage boxes the best, as they are environmentally friendly. In conclusion it really depends on the individual taste.

Thank you for reading this blog! We put a lot of effort into each and every one to help you make informed decisions. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at hello@quaggadesigns.com, I would be happy to chat :)