Thursday, May 16, 2013

A Rubbermaid Bed Frame!


Andy and I are trying to live a minimalist lifestyle, but there are some things we just can't get rid of. Things like his tools (handy to have), travel and adventure gear (expensive), and other things like winter bedding (seasonal). These are items that we don't always use, but we do use them occasionally so we can't just get rid of them. That means we have to store them somewhere.


Normally the closet would seem like a good storage place. But what if you don't have a closet...or if your closet has other things in it like clothing? Or in our case, we decided to do Airbnb so we cleared out a whole room in our apartment for the sake of hosting visitors. Through creating an empty guest room we found ourselves in need of more storage. We had quite a few rubbermaid storage bins that we had used when we moved, but sat empty and stacked up in our closet. So Andy and I got to work.


When we moved from Virginia to California we got rid of our bed frame. That was our first step in becoming minimalist. We moved our queen sized memory foam mattress and then slept on it on the floor. It was actually quite liberating to do! So we decided to combine our frame-less mattress and our need for storage. We filled the rubbermaid containers (not all of them, that's a lot of stuff!) and arranged them under our queen sized mattress. It worked perfectly!


We arranged the rubbermaid containers (all the same kind) 5 wide on each side. Then in the middle we did 3 long (13 total rubbermaids). That arrangement fit our queen sized memory foam mattress perfectly. We didn't do anything else. Then we made the bed and slept in it that night. I dreamt about falling out of bed all night, but come morning everything was still in place and both Andy and I felt great.


We have been sleeping on our rubbermaid bed frame for over a month now and it has gone really well. The containers haven't shifted, we haven't fallen out of bed, or even felt a difference. The containers are also easy to pull out if we need something. Andy was afraid that we would both roll toward the middle, but that hasn't happened either. Overall the rubbermaid bed frame has been perfect! We now have a bed off the floor, AND more than enough storage.

PS. If you added a bed skirt, no one would even know the bed was made or rubbermaids.

17 comments:

  1. Very inventive! Although, every time I see a creative take on beds (like the pallet beds) I always wonder about how they hold up under.. umm.. certain noctural activities. I'm like andy - I'd worry that the middle would give out.

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    1. Haha Toni! I was worried about "nocturnal activities" as well, but let me tell you, the bed has held up. These rubbermaids are awesome...and they don't squeak or make any type of noise with excessive movement. :)

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  2. I did this in 2003. I moved to an apartment that had a tight staircase and couldn't fit my box spring. Now 10 years later still going strong!! No issues at all! I added the IKEA bed slats ($30) just for fun, didn't need the extra support, but it makes it easier to slide the bins.

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  3. i am wondering now if a day bed or sofa set up isn't possible with these crates too

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  4. Hows this holding up over time? I love the idea and may do the same for ease of moving, simplicity and cost. I dont have enough stuff to fill this many bins. Would leaving them empty still work?

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    1. It holds up great over time! There are two of us who sleep on the bed and the majority of the rubbermaids are empty. We tried to put at least one thing in each of them, but most have almost nothing in them. They shift over a few months, but it is easy to just push them back into place.

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  5. First off, thanks for this idea, very creative.
    Sounds like comfort and durability have been good.
    My question is about the lids on the top of each bin not being flat.
    Has this left any kind of impression/or created any irregularities with the mattress?
    Thanks in advance.

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    1. I haven't had any issue with the lids not being flat. We have a memory foam mattress, so I think everything evens itself out with the mattress.

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  6. Hello i thought of this a while ago, I urgently need a bed frame them came up to this image while searching for ideas. The question is how many gallons is each container?
    Thanks for sharing.

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  7. It's practical but doesn't look aesthetic.

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    1. It just needs a bed skirt.

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  8. I've also done this a lot. The taller roughneck Rubbermaids give a good height but the shorter ones would be fine if you wanted a lower bed. I wouldn't use anything but the roughneck tubs, personally.

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  9. Hey how I am trying to do that for my son bed he got a twin size XL inwas wondering how many storages bn I am going to need.

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  10. Hi, Ellie
    Wondering what size bins you used?
    Thank you!
    Char Edson :)

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  11. Hi Ellie,
    Came across your blog after deciding to do this and wanting to see if others had had success. May I ask what size (H x W x D) your bins are? Thank you for any feedback.

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    1. Hi Char, thanks for your comment! These bins are Rubbermaid roughneck brand. I bought these about 5 years ago at Target, but I don't think they make this type and color anymore. These are the dimensions:
      25 gal : 28.8" L x 19.7" W x 16.5" H

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