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.