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Storage in flats with few closets
« on: April 26, 2017, 01:00:42 PM »
Hello!  My husband and I are in the process of moving.  In our current place we keep our suitcases in the closet and under the bed.  However, a lot of places we are looking don't have any closets and a lot of the beds we are looking at are lower.  Is there another place to keep suitcases out of the way (and preferably not being an eyesore) in flats here that I haven't thought of?
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Re: Storage in flats with few closets
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2017, 01:11:08 PM »
Our sofa has storage space built in. 

What about the loft?

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Re: Storage in flats with few closets
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2017, 02:19:50 PM »
We're looking at flats, none of them have lofts so far.

Of course our current one does....but we're leaving.
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Re: Storage in flats with few closets
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2017, 03:39:17 PM »
Most houses and apartments here don't have closets, I have seen people use wardrobes in bedrooms in lieu of closets.

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Re: Storage in flats with few closets
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2017, 05:02:41 PM »
Behind the sofa?
Raise the beds up on risers?
Under the kitchen/dining table with a nice cloth draped all over it to hide them?
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Re: Storage in flats with few closets
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2017, 07:48:19 PM »
Good suggestions!  Thank you.  When we figure out which flat we'll actually have it'll be easier to figure stuff like this out, and I'll keep all of those in mind.  Luckily some suitcases fit inside others...so it's more like storing 2 instead of 4 I think.
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Re: Storage in flats with few closets
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2017, 10:03:11 AM »
This bed frame is quite high, so it will easily fit suitcases underneath.

http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/beds/double-king-size-beds/leirvik-bed-frame-white-lur%C3%B6y-spr-69006660/

I've been able to store two large and one medium suitcase underneath, plus three big plastic tote boxes.

I've had it for 7 years, and it still looks and feels brand new. I only bought it because it was the cheapest available in Ikea, too. :D
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Re: Storage in flats with few closets
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2017, 11:15:14 AM »
Oh nice!  @AV Good to know you like that one.  We are looking at ikea furniture but it is really hard to shop for it because there is no showroom near us.
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Re: Storage in flats with few closets
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2017, 07:10:22 PM »
It's a FABULOUS frame. Only slight downside is that it's not comfortable to lie against if you're sitting upright in bed. Easy enough to put a few pillows behind your back, though.

Yeah, I think I bought my queen-size frame for $79 or $99 at the very most. Only went for the cheapest one, but it's great. It's probably a bit better suited for the UK because if you have a big, thick, pillowtop mattress and big boxspring (like I do), the bed ends up quite high. Foam mattress would be perfect. :)

Have never had or seen a bed frame with more space underneath for storage, though. I'm trying to talk my stepdaughter into getting one for her room. :D
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Re: Storage in flats with few closets
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2017, 07:13:20 PM »
Ooh, and come to think of it, there might be a slight wiggle to it if you, ahem, get enthusiastic about marital passion. :D But that may also be due to my super thick mattress and boxspring.
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Re: Storage in flats with few closets
« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2017, 07:46:03 PM »
LOL!

I noticed that the Ikea UK website has a pretty reasonably priced memory foam mattress.  I bet that would be pretty good, if a foam mattress goes best with that type of bed.

Of course now our current landlord has said we may be able to keep some of the furniture, as he is selling and doesn't have room for it in his family home.  If the bed can come apart maybe we'll take that and problem solved.
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Re: Storage in flats with few closets
« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2017, 07:50:04 PM »
I would say, if you are able to, just get a new bed that has the underbed storage. Either that or storing them on top of the wardrobe was what we used to do :) We didn't have closets either so we always used top of the wardrobe as our additional storage (although we did have a few airing cupboards outside of the bedroom.

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Re: Storage in flats with few closets
« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2017, 05:17:44 PM »
I never thought of on top of the wardrobe but that would work!  See, you guys have such good ideas.
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Re: Storage in flats with few closets
« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2017, 05:22:20 PM »
I never thought of on top of the wardrobe but that would work!  See, you guys have such good ideas.

Haha honestly I just realised it was wasted space one day so we stored our off-season clothes boxes there and heavy winter duvet in the summer as well as our suitcases and that type of stuff. I'm pretty short so it's hard for me to reach the stuff easily but luckily I barely need to haha


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