Oak Furniture Solutions offer a selction of Blanket Boxes and Underbed Storage Drawers. The choice of Blanket Boxes include many in oak, ash, pine and painted pine. Blanket Boxes are useful for storage including bedding and toys. Once you have selected the item you are looking for, please take look at matching items available within that range.
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If you need help deciding which bed to buy, you might find our blanket box and underbed storage buying guide useful.
Tired of having an untidy bedroom? Too much clutter? Maximising the space in your bedroom, especially if you have a small room and lots of belongings, is essential. There are several types of bedroom storage available to you, including under-bed storage and blanket boxes.
The need for accessible, clean storage space has meant that blanket boxes have been an important furniture item for centuries. Under-bed storage on the other hand is a more recent but increasing effective use of space. With bedding to suit every mood, various blankets, throws, linen and cushions, as well as larger items of clothing like winter coats and shoes, we all need as much bedroom storage as possible. And that’s without even considering those cuddly toys that you just can’t bear to be without.
In this guide we take you through what underbed storage is available and how to find the right piece of furniture for you.
The need for as much additional storage space in the bedroom is a given. We all accumulate items that we want to be able to access with ease but not have them create unnecessary clutter in a room that should be our sanctuary, a place to escape the busyness of our days.
Two of the main storage options are under-bed storage and blanket boxes. The key to choosing and using both of these bedroom storage methods, is what you plan to put in each. It is advisable to use under-bed storage for things you don't use on a regular basis such as spare blankets and out-of-season clothes. You can also combine the two to organise your bedroom as you want it. There are a number of key considerations when looking at these options that we will guide you through now.
There are many different types of under-bed storage. You can get compartments with wheels, storage bags and storage sets of multiple containers. They also tend to come in several different types of material, such as wicker, wooden, plastic and fabric.
If you're going to use the under-bed storage on a daily basis, you may wish to choose some with wheels and easy to open lids.
Ideally, you should think about bedroom storage before you even buy your bed, because this may influence what type of bed you purchase initially. You can opt for a bed that has built in storage drawers, ensuring that you do not have to add your own. There is always the option of an Ottoman bed with storage space under the mattress. These usually function with a mechanical system, allowing the mattress to be gently lifted up to reveal the space underneath.
If you have no space under your bed or just like the idea of having even easier access to your items then invest in a blanket box. As well as providing excellent storage, it also makes an attractive feature.
The blanket box or chest has been a popular storage solution for over 300 years and it’s easy to understand their lasting appeal. Just where do you put extra blankets, bed linen and towels? It’s also great for placing a TV or tablet on for those evenings when you want to snuggle up in bed and watch the latest boxset.
Blanket boxes come in a number of different shapes, sizes and types with a full range of options available to suit your precise storage needs. Like we’ve mentioned, its important to have a general idea of what you are likely to store in it as this can help guide your choice.
In terms of shape, the most common are square and rectangle boxes that are ideal for the end of the bed or under a window. However, you can also opt for the softer lines of a circular trunk. Whereas the traditional blanket box was a simple top-hinged box, you can now combine top access storage with drawers. Blanket boxes also come with or without a number of additional features like legs and handles, with these finer details really adding to the overall mood of the piece. There are also different hinging options to consider.
If you're feeling adventurous you could opt for some built in storage in your headboard, although this may be hard to customise yourself. Look out for beds that come equipped with this.
If you have a clear idea of what exactly you want from your blanket box or under-bed storage, it will make the process of shopping for one much easier. Many people are looking to achieve maximum storage space whilst adding to the character of the room. Consider what items cause you the biggest storage headache at the moment and then match these to the furniture that can best accommodate them.
Shop Online or In-Store?
When it comes to shopping for a blanket box or under-bed storage, you may well be wondering whether it is best to buy instore or online. This is a common consideration and both options have their benefits. Some people like to physically touch a blanket box to get a feel for it, however the choice and pricing online are often significantly better. Make sure that wherever you purchase it from accepts refunds and offers a delivery service if required.
When it comes to style considerations, there are options to suit all tastes. A blanket box provides excellent additional storage but it can also further enhance the mood of your room. A blanket box can be stylish item of furniture and fit in with a number of different looks, suiting traditional homes or helping you achieve the minimalist look you want.
You can opt for an oak or painted blanket box, ideal for a cosy bedroom or you can opt for the sophisticated and opulent look of darker woods. Traditionalists will delight in the character and grain of solid oak whereas others may prefer to go for a shabby chic look with a reclaimed piece. Some blanket boxes even combine two distinctly different wood types in a single piece of furniture to make more of a statement. Those with an artistic flare or a specific bedroom colour scheme can paint the blanket box themselves, giving complete creative freedom. One thing to consider is making sure that the blanket box matches with other woods present in room, ideally from the same range.
How to Accessorise a Blanket Box
How you accessorise your blanket box depends on your overall approach to the bedroom. Today it is fairly common for a blanket box to be used as a television stand, so that you can watch your favourite shows or films from the comfort of your own bed. If you think technology has no place in the bedroom, then the blanket box provides a nice space to accessorise. You can make a feature of your blanket box by adding flowers and plants, large candles, and photo frames to it. Historically, blanket boxes where also used for additional seating. With a few cushions, it can make a comfortable place to sit, especially if located under a window.
Where to place a blanket box?
The most common place to locate a blanket box is at the end of the bed. However, if you don't wish to place a blanket box here for practical or aesthetic reasons, then positioning it under a window would work well. This will use up space that may be otherwise ignored, whilst at the same time creating a handy window seat. Blanket boxes also work well in the corner of a room. Alternatively, you could purchase a storage bench with drawers rather than a lid, which could double up as an extra wide bedside table.
And remember, a blanket box is not just for bedrooms. It is an attractive and practical piece of furniture suitable for any room. If you have children, it can be a brilliant way to keep toys and teddy bears from covering the entire house.
There are various sizes of blanket box available and you should therefore make sure it is big enough for the items you wish to store.
It’s vitally important that your blanket box is not too big for your bed. Ideally it should be slightly lower that the height of the bed with a mattress on it and no wider that the bed. Make sure you can walk comfortably around your bedroom and that it is does not hinder your free movement.
When it comes to under-bed storage, make sure that the units fit comfortably under the bed and you have enough room to pull them out to access the containers.
Having a plan of your bedroom with dimensions is useful when shopping for a blanket box as well as detailed measurements of your bed.
Blanket boxes and under-bed storage are relatively simple to care for – these tips will ensure that you and your family get the most out of your furniture for years to come.
Dust them regularly
Treat them with beeswax
Take out under-bed storage on a regular basis to give it a thorough clean.
Regularly rotate any accessories located on top of your blanket box
Place your blanket box in direct sunlight or against a radiator
Place sharp items on top of the blanket box
* Oak Furniture Solutions do not accept any responsibility for any damage caused to furniture by the following of these guidelines. These guidelines are provided as informed suggestions only and are written as general notes for customers. Customers seeking professional, specific after-care advice should either contact us directly or get in touch with a professional polisher or furniture restorer.