13 handy Over Bed Storage Ideas [with pics]

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If want a unique way to organize your bedroom, check out these 13 handy over bed storage ideas.

There is a lot of room over a bed that can be used to provide storage and organization opportunities.

In this article we’ll look at:

  • over the bed shelf ideas
  • over bed shelving units
  • headboards with storage
  • and more…

Over Bed Storage Ideas - includes over the bed shelf ideas, over the bed storage shelves, and more.
13 handy Over Bed Storage Ideas

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13 handy Over Bed Storage Ideas

Let’s start the list of ideas.

1) Over Bed Shelving Unit – Particle Board (Amazon)

Decorative Shelf - Over Bed Shelving Unit

This over the bed shelving unit is marketed towards college students and kids because it fits over top of a TWIN sized bed. They suggest to put only lightweight items on it (just in case something falls on your sleeping head.)

I’ve shown this product to give you an idea of what is possible with a shelving unit like this. (Some people say this particular product – which is made of particular board – may not be worth the money. I’ll let you decide that. Click here to see on Amazon.)

2) Over Bed Shelving Unit – Metal wire (Walmart.com)

Over Bed Shelving Unit – Click picture to see details on Walmart.com

I think this looks like a cool shelving unit! This is designed to fit over a Twin sized bed (which has the same width as a Twin XL but the XL version is about 5-inches longer).

The vertical metal posts stand 67-inches tall. It comes with the two wire shelves and it has a swiveling cup holder and some hooks to hang towels, backpacks, etc…

It is marketed towards college students living in a dorm room, but it would work well for children or anyone else with a twin-sized bed.

3) Over the Bed Cabinets

Below is an Instagram photo showing some cabinets installed above a bed. Looks very cool. You could fit a lot in there.

4) Headboard with Shelves

Prepac Tall Slant-Back Bookcase Headboard, Black, Full/Queen

A bookcase headboard like this reminds us that over bed storage doesn’t have to be too fancy.

A headboard with some shelves can go a long way to keeping your room tidy by giving you a spot for books, pictures and decorations.

CLICK HERE to see this particular headboard on Amazon.

5) Headboard with Storage Cabinets (for full size bed aka double bed)

South Shore Ulysses Full Bookcase Headboard Fall Oak

You can use the top shelf of this headboard to hold your books, and you can put items you don’t want visible behind the sliding cabinet doors.

I like the idea of the sliding doors. It is hard to open a swinging cabinet door if your pillows are in the way, so this bookcase uses sliding doors instead.

CLICK HERE to see more details about this headboard.

6) Around and Over the Bed Storage Shelves and Cabinets

Isn’t this over the bed shelving unit amazing! It is from the British company Shelved.

With a system like this you wouldn’t have any excuses for a messy bedroom. I like how it has a combination of open shelves and doored cabinets. (And having no cabinet hardware makes it look sleek.)

7) Over the Bed Storage Cubbies

The Instagram photo below is from a company that custom made this over the bed storage unit for a boy’s bedroom. The open cubbies allow him to display his favorite things.

Over the Bed Shelf Ideas

In this section I’ll share some over the bed shelf ideas I’ve come across. Most of them are just regular shelves you could use anywhere in your house. But putting these shelves above your bed will give you some extra options for organizing your bedroom.

8) Three pack of Wood Shelves with Metal Brackets (Amazon)

Love-KANKEI Floating Shelves Rustic Shelves Wall Mounted Set of 3 Wall Storage Shelves for Living Room, Bedroom, Kitchen Carbonized Black

I came across this 3-pack of shelves on Amazon. Each shelf is a different size (small, medium and large), and the largest one is 16.9-inches wide.

So these aren’t very big, but because they claim each shelf can hold 39 pounds you should be able get creative with your over bed storage.

For instance, will these be enough to hold your collection of favorite novels?

CLICK HERE if you want more details of these shelves.

9) Wood Bookshelves for Above Bed Storage (Amazon)

SRIWATANA Floating Shelves Wall Mounted, Wood Shelves Wall Bookshelves Set of 3 for Bedroom, Living Room, Bathroom, Kitchen - Black

Once again, these are wall shelves that could be used anywhere in your house. But because the ends of the shelves are like book ends, I think they’d work well for above bed storage.

You can get these shelves in a few different colors.

Click here to see other colors.

10) Sleek Over Bed Shelving Unit

I came across this impressive over bed shelving unit on Instagram. The glossy look and lack of cabinet hardware makes this look like a modern, sleek unit.

But when I went to the company’s website I couldn’t find this unit on their site. Maybe they renamed it?

11) Fancy Corner Shelves

Greenco 5 Tier Wall Mount Corner Shelves Espresso Finish , 7.75" L x 7.75" W x 48.5" H.

Is your bed in the corner of your bedroom?

If so you could mount this fancy wall shelf in the corner above your bed to provide a place to put your phone, glasses, novels, etc…

This popular corner shelf is available on Amazon (where it has lots of reviews).

12) Ikea Bookcase Hack to Make a Bed Bridge Over Bed Shelving Unit

A man named Chris Heider has a YouTube channel called “HandyDadTV” and he has an incredible video where he creates an over bed shelving unit using IKEA furniture. It is called a bed bridge because it spans the bed.

He doesn’t want people to see the video outside of YouTube, so click the picture below to see it on YouTube.

IKEA hack using ikea furniture to make a custom made bed brdige over bed shelving unit by HandyDadTV
Photo credit: Chris Heider. Click picture to see video on YouTube (opens in a new window)

It is amazing how well his bed bridge bookcase turned out. That HandyDad is definitely handy. (From watching his video I learned the trick of putting masking tape on particle board before cutting or drilling into it.)

13) IKEA Platsa Over the Bed Storage Unit

I found this YouTube video where Sarah & Rhys designed this bed bridge unit using the Platsa line from IKEA. They call it a bedroom wardrobe. And whatever you call it it makes an impressive over bed shelving unit.

You could store just about all your bedroom stuff in that unit!

I hope you’ve found some inspiration in these 13 handy over bed storage ideas.

Will one of them work for you?

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