Lift and Stor Beds

by Kent Griswold on August 10th, 2011. 34 Comments
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Every bedroom no matter how small has to have a bed in it. Imagine still using all the floor space needed for a bed as storage space. The Lift and Stor platform lift storage bed let’s you use all the space under your bed; space normally going to waste becomes available for storage.

The platform lifts on its own hydraulic shocks and stays up in place until you apply pressure to close. The base is 15” high which means you can fit plastic storage bins, golf clubs, suitcases and other large items in storage area. High quality, durable construction and made in the USA for over 20 years.

Available in King, Queen, double/full and twin sizes. Local showroom in Metro Phoenix and Seattle, available everywhere else through the online store at www.storagebeds.com

Platform lift storage bed was featured on HGTV’s Color Splash: Miami.

August 10th, 2011and filed in Tiny Furnishings
Tags: beds, lift and store, small, space, storage
34 Comments

34 Responses to “Lift and Stor Beds”

  1. Lynne says:

    Love the concept and have been living with this type of bed for the past 7 years( i live full time in my RV.) Think about it. It is a small space that must contain room for cooking, relaxing and sometimes working.
    Love your blog. We incorporate many of your tiny house ideas into our lives everyday.

  2. While the concept is a good one I think it could potentially be misused and turn into yet another method for hoarding or over-storing. As Americans we apply sentimentality to the most odd things. A plastic tub filled with old newspaper clippings is not something we should be building square footage for. And while room under the bed can be good, I think it should be looked at as a way to NOT build things like linen closets, bathroom closets, etc. Just my thought though.

    • Zer0 says:

      This is a neat arrangement if you absolutely must have a bed. I prefer a floor futon because I can fold it up and put it in the closet, but to each his (or her) own.

  3. Diana says:

    I have lived with a bed that has built-in storage space under it for many years. Trust me it is better if you can at all possible avoid it. If you must then store linens there, or clean clothing that fits and is part of your wardrobe. I personally would not like to sleep over shoes. Books also seem too activating for a sleep space but would be preferrable to storing golf clubs, old papers, or anything dusty and unused. D

  4. chickadee says:

    Nifty idea, unless someone’s kid decides to play hide and seek in there.

  5. This is one of those cases where the new solution is simply no better than the old ones. A basic raised platform can be easily built, and are common to buy, and allow you to just slide in your bins in from any side. For those who want a better appearance, there are some nice platform beds with true drawers all along the sides and ends.

    Adjusting the hydraulic cylinders to support different mattresses seems difficult, and these devices are notoriously prone to failure. Fingers can be crushed as it comes down, or pinched in the mechanics.

    Just not a good idea. I can think of better ways to drop $700.

    • As a home owner who does not have a garage. And prefer to store some items in a controller environment. I simply built a platform bed for use in our guestroom. It is sized (height wise) to allow us to slide our rubbermaid storage bins underneath (these hold our camping equipment) The frame provides the support of a box spring and the overall bed height is just a little taller.

      A fabric skirt provide good looks at well under 700 bucks

    • Grant,
      Thanks for looking at the bed and commenting. Just a couple things to clarify. The hydraulics on these beds do not require any sort of adjusting- you can’t adjust them. They are lb rated hydraulic shocks. A queen size bed is fitted with 2 90 lb rated shocks which in 20 years have never not been enough for any queen size bed. A king has 3 shocks and a twin has 2 80lb shocks. The shocks have a 10 year warranty and it is very rare that we ever replace them so they really are not prone to failure.
      There is also a 5″ lip between the edge of platform and the base- we have never heard of an instance of any smashed fingers. The bed actually closes on it’s own- no fingers required.
      We sell a kit for the DIY at $200 free shipping.

      • zanne says:

        @Lift & Stor Beds: I have a queen bed with a 14-inch thick 90lb memory foam mattress, would the two 95lb shocks work for that? That weight does not include the weight of the board that would be underneath nor the pillows and bedding.
        I would actually prefer to have storage drawers along the sides but since my space is limited they could not be too deep and that would leave a cavity in the very middle of the bed and I would like to store things there. Too bad my carpet is too thick to allow for secret toekick drawers. I’m obsessed with hidden storage ideas.

        I eventually plan to make three platform beds. Two Queen and a Full. The full is for someone who has a 13-inch thick 75lb memory foam mattress- the fun part will be making the bed sturdy enough for him as he weighs almost 400lbs and his bed always sags in the middle. Obviously he won’t be on it when its lifted up.

        Would it be a problem if the lifts were stronger than necessary?

  6. alice says:

    The cat does not approve! One less place to hide out! The cat suggests it would be improved by a cat door to allow continued use and exit in case of accidental incarceration. This kind of space is especially handy for out of season clothes, bulk buy toilet paper or whatever. Who wouldn’t sleep easier knowing that right under them is a whole year’s worth of whatever and how easy it would be to pop up the mattress for a good gloating session. The really paranoid can keep their safe under there and bury it under spare long johns. That sock full of money under the mattress becomes even easier to get at. Seriously though, even with the hydraulic stuff it’s still easier to pull out drawers or bins from the side for daily use, though the full view access is handy. The price is not something I could live with but it may be worth it for some people. You could probably DIY something close enough.

  7. Diane says:

    I would hope that there is some back-up safety in case the hydraulics fail suddenly, as happened with a car I used once. Otherwise, I like the idea of being able to store things that are used a few times a year under the bed, without dust or mess, and with a nice looking frame for the bed.

    • That would be horrible. I can assure you though Diane it would never happen. There are 2 shocks holding it up, 3 for king size. Each one individually could keep it from falling suddenly. Both or all 3 shocks would all have to simultaneously fail which has a probability of- nil. Never has it happened in over 20 years.

  8. Tanya says:

    I had a bed like this in my RV, too, queen-sized with a plywood platform. Danged thing sagged badly in the middle, and my honey, the dog, and I were always rolling into each other. ;^)

    Seriously, though, without cross-bracing underneath, you should probably expect a sag to develop PDQ in the platform of one of these.

    If we’d kept our RV, I would have built some kind of a partition in the storage space to help hold up the weight of two people, a good-sized dog, a mattress, and bedding.

  9. Cool concept, but too awkward for my tastes. And I agree about it contributing to hoarding rather than minimalism, although I’m in agreement about a great place for toilet paper storage. As far as tiny spaces, I’d rather just have drawers beneath my bed to store my clothes and just forgo the whole closet thing, which is a huge space consumer.

  10. Joe3 says:

    I like the idea, I have a king sized bed (IKEA)that is off the floor about 11 inches, it’s a pia to keep it clean under there with wood floors. I could see built in storage, but totes would cause the same cleaning mess. Food for thought…

  11. Schneb says:

    Could be useful if it was the cover for a secret trap door to the hidden, underground complex where superhero suits and gear were stored and so on, but otherwise, buy/make those ‘stilts’ that lift up a bedframe and some of the slide/roll storage bins (total cost: $100[?]), put $500-550 in the bank/towards debts/to a good cause, and then treat yourself with the other $50-100.

  12. Rob says:

    I challenge the idea that a platform does just as well than this lift up. The main problem we’ve seen is stuff gets stuck in the dead center of the bed space, behind the roll out drawers. And you want to use that space. So yes, a pull up bed does seem like a better idea maximize space. That said, I wonder if you could do it without having closed sides. Why not make it openable from the top and the sides…

  13. alice says:

    I have a futon couch you click and clack to make into a bed (I sleep on it in couch mode) with a storage box underneath. It drives me nuts to have to flip it up to get at the box, which is about 3 inches too high to slide out (yes, it was actually deliberately designed that way!) I’m going to raise it enough to slide the box, and the height will also make it easier on my knees to get up in the morning. I already put wood under the back legs to level it back to front for more comfortable sleeping, might as well go the rest of the way and make it more functional. When it’s pushed right up against a wall it’s hard to raise it and the thing is heavy to hold up. I had a stick handy to prop it but it’s kind of awkward. Will need to make sure the leg extensions can’t tip over or the couch slip off.

  14. Richard Gay says:

    The concept isn’t bad, but the implementation requires unsustainable hardware.

  15. Anon_mahna says:

    my thought “I could raise that up, put my bed inside, and use the top for a drawing/work table..”

  16. Chickadee-
    Valid concern. We have manufactured this bed for more then 20 years and never have had an injury with a kid. You could never close yourself in it as it takes hard pressure from the top to close it. 2 90lb shocks are holding it up young children are not strong enough to close it.

  17. Great to see all the comments- thanks for good feedback.
    One thing to note the bed is heavy (Queen size is 180 lbs)and costly to ship. Our website pricing includes the cost of shipping anywhere in the U.S.
    For the DIY there is a kit. Kits include the hydraulic shocks, all the hardware and schematics, shipping included $200.

  18. ken wulff says:

    Do you ship the DIY kits to Toronto,Canada?price for shipping or a Canadian distributer? Can you give the dimesions/differences between Queen short and Queen?
    regards
    KLW

    • Yes Ken we can ship DIY kit to Toronto. Kit with shipping included is $194.95 for queen or queen short. A queen short is 5 inches shorter then regular queen it is also called a RV queen.
      Contact me directly at scott.griggs@storagebeds.com
      Thanks Ken

      • ken wulff says:

        Scott
        10 days is a long time to wait for an answer to a few simple questions. I stopped waiting and called. I received my kit but the shipping bore no resemblance to $25.00. I paid the UPS guy $65.00. UPS decided to make themselves “Customs Brokers” and for that they charged me approx $40.00. Next time use USPS International. All my Ebay buying is always shipped USPS and it works fine. They charge $5.00 plus whatever postage and duty. Canadians- watch out for this!

        • Lift & Stor Beds says:

          Ken,
          Thank you for your purchase, please let us know how your final project ends up.

          Sorry about your shipping experience- we were not aware of this. Although we have been in business for over 20 years we only recently began marketing outside of AZ. We certainly make no more money from UPS collecting those funds from you so have no reason to want them to charge you so certainly not trying to stick it to you.

          As far as time for a response if you mean to your question here on the blog sorry. We do not receive any sort of notification to a new question or comment here on the blog. It’s unrealistic to expect that we come to this blog and regularly monitor all the comments and questions, That is why our web address is given. I just happen to come and take a look and saw your comments. I can assure you had you placed questions directly to my email address or through our website you would have had quick response.

          Thanks Ken & email a picture of your finished bed to scott.griggs@storagebeds.com

  19. CG says:

    Wow, I love it! I have a child with serious indoor and outdoor allergies. Completely encasing the underbed would control build up of those trigger dust bunnies. Fabric skirts cannot do this! Storing off season clothes and bedding in a temperature controlled, convenient location would be a dream for me. As it is I have to trek out to the storage shed 3 times a year and shlep in bags and boxes, wash everything to remove any possible mold spores picked up from less than ideal storage conditions, pack up the last season’s stuff and shlep the bags and boxes back to the storage shed. This is very time consuming and inconvenient for my family of 5. You can only minimize clothing and bedding so much when you live small/tiny with weather extremes. We’re in 800 square feet with no usable attic, no basement and no garage.
    The advantage of this platform bed style over regular captain’s beds with side pullouts or openings is that you can now easily access all of the underbed from the narrowest side of the bed. Our queen bed is in a very narrow bedroom, just 7′ across. We would not be able to access only 35-50% of the available storage space using a captains bed. So for now we just have the bed on a boxspring on the floor to reduce dust bunny build-up.
    I also love the idea of the bed lifting to reveal a secret passage or root/wine/tornado cellar or even a bathtub. ;)Especially if you set it up as a raised sleeping nook like the gypsy wagons.

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  22. Space Monkee says:

    I did a DIY to retrofit my existing bed and it turned out awesome (there were a few features I had added as a personal touch to the design). This is a great way to store all the boxes, snow board, small welder, Christmas tree stand, etc. that I was keeping on my patio. I live in a small apartment where there is absolutely no storage space what so ever. There is just a small coat closet and the closet in my room. Thank you for the great idea, I just wish I had seen this earlier in my life, as it would have come in handy in the past.

  23. This design… this concept: The Wisdom of Solomon itself !!!
    Whitworth Deen
    beautiful Fayetteville, Arkansas

  24. Barbara says:

    What happens when shocks will not let bed down? This is happening to me right now.

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