Do you have a new baby in the house and are struggling to keep all that new baby equipment neat and organized?
Perhaps you are a college student who shares a dorm and needs some extra space to store his oversized textbooks.
Maybe you want to lift your bed so that your robot vacuum can actually clean under the darn thing.
Or maybe you just want a just-in-case storage area?
It’s not just hoarders that could use extra storage space. Even those of you who are devoted to living a minimalist life could do with an extra place to hide clutter.
I am going to let you in on a little secret I used to add as much storage space to my home as a double wardrobe.
And best of all, it’s a dirt cheap storage solution.
Some people call them bed lifts while others call them bed leg extenders.
As for me, I refer to them as bed risers.
If you have ever stared at the small gap below your bed and wished it was larger then a bed riser is the answer to your prayers.
What is a bed riser
Think of a bed riser as a pair of stilts for your bed. A bed riser sits between your bed frame and the floor elevating your bed, giving you more room below to use as storage.
While most people use bed raisers to create extra room for storage, that is not their only use. Many elderly people with hip problems use bed risers to elevate there bed to a higher position, making it easier for them to hop in and out of bed.
While the style and shape of bed risers will vary from brand to brand, the general design remains constant – a block with a lip to prevent your bed post from jumping out.
Not all bed risers will lift your bed the same height. The typical range is between 1 and 5 inches. Now this might not seem like much, but add this to the height that your bed already sits off the ground and you will have more than enough room to squeeze
Who can use bed risers?
Bed risers are only suitable for beds which have four individual posts touching the ground.
It doesn’t matter if your bed posts are square or round, a bed riser will be able to prop them up. Some bed risers are even designed to elevate bed frame casters.
You can also use bed risers on other pieces of furniture. I currently use the exact same risers on to lift up my desk, so that I don’t bang my knees as I sit down in front of the computer.
Sorry platform bed sleepers, there is no off-the-shelf solution for raising your bed. You will have to get creative and build your own solution.
Beds with L-shaped legs and other odd shaped bed supports are also unsuitable for bed risers.
Different types of bed risers
Bed lifters come in two different varieties, Plastic and wood Each has their own pros and cons.
Wooden Bed Risers
A solid block of wood with a recess to hold your bed post in position. While some come with a non-slip backing, others only have a plain wood base.
- Long lasting
- Match the color of your wooden bed legs
- Can be expensive
- Can scratch soft wood floors
Plastic Bed Risers
Hollow plastic risers. Plastic risers are the most commonly available type of bed riser.
- Don’t Scratch wooden floors
- Tapered/less bulky
- Cheap looking
- Less durable
Stackable Bed Risers
Technically speaking, adjustable bed risers are just a variation of the above two bed risers. That said, I felt that they were different enough to merit their own section.
Adjustable bed risers are available in both wood and plastic. The idea is simple, you stack the bed risers on top of one another to give your bed more height than are regular bed riser.
As you would expect, adding multiple pieces under your bed legs does increase the chance of your bed wobbling. Because of this, stackable bed risers are the most tricky to get right and may require trial and error before you are able to sturdily fix them to your bed.
In all my adventures, adjustable bed risers are the only ones that I have seen capable of adding 8 inches of height to your bed. If you need the tallest bed riser possible then there really is no other choice
So Which Bed Riser Do You Choose?
Out of the two materials, I prefer solid wood bed risers. While plastic bed risers may be a good solution for single beds, they just do not have the durability to go the distance when propping up heavier beds.
As you are no doubt aware, your bed is very heavy. Have you ever tried moving your bed without taking it apart? Unless you have arm muscles the size of my torso, that thing ain’t going anywhere without a struggle, especially if your bed frame is made of a hardwood like solid oak.
While plastic bed risers may look sturdy enough, they are hollow and given enough time will strain and break beneath the weight of your bed.
I spoke with Helen, a strong supporter of bed risers, about her experience. She discussed her last experience with plastic bed risers. All was going well for 6 months until one broke in the middle of the night, dropping her bed 5 inches to the floor with a loud thud. She thought her house was falling down around her and was so panicked that she could not fall back asleep.
Another user, who wishes to remain anonymous, complained that plastic bed risers gave way in the middle of having sex. The weight of the couple combined with the thrusting motions was all it took to send a corner of her bed falling to the floor.
That said, plastic bed risers work just fine on children’s beds and single beds. If your bed is lightweight then don’t count out the benefits of plastic.
Remember, if your bed falls then it will squash anything that is being stored underneath it. Be sure to choose a study bed riser. If in doubt, don’t use it.
Choose your size
Once you have decided which type of bed riser will work best for you, it’s time to measure your bed posts.
Bed risers will list the measurement of the maximum diameter that they can accommodate. Using the bed riser on a bed post that is larger than this can result in the riser sliding out from underneath your bed while you sleep.
And be sure to count how many legs your bed has. Bed risers typically come in a pack of four. This means that if your bed has 6 legs you will need to buy two sets of bed risers.
Now all you need to do is figure out how much loft you want to add to your bed.
The easiest way to do this is to measure the height of the tallest object you would want to store under your bed and buy the appropriate sized bed riser.
Think Bed Risers Are Ugly? Here’s How To Hide Them
If you are particularly lucky you will be able to find a bed riser that matches the legs on your bed. But most of you will have to resign yourself that if you want the extra storage space then you will have to put up with the odd look the bed risers at the bottom of your bed.
That is, unless you use a bed skirt. A bed skirt will flow to the floor and bock the view of not only the bed risers but also anything that is hiding underneath your bed. Curious visitors will be none-the-wiser that your elegant looking bed is storing a pile clutter underneath.
A Quick Word Of Warning
Generally speaking, the taller the bed raiser you use, the more your bed will wobble. This is particularly true of beds that already sit a large distance from the ground.
If you only need to add an extra inch of height under your bed to accommodate drawers or boxes then there is no point in choosing a 5 inch bed riser. Feeling your bed wobble as you roll over in your sleep can be irritating enough to wake you up.
Do you use bed risers on your bed? Let me know your experience in the comments below