Check out the best way to upgrade your bedroom storage for under $100, from Apartment Therapy:
Benches are versatile pieces of furniture that provide functional seating, keep your space organized, and add a nice dose of stylish decor. They are one of the very best ways to really amp up your bedroom for such little money.
We’ve gathered up a handful of different options, along with resources on how to DIY them yourself—all for under $100.
You can either buy or DIY a basic storage ottoman for under $100. Sit there while you put on your shoes, then use the space inside for extra blankets, shoes, or off-season clothing. Or, if you’ve already got an old ottoman that you’re not in love with, reupholster it to make it more your style.
This pretty little pastel bench is an IKEA hack from Style Me Pretty, which uses a VITTSJO coffee table as its base, then pink velvet to give it a little cushion on top. It looks like they removed the bottom shelf to make it less bulky and more elegant, but you can leave it on if you want the extra storage.
A couple of upholstered storage ottomans are also a really nice option. Target has some great ones under $50, so you can afford to get two. If you choose to go round, it can help break up straight lines in a space, and offer a nice contrast to rectangular beds. If you’re up for a project, Rags to Couture made a round ottoman from scratch using a plastic bin and some plywood.
Trunks are also worth looking at. You can find one under $100, but there are also lots of vintage ones like the one in this bedroom above (similar to this 1970s brass one) if you are up for a splurge. Don’t forget to check Craigslist! Sarah’s Big Idea shows you how to add a tufted top to a basic wood trunk. Similarly, Rockler Woodworking also has a great tutorial for building a padded bench with casters.
These leather upholstered benches in the guest room spotted on The Chronicles of Home are seriously chic, and the tutorial is helpful if you want to try to make a pair yourself. You could also layer some bins or baskets underneath to increase your closed storage.