Over the Door Organizer Turned Bedside Storage

5 Materials
30 Minutes

If you like to keep a good book by the bed, or store anything bedside, this easy repurpose project is right up your alley! I have some nightstands by the bed, but this guy can store much more and is an easy arms reach beside you! You can grab a cheap over the door organizer, and with a simple cut down the middle and some grommets and ribbon create a great bedside storage unit. This will give you storage on both sides of the bed and a variety of pockets to keep things neat and tidy.

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Get materials: first you'll need an over-The-Door Organizer , a ribbon , scissors, eyelets and applicator and finally fabric Glue.

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STEP 1: Cut the over-the-door storage unit in half width wise. Make sure you don't cut the bottom of the pocket you are slicing through as you will need it. If you do you can glue a piece of ribbon around the bottom so that it replaced the bottom of the pocket so that you can still store things inside.
STEP 2: The over-the-door storage unit I bought had grommets on one side so that you could hang it from hooks. Since I cut it in half the other side needed grommets for a future step. Take your grommets or eyelets and the applicator tool and apply them to either side of the top of the unit.
STEP 3: Cut two pieces of ribbon the width of the bed you will be adding storage to plus an extra 12". Feed each of the ribbon pieces through the eyelets/grommets you just added to the one side.
STEP 4: Tie the ribbon in a knot around the grommet so it stays in place.
STEP 5: Place the one side of the unit that you just added ribbons to on one side of the bed and feed the ribbon through to the other side of the mattress underneath. Lift up the mattress and pull the ribbon through to the other side.
STEP 6: Feed the two ribbons through the grommets on the other half of the unit.
STEP 7: Now place this half of the storage partially under the mattress and position it so that it hangs where you wish, just as you did on the other side with the other half.
STEP 8: Now tie the ribbons that were fed through the grommets in knots so that it is secured into place.
STEP 9: Now just tuck all your books and bedside treasures away in the pockets.
Pleas ignore this ridiculous brown bedskirt. I know I have mentioned before that I have been working on redoing my bedroom and I have yet to find a bedskirt I want, so for now I have this old one from my sister... I must say though that this thing is going to be super handy.
My husband is so excited about this stinkin thing. He also just got a bunch of books for Christmas so it will be serving it's purpose right off the bat.
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  • Barbara Cooper
    on Sep 12, 2019

    I really like this! Thank you!!

  • Mary
    on Sep 12, 2019

    This is brilliant! Do you use Velcro?

    • Carlene Williams Johnson
      on Sep 12, 2019

      No she used ribbon long enough to reach to the other side n attached it to another organizer (it looks like). It looks like u could use Velcro instead. Great idea.

  • Sue Pettit
    on Sep 15, 2019

    Would this work for my 🛋?

    • Nancy
      on Jun 7, 2020

      I had to really enlarge that little sofa symbol to figure out what you were talking about. LOL!! You could probably fashion one to go over the arm of your sofa and secure it under your cushion. Unless you want one on each end of your sofa, then do the ribbon trick.

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  • Erene
    on Jul 27, 2020


  • Dawn Schmidt
    on Jul 28, 2020

    Love this! I hate putting a big side table next to beds as I'd rather opt for style. But we all know we have "things" that we need to keep close by @bedtime

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