Amanda C, Hometalk Team
Amanda C, Hometalk Team
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  • Brooklyn, NY

Over the Door Organizer Turned Bedside Storage

5 Materials
$15
30 Minutes
Easy

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.

Also, make sure to check out other organizer ideas in the DIY organization project page!
over the door organizer turned bedside storage, doors, organizing, storage ideas
over the door organizer turned bedside storage, doors, organizing, storage ideas
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.
over the door organizer turned bedside storage, doors, organizing, storage ideas
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.
over the door organizer turned bedside storage, doors, organizing, storage ideas
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.
over the door organizer turned bedside storage, doors, organizing, storage ideas
STEP 4: Tie the ribbon in a knot around the grommet so it stays in place.
over the door organizer turned bedside storage, doors, organizing, storage ideas
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.
over the door organizer turned bedside storage, doors, organizing, storage ideas
STEP 6: Feed the two ribbons through the grommets on the other half of the unit.
over the door organizer turned bedside storage, doors, organizing, storage ideas
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.
over the door organizer turned bedside storage, doors, organizing, storage ideas
STEP 8: Now tie the ribbons that were fed through the grommets in knots so that it is secured into place.
over the door organizer turned bedside storage, doors, organizing, storage ideas
STEP 9: Now just tuck all your books and bedside treasures away in the pockets.
over the door organizer turned bedside storage, doors, organizing, storage ideas
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.
over the door organizer turned bedside storage, doors, organizing, storage ideas
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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  • Marii Edwards
    on Jan 3, 2017

    One can also simply sew this organizer using up your scrap material which is what I will do. Thanks for the idea I certainly can use it.

    • Darla DiRusso
      on Nov 4, 2017

      Ive made several over the years from 2 quilted placemats. Fold one in half ( or cut and finish cut edge with ribbon or bias tape) . Stitch the half mat to the full one along the three outer edges, leaving opening across the middle. Tuck the single end between mattress and boxspring, leaving open pocket hanging over the edge. I usually divide up the pocket so theres a dedicated slot for glasses or remote control and a larger space for a book. So convenient, quick and easy. And a way to reuse "retired" or thrift store placemats.
  • Pam
    on Jan 5, 2017

    What size grommets did you use?

    • Amanda C, Hometalk Team
      on Jan 5, 2017

      I used some that were super tiny! I actually used eyelets because I had them on hand. You could certainly use any size within reason. I believe the ones that were already attached to the storage unit were about 1/2" so I would say anything that size or smaller would do.

  • Margaret Green
    on Dec 30, 2017

    Was this an actual over the door organizer or a toiletry travel bag? I've never seen regular over door organizers that would be that short and have such few pockets.
    • Heartbeat
      on Jan 25, 2018

      I have one hanging on the back of my bedroom door I keep my sandals in the pockets. It's a Set up with hooks that go over the door, like a wreath hook

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