Bed risers are one of the hidden little gems of making more space. Sometimes space is a premium especially for dorm, small apartments, and some rooms.
There is a ton of space under the bed and to maximize that space you can use Bed Risers to get you up in the air.
Purpose of Risers
Bed risers can be used to increase the storage space of a room. A riser can raise a bed 6 inches or more depending on what blocks you buy. This height will allow you to store more bags or boxes under the bed.
This is a great way to store things per season or for long periods of time. I often store old books, or last years clothing under my bed. Its not too far away to get to if I need it.
You can even store different bed sheets and comforters under the bed with risers. The possibilities with getting more storage is endless.
Relive Acid Reflux
Another use of bed risers is for Acid Reflux suffers. Raising just part of the bed where you rest your head at night 6 to 8 inches will greatly decreases your chances of acid reflux at night.
What To Look For
When looking to get a set of bed risers its important to get a set that will hold up. Basically what I’m saying is that you don’t want to buy the plastic bed risers as they all will break.
It doesn’t matter if the plastic looks sturdy and thick it will break. I’ve learned that the hard ways many of times.
I would build my own bed risers out of wood or concrete before I ever use a plastic riser again.
You can buy metal risers which will hold up a lot better than the plastic ones you see everywhere.
The reason why plastic ones break even though they look thick is because the nature of plastic. Plastic is material that will give, kind of bounce back. The problem is that for every “give” that it gives it becomes weaker and weaker. Once it gives all the give it can give it breaks and its usually one riser after the other to give.
Even if you don’t move around that much in your bed the plastic ones will still break over time.
While the metal or even the wooden ones will take more abuse. Even though metal and wooden risers cost much more they’re worth it in the long run.
If you want you can also find risers that match your bed or room’s color. They make white, black, brown, and so many different colors.
Can You Use Wheels On Bed Risers?
You can use beds that have wheels on risers, but you need to get a special riser. These special risers have a grove cut into them for the wheel to go into so that it doesn’t slide around.
You can get these risers for wheels here.
How To Install
Installing a riser is quite simple. For very leg of the mattress bed frame, you put a riser under it.
Some bigger mattresses like King and Queen sizes will have many legs so make sure you get a riser for each leg. Not putting a riser under a leg can cause un-needed stress to the frame and cause it to break, so make sure you have a riser for each leg. (might need 5 blocks instead of 4)
With the help of friend or tow lift each side of the mattress to slide the riser underneath it.
Why Not Bricks Or Cinder Blocks?
You might be wondering why don’t I just use bricks or even cinder blocks to lift the bed up?
You can. Nothing wrong with that. I would avoid bricks since they’re brittle compared to cinder blocks. But its not smart to use either.
The reason is simple, your toes! If you notice that all risers for bed have soft edges to them. Some don’t even have any edges. That way you won’t cut your toes or really hurt yourself.
I’ve cut my toe on cinder blocks before and I can say that really does a number. So I would avoid anything that is not purpose build for raising a bed up.