How to increase storage in my bedroom?
Designing and arranging a small bedroom can be particularly tricky, especially when it comes to storage. We’ve rounded up ideas on how to store all the essentials, including clothing, shoes, and jewelry, in your short-on-space sleeping quarters.
Small bedrooms are great. They’re intimate, cozy, and you never have to wonder, “What should I put in that empty corner?” However, you can quickly run out of space in a tiny bedroom if you don’t plan accordingly. Luckily, there are many ways to increase storage in a small bedroom if you find pieces that multitask, are handy with DIYs and know a thing or two about mounting shelves on walls.
If you have a tiny bedroom and you’ve pared down as much as you can, you might need to makeover your storage so you can fit not just more stuff, but fit stuff more comfortably. Here are some smart ways to fit more storage in your bedroom without making it feel too cramped. With these tips, your small bedroom can store a lot more than you think.
Reduce the size of your bed
Let’s face it, and we would all love to have a California King sized bed, but do we actually NEED one? You can answer that question yourself; you may be willing to reduce the size if you knew how much space you would free up.
In smaller bedrooms, all furniture pieces besides the bed should be scaled down to reduce visual clutter. The small-space organization calls for smarter, not larger, furniture pieces, and that includes bedside tables and nightstands. Look for pieces that offer multiple storage options, such as a drawer and an open shelf.
Maximize under the bed—and hide it
Feng Shui experts will probably cringe at the idea of putting stuff under the bed, but it’s simply one of the smartest and easiest ways to add a whole area of storage to your sleep space. If you don’t currently have any storage, you’ve got several options: Buy a new storage bed, DIY an under-the-bed storage solution, or raise your current bed and add storage containers (and consider buying or DIYing them in black or gray so that they aren’t so blindingly “storage container-y” from a glance).
Consider investing in a platform bed that comes with built-in storage. If you don’t want to splurge on a frame with storage, you can also adjust the height of a regular bed using risers, which will lift the bed a few inches off the ground to allow you to store whatever you need below.
Try this visual trick to add storage for small spaces: Mount cubbies on the wall for bedside storage that keep floors clear and makes a room look larger. Enclose all but daily-use items in decorative boxes, and combine a few different-sized storage cubes to gain even more storage space. As a bonus, add under-bed storage with an open-faced basket, you can easily slide in and out from under the bed frame.
Trundle beds aren’t just for kids’ rooms. Instead of a second pullout mattress, some options feature drawers that pack extra storage in the under-bed space storage that would otherwise go unused. Use these drawers in place of a traditional dresser to store folded clothing, or stash out-of-season shoes and jackets here to free up additional closet space.
Storage beds are one of the most obvious storage hacks for small bedrooms, but they’re also among the best. While every kind of space-saving bed will open up space in your bedroom, storage beds can give you as many drawers as a dresser.
Whether you use those drawers for storing clothes, files, or your movie collection is entirely up to you. And maybe also your significant other.
The under-the-bed storage is a very simple solution to your storage issues, especially if you are very limited on space. All you have to do is place your belongings in this clear bag with a three-sided zipper and slide it under your bed. This is ideal for storing seasonal clothing that’s not being used or extra blankets.
Remove large storage furniture
Armoires and clothes dressers can use a lot of floor space. Opt for rolling under bed storage that can hold clothes and belongings. This will give your bedroom more space and visually will look more spacious. Once removed, more natural light will pour into your space!
Make your own wall shelves or floating shelves
People often overlook the fact that their bedroom walls can provide significant storage space. Consider making shelves that you can hang along with the full height or the full length of your walls. This room features two long shelves installed underneath the window — an often underutilized space. Fabricating your own shelving allows you the freedom to control the size and dimensions, ensuring you have shelves that work best for your bedroom.
Use open and closed shelving to remove bookshelves, and storage furniture units off of the floor and on to the walls. Opt for wall mirrors that hang on the walls over large ones that sit on the floor. In a small bedroom, the walls are your best friend. Whether you’re adding shelves, attaching a rack, or creating a pegboard like the one above, take advantage of every square inch of the walls for your storage needs.
With no room for both a display table and nightstand, this small bedroom made use of DIY floating shelves. A cup holder built into the nightstand provides a place to set a glass of water, while the lower shelf displays a collection of favorite books. This small bedroom organization idea incorporates storage for both beloved decorative items and daily-use essentials.
Hooks and shelves are great small bedroom ideas to keep jewelry and accessories organized. Place a narrow shelf next to a dressing table, for example, to gain an extra surface for storing jewelry or makeup. A set of wall-mounted hooks underneath keeps outerwear or bags within easy reach.
The least-used space in your apartment is prime real estate for implementing creative bedroom storage ideas. And no space is more unused than the 12 inches of the wall below your ceiling. Put that space to work by installing shelves along the perimeter of your bedroom walls, which will add dozens of square feet of storage space.
Floating shelves are an awesome bedroom storage solution. They free up floor space and allow more natural light to flow through your home, which visually expands your space. Some floating shelves are DIY, but you can also choose from a bunch of prefab wall shelves that just require a stud and screwdriver.
If a small nightstand, chest, or bookshelf are all still taking up too much floor space, opt for a floating shelf or two (or three!), which leaves zero footprints and won’t clutter up a small bedroom that’s already tight on space. The best part is that these can go anywhere and also double as display surfaces for cool art, personal objects, and plants.
Floating corner shelves are a super cute toddler bedroom storage idea. It creates the perfect space for stuffed animals, toys, or even those products that you don’t want your toddler to reach without your assistance immediately. They’re also a great idea for offices where you would need the added space to declutter your desk.
This is another one of those creative master bedroom storage ideas that gives you much more space to store your personal items without taking up more space on your walls. These shelves are recessed into the wall, so you don’t have to be concerned with bumping into them or them sticking out into the room and being in the way. It opens up a world of endless storage possibilities.
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Organize your dresser
We can’t stress enough the use of great folding and drawer dividers. Taking the time to store the clothing properly you’ve got in your dresser right now could grab you more storage space today. But also consider other more extreme storage methods, like vacuum packing out-of-season clothing (I know some people hate them, but I’m a huge fan for keeping my winter clothes from being too bulky).
Sometimes the key to creating more space is by rethinking the space you’ve already got. Try a closet organization system (like the Pax system from Ikea), or a more affordable DIY (but still highly organized) option like this one suggested by A Beautiful Mess.
Storage closets should be organized to utilize all vertical space efficiently. The more you can store in your closets, the less that has to be stored in the main bedroom area. This tip applies for kid’s rooms too!
How well is your closet organized? Are you milking every inch of storage space that you could in there? If you don’t own your home, you might be hesitant to drill lots of holes for more shelves, but even renters have access to more clothing rods, over-the-door hangers and other super storage tools.
Splurge on a wardrobe wall
It’s not the cheapest option, and might even seem crazy if you’ve got a really small bedroom floor plan to begin with, but installing shallow wardrobes along a whole wall will create a cozy feel to the entire room. At the same time, it adds storage, rather than feel bulky like a big piece of furniture solo might feel. Installed in a light color could help fight the claustrophobic feel.
Typical furniture options such as dressers can quickly overwhelm small bedrooms, especially if they intrude into the sometimes-cramped walkways. Search for narrower options that can tuck into slim corners yet still offer effective small bedroom organization. The mirrored doors on this one help to bounce light around the room, which helps the space appear larger.
If you have an awkward corner in your room that you aren’t sure what to do with, check out this bedroom wall storage idea. Knee-wall storage is a built-in dresser inside of a wall. It saves space, and you don’t have to worry about a bulky dresser taking up room in a small area. This is actually an excellent idea for a child’s bedroom. They won’t be tempted to climb on the dresser or try to tip it over.
Incorporate a storage headboard into your small bedroom design to make use of the space behind your bed. Employ bins or baskets as organizers for bedside essentials, and install wall-mounted lights in place of a table lamp. The set-up in this bedroom eliminates the need for nightstands, which is another plus in small bedroom organization.
If your bedroom is more bed than a room, look at it as a storage opportunity. You can adapt your bed to store many things, starting at the top.
Wall beds are perfect for those smaller guest rooms that are used as more than one type of room. This particular wall bed comes with six side drawers for storage and shelves for displaying personal items. Not only that, but the bed folds up into the wall for storage as well if you don’t want the bed in your way all of the time.
Mirrored Storage Cabinet
The mirrored behind door storage unit is a simple and immediate storage solution that features a full-length exterior mirror. It has a customizable interior that has the capacity of 5 medicine cabinets, giving you optimal space for all of your necessities. This unit attached right to the hinge hardware of your door for smooth opening. It’s perfect for those with limited storage space.
Make the most of limited rack space with smart closet storage ideas. Many builder-grade closets offer only a long hanging bar and a shelf, which may not meet all of your storage needs in the most space-efficient way. A mix of drawers, cubbies, cabinets, and hanging bars creates a customized storage solution that’s tailored to your specific items.
Use the back of the door
There is so much potential in even the most cramped of bedrooms. If your door is untouched, you should know that you can reclaim a ton of back-of-the-door storage space for your extra things, and it’s pretty much invisible most of the time you leave the door open.
If you’ve maxed out the walls and storage capabilities of every other piece of furniture in your room, don’t forget, you still have the doors. Over-the-door racks, organizers, and shoe cubbies are all great ways to create storage in an area that is often taken for granted.
In space-challenged bedrooms, every square inch counts. Put unused areas, such as the back of a closet door to everyday use for tasks like wardrobe planning. Install one pole and one over-the-door hook to the backside of the door to planning out outfits for the next day or two. Frequently worn accessories or other dressing items can also be put in easy reach, thanks to narrow hooks and plastic holders.
Buy multifunctional furniture
A bed that has drawers below and a bookshelf at the headboard has already combined three pieces of furniture in one. If you decide to use a large piece of furniture, ensure it can house the majority of your storage needs, without having to use other pieces of furniture to block valuable space. The key to finding more storage in your bedroom is to use items that serve more than one purpose.
Small storage cabinets instead of a table, a floating drawer instead of just a shelf—even your nightstand can double as extra storage if you let it. It’s true, small bedroom spaces probably mean less space for a nightstand and other furniture, but instead of something streamlined, try to fit some storage in a spot if you can.
In a small bedroom, try using multifunctional furniture. A futon provides a bed and sofa in one. This is a good option for offices, dorm rooms, and small apartments with several roommates.
For the most effective use of space, you’ll have to be strategic when choosing furniture for a small bedroom. Consider pieces that serve a dual purpose, such as a desk that also serves as a bedside table. Instead of a bulky desk chair, opt for a stool that can easily tuck beneath the desk and out of the way when not in use.
A variety of storage types can help maximize flexibility and take advantage of every inch in a small bedroom. Here, a nightstand capitalizes on limited bedside square feet and offers a tabletop surface, open storage, and a drawer. A basket on the lower shelf provides portability for other small items.
Remove large entertainment space
If you have your television, stereo, gaming system, etc.… taking up valuable real estate in your bedroom, consider moving it to another room such as the family or living room. If you can’t live without your television, a flat-screen mounted on the wall will instantly add space to your bedroom.
Built-ins are a great way to supplement closet space and boost storage inside the bedroom. To incorporate this idea without embarking on a remodel, position floor-to-ceiling wardrobe units against the wall and add molding around the top to emulate a built-in look. Here, the side of the wardrobe closet to the bed serves up extra vertical storage space with a mounted reading light and a hanging wicker basket that functions as a bedside table.
Clip binder clips onto your desk and store cords in their arms
They may look sleek and be small, but your iPhone and MacBook cables take up more space than you realize. When they’re tangled beside your bed, they’re just clutter. Organize those cables using a few binder clips. It’s one of many storage hacks for small spaces that works well on its own or when paired with a DIY charging box.
What’s that? You also want to keep your iPhone charger and headphones untangled while you’re on the go? No problem. Follow these four simple steps, store everything in an eyeglasses case, and be on your decluttered way.
Build a staircase/bookcase.
In real life, or on HBO, we’ve all seen those beautiful custom-built loft beds with bookshelf stairs. There’s just one catch: Because they’re feats of engineering, they can intimidate anyone who wants to replicate the design but has no idea where to start. If you’re handy and want to build tall shelving you can walk up, consider a shelf unit like the one above. It’s simpler than a full bedroom project and still gifts you with shelving up to the ceiling.
Install a fold-down desk
Here’s a paradox: You need a desk but don’t have room for a desk. The solution? A fold-down desk like the one from the Domino Loft System that practically disappears when you fold it back up against the wall.
These desks come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. Some even have built-in storage for your office supplies. They’re a great storage solution for your bedroom, if and when you work from home. All you need is a chair, though the foot of your bed can do in a pinch.
Hang a cork wall for jewellery storage
You may not have used corkboard since elementary school, but you should, especially if you need jewellery storage. This simple, sustainable material will keep all of your necklaces from tangling — without taking up more space than a picture frame. On its own, corkboard doesn’t look as elegant as some countertop solutions, but it can with a nice, gilded frame.
Bulk Up Your Bedside.
If you don’t have a lot of room, make this spot by your bed, work overtime. Nix the nightstand and go for a small dresser or a compact chest with drawers instead. They function just like a nightstand but offer more in storage for stashing away clothes, sheets, and other essentials. You can even pull in a set of baskets for storing small items, such as books, pillows, and even chunkier, winter clothes.
Hang Your Lights.
Rather than a table or floor lamps, hang pendants (or sconces) for bedside lighting instead to save on floor space. They’re a stylish solve for small bedrooms, particularly alongside the bed. They also work well with floating shelves beside the bed! There are unique storage ideas that you could do to increase the storage in even the smallest of bedrooms. Some of them are easy, and you can buy right online, and others need to be built and have a lot of thought put into them.
No matter how big or small your room is, there is always a way to give yourself the optimal storage space you need. As always, if you enjoyed this article, feel free to comment and share with everyone you know who may like it as well!
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